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Building Science Tip: Seal Your Ductwork Against Air Leaks

Back in March we blogged about how air sealing can benefit you and your home. As important as it obviously is to resolve existing and prevent future air leaks in your home’s thermal envelope, though, you must keep in mind the air systems that are within your home, as well. We are speaking specifically about the air ducts that you use to distribute both heated and cooled air throughout your home. If those ducts are leaking, then you are going to run into a number of different problems. Even if your ductwork is designed and installed according to building science best practices, leaks may develop over time.

If you do have leaky ductwork in your home, professional duct sealing in Isle of Wight, VA can help you immensely. Just remember that you must first recognize the need for duct sealing. There are many warning signs to look out for:

  • Abnormally high heating and cooling costs are among the most common signs that air ducts are leaking. When your ductwork leaks, you won’t be dealing with a complete energy loss, of course. That conditioned air will wind up somewhere in your home. However, it likely won’t wind up where you need it, so your system is going to struggle to heat or cool your home successfully, driving up energy costs.
  • Uneven heating and cooling is another sign that you have leaky ductwork in your home. Is there an area in your house that is never as comfortable as the others? If so, the ductwork servicing those areas may be leaking, and in need of professional sealing.
  • Lower indoor air quality may also indicate that you could benefit sealing your ductwork. After all, it’s not just what leaks out of your ducts that you must be concerned with. You must also consider the pollutants that may be pulled into your air ducts via leaks, only to be distributed throughout your entire home.

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