Home comfort can be influenced by many factors, but one of the most obvious — and the easiest to fix — is the condition of the ductwork. Duct sealing ensures the best possible comfort level inside your home while also conserving energy and reducing your heating and cooling bills.
Why Seal Ducts?
The ducts of your heating and cooling system provide the transportation system for the warm or cool air generated by your furnace and air conditioner. Without ducts, the air would not be able to reach the interior of your home. Since all the air that heats or cools your indoor environment travels through the ducts, any broken seals or leaks in the duct system can allow air and energy to escape. Large air leaks can be extremely wasteful and can drive up your heating and cooling bills to extreme levels.
Leaky air ducts can also allow dust and particulates to be pulled into the duct system. These contaminants will then travel to the interior of your home and into your indoor air, reducing indoor air quality.
Contact an HVAC professional to inspect and seal your home’s duct system.
Duct sealing should involve the following:
- Ducts should be inspected for fit: All sections of ductwork should fit snugly together without any looseness or gaps. Sometimes it is a good idea to mechanically fasten segments together with screws or other devices.
- Ducts should be sealed with mastic: All duct connections should be sealed with this rubbery sealant designed especially for use on ductwork. Alternatively, metal tape could be used to seal connections.
- Standard duct tape should not be used: Despite its name, duct tape is not appropriate for sealing ducts. Over time, the adhesive on the tape can dry out, reopening gaps and causing the tape to fall off.
Arpi’s Industries Ltd. has been serving HVAC customers throughout the Calgary area for more than fifty years. Contact us today for more information on duct sealing and the benefits it offers, or to discuss setting up a duct inspection and sealing for your home.
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