When you go into your basement to observe your bathroom or kitchen plumbing, all of your pipes are tightly sealed and there isn’t any leaking water, right? Well, that’s for good reason! Leaking pipes waste water, destroy property, and lower water pressure!
So, if leaky pipes are unacceptable, then why aren’t leaky air ducts? If you’re like many homeowners, you probably don’t know how much conditioned air you’re losing through your air ducts, either from your heater or your air conditioner, each year. That’s why it’s so important that you have duct testing done by a professional team like ours, before you can assess and understand how bad your duct leakage is. Once you’ve had thorough testing done, it’s a good idea to take care of the problem by sealing any holes and by having duct cleaning in Des Moines, IA performed.
Still not convinced? We’ll show you just how important functioning air ducts can be.
The Benefits of Duct Sealing
Air ducts are an integral part of any forced-air system. Whether it be your air conditioner or your furnace, your ducts need to be in tip-top shape to function effectively. An air duct system that’s riddled with holes and leaks could be losing you up to 30% of your treated air. That’s a huge amount!
If you notice any of the following problems coming from your heater or air conditioner, you might be dealing with leaky ducts.
- Inadequate Temperatures. If you set your thermostat to 65 degrees in the winter, does your house still feel like its 55 degrees instead? If so, it could be from the fact that most of the treated air your furnace creates is being leaked out of your duct system! Don’t keep fiddling around with the thermostat, it won’t solve the issue at hand. Call a team of professionals to seal your ducts!
- Poor Airflow. Does it feel like some of your vents aren’t working? The vents are probably fine, but the air ducts behind them might not be. A constantly leaking duct system can make it incredibly hard for conditioned air to get to specific parts of your home.
- Age. Sealing standardizations have changed throughout the years. With new technology, processes, and building codes, air ducts are becoming tighter sealed and more efficient. That being said, if your air ducts haven’t been checked for 10, 20, even 30 years, chances are pretty high that your system is running inefficiently compared to modern standards.
The major problem with leaky ducts, and why we’re warning you so blatantly about them here, is that they often go devilishly undetected. We’ve seen homeowners go years wasting so much money on heating and air conditioning that end up getting dispersed through their air ducts. This can be absolutely devastating for your budget and can be a pretty depressing thing to come to terms with. That’s why we implore any homeowners that aren’t completely sure about their ductwork to give our team a call for air duct testing.
Don’t wait another minute, give Schaal Plumbing, Heating and Cooling a call today to seal your leaks!