Out of sight, out of mind? According to energysavers.gov, home owners can loose up to 60% of the air before it reaches the register if your ducts aren't insulated and travel through unheated spaces such as the attic or crawlspace. Professional Energy Auditors use what is known as a Duct Blaster (shown in picture) to measure the air leakage in the duct system. The home's duct system may be one of the most improtant systems in your home. Many duct systems are poorly insulated, and may leak heated or cooled air in unconditioned spaces. Duct repairs in unconditioned spaces should be sealed and insulated by qualified professionals using appropriate sealing materials.
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A properly sealed duct system can make your home more comfortable, energy efficient, and safer:
Sealing and insulating ducts can help with common comfort problems, such as rooms that are too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter. Fumes from household and garden chemicals, insulation particles, and dust can enter your duct system, aggravating asthma and allergy problems. Sealing ducts can help improve indoor air quality by reducing the risk of pollutants entering ducts and circulating through your home.
Water heaters, clothes dryers, and furnaces release combustion gases (like carbon monoxide) through their ventilation systems. Leaky ductwork in your heating and cooling system may cause “backdrafting,” where these gases are drawn back into the living space, rather than expelled to the outdoors. Sealing leaks can minimize this risk.
Leaky ducts can reduce heating and cooling system efficiency. Sealing and insulating ducts increases efficiency, lowers your energy bills, and can often pay for itself in energy savings. Plus, if you’re planning to install new heating and cooling equipment, a well-designed and sealed duct system may allow you to downsize to a smaller, less costly heating and cooling system that will provide better dehumidification.
Energy used in our homes often comes from the burning of fossil fuels at power plants, which contributes to smog, acid rain, and climate change. Simply put, the less energy we use in our homes, the less air pollution we generate. By sealing your ducts and reducing the amount of energy necessary to comfortably heat or cool your home, you can reduce the amount of air pollution generated.