No one wants a leaky duct. They not only let heat and cool air escape, but are also financially and functionally costly. What causes leaky ducts? Poor installation, age, rodents or insects, and general damage. It’s crucial to have ducts sealed properly as soon as possible to prevent health issues and to seal the leak in your wallet as well.
The U.S. Department of Energy Consumer Report states, “Typical duct systems lose 25-40 percent of the heating and cooling energy put out by the central furnace, heat pump or air conditioner.” That doesn’t sound good. How is this heating and cooling loss prevented? The same report says, “Duct repairs could be the most important energy improvement measure you can do.” Xcalibur Services provides duct repairs in the form of duct sealing. Duct sealing can help prevent extreme amounts of air loss. A new, high efficiency HVAC system won’t do much good if there are holes, broken vents, or detached segments in your duct system. The Southface Energy Institute reports, “For an average home, leaky ducts can waste hundreds of dollars each year. Duct leakage also lowers the heating and cooling capacity, and can lessen equipment life.” Not only will leaky ducts cost money on energy bills, but may also cause you to need a new system sooner, which is an expensive fix for a problem like leaky ducts. We have an easy fix! Call us to look over the duct system and check for any leaks. We can then patch or replace any problem areas, while cleaning the ductwork along the way. Duct sealing will have your HVAC system (whether new or old) running at its best, which saves money and conserves energy. Also, your house will be heated or cooled better, more evenly, and quickly.
Properly-sealed ducts also prevent rodents and insects from entering and making themselves at home. As gross as it sounds, it’s an issue that can go from “ew” to “health hazard” quickly. Some rodents are capable of chewing through ductwork, so sometimes they’re the cause of the leaky duct system which then goes back to the energy loss problem. It’s important to have your duct system checked if you see, hear, or smell any signs of infestation.
Improperly sealed ducts can allow too much moisture and humidity to get into the duct system. Moisture buildup can lead to mold and mildew problems, which can lead to allergies. Mold spores in ductwork travel all throughout the system and then into the home where it affects the whole family, including pets. Duct sealing can help prevent moisture and humidity from ruining the duct and HVAC systems, and harming people in the house. If mold is already an issue, we will use all the proper guidelines for removal, in order for you to breathe easier, both figuratively and literally.