According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average home loses 10-30% of its forced air through the duct system. Most often air escapes through cracks, holes, or gaps in the air ducts. That, in turn, means reduced comfort, problems with your indoor air quality, and higher utility bills.
First, the more conditioned air that escapes into unheated spaces like your attic, the more that’s going to drive up your heating costs. Next, leaky ducts allow airborne pollutants like cleaning bi-products, other chemicals, dust, and mold spores to enter your living spaces. That’s not great news for anyone in your family who suffers from asthma, allergies, or other respiratory issues.
What’s more, combustion gases like carbon monoxide – typically released from clothes dryers, water heaters, and furnaces – also can back-drafted through cracks or holes in ducts and be pushed back into your home, thus creating yet another health risk.
On the flip side of all that, having your ducts properly sealed ensures that the air flowing through them is not being wasted where it’s not needed and that no unwanted substances are being let in.
Fortunately, there are a few telltale signs that your ducts might be leaking air, thus calling your attention the problem and allowing you to act on it:
- Stuffy, uncomfortable rooms, or rooms that are hard to keep cool or warm.
- Sudden onset of respiratory issues for any family member.
- Unusually high heating/cooling bills.
- Excessive amounts of dust in the air on or household surfaces.
If you’re nimble enough to climb into your attic to inspect and seal any cracks or leaks in your ductwork, this is a job you can handle yourself. Otherwise, we’d be happy to handle the job for you and, in the process, solve all the problems associated with leaking air ducts. Contact Furnace Doctors today for more information or to schedule service!