With any type of forced air home heating or cooling system inevitably come air ducts. These ducts are used to carry the heated or cooled air to the various parts of your home and then back again so that it can be reheated or cooled to begin the cycle all over again. Even if your home has one of these systems, you probably do not spend much time thinking about the ductwork. After all, they are merely the vehicle by which your furnace, air conditioner or heat pump circulates the air throughout your home.
But your ducts are an integral part of the home comfort system you likely invested a good deal of money in. And keeping them in good shape is most definitely in your best interest if you want to get as much as possible out of your high tech home comfort system.
Ducts can often develop cracks and leaks for various reasons. When this happens, the integrity of the system is compromised, letting temperature controlled air out. Proper duct sealing by the technicians at Hiller Plumbing, Heating & Cooling can solve this problem for people living in the Knoxville area.
Causes of Leaky Ducts
Leaks can develop in ducts for any number of reasons. Because of their location inside walls, attics and crawlspaces, ducts are often exposed to extreme temperatures and to attack by rodents and other pests that want to nest inside of them. And the truth is that the ducts in your home may not have been put in very well to begin with.
Regardless of the reasons that your ducts have been compromised, however, it is imperative that you address the situation as soon as you realize it exists. Of course, that can be easier said than done, particularly if your ducts have been in bad shape for a while and you are used to the cost of your utility bills and the way your system works.
But it is always good to keep in mind that a higher utility bill than normal or a distinct unevenness when it comes to the spreading of heated or cooled air throughout your house can point directly to a duct problem. While ducts are not always the culprit in these cases, it is a good idea to have a professional come out and take a look at your entire system so that the problem is addressed quickly.
Benefits of Duct Sealing
Proper duct sealing can get rid of all of those cracks and improper joints that make it necessary for your heating and air system to work overtime to keep your home comfortable. And when your heating and cooling equipment does not have to work as hard, it uses less energy, resulting in lower energy bills all year long.
Also, properly sealed ducts will not let unfiltered outside air into your home, helping to maintain higher indoor air quality and making it easier for your indoor air cleaner to keep the air in your home breathable. And remember that there are other ducts in your home besides those that carry air from your heating and cooling system. Leaky exhaust ducts, for instance, can become a real hazard to the safety and health of everyone in your household.
If you think you’re in need of duct sealing and you live in the Knoxville, TN area, give the professionals at Hiller a call today. We would be glad to schedule an appointment to come out and take a look at your duct system.