Indoor Air Quality
The ventilation system is the letter “V” in the acronym HVAC. But people tend to focus on the “H” (heating” and the “AC” (air conditioning) much more when thinking about their home comfort. This is a mistake, since a damaged ventilation system, such as one with ducts that are leaking air through gaps and holes, will have a huge effect on overall efficiency and effectiveness.
Air leaks are a common trouble, but they’re one that the ventilation professionals at Fresh Air, L.P. can solve quickly and accurately. When you think that your ductwork’s integrity has been compromised, contact our specialists to arrange for duct sealing services. We’ve spent more than 40 years as a top HVAC contractor in Sugar Land, and you can trust that we’ll get the job done right.
Fresh Air, L.P. offers duct sealing in Sugar Land, TX and the surrounding areas. Call us when quality matters!
Why Leaky Air Ducts Are Major Problems
When you consider the extent of the ductwork in your home, a few little leaks might not seem like anything to kick up a fuss about. But even the smallest leaks will mean trouble for an HVAC system. The ducts are designed to maintain an airtight seal along their length in order to prevent loss of air pressure. Once a small leak starts, air pressure will drop, and the heating/air conditioning system will start to suffer stress to overcome it. Up to 30% of the air inside the ventilation system can escape because of these leaks, a significant waste that will show up on your utility bills. These holes can also allow moisture, dust, and debris inside the ducts, which will have a negative effect on indoor air quality.
Ways to Tell You Need Air Duct Sealing
The best way to determine that your ventilation system has leaky air ducts is to have professionals perform duct testing. This process seals off the ductwork and alters the pressure inside it. The technicians measure how quickly the pressure drops to find out how much leakage there is.
But how can you know that it’s time to schedule duct testing in the first place? One of the big clues is a rise in your heating and cooling bills because of the escaping air from the ducts. You may also notice odd, musty odors from the vents, which can mean that the ducts are drawing in outside air through holes. A general drop in air flow from the vents may indicate air leaks somewhere in the system.
Sealing Ductwork: A Job for Professionals Only!
Perhaps while reading this, you started to think, "I should take that roll of duct tape from the drawer and put it to use. That’s what it’s actually for, right?" The truth is that duct tape is misnamed: it’s good for many things—but not sealing ducts. The job of closing up gaps and holes in ducts is something that must be left to professionals. They will use special techniques to detect where the air leaks are, then close them up with tools such as mastic sealant and metallic tapes.
To get started with restoring your air ducts, call Fresh Air, L.P. and arrange for duct testing in Sugar Land. We’ll follow the testing with sealing services that will get your home’s ventilation system back to great condition.