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Two Simple Steps to Improved Duct Performance

Posted on: July 24, 2012

If your home has forced-air heating and cooling, your ductwork serves as its circulatory system. Ducts distribute air to every room in your home, keeping you comfortable no matter what the weather is like. However, have you considered that your duct performance might be subpar? In typical homes, up to 20 percent of the air moving through the ductwork is wasted due to duct leaks, not to mention heat loss and gain through the ductwork walls.
Here are two simple steps you can take to improve duct performance:

  • Seal and insulate all accessible ducts. Apply duct mastic or metal tape to cracks, gaps and holes in the ductwork. Despite the name, duct tape should not be used because it will eventually harden and fall off. With ducts properly sealed, insulation will help boost duct performance one step further. Choose a duct wrap insulation that is rated at R-8 or higher, and attach it to the ductwork with metal tape, and staples. If you don’t feel comfortable completing these tasks on your own, you can trust the job to a qualified contractor.
  • Check connections at vents and registers. These areas – where the ductwork meets the wall, floor or ceiling – are common places to find poorly connected ducts. When sealing and insulating, make sure you check these accessible areas and fix any air leaks you find.With these two steps completed, you’ll enjoy several benefits:
  • Improved comfort: Leak-free ductwork means the air gets to every room without being lost on the way.
  • Enhanced air quality: Leaks can allow contaminated outside air to enter the ductwork and get into your indoor air. With leaks sealed up, less contaminants can enter the air you breathe.
  • Lower energy bills: You can expect to see a decrease of up to 20 percent in your heating and cooling bills after you make these improvements.

If you’re interested in improving duct performance, please contact us at Acosta Heating & Cooling in Charlotte today. Our knowledgeable technicians can get the job done right the first time so you can enjoy all the benefits of sealed and insulated ductwork.