You pay for all of the cold air that your air conditioning system creates – but you might only be getting to use 80% of it.
According to statistics compiled by the Energy Star, the average home loses about 20% of the air that moves through the duct system because of leaks, holes and poorly connected ducts.
That means for every $100 you spend on air conditioning this summer, you’re wasting $20.
So how do you know if your ducts are leaking and what can you do about it? Glad you asked – you’re in the right place.
How to tell if your air ducts are leaking
If you have one of the following problems in your home, you make have leaking air ducts:
- High energy bills in the summer and winter
- Rooms that are always too hot or too cold
- Stuffy, uncomfortable areas in your home
- A dusty house (even after you just cleaned)
You can also take a peek into your attic and look for the following things that could indicate leaking air ducts:
- Tangled or kinked flexible air ducts
- Exposed sheet metal ducts (this means your ducts aren’t insulated)
- Duct tape used to connect ducts (this is a big no-no)
- Dark stains on the insulation around your ducts
- Gaps around filters and grills
So if you have one of the symptoms in the first section above and notice some of the problems in the second section, you most likely have leaking air ducts. So what can you do about it?
What to do if you have leaking air ducts
You can attempt to tackle your leaking air ducts by yourself. If you choose this route, use mastic sealant. Don’t use duct tape. Despite it’s name is NOT for air ducts. It doesn’t last. For more information, check out Energy Star’s DIY Guide to Sealing and Insulating.
Because many of your air ducts are difficult to reach and concealed in walls, ceilings and attics, it may be best to contact a professional air duct sealing company for the best results.
Not sure leaking air ducts are the problem? We can also help you find the source of your Northern California home’s discomfort. Just contact us for more information.
Service Champions provides heating, air conditioning and air quality services to Northern California, including the East Bay, San Jose and Sacramento areas.