Would you ever try to carry all your money in a plastic bag full of holes? Of course not—your dollars would go flying in the wind!
When you leave your air ducts unsealed, you might be surprised to find it’s not too different than doing just that.
It’s estimated that about 20 to 30 percent of your cool air is lost due to duct leaks. And for the owner of an AC, there’s no denying the one simple truth:
Air = Money
We’d never want to see you chasing after lost money, so we’ve put together a list of 5 signs that you need duct sealing in Riverside, CA.
1. Your monthly energy bills are higher than usual, even after you’ve eliminated all the usual suspects
Have you stuck to a rigorous cooling schedule through the season, changed your air filter on time every month, but still see a high number on your energy bill? It’s possible that leaky ducts are to blame. After all, a leaking duct won’t make itself apparent—they don’t make loud noises or show any kinds of warning signs.
2. Certain rooms feel stuffy, uncomfortable, or bad for your allergies
Leaking ducts don’t just lose good air. They also bring in the bad stuff, too. Attics and crawlspaces collect dirt and dust but don’t get cleaned as often as they should. If leaking ducts are creating an imbalance of air in your system, it very well could pull that dirt and dust through your system and disperse it in your rooms. This would explain any symptoms consistent with bad indoor air quality.
3. Some rooms seem warmer or cooler than others
If your home has what HVAC contractors call hotspots, one possible cause could be leaking ducts. A properly functioning AC will use the ducts to distribute cool air across your home equally. However, if there are leaks throughout the ductwork, the rooms at the farthest end of the system aren’t going to receive the cool air.
4. Your ducts are in the attic, crawlspace, or garage
If your ducts are located in any of these hard to reach areas, it’s possible you haven’t been able to check on them in a long time. It should come as no surprise then that many unchecked air duct problems have occurred in these spaces. Air ducts could become torn or disconnected for any number of reasons, ranging from pests, to faulty sealing jobs, and more.
5. You or a friend attempted a DIY duct sealing in the past
We don’t mean to discredit your DIY abilities. Besides, we understand—how hard could it be to seal some holes? But at the end of the day, there’s a huge difference between a DIY and professional duct sealing.
A professional knows that sealing leaks is just half the battle. The other half consists of evaluating airflow, maintaining the balance between air supplied and returned, and possibly even conducting combustion safety tests.
Don’t leave your ducts unsealed in the summer. Contact A-Avis Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. today!