You may not think that ducts are all that vital. After all, they’re just empty corridors in your home for air to flow through. They can’t be too important or high maintenance, right? Wrong. Ducts are both vital for the operation of your climate control systems, and require professional services in order to stay in good shape. Let’s take a look at what happens when you neglect your ducts, and the importance of duct repair.
Ducts are actually incredibly easy to damage, even accidentally. Mistakes made during installation, animal activity, and even years of normal flexing can open up large leaks in the ductwork. Individually, a lot of these duct leaks aren’t much of a big deal. When taken into account together, though, they start to really add up. The US Department of Energy has estimated that up to 30% of a forced air system’s output goes to waste due to duct leaks. That’s nearly a third of the total output that you’re paying for going to waste before it ever reaches its destination. Your climate control system has to stay on for longer to compensate for this loss, which contributes to much higher operating costs. If you want your climate control systems to be more efficient, and your home to be more comfortable, you need to have your ducts repaired.
There are a number of different duct repair services, which vary, depending on how badly damaged the ductwork is. Oftentimes, duct leaks are painted over with a substance called mastic. This mastic is then taped over with regulation metallic duct tape. This seals the leak, but allows the duct to flex without opening it in the same location.
Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing offers a full range of duct repair services throughout Bethesda, MD.