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Everett, WA Duct Sealing by G & S Heating Cooling & Electric
Most homeowners don’t think about their ducts very often. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering how unobtrusive ducts tend to be. Nor are ducts the most exciting part of your HVAC system. They are simply constructed, and serve a simple purpose. However, that does not mean that they are unimportant, or that they never need to be checked. Ignoring your ducts can actually have far-reaching consequences, both for your home and yourself.
G & S Heating Cooling & Electric provides comprehensive duct sealing services throughout the Everett, WA area.
The Necessity of Air Duct Sealing
First, what is duct sealing? Duct sealing is the process of finding and closing any leaks that may be present in your ductwork. Depending on the situation, it may also involve the application of chemical antiseptic solutions to kill any harmful microorganisms that may lurk in the ducts. Duct sealing addresses the biggest problem that ducts face: leaks. Though they may seem simple, it is actually quite difficult to install ducts correctly. Improper installation can result in large gaps, which drastically decreases the efficiency of your ducts. Even if they are installed perfectly, ducts can still work themselves loose over years of expanding and contracting with temperature changes.
The US Department of Energy has estimated that up to 30% of the average forced air system’s output is lost to leaks in the ductwork. That means that nearly a third of your heating and air conditioning systems’ output could be wasted every time you turn them on. If we assume that even a quarter of the houses in the country suffer from this issue, that adds up to millions of dollars in wasted energy. Duct sealing helps to save you money by sealing any leaks that may have been created over the years. That’s not the only benefit to duct sealing, however.
The Benefits of Sealing Ductwork
The loss of heating and cooling output is definitely the biggest reason to have your ducts sealed. However, leaks in the ducts can also let things into the ductwork, as well. Things like moisture can wreak havoc if they are given a way into the ducts. Darkness and moisture promote the growth of mold, which can then release spores into your air supply. These mold spores can have a quite negative effect on your health, which is why it is so important to protect your ducts from mold growth.
The ducts in an average home are often not limited to just air ducts. Combustion based heating systems use exhaust ducts, as well. A leak in these ducts can cause toxic combustion gases like carbon monoxide to spread through the home. This is extremely dangerous, and can prove fatal in high amounts. So, having your ducts sealed doesn’t just save you money. It also keeps you safe.
If you haven’t had your ducts checked in a while, call G & S Heating Cooling & Electric for an appointment. We’ll make sure that your ducts operate safely and effectively.