Energy Efficiency: Don’t “Duct” Your Responsibility

You’d think twice about putting a new engine in an old car, right?  But many households do not take this same approach when it comes to their heating and cooling systems.  They purchase new, high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment and then attach it to a clunker of a duct system.

The equipment may heat and cool the home, but the system never performs at its full potential.  The fact is, many forced air duct systems can reduce your system’s efficiency by up to 20%.

The EPA’s ENERGY STAR program recommends that you have your duct system checked – either during an equipment replacement or a service call.  You can ask your local HVAC company about this when you call to set up your next appointment.  By fixing your ducts, you could save up to $140 per year in energy costs.

Do you have a clunker of a duct system?

1. Do your filter get dirty quickly? – Are there dirt streaks showing at the corners and seams of duct connections.

2. Do you have rooms that just do not get much air flow and never seem to feel comfortable?

3. Do you have ducts in your attic or crawl space? – Any or all of these conditions may be attributable to poorly performing ducts.  For contractors fixing your ductwork, here are a few of the recommendations the EPA offers:

– Inspect the whole distribution system, including attic and crawl spaces.

– Seal leaks and connections with mastic or metal tape.  Don’t use duct tape!

– Determine if additional air returns dampers or new zones are needed

Want to know more?  Let us know.

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