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Air Duct Cleaning and Repairing Another Way to Save Energy

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Have you ever turned on the water to your garden hose and been rudely squirted in the face by a leaky hose-bib?

Or maybe you have been in the process of watering your plants when the hose began to resemble a sprinkler, as holes and cracks leaked water willy-nilly. Either way, you probably replaced your hose, or sealed the leaks, to prevent water waste.

Unfortunately, leaky air ducts aren’t so easy to detect. Duct work that guides your warm and cool air through household vents is hidden in walls and ceiling spaces. When ducts get dirty, or develop leaks, you usually remain oblivious. They leave you sneezing in ignorance while pondering the reason your utility bills continue to rise.

Surprise! It’s air duct cleaning time.

Air Ducts 101

Air ducts? What air ducts? You have a network of air ducts living just on the other side of your walls, ceilings, and/or your floors. These ducts are tubes, usually made from sheetrock or fiberglass. They go quietly about their business, leading from your central furnace and air conditioning system, ensuring your house is kept warm in the winter and cool in the summer . But just like any other system, be it your furnace or your car engine, the air ducts in your home need to be inspected, cleaned, and repaired on a regular basis to keep them functioning properly.

Air duct cleaning offers a great opportunity to inspect your faithful air duct system and make sure it’s leak free. If your air ducts are leaking, you might as well open all the windows when you turn on your heater and waste some more energy while you’re at it. Those air duct leaks can cost you a significant amount of money in utility bills over the course of the year.

Top Reasons For Air Duct Cleaning

Reason 1: It’s good for the body. Regardless of how sealed your system is, there’s always room for microscopic debris and critters to eek their way into minuscule openings. Your ducts can host a variety of exciting materials such as fungus, dust, mold/spores, pet dander and pollen. Ah choo! Air duct cleaning keeps your family breathing easy.

Reason 2: It’s good for the wallet…and the environment. Leaky ducts waste a lot of energy. In fact, the EPA estimates that with less than 1/10th of an inch of dust on a heating coil, your furnace system’s efficiency is compromised by 21%. That $21 for every $100 of your energy bill.

Reason 3: It’s good for the lower back. Take a load off and stop dusting already. Wonder where all that dust keeps coming from? Refer back to #1.

Reason 4: It’s good for the equipment. If you or a professional routinely perform air duct cleaning, repairs can be done immediately before you end up with expensive air duct or system replacement.

Air Duct Cleaning & Repair Tips

Sealing leaks and insulating air ducts can be done on your own. Any large-scale repairs or replacements should always be done by a professional.

Tip 1: Start by checking for leaks. Sections of ducts can separate or you may notice holes. Use tape that has a UL (Underwriter’s Logo) – butyl, mastic, or foil tapes work best.

Tip 2: Insulating ducts saves energy but be mindful of the space. If the space isn’t air-conditioned, check that it’s insulated properly, or wrap pipes in electric heating tape to prevent freezing/bursting in low temperatures.

Tip 3: If cooling ducts are insulated, make sure there’s a vapor barrier to prevent condensation build-up.

Tip 4: If you have a fuel-burning appliance in an attached garage, install a Carbon monoxide (CO) detector in your home.

Air duct cleaning is a great way to minimize home allergens and energy waste. So take a deep breath and appreciate the energy savings.

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