We’re just on the edge of summer, and more and more people are starting to run their air conditioners on a day-to-day basis. Most people probably made sure that their air conditioners were in good repair before the summer started. Maybe some even scheduled some preventive maintenance to make sure. What about the ducts, though? You probably haven’t thought about it, but the ducts in your home are just as important to keeping your air conditioner running efficiently as the system itself. Read on to find out more about how poor duct condition affects air conditioning, and how duct sealing can help improve it.
Ducts are very susceptible to leaks. Minor mistakes during installation can often open up gaps in the ductwork, and even years of normal use can cause leaks to form from frequent expansion and contraction. Duct leaks may not seem like much of a big deal, but they can actually cause massive energy waste. In fact, the US Department of Energy estimates that up to 30% of an average forced air system’s output is lost to duct leaks. That’s almost a third of your total air conditioning output that is being lost, and you probably were not even aware of it.
The way to solve this problem is with duct sealing. Duct sealing involves finding and closing all leaks in the ducts in your home. This eliminates the massive energy waste that afflicts your forced air systems, instantly making your air conditioner more energy efficient. If you’re looking for ways to save money, you can’t find a much easier solution than having your ducts sealed.
If you haven’t had your ducts sealed in a while, call Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning. We provide duct sealing services throughout Chicago, IL.