What The Duct?
When you’re enjoying the cool temperatures created by your air conditioner in the summer or the warm comfort of your heater during the winter, you have your ductwork system to thank. Its job is to distribute air throughout your house once it has been “conditioned” by your HVAC system, ensuring your rooms will always be at the right temperature.
While a ductwork system’s job might sound fairly straightforward, occasionally problems occur. When they do, its important to handle them quickly to avoid adverse effects on your comfort, health, and utility costs.
Common Ductwork Dilemmas
- Leaky ductwork is perhaps the most common problem encountered in these systems. They can diminish the efficiency of your HVAC system by as much as 40%, leaking air that you’ve paid to heat or cool into your attic or crawlspace. Leaks also pull unhealthy crawl space and attic air into your living space. Sunlight Contractors can seal these ducts to ensure your air is safe and secure.
- Energy waste is also created when ducts are left uninsulated. If your HVAC system has to blow heated air through uninsulated ducts located in a frigid attic during the winter, it must first heat up the attic ductwork! In the summer, you’re blowing chilled air through the same uninsulated ductwork, which been heated to about 120 degrees. Properly insulting ductwork means less work for your HVAC system.
- If your ductwork system isn’t properly balanced, it wastes energy and creates areas in your home that are either too hot or too cold. If the amount of air delivered doesn’t match the amount of air pulled in through return ducts, you’ve probably experienced this problem, which is the result of improperly located or insufficiently sized supply and return ducts.
- These problems can lead to serious safety concerns as pressure imbalances caused by air duct leakage can lead to backdrafting in combustion appliances such as furnaces, wood stoves, and gas ranges. If this occurs, carbon monoxide poisoning is a real risk.
No other New Orleans company can provide the solutions and services that Sunlight Contractor does. From evaluations and estimates to energy conservation and production, we’re your one-stop shop for energy efficiency. For a complete Ductwork Estimate to assess your home’s ductwork energy efficiency and to see if air duct sealing will work for you, call or contact us online. Let’s get started on your home energy savings plan!