Duct system leaks
Article was added on Wednesday, September 25, 2013
How to keep the air in your duct system and money in your
You've identified leaks in your home's duct system, and they're
costing money. Here's a tip from Santee Electric Co-op that can
help your heating and cooling system work more efficiently-and
reduce your utility bill.
According to TogetherWeSave.com, sealing the air
ducts in your home can save you up to $177 a year.
While some ducts are concealed in walls and between floors,
others are exposed-in attics, crawlspace, basements and garages-and
can be repaired by sealing. To start, you'll need mastic sealant or
metal tape. Experts advise against using duct tape, which can dry
out and disintegrate when used on ductwork.
In addition to sealing any leaks that you have found, check the
connections at vents and registers. They should be well-sealed
where they meet the floors, walls and ceiling.
It's also important to insulate your duct system. As air travels
through your ducts, you want it to stay cool during the summer and
warm during the winter. Ductwork located in areas with little or no
insulation-crawlspaces, attics or garages-will need to be insulated
to make sure that the air running through the ducts isn't affected
by temperature extremes.
For other tips on how to save energy-and money-visit Touchstone
Energy's energy-saving website. Find out how the little changes add
up at www.TogetherWeSave.com.
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