Duct Sealing Can Improve Home Energy Efficiency
An important area of a home which can waste a lot of energy is the HVAC air duct system. The ductwork in any house needs attention if it hasn’t been inspected in some time. The ductwork should be well insulated and sealed. If it is not, the air that’s treated by the forced air HVAC system will likely be leaking out.
How long has it been since you’ve taken a look at the ductwork? If you are like most people, you may not have ever inspected it. This is often the case when the ductwork is located in a short crawl space and not a full sized attic. Even if you’ve been able to get to it, you may not know what to look for as far as sealing and insulated are concerned.
What To Know About Duct Sealing
Connections are to be sealed well and the entire ductwork should be wrapped in insulation. Sometimes the duct joints come loose due to vibrations or expansion and contraction from weather changes. Rodents can and do often chew their way through to the inside of the duct system.
It’s important to get the ducts properly sealed and insulated so you’re not throwing money away by heating or cooling air that only escapes your home. Duct sealing in Portland is an important aspect of home maintenance which helps the energy efficiency of the home.
Duct sealant is used to join sheet metal air ducts. It is a flexible and tough product that will help keep the joints together when the natural expansions and contractions occur due to temperature changes. It is also weather resistant, which helps to keep moisture out. The sealant is applied by the technician during installation. If it wasn’t done or has come loose, the ductwork will leak.
Improper Duct Installation
New duct system installations should be done by an experienced HVAC technician who can install them properly. Whether you’re a residential or commercial property owner who needs duct installation, make sure your contractor is skilled at new HVAC installations. The design of the duct system will also matter, and that is part of the process which is handled by the technician.
Too often, the ductwork isn’t installed correctly. It is either not sealed properly or the contractor never wrapped it with insulation. This needs to be repaired so you’re not losing treated air through the attic or floor crawl space. If you call Green Energy Home Solutions, our Portland energy efficiency experts can take care of your Duct Sealing and Insulation or repair service.
Whether you need duct sealing, duct installation, or repairs, you can count on our technicians. We can take care of any problem that exists or help you install new ductwork if it’s time to replace your existing system.
Energy Star Recommend Duct Sealing For Home Energy Efficiency
Energy Star is a voluntary energy efficiency program by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). They recommend duct sealing and insulation. They say that all connections at vents and registers located in attics, unfinished basements, crawlspaces, and garages should be properly sealed and insulated. Since they are often located in hard to reach places, it can be difficult to detect problems and repair them. Also, they recommend that you never use duct tape but only mastic sealant or metal tape to seal the ducts.
An Energy Audit Will Spot Unsealed Ducts
The easiest way to find out if your ducts are sealed and insulated is to have a home energy audit performed. This test will spot leaky ducts, leaky windows and doors, missing wall insulation, missing attic or crawlspace insulation, and other problems.
As a home performance qualified home energy performance contractor, Green Energy Solutions, Inc. offers home energy audits in the Portland metro area. We use a combination of thermal imaging testing and manual assessments to locate the areas of your home that could be improved for energy efficiency.
This home energy audit is very beneficial in knowing what repairs to make and which are not necessary. If you’d like an appointment and live within our service area, just give us a call.