When Should I Schedule Duct Sealing?

ducts-in-atticDuct sealing is a professional service that closes up gaps and leaks along the ductwork of a home’s ventilation system. And we have to emphasize professional: this isn’t a job an amateur can handle with a roll of duct tape. Duct tape isn’t even designed to work on ducts and won’t work at creating lasting seals. Professionals must use special equipment to find all the leaks and then use sealants and metallic tapes to restore the airtight seal along the ductwork.

There are a number of times when we recommend you schedule duct sealing in Mills River, NC. You can call us to arrange for this service and we’ll be glad to put you on the schedule.

You Notice Signs of Damaged Ductwork

Although you cannot see most of the ductwork in your home because it’s hidden behind walls and ceilings, there are a number of indications that they’ve sustained damage:

  • Heating and cooling bills have started to rise without explanation. Up to 30% of the air moving through the ventilation system can escape through these gaps, and that adds up to a noticeable energy waste.
  • The air coming from the vents smells musty or moldy. This is because air is being pulled into the ventilation system from closed-off parts of the house where the air is stuffy or polluted.
  • There is a drop in airflow from the vents. You’ll probably notice this first as hot or cold spots around the house—rooms that aren’t getting as warm or as cool as they should be. Check the room vents to see if the airflow is less than usual.
  • A rattling sound from the ductwork whenever the HVAC system turns on. This often means loose parts of the ventilation system because of damage.

Every 5 years (or so)

Even if you don’t detect any obvious signs of damage to the ductwork in your house, we recommend scheduling professionals duct testing and sealing every few years. Our technicians will check the ventilation system’s pressure to see if it starts to drop—and if it does, that means leaking somewhere. This is best done as part of a regular energy audit for your home, where we analyze all parts of the house to see it might be losing energy. We’ll recommend duct sealing if the house needs it.

When you move into a new house

If you have moved into a new house, it’s a wise idea to have the ventilation system checked to make sure it’s in the best condition. The previous owner may have left it damaged and without repairs. You don’t want to start out life in your new house with an energy-wasting HVAC system and bad odors coming from the vents.

You can depend on our skilled technicians to take care of your duct sealing needs. We back up all our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Never settle for anything less than the best when it comes to home performance, cooling, and energy savings.

Comfort Central, Inc. serves Western North Carolina’s heating, cooling, and indoor environmental needs.

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