Is There A Thief in Your House?

That is an unsettling thought. Is that the strange noise I hear in the middle of the night? I locked the doors, secured the windows, I think… The dogs would alert me if we had a thief right?

Not necessarily.

Before you call in private security, let me explain:

According to the US Department of Energy, typical duct systems lose 25% to 40% of the energy put out by the central furnace, heat pump or air conditioner. Could the thief be your heating and air conditioning system?

To add further insult to injury: studies conducted by utility companies and energy experts throughout the country have verified the two main duct system problems are:

  • Large air leaks in the duct system.
  • Insufficient airflow due to restrictions in the ductwork.

I have further bad news. The efficiency label on your heating and cooling system only tells you half the story. Heating and cooling systems will only operate at the label efficiency if they are:

  • Installed correctly
  • Connected to a well designed and sealed duct system
  • Properly sized for the home
  • Properly serviced and maintained

Even one of the above problems my reduce the true efficiency of your heating and cooling system.

The thief in your home may well be the very thing you rely on to keep a clean, happy and comfortable home. Sounds ominous, and maybe even expensive. But another lesson I learned from my old clunker: keep to the oil change and tune up schedule…I could keep more money in my pocket so that I could Go!

We start to dive into this in more detail in the next blogs as we continue our discussion series Five Most Common Problems, I would like to show you how it is not ominous or expensive and how addressing them will benefit you today, tomorrow and ten years from now. In the meantime, if wanting more information now, please contact us here.

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