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Schedule Duct Sealing This Fall, Just to be Safe

It may be boiling outside now, but it’s going to start cooling off in the next couple months. It’s important that you make sure your heating system is in good condition, in preparation for the coming heating season. Maintenance is part of that, but it’s not the whole story. Duct sealing is an important part of keeping your heating system in the best possible operating condition. Let’s take a look at how duct sealing works, and how it can benefit you this year.

Duct Sealing

Duct sealing involves painting a type of epoxy into the leaks in the ductwork called mastic. Once the mastic dries, it will seal the leak while still being flexible enough to expand and contract with the duct. If the leak can’t be sealed completely by the mastic, regulation metallic duct tape can be used to supplement it.

Why Duct Sealing is Necessary?

Ducts are extremely vulnerable to developing leaks over time, whether from minor mistakes made during installation or years of normal use. While each individual leak has little effect on the efficiency of the system, they can add up quite quickly. The US Department of Energy has said that the average forced air climate control system loses up to 30% of its total output to duct leaks. That’s nearly a third of your heating system’s output that’s completely going to waste before it reaches its destination. If you want to make sure that your heating system is as efficient as possible this fall and winter, you should make sure that your ducts are in the best possible condition before you start relying on them extensively. Schedule duct sealing at least once every few years, to address any new leaks that may have formed.

Touchstone Heating & Air Inc. offers a full range of duct-sealing services throughout Starke, FL. Call today to schedule an appointment. 

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