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Why You Should Get Your Ducts Sealed this Winter

The ductwork in your Starke, FL home endures natural wear and tear just as any appliance does. With only a couple months left of cooler weather, as you get ready to switch over from using your heat to your cooling, now is the perfect time to consider duct sealing.

Various factors contribute to the condition of your ductwork. Temperature and pressure fluctuations play a role, as does accumulating debris. Your ducts may suffer from tears, loose connections and small holes. These could all lead to poor performance.

If your ducts are damaged, your heating and cooling system is not functioning at its peak efficiency, essentially wasting your energy and money. Additionally, your indoor air quality may be decreasing. Improperly sealed ducts can let in dirt, debris, and other pollutants. These can then be spread through your home, decreasing your comfort and possibly even affecting your health.

How Do I Know if My Ducts are Damaged?

If you notice any of the following signs, it may be time for a professional to give your system a thorough inspection:

  • Whistling/Hissing noises coming from the air ducts.
  • Reduced indoor air quality.
  • Unexplained increased energy costs.

Is Duct Sealing Really That Important?

Duct sealing could potentially make your home safer. As stated on the Energy Star website, gas furnaces and AC units disperse combustion gases, such as carbon monoxide, through their ventilation systems. Leaky ductwork could cause “back-drafting,” where these gases are drawn back into the living space rather than expelled to the outdoors. Therefore, duct sealing minimizes your risks.

Can I Just Do It Myself?

Many homeowners are tempted to just slap some duct tape on their ductwork and call it a day. While this may seem like a logical solution, what we know today as “duct tape” is actually not suitable for repairing ducts. Professional duct sealing will ensure that your ductwork lasts and remains efficient for as long as possible.

Contact the duct sealing professionals at Touchstone Heating & Air Inc. today!

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