In Tampa, FL
Did you know? A properly sealed and insulated duct system can make your home more comfortable, energy efficient, and safer.
Some of the signs that your home may have leaky, poorly insulated, or inefficient ducts are:
How Do I Improve the Performance of My Duct System?
Since ducts are usually concealed in walls, ceiling, and attics, repairing them can be difficult. Still, there are things that you can do to improve duct performance in your house. First you can start by sealing air leaks using mastic sealant or metal tape and insulating all the ducts that you can access. Don’t use duct tape, it is not long-lasting. Also, make sure that the connections at vents and registers are well-sealed where they meet the walls and ceiling. These are typical locations to find leaks and detached ductwork.
Your home’s ductwork is one of the most important components of your HVAC system. Because of how important your ducts are, hiring a licensed contractor is the best way to ensure that they work well and consistently. You want a contractor that will, at the very least:
- Inspect your whole duct system, including the attic, crawlspace and garage.
- Evaluate your system’s supply and return air balance. Many systems have air return ducts that are too small.
- Repair damaged and disconnected ducts and straighten out flexible ducts that are tangled or crushed.
- Seal all leaks and connections with mastic, metal tape, or an aerosol-based sealant.
- Seal all registers and grills tightly to the ducts.
- Insulate ducts in unconditioned areas with duct insulation that carries an R-value of 6 or higher.
- Include a new filter as part of any duct system improvement.
- Evaluate air flow after repairs are completed.