According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average home loses 10-30% of its forced air through the cracks, holes, or gaps in the duct work. That leads to a loss of comfort, problems with your indoor air quality, added wear and tear on your furnace and AC system, and higher utility bills.
Duct leaks allow pollutants such as fumes, chemical particles, dust, and mold spores to enter your living spaces and, ultimately, your lungs. That spells added misery for allergy and asthma sufferers and could even lead to the onset of upper respiratory problems.
What’s more, combustion gases like carbon monoxide – typically released from clothes dryers, water heaters, and furnaces – can be back-drafted through cracks or holes in ducts and pushed back into your home. And there’s nothing good about that, either.
How can you tell if your ducts have been compromised without climbing into your attic and inspecting them? Here are some of the more common symptoms:
- Stuffy, uncomfortable rooms.
- Rooms that are hard to keep cool or warm.
- Sudden onset of respiratory issues.
- Unusually high heating/cooling bills.
- Excessive amounts of dust in the air or on household surfaces.
If you’re experiencing one or more of these symptoms, and you’re the handy type, inspect your ductwork and use duct tape or a sealant to close any cracks or pinhole leaks. If the problems persist or you want someone to inspect them for you, contact the indoor air quality specialists at Air Professionals and we’ll inspect them for you. If we find that repair work is needed, we’ll give you on-the-spot quote and get the work done with your approval.