Leaky ducts cause drafts, dusty homes and higher utility bills!
There are a number of reasons that you might feel drafts or inconsistent temperatures throughout your home. However, there is one culprit that is more common than all others: leaky ducts.
When your ducts are leaking into the walls, crawlspace, attic or floors, some of the air that is supposed to be delivered to the home never makes it where it is supposed to. That paid for heat (or cool) moves through the structure to outside.
When the duct work is sealed either by hand or with our preferred method, AeroSeal, the air is delivered to all areas as was hopefully intended.
In addition to causing inadequate air delivery, duct leakage causes the home to suffer pressure imbalances which are a leading contributor to the introduction of unconditioned dirty air from the crawl space and attic. This introduction of “bad air” will contribute to poor indoor air quality, exacerbating respiratory issues, and cool drafts moving through the home.
Homes with duct leakage can suffer these issues:
- Excessive dust and toxic airborne particulate
- Unexplained odors
- Uneven heating or cooling (especially the extremities of the home)
- Excessive indoor humidity
- Increased asthma, allergy and other respiratory symptoms
- Higher than expected heating or cooling bills
If you, or anyone you know, have experienced any of these challenges, it’s important that you contact your local home performance trained HVAC contractor to explore the solutions that are available.
Check out the video below to see how one homeowner solved their drafts: