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Looking to Increase the Comfort of Your Home? Consider Sealing and Insulating Your Home’s Ductwork.
A big portion of a home’s operating cost comes from energy consumption and nearly half of that expense comes from heating and cooling. Air that leaks through outer walls, windows, doors and other openings wastes a lot of energy, decreases comfort and increases utility costs. Sealing cracks and gaps, and adding insulation throughout your home can make a significant difference. But there is another, often overlooked, source of air leaks that could be costing you money and compromising home comfort: your ductwork. Sealing the ductwork, as well as the other areas of your home, will save energy, save money and greatly increase the comfort of your home.
Solve a multitude of common problems
In addition to saving energy and maintaining comfort, sealing the leaks in and around your home helps to fix these common problems:
- Outside noise
- Pollen, dust and insects (or other pests) entering your home
- Poor humidity control
- Ice dams on the roof/eves
Whether you are using your furnace or your air conditioner, chances are you wouldn’t leave a window open all day every day, and yet, if you added up all the the leaks, holes and gaps in a typical home, the energy loss would be the equivalent of doing just that. Air leaks in the ductwork alone, can account for as much as a 20-40% energy loss. Most homeowners benefit greatly from sealing air leaks and adding sufficient insulation.
How Aeroseal works
Aeroseal is a simple solution to improve your home’s energy efficiency and comfort that starts with diagnosing and inspecting your home’s central duct system. An Aeroseal technician will consider many factors including the age of your home, the type of ductwork and what problems you are experiencing, then using computer-based diagnostic and reporting tools, will assess leaks and register airflow. The technician will also address ventilation problems, temperature variations, potential for backdraft or combustion safety hazards, air duct system repair needs, and ways to save money, improve efficiency and increase comfort. The next step is sealing all the gaps. This takes several hours, and once it is complete, the technician verifies the results and provides verification in the form of a certificate.
In most homes, Aeroseal reduces duct leakage by 90% which translates into $300 in annual energy savings.