Spring is the time that most homeowners tend to evaluate their air conditioners, making sure that they’re up to the task of keeping their homes cool throughout the summer. Just making sure that your air conditioner is functioning properly isn’t the whole of it, though. You also want to make sure that you’re getting the most out of your system. Part of those considerations should be the state of your ducts. Duct sealing can play a major part in improving your air conditioner performance. Read on to find out how.
Ducts may look pretty sturdy, but they are actually quite vulnerable to things like duct leaks. Whether from physical damage or years of overuse, duct leaks are incredibly common. These leaks are usually small, and may not seem like that big of a deal at first glance. However, they can really add up. The Department of Energy has estimated that up to 30% of an average forced air system’s output is lost to duct leaks. That’s a huge chunk of the total output that your system generates, and that you pay for. That’s why duct sealing is so important.
Duct sealing is the process of finding and closing all the leaks in your home’s ductwork. This is often done by painting over the leaks with a substance called mastic. Mastic is a viscous sort of epoxy that, once dry, is stiff enough to seal the leak but flexible enough to move with the ducts without cracking. This can restore that 30% air conditioner output to your home, saving you money and keeping your home cooler.
If you haven’t had your ducts sealed before, call Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration. We provide duct sealing services throughout Santa Fe, NM.