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Could Your Ductwork Be Causing Your Discomfort?

Have you been running your air conditioner, but finding that you are having trouble getting comfortable? If you aren’t getting the cooling temperature you desire, or if your indoor air quality is suffering, you may assume that there’s something wrong with your HVAC system.

While you should always have your air conditioner checked by a professional if you believe you have a problem, it’s important to know that there is one component of that system that is often forgotten: your air ducts. Your ductwork is a lot more susceptible to problems than you may realize. Keep reading to discover how your ductwork may be causing you discomfort.

Leaky Ducts

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), you air duct allows approximately 20%–30% of the air moving throughout your HVAC system to leak back into the attic or crawlspace where your ductwork is located.

The most common reason for faulty ductwork such as this is because of poor installation. Ductwork is not always designed or sealed as efficiently as it should be. This is particularly true if your system was installed by an amateur or a “do-it-yourself-er.”

The air pressure inside of your ducts can eventually lead to cracks, loosened joints, or even collapsed portions of ducts. In addition to affecting your home’s temperature and air quality, leaky ducts can and will raise your energy bills since you’re essentially paying to heat and cool areas of the home that nobody is occupying.

Air Conditioner Inefficiency

The real problem with leaky ductwork is that it causes your air conditioner to work harder in order to heat and cool your home. This grinds down on your system’s components, leading to repairs and even potentially premature system failure.

Before you assume that you can just repair your ductwork with some simple duct tape, it’s important to realize that duct tape is not as useful as the name implies. Professional duct sealing services involves the use of mastic sealing and the skills of a technician who has experience repairing ductwork.

For ductwork repair and duct sealing in Boerne, TX, contact Riteway Service Company today.

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