Your HVAC unit relies on many components to run at maximized efficiency. Consider bad air ducts, if duct systems aren’t tightly sealed then there is an inevitable loss of air and energy. This could be due to any kind of gap in a connection or damaged ducts. Regardless of the reason, the result is the same. The fresh air you’re wanting to cool your living room comes at a cost. It’s no wonder that on average 20-30% of a home’s HVAC energy is lost through duct leaks.
Testing for Duct Leaks
Many tests for leaks require professional equipment, and therefore a professional’s help. But before scheduling service there are a few tests you can do, no equipment required.
- Get a visual on your ductwork. Not all ductwork will be accessible, but visual tears and gaps will offer a clear sign. Be sure to also keep an eye out for previous seals and patchwork. It’s possible these gaps have reopened.
- A simple way to locate leaks is to feel for them. When observing accessible ductwork, run your hands outside to feel for any escaping air.
Once you have successfully pinpointed any duct leaks, mark where they are. Whether you’re doing a small patchwork job, or require the professionals for larger damages, marked problem areas will be helpful later. Even when completing an at-home job, don’t hesitate to give Quigley a call! With our equipment and expertise, we’ll ensure no duct leaks are left unfound.