Your air ducts are responsible for delivering air throughout your house. However, leaks can prevent this from happening. Small leaks in your air ducts can turn into a big problem over time if left unattended. Not only will it prevent your home from feeling comfortable, more than 25% of total house energy is lost in leaky air ducts.
When your air ducts are leaking, there will generally be warning signs. If you notice any of the following problems, you might have an air duct leak:
- Decreased Comfort: This is generally the first sign people notice. No matter how low they set their thermostat, their rooms never seem to cool down. Many people just accept this as the way their system is built. However, AC should always be able to cool your house down to its set temperature.
- Low Air Flow: If you put your hand up to your vent and feel little or no air coming out of it, chances are you have a leak. When your unit is on, air should be pumping out of your vents, and only feeling a faint breeze is not normal.
- Increased Energy Bill: When your home isn’t cooling, but your bill is rising, something is wrong. If you have a leak, then your system will work twice as hard to try and cool your home. This means that you will be getting a much larger energy bill, without feeling comfortable in your home.
- Poor Air Quality: Leaky ducts don’t just let out air, they let in dust and other pollutants. If you notice that your home is constantly dusty, or that the air quality inside is generally lacking, you may have leaky ducts.
What to Do If I Think I Have a Leak
The most efficient way of finding and fixing an air duct leak is to have your air conditioner checked by a NATE certified HVAC technician. There are plenty of “do-it-yourself” ways of finding and fixing a leak, however it can be a difficult and intricate task. Many home patches do not last that long, and will only end up costing you more money in the future. The best way to prevent a leak is by having regular, preventative maintenance. During an annual maintenance check, your HVAC technician will inspect all aspects of your air conditioner, including checking your ducts for leaks.
If you think you have a leak in your air ducts, don’t wait! Ignoring the problem will sacrifice your money and comfort. Trust the experienced professionals at Engineered Air to help with all of your air conditioning needs.