Here are a few tips to help you find leaks in ductwork and what you can do to:
Tip #1 – How to Find Leaks in Ductwork at Home or in the OfficeContrary to popular belief, finding a leaking duct system can be discovered by home or commercial building owners initially. In fact, finding a big leak is rather simple – as you can literally feel cool air blowing out of the ductwork or in areas that are close to the duct system. However, some smaller leaks in homes are a bit more difficult to find. But there are a few things you can do at home to find them.
- Use the toilet paper method; which involves the use of toilet paper, ribbon or even incense sticks. Basically, what you’ll do is find the exposed ductwork and hold the toilet paper, ribbon or burning incense near the connected joints to see if air is leaking. You’ll notice a leak if the wind appears to swirl inconsistently.
- Lack of cool air. If you’re not as adventurous as some home owners that try the above method, another thing you can do is monitor the problem is check out the actual temperature inside your home. If your thermostat is set to 68 degrees and it seems to take forever for your indoor air temperature to cool to that level; or if your AC system continually runs; it can be leaking ductwork.
- Look at your energy bills. Since the root issue of leaking ducts is that cool air escapes during the summer and warm air escapes in winter when your heating unit is operational, this will impact your energy bill. If your bills are higher than usual, the culprit could be leaking ducts.
Tip #2 – Understand How Does Duct Leakage Happen so You Can Prevent it in the FutureIf you’ve found a leaking ductwork system, and the ductwork repair company has made the repairs, you probably want to prevent it from happening again. Duct leakage is typically caused by two primary issues:
- Small holes that appear inside the actual ducts due to several factors
- Separation of the ducts from joints where they are connected together.
- When air circulates it is very dense and can cause the ducts to ‘shake loose’.
- Some ducts are exposed to wind or other elements that enter roof areas and walls inside a home. This wind, combined with dirt, dust and debris can cause leaks.
- Rodents that nest inside your walls and attics can get inside ductwork and literally chew their way through the ductwork. Their fecal material and urine can also cause duct leaks.
Tip #3 – Work With Professionals That Specialize in Sealing Ductwork LeaksThere are several good companies that have the right tools, equipment and experience to fix AC issues. However, repairing and sealing ductwork is a specialty that requires the fine touch of an expert. The best thing you can do is work with a duct sealing company in Scottsdale that has experience fixing ductwork in homes or commercial buildings similar to yours. These contractors understand the ins and outs of sealing ductwork leaks and will take proactive measures to ensure the issue doesn’t happen again soon – saving you money and stress in the short and long term.
Are you losing precious cool air from leaking air ducts? Call us at 480-359-7141 and we can help locate and seal the leak so that you can rest easy knowing your not losing any more air in your walls!
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