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How Duct Repairs Can Boost HVAC Efficiency


HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. These are the 3 major components needed to keep your home comfortable year-round. Guess which one of these is often neglected when it comes to home comfort? You’re correct in thinking that it’s ventilation.

The “V” in HVAC refers to how your HVAC system delivers the conditioned air to the rooms of your home. Your ductwork may have been top-notch when it was first installed, but it can wear down over time, leading to system inefficiencies, reduced air quality, and higher utility costs. Let’s go over how duct repair can boost your HVAC system’s efficiency and performance.

System Inefficiency

Here in the Pacific Northwest, you rely on your heating system much longer than in other parts of the country. It’s not unheard of to need your furnace or heat pump to keep your home warm through June!

When you use your heating system so much, the quality of your ductwork becomes even more important. When a heating system is trying to heat your home via leaky ductwork, it’s like the cards are stacked against it. 

You can expect higher heating bills because all the conditioned air your heating system generates isn’t making it to the rooms of your home. In fact, it’s been estimated that up to 30% of conditioned air can get lost through holes, tears, and leaks in ductwork. If your heating bills seem higher than they should be, the ductwork is a likely culprit.

Decreased Indoor Air Quality

Not only are those holes in your ductwork letting heated air out, but they’re also letting large enough to let contaminants in. Dirt, dust, dust mites, pollen, mold spores, mildew, and pet and human dander can infiltrate the cracks and crevices in your air ducts. 

Every time your forced-air system runs, it’s also forcing that dirty air into the rooms of your home. The result is a vicious cycle that can only be helped a little by airing out your home–and also letting out precious conditioned air. Duct repair can help eliminate these contaminants, resulting in a cleaner home and fewer allergy symptoms.

Duct Repair Can Make a Difference

Perhaps this blog has inspired you to bust out the duct tape to find those holes and tears and cover them up. Well, finding the areas of your ductwork that need help isn’t as easy as that. For one thing, many of them are behind the walls of your house!

When you hire a professional HVAC company with decades of experience cleaning, repairing, and sealing ductwork, it makes all the difference. We use professional-grade equipment and techniques such as air duct testing to find troublesome spots and seal them with professional-grade sealants that you can’t find at a big box store. 

The result is increased HVAC efficiency, better indoor air quality, decreased allergy symptoms, and even improved sleep. Give us a call today to discuss your options.

Count on the team with the most experience. Contact the team at Sunset Air today for duct repair in Olympia, WA.

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