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Fall Season To Do List – Ductwork Maintenance

Posted by Empire Blog at 1:48 pm on October 30, 2012

Empire Heating & Air Conditioning wants to help you understand the importance of repairing and sealing your home’s ductwork to keep your home warm during the approaching cold winter months.  The Fall season is the best time to get your ductwork inspected and repaired to promote energy efficiency year-round.  In the cold winters in the metro Atlanta area, your heating system works hard to keep you comfortable.  Your HVAC system is working harder than necessary to distribute warm air if your ductwork has any leaks or problems.

The good news is that you can cut energy costs by sealing leaky ductwork.  The federal Energy Star program states that the typical home loses 20 percent of heated air through leaky ductwork, holes, or poor connections. It is important to inspect your home’s ductwork to make sure you aren’t wasting money.

The benefits of ductwork repair and sealing include the following:

  • Cleaner air equals a cleaner house. Leaky ductwork can create a negative pressure in the house, which draws in outside air, dust and dirt. Sealing air ducts will lower the negative pressure, which will help keep dust outside where it belongs. Leaky ductwork also lets moisture, pollen, pests, and noise into your home.
  • Your home will be more comfortable.  Heated air will be properly directed as the system was originally designed.
  • Sealing leaks improves the efficiency of your HVAC system and lowers energy bills.
  • You will have peace of mind that your home’s HVAC system is safe and working properly.

Since your heating system can only be as efficient as the ductwork used to supply it, the right tools are needed to fix the causes of the leaky ductwork. Check for leaks in the supply and return plenums, fittings in the ductwork, starting collars, and splices. The fix can be as simple as re-taping your ductwork or replacing faulty connecting components.  If you would like a professional to perform the ductwork repairs for you, contact Empire Heating & Air Conditioning at 404-294-0900 today.  We are DET (Duct and Envelope Tightness) certified to perform duct leakage testing.  Empire Heating & Air Conditioning has many specialists with years of experience to remedy your home’s HVAC ductwork problems.

Empire Heating & Air Conditioning serves the metro Atlanta area in Georgia including DeKalb, Fulton, Forsyth, and Gwinnett Counties.  Visit our website to see our specials and schedule your appointment today!