One of the things you often hear from HVAC companies is the importance of preventing and repairing duct leaks. In this blog, Connolly Heating and Air Conditioning takes an in-depth look at duct leaks and how this issue leads to energy loss.
Effects on Energy Consumption
Central forced-air cooling systems distribute cold air through air ducts. Individual room temperatures are regulated using mechanical dampers controlled by thermostats. For this system to function efficiently, cold air needs to be pumped straight to where it’s needed and to continue to do so until the preferred temperature is reached. Once this happens, the thermostat will signal the air conditioner to reduce its output.
Leaks in the ductwork will result in a reduction of cold air that reaches individual rooms. To compensate, the air conditioner will have to pump out more cold air to reach and maintain the ideal temperature. Imagine trying to fill a bucket of water with a garden hose. The more leaks a garden hose has, the longer it takes to fill the bucket, and the more water is wasted. The same goes with air conditioners: leaks in the ductwork can lead to an increase in energy consumption and, therefore, higher energy bills.
Ductwork Inspections and Repairs
This is why professionally conducted duct inspections and repairs are as important as timely air conditioning repairs. Problems with the ductwork are often difficult to locate since they’re mostly hidden from view. Professionals have the tools and expertise to locate even the smallest leaks and seal them up before they can get worse.
These inspections likewise reveal issues with dampers and insulation as well as accumulated dirt and dust inside the ductwork. Residential ductwork is difficult to clean given its narrow size, but that is not a problem for us. Our expertise extends to cleaning these tight areas without scattering dust all over. And if your ductwork ultimately needs to be replaced, no need to look elsewhere; we also do air duct replacements.
To learn more about our air duct services, call Connolly Heating and Air Conditioning today at (925) 420-0078. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve many areas in and near Concord and Martinez, CA.