Duct Sealing: DIY vs Professional Service
The use of your home heating and cooling services are heavy during the winter and summer seasons. And, as expected, energy consumption during these months soars high. Yet many households are looking for ways to bring down the utility bills whichever way possible without sacrificing the level of comfort the family is accustomed to. One way is your Duct systems.
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Many people found they are spending more on their heating and cooling systems than they want to afford right now. Fortunately, there are many ways to help control the spike of your monthly utility bill.
AC ductwork plays a profound role in keeping your heating and cooling services energy-efficient. As common as this information is, many homeowners aren’t aware of the many benefits properly sealed ducts can bring to their home.
According to Energy Star, “In houses with forced-air heating and cooling systems, ducts are used to distribute conditioned air throughout the house. In a typical house, however, about 20 to 30 percent of the air that moves through the duct system is lost due to leaks, holes, and poorly connected ducts. The result is higher utility bills and difficulty keeping the house comfortable, no matter how the thermostat is set.”
Top Benefits Of A Well-Sealed Duct System
By knowing what benefits you are getting from a well installed ducting system, it would be easier to understand why proper duct work can truly help you save.
Energy Efficiency. With the existence of holes, gaps, and poor connection, air leaks are a likely occurrence. What does this mean? One, the amount of cooled air loss is incredibly high. Two, your air conditioning service will have to exert more effort to provide the desired temperature. And third, the comfort level is never at its fullest. Well-sealed and leak-free ducting ensures energy efficiency, lower bills, and is environment friendly.
Reliable Comfort. Do you have a brand new AC unit yet are not getting the right temperature control out of it? Does your home have hot and cold spots? Does it feel like some rooms are not cooled at all?
Most likely, your air ducts are the problem, NOT your A/C unit. A professionally installed and well-maintained duct system is the best way to get the most out of your heating and cooling systems. Therefore, you can maximize the service your AC offers without eating up too much energy.
Safety Measures. Well-sealed duct work equals safety. Clean ducts are free of irritants and pollutants that can cause respiratory and skin infections. And since the air flow is fluid and direct, the tendency for your equipment to overwork is very slim.
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The Pros And Cons Of Do-It-Yourself Air Sealing
HVAC professionals are trained and experienced in installation, maintenance, tuneup, and repairs in all types of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. Commercial air conditioning installation companies will have technicians with more experience on the field. Without the expertise they have, it isn’t safe for anyone to tamper or tinker around your unit.
It can cause self-harm. Even with the existence of multiple videos and instruction materials loitering around the internet, if you have no proper training and knowledge on the inner workings of an AC, you are exposing yourself to harm. Without the proper tools and diagnostic equipment, it’s more likely that you can’t cover all the work that needs to be done to fix your duct system or any part of your AC unit that is problematic.
It can cause system damage and loss of warranty. Although ducting looks like a simple work you can easily do yourself, there are components in the installation and connection of these airways that you may not be aware of, or risk damaging along the process. This could lead to an even bigger problem and could cost you to lose the warranty.
It can be a waste of money and effort. The worst part of DIYs is buying the wrong item or part. Yes, you are more likely to save without hiring a professional, but it’s also possible that you may end up spending more money and time on a job you do not have expertise. Worse, you may have to re-d0 the job, spend more money in the process, if the first attempt to fix the problem didn’t work out.
Yes, you can definitely save when you do not have to pay a professional to do the work for you. But, is it ideal? It is safe? Is it worth it?
Talk To A Professional At Marthedal Solar, Air & Heating
Do not risk your safety and the quality of the repair job just so you can save money. In truth, you can save more when hiring a professional to address the air duct issue or any home air conditioning service concern your cooling system may have since it guarantees quality work and expert touch.
Talk to one of the technicians from Marthedal Solar, Air & Heating if you want to find out how you can get discounted service fee for your home air conditioner service needs. Read about the benefits of ductless systems.