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Are my ducts leaking?

Are my ducts leaking?
8
Dec

Duct work that is attached to your central AC system is paramount to delivering both energy efficiency and clean air to your home. When your duct work is leaking, you are not only wasting energy but are also encouraging contaminates to enter your home. These contaminates can include dust, pollen, fiberglass (attic insulation) and a host of other irritants. 

How to determine if you have duct leakage?

Determining if you have duct leakage and quantifying the amount air leaking cannot be done by simply looking at the duct system and feeling around. The best way to determine if you have duct leakage is to have a “duct blasting” or duct leakage test performed. This test pressurizes your duct system and uses a calibrated fan and manometer to give an exact amount of air leakage. Once you have this number, it can then be equated to a percentage of air loss. At Green Cooling Solutions, we typically find the average duct system leaking between 15 and 20%. Though we have seen some as high at 45%! 

We know we have leaks, now what?

Once we know what percentage of duct leakage you have we can determine how to seal it. Sometimes a “manual duct seal” with a brush and some duct sealant is all that is needed. Other times an Aeroseal makes the most sense. To read more about our Aeroseal process visit here: http://greencoolingsolutions.com/aeroseal/

If you are interested in having your duct system tested for leakage call our office at 941-378-2080. Mention this blog and receive a duct leakage test for just $99.00 (normally $199.00)