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High Electric Bill? Home Not Cooling? Your Air Ducts Could Be Leaking

Imagine trying to inflate a balloon that’s been punctured with tiny holes. You can huff and puff, but you’ll never blow it up completely.

Same principle applies to your HVAC system. When air ducts have leaks, your air conditioning unit wastes a tremendous amount of energy releasing conditioned air into places where it’s not needed, such as the attic. The result? A house that never quite feels comfortable.

Where is the Duct Leaking?

A professional HVAC technician can pinpoint the precise location of a leak (or leaks), but there are two possible places: on the return side and the supply side.

The return side draws air up and through the HVAC unit where it’s chilled (or heated depending on the season). A leak on the return side is a problem because it’s gathering potentially hazardous air from the attic where dust accumulates and critters creep. That means dirty air is being funneled into your living quarters via the supply side.

A leak on the supply side, which delivers conditioned air throughout your home, means cool air is escaping to parts unknown before reaching its destination. That means your house will never properly cool.

So, How Can You Tell If Your Ducts Are Leaking?

If you suspect something is amiss with your HVAC system, watch for these indicators that the ducts are leaking.

Your electric bill is through the roof: Leaks are taxing your HVAC system. It’s working harder to reach and maintain your desired temperature because so much conditioned air is being lost. That extra effort will be reflected in your electric bill.

Inconsistent cooling: If a certain room in your home remains stuffy while the AC is on, it’s likely there is a leak along the branch of ductwork serving that room.

Excessively dusty: If you’ve been dusting more lately, that could be a sign of a leak on the duct’s return side. This is more than a nuisance -- it could be hazardous to your health. The leak could be pulling in dust and contaminants from your attic, garage or crawlspace, sending pollutants through your vents on the supply side. Not cool and definitely gross.

What Can Be Done About Leaky Ducts?

A professional HVAC technician can inspect your ducts for gaps and measure the air pressure to analyze air loss. We can seal leaks as well as insulate ducts to better maintain the temperature as air moves through your home. A duct-cleaning might also be recommended depending on how much dust and debris has accumulated.

Bottom line: For a cooler home, healthier air and a lower electric bill, we highly recommend having your ducts inspected and properly sealed. To schedule an appointment with Extreme Air & Electric, call (321) 320-8012.

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