Discovering duct leaks

I recently read an article focused on improving the energy efficiency of the home.

According to this article, heating plus cooling accounts for approximately 50% of household energy consumption.

It listed suggestions on how to prevent conditioned air from escaping plus outdoor air from coming in. I was already aware of several of the recommendations. I guess that it’s a great proposal to close the curtains against the heat of the day during the summer time plus open them up to welcome in the sunshine during the winter. I make sure to regularly update the air filters of the air conditioning system plus oil furnace plus schedule professional repair every Spring plus fall. I’ve invested into thermal pane, low E, Energy Star rated windows plus meticulously caulked around them. I’ve added insulation to the attic, weatherstripped exterior doors plus installed overhead ceiling fans. I was doubtful when the article claimed that the majority of homes sacrifice up to 30% of heated plus cooled air to holes plus leaks in the ductwork. I decided to have my duct proposal tested by a licensed Heating plus A/C contractor. The contractor informed myself and others that my ducts were wasting approximately 20% of heated plus cooled air. That energy waste adds up to a significant expense. I had no proposal how to go about fixing the problem. The HVAC ducts are concealed inside walls plus ceilings plus nearly impossible to access, then fortunately, there is a process called Aeroseal that works to resolve concerns from inside the pipes. The contractor clogged off the supply plus return vents, then introduced highly pressurized air into the ducts. The air contains polymer particles that are non-toxic yet sticky. As the air leaked from cracks plus holes, the adhesive particles clung to the edges. They steadily built up to form an airslim seal.


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