Reduce Energy Loss with Air Duct Sealing
Perhaps one of the things businesses take for granted and forgets often is air duct sealing. Of course changing the filters regularly is a forefront thought, but what about the actual performance of the ducts themselves? When air ductwork is not properly sealed, energy loss occurs more frequently leading to higher costs. Below, learn the importance of air duct sealing to help control energy costs, see better HVAC system performance, and improve the indoor air quality of your business property.
Checking Air Duct Sealing is Necessary
Businesses need to have commercial ductwork properly sealed for many reasons, starting with indoor air quality and comfort. What is often forgotten is the importance of air duct sealing for energy efficiency. To reduce energy loss in your business, have a professional check the ductwork for air leaks or inefficiency. A professional will be able to identify problems and will perform sealing as needed.
Signs You Need Air Duct Sealing
Outside of an HVAC professional checking your ducts for proper sealing, here are some signs you need air duct sealing.
- Receiving unexpected higher energy and utility bills
- Areas of your business are not cooling down or warming up
- The “patch-up” job on separating ducts is not working
- Rooms are more dusty than normal
- Mold is more prevalent
- Random “funky” smells
- Ductwork has not been checked up on in years
- Flexible ductwork is damaged, twisted and has kinks in it.
- There are open spaces between the joints of the ductwork that is easily seen.
- Employees start having health problems including but not limited to asthma, respiratory issues, emphysema and more because of polluted air ducts.
Energy Loss Problems from Air Duct Sealing Issues
According to the US Department of Energy, approximately 20 percent of energy is wasted when commercial ductwork is not properly sealed. Energy loss in your business occurs when ducts are not properly sealed, causing your commercial HVAC system to push out hotter or cooler air to warm up or cool down your business. This causes your system to overwork itself, leading to potentially expensive and unexpected system breaks down the road. Not only do you set yourself up for expensive repair jobs when your commercial HVAC system is constantly overworking itself due to leaky ducts, but it will exponentially increase your utility costs.