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Duct Renovation


duct renovationDo you have rooms that just don't seem to get warm enough in the winter or cool enough in the summer? It could be from a lack of insulation, or maybe your heating or cooling system just isn't strong enough. But the answer could be as simple as leaky ductwork! More than 20% of American homes have leaky or detached ducts. And did you know that up to 40% of the energy generated by your HVAC system could be lost through leaky ducts?

Here's how it works... Your heating and cooling systems create hot and cold air and push that air through "supply ducts" to all the rooms of your home. "Return ducts" bring air back from each room to be re-heated or re-cooled. Through shoddy workmanship by the builder, settling of the house in the ground, or passage of time that degrades adhesive materials, some segments of ductwork become detached from other segments. As a result, some of the conditioned air doesn't make it to the rooms of your home. You have comfort issues. And you're paying to heat (or cool) your attic, crawl space and wall cavities.

In addition to comfort issues and wasted energy, leaky ducts are a leading cause of poor indoor air quality, as pollutants are drawn into the system, re-circulated and distributed throughout the house through the heating and cooling systems.

Common Problems with Air Ducts

1) Leaky Air Ducts

This is the most common ductwork problem, and it can lead to a system which is 40% less efficient than normal. And the problem is twofold: First, 40% of the air that you've paid to heat or cool is leaking into wall cavities, crawl spaces and the attic. Second, stale air from those areas is sucked back into the ducts and distributed to the rest of your house, lowering your air quality.

2) Poorly Insulated Ducts

In the middle of winter, when hot air is travelling through un-insulated ducts in your cold basement or crawl space, a lot of energy can be lost through the duct walls. The same goes for cold air travelling through poorly insulated ducts in the hot heat of summer. Un-insulated or poorly insulated ducts can results in a lot of wasted energy – and money.

3) Imbalanced Ductwork

Balance problems are when supply ducts and return ducts carry different amounts of air. This imbalance occurs when the location and size of ducts aren't calculated properly, and they can lead to hot and cold spots in your home, and a lot of wasted energy.

4) Safety

Air duct leaks can cause pressure imbalances that can lead to back drafting into furnaces, wood stoves and gas ranges. This could lead to carbon monoxide exposure, making it all the more important to make sure your ducts don't leak.

Our Duct Sealing & Renovation Solutions

Home Energy Team will test your air duct system with special diagnostic equipment to calculate the energy efficiency of your ductwork, and see if air duct sealing is right for you. We use Duct Blaster® equipment to pinpoint leakages in the HVAC ductwork, and to measure success once the duct sealing is complete. You will be provided with before and after leakage measurements to guarantee success.

We'll seal your ductwork to prevent conditioned air from escaping and dirty air from entering your living space. We will also insulate your ductwork to help retain the heat (or cold) in conditioned air, and make sure your system is safe for you and your family. Typical duct renovation also includes straightening or replacing ducts, sealing air handlers with proper materials, hanging ducts where necessary, replacing registers to improve proper air throw and installing basic fresh air systems.


Start With an Energy Assessment

Duct sealing and renovation can help increase your comfort, save energy, and improve your home's safety, durability and air quality. But the first step is to schedule an energy assessment to find out exactly what home improvement work is recommended for your home.

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