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As you look for ways to save money and improve your Longview-area home’s energy efficiency this summer, think about hiring a professional HVAC contractor to seal cooling ducts.
The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that some 20 percent of the air moving through your Longview-area home’s ducts is actually lost through leaks, holes and loose connections between duct sections. That means, roughly, that 20 percent of your money is wasted by sending cooled air into attic, crawlspace or basement. When you pay someone to seal cooling ducts, you are investing in improved energy efficiency and less strain on your central air conditioner, so the one-time cost will return to you many times over.
A second benefit to seal cooling ducts is indoor air quality. Cooling ducts pull in polluted air through tears, gaps and loose connections. Imagine pulling attic air full of insulation fibers and stray dust into your home’s cooling ducts for your family to breathe.
You and your HVAC contractor can both seal cooling ducts. You can do some work yourself if the ducts are safely and easily accessible. For loose duct sections, use metal straps or machine screws to lock duct sections together. Apply mastic or adhesive-backed, foil tape for accessible areas:
Some work should be left to professionals. A qualified HVAC contractor can:
For more guidance on the right way to seal cooling ducts in your Longview-area home, contact us at JD’s A/C.
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