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Ductwork is out of sight and out of mind for most homeowners. Yet, in many homes ductwork can be the unfortunate source of several issues that can impact your home’s performance and your family’s comfort and health.
Leaky Ductwork Steals Energy Dollars
Think about it: the ducts in your Alameda or Contra Costa county home deliver heated or cooled air to the living areas on your home. If your home has rooms that are too cold or too hot, it may be because your ducts are leaking air out before the air can get to these rooms. Leaking ductwork can be dangerous, since it sucks in and recirculates particles from your attic or crawlspace. Some of the contaminants that can be recirculated by leaky ducts include:
Dust and dust mites
Combustion gases and chemical fumes
Rodent and insect droppings
All these circulating contaminants create poor indoor air quality, which can make family members feel sick, especially asthma and allergy sufferers.
Finding Ductwork Leaks is Simple
All Things Good technicians are able to identify leaky ducts during a home energy audit by using a specialized tool called a duct blaster. This uses a powerful fan that is connected to the ductwork to show leaks and gaps in joints where bad air can enter your HVAC system.
Duct Sealing Improves Indoor Air Quality
Once we know where the leaks are, our team can seal them with a non-toxic mastic sealing agent. We’ll change your air filter and your ductwork should be ready to function properly by delivering clean, filtered, cooled and heated air to each room in your home.
Ductwork Insulation Improves Home Energy Efficiency
Your home performance technician will also take a look at your ductwork design to ensure that the airflow is being directed properly for your HVAC system. If you ductwork is not insulated, or has inadequate insulation, we’ll recommend insulation around the ductwork to improve energy efficiency and comfort.