According to the Department of Energy (DOE), leaky ducts are a top energy waster in this country. It is estimated that many homes lose as much as a third of their heated or cooled air without even realizing that is what is happening. That adds up to lots of money, and not just in utility costs. If your home has leaky ducts, it is also making your HVAC system work harder, which will result in higher repair costs and a shorter lifespan.
In addition to costing you money, leaky ducts could be introducing debris and contaminants from where your home’s ductwork is located, be that the attic, crawlspace or basement. This can be adversely affecting indoor air quality. Leaky ducts can also be a way for rodents and even larger critters to gain admittance to your living space, depending on the size of the leak.
If you have been thinking of replacing your HVAC system because you think it is to blame for your high utility costs and trouble getting your home comfortable, it is a wise idea to have your home inspected for leaky ducts first. In fact, this step should always be done prior to replacing a system because even if it really does need to be replaced, you want to give it the best chance at a long trouble-free life.
Many things can cause leaky ducts, and because they are so common, it is never a bad idea to call for duct leakage testing every few years. Here at AppleBlossom Energy, we can help you see if your Charlotte, North Carolina area home has leaky ducts, and we can also complete a complimentary home energy check-up to see if there are other energy savings we can help you enjoy. Give us a call today, and let’s see what we can do to keep your money from blowing away through those leaky ducts.