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Home Performance & Energy Efficiency #1: High Energy Bills? The Problem May be Your HVAC Ducts

Blog entry by CyFree posted 10-19-2020 06:12 PM 76625 reads 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When homeowners begin experiencing things like unusually high energy bills, rooms that are too cold or too hot, their first thought is usually about replacing or upgrading their existing HVAC system. While updating an old system to a newer, more energy-efficient model is never a bad investment, homeowners may not always have the means to buy and install a new system.

The good news is that you can, most of the time, get your existing HVAC system to work more efficiently with simple, more affordable ductwork improvements.

According to our friends at Climate Partners, “a faulty ductwork can cost you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in wasted energy. The US Department of Energy estimates that home heating systems can lose as much as 30 percent of their heat because of leaks and insufficient insulation in the ductwork.”

For your HVAC system to work properly, your ducts must be clean, sealed, insulated and there must be a proper balance between supply and return ducts, so that the temperatures are comfortable and even around the house, and your heating and cooling system is not working harder than it should.

Start by having the ducts professionally inspected, cleaned and checked for leakages. A good professional will be able to detect and fix any problems in the ductwork. Things like duct sealing and duct insulation go a long way in terms of keeping the air that you pay to cool and heat from leaking out, loosing or gaining temperature, and not reaching all the rooms evenly;

If your energy bills are too high, if you have rooms that are too cold or too hot, get a good HVAC contractor to take a look at your home’s ductwork. You might not need a new HVAC system after all!

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