When it comes to home ownership, the unseen problems are often the ones that cost you the most. Losses within your air duct system are a huge source of energy waste throughout the year, potentially costing you hundreds of dollars each year. In a statement by the U.S. Department of Energy, the department revealed that “Duct losses can account for more than 30% of energy consumption for space conditioning, especially if the ducts are in an unconditioned space such as an attic.” To help you combat these expensive duct losses, try one of these three simple solutions!
Solution #1: Get Your Ducts Sealed
Minor fractures and gaps naturally develop in your system over time, creating a constant stream of air that’s lost in transition between rooms. Perhaps the most cost-effective solution for averting duct losses is to have your duct system repaired and sealed. If you’re ducts are relatively new and you’d rather keep them, simply have a professional come out and seal them for you.
Solution #2: Replace Your Ducts
Traditional forced air systems rely on large duct lines that are highly vulnerable to leaks. Replacing these lines with more resilient and efficient ones can greatly reduce air waste. One of the most common replacement choices is a mini-duct system, much smaller than typical duct lines and much quicker to circulate air throughout your home.
Solution #3: Skip Ducts Entirely
With technology progressing as quickly as it has in this day and age, a completely ductless option should come as no surprise. Ductless air conditioning systems allow you to bypass duct losses entirely. If you’re in the market for a new AC system, it’s worth investigating. You can even find ductless solutions with smart zone control (for customizing temperatures in each zone).
To learn more about how to improve your HVAC systems energy-efficiency, feel free to talk with one of our specialists at R & M Heating and Cooling. Call at (256) 763-7535.