As a homeowner, it’s easy to become desensitized to the issues in your home and get so used to working around them that you virtually become blind to the problems after a while. And if you’re dealing with drafty areas, rooms that are always warmer or colder than the rest of the house, or a general wane in air flow when you crank the thermostat to the desired temperature, there could be any number of problems to blame. Perhaps your insulation is inadequate or has deteriorated in certain areas of the home. Maybe you’re dealing with leaks that let the outside air in. Or perhaps it’s time to upgrade your outdated furnace or AC unit. But one place you might not think to look is in the air ducts that carry your heated or cooled air from their respective units to the living spaces throughout your structure. And if you are lacking proper insulation and seals, your air ducts could definitely be under-performing.
Air ducts that feature both insulation and proper seals are going to give you the best shot at getting your air from point A (the furnace or AC unit) to point B (living spaces) with the least amount of degradation, which is to say loss of temperature or pressure/air flow. But not all homes are built with the best possible products, and seals can deteriorate over time. Although the process of upgrading or repairing your ductwork can definitely be expensive, you’ll gain several benefits when you opt to spring for insulated and sealed ducts.
First and foremost, you’ll achieve the comfortable interior that you and your family crave, and you’ll have an easier time regulating the temperature throughout your home. When ducts aren’t sealed and insulated, the air you’re paying for could be escaping into the attic, the basement, crawl spaces, and wall cavities, meaning that you have to push your machinery a lot harder to get the actual temperature you prefer. And of course, this is going to waste energy and money in the process.
If you aren’t keen on the idea of paying to heat portions of your home that your family can’t enjoy, then stop throwing money down the drain. By putting some dough into adding insulated ducts and/or sealing so that no bought air escapes, you stand to save a ton over time, potentially recouping your upfront costs and then some. And you could end up avoiding unfortunate byproducts, as well. When your ducts aren’t properly insulated, the temperature differentiation between inside and outside the ducts can cause condensation, leading to the formation of mold or mildew. And this can not only cause a stench that gets blown throughout your home every time you turn on the air, but it could also lead to health problems (namely respiratory) that could end up being fatal, especially for any children or elderly inhabitants.
The point is that properly sealed and insulated ducts can benefit you on a number of levels. And whether you’re concerned about keeping a comfortable home interior, conserving energy, saving money, or protecting the health and well-being of your family (or all of the above), the right products and procedures can help to ensure that you meet your goals where your HVAC is concerned.