In a way, your Richmond home’s ductwork serves as its circulatory system. By moving air from your HVAC equipment to the vents in each room, your home’s ducts provide a vital link to your comfort. Since your ductwork is such an integral part of your home, it makes sense to take care of it for the long haul.
One crucial aspect of proper duct care is duct sealing. If you don’t know what duct sealing is or if you’re unsure about having it done, keep reading to learn more about this process from Galbreath & Sons, Inc..
The Necessity of Duct Sealing
The construction of ducts makes them inherently vulnerable to air leaks. Since ducts are constructed from multiple sections of metal, the seams between these sections can tend to open over time, leading to air leaks. Additionally, the areas where the ducts attach to the vents are naturally prone to leaks due to the angles at which they attach. Also, small holes can develop in your ducts due to animals, rust, or age. These holes and gaps are why duct sealing is necessary.
The Duct-Sealing Process
There are two types of duct sealing that Galbreath & Sons, Inc. can do: interior and exterior. Exterior duct sealing involves using silicone caulk, mastic sealant, and metal tape to cover over seams and holes that are easily accessible. For issues in attics, garages, unfinished basements, and other accessible areas, this method is quite effective.
Another aspect of exterior sealing is isolating your ducts from the unconditioned air that is present in attics, crawlspaces, and other areas. In this type of sealing, insulation is placed around the ducts to seal them off from the unconditioned space so the temperature of the air doesn’t change as it flows through the ducts.
Interior sealing, on the other hand, is perfect for ducts that are in sealed spaces, such as walls and ceilings. Rather than placing sealing material on the outside of the ducts, interior sealing uses small vinyl acetate particles that are blown through the duct and stick together when they find a gap. Together, these particles can seal most small holes and gaps, allowing you to achieve leak-free ducts with minimal effort.
Keeping Dust Where It Belongs
One reason we at Galbreath & Sons, Inc. highly recommend having your ducts sealed is to keep dust and other particles where they belong. The changing pressure inside of a duct creates ideal conditions to suck in dust through gaps and holes. Once the dust is inside your ductwork, it won’t be long before it’s distributed throughout your home.
If you notice your home is unusually dusty no matter what you do, it could be because you have leaky ducts. Another reason it’s important to keep dust out of your ducts is because the dust can clog your ducts, leading to even further drops in efficiency. Of course, excessively dusty conditions can also lead to chronic respiratory issues that can leave your family uncomfortable.
Keeping Air Where It Belongs
Another important benefit of duct sealing by Galbreath & Sons, Inc. is that it helps to keep the conditioned air where it belongs: in your ducts. Losing conditioned air makes your HVAC system work harder than it needs to. Over time, this can cause your HVAC system to break down prematurely, leading to significant unnecessary replacement costs.
What’s more, if your ducts are leaking air, there are likely to be certain rooms around your home that don’t get as warm or cool as they should be. Given the arrangement of many houses, these uncomfortable rooms are often bedrooms, which can lead to uncomfortable sleeping conditions that will cause you to lose sleep. Delivering the full volume of air that you’re paying to heat and cool is definitely worth the cost of duct sealing.
Add Life to Your Ducts
Unless there are large holes in your ducts, the duct-sealing process can typically return them to like-new condition. Therefore, you won’t have to go to the expense and inconvenience of replacing your ducts. Duct sealing can also solve a lot of other airflow problems you may be experiencing around your home that seem to have unexplained causes.
Studying Every Part of Your HVAC System
The technicians at Galbreath & Sons, Inc. understand that every component of an HVAC system is vital to its proper performance. That’s why we offer services such as duct sealing that are focused on improving the performance of an individual component. Alongside HVAC maintenance, repair, and installation, we offer solar installation services. With 40 years of experience and the Angie’s List Super Service Award to our name, you can trust us to be a reliable choice for your home comfort needs. Call us at Galbreath & Sons, Inc. today.