The Importance of Duct Sealing for Your Home, Your Wallet, and Your Planet

When searching online for an HVAC company, you want someone reliable, affordable, and knowledgeable in order to keep your furnace and air conditioner system healthy, safe, and energy-efficient.  Whether you’re hiring HVAC contractors to install a furnace, an ac repairman to provide air conditioner service, or a company to install a brand new HVAC system or do an HVAC inspection in your home, you don’t want to forget about something many people overlook… the importance of duct cleaning. 

At Maki Electric, Heating, and Air Conditioning, we make sure your duct system is well-designed and sealed so that your home is safer, more energy efficient, and more comfortable no matter what the weather feels like outdoors. Not all ac companies take the time to educate their clients on the “why” behind the services they offer, but we feel it’s important to build relationships and trust with our clients by helping them understand our recommendations. Read on to learn why cleaning ac ducts and sealing properly them is so important and beneficial!

Benefits for Your Home:

Making sure the ducts in your house are well-designed and tightly sealed is critical in maintaining the comfort level when we are providing both heat and air conditioning to our clients. In order for your HVAC system to work at optimum efficiency it needs to be sealed off from air seeping in from the outdoors to keep your home at your preferred temperature no matter the time of year. 

When air ducts are sealed correctly in your home, the air quality improves, making the air safer to breathe for everyone. Sealed ducts help to keep out unwanted allergens, harmful particles from lawn and garden chemicals, smog and smoke circulating outdoors, and insulation particles in the walls and attic. Individuals with health issues such as asthma or chronic allergies will especially benefit from well-sealed ducts that keep harmful irritants at bay. 

Making sure ducts are sealed properly can also help increase safety in your home through reducing the possibility of “backdraft.” Appliances such as dryers, furnaces, and water heaters release harmful gasses such as carbon monoxide through their own ventilation systems when in normal operation. If allowed to vent thoroughly through the duct system of a home, these gasses are safely expelled to the outdoors. However, if sealing is not done correctly or there is a ruptured duct, these gasses can “backdraft,” or “be drawn back” into your home through the HVAC system. Keeping your home safe should be a top priority, which is why duct repair and sealing is so important in minimizing dangerous health risks. 

Benefits for Your Wallet:

If hot air leaks in during the summer months or cold air seeps in during the winter, your system will have to work overtime to maintain optimum temperature. Leaky ducts have been found to decrease the energy-efficiency of a home by around 20% which means higher energy bills for the homeowner. Assuring the ducts are properly maintained and taking the additional step of adding insulation to them typically pays for itself in energy savings. Also, if you are building a new home or replacing your old unit with a brand new HVAC system, taking the time to design, insulate, and seal the duct system might even allow you to downsize to a smaller, less expensive HVAC system altogether. 

Benefits for Your Planet:

The more energy we all use in our homes and workplaces, the more greenhouse gas emissions leak into our environment, causing pollution, climate change, and trickling down to cause a myriad of other problems for our species as well as others. By sealing and cleaning your HVAC ducts (thus reducing the energy used), you can essentially keep your home comfortable while having a smaller carbon-footprint, therefore contributing less to overall global air pollution. A win-win for you and the planet!

At Maki Heating and Air we make it our mission to provide top quality services to our community. To install HVAC systems or schedule a duct inspection to ensure your system is properly sealed for maximum energy-efficiency, give us a call at (530) 885-3449. Make it Maki, and we’ll make sure you’re satisfied!


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