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Want Better Cooling This Summer? Try Sealing Your Ductwork

While there are several different types of air conditioning systems that provide whole home cooling, the most common is still a traditional air conditioning system that uses ductwork to deliver the cool air. Ductwork is made to be durable, and last an average of 30+ years, but that doesn’t mean it won’t sustain damage or suffer from holes, cracks and/or disconnections. Faulty ductwork can comprise up to 30% of your home’s total air loss, making it a significant contributor to a number of problems. But, with professional duct sealing, you can greatly reduce or even eliminate the air loss emanating from your faulty ductwork and have better cooling this summer.

Problems Created by Faulty Ductwork

There are a number of issues that can develop when ductwork is faulty:

  • Poor indoor air quality
  • Significant air loss
  • High energy bills
  • Excess wear and tear on your air conditioning system
  • Low air volume
  • Decreased comfort levels

How Does Duct Sealing Help?

As you can guess from the name, your ductwork is sealed during a professional duct sealing process; however, understanding the basics of the process will illuminate why duct sealing is so effective. First, your trained technician will thoroughly inspect your ductwork system to locate all of the problem areas. Then, he/she will first seal the holes and cracks by brushing mastic, a fibrous adhesive, over the affected areas. A piece of fiberglass or foil tape will be put on top of the mastic, and the mastic is left to cure and harden into a seal. Next, any disconnections will be addressed. The two ends will be brushed with mastic, joined, and wrapped in a metal binding that is secured with sheet metal nails; the mastic will cure into a hard seal.

If you have concerns about your faulty ductwork and want to improve your cooling this summer in Waldwick NJ, give the experts at DB Heating & Cooling a call today and schedule an appointment for duct sealing.

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