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Don’t Let Damaged Ducts Ruin Your Air Quality

technicians-hands-fixing-ductworkDid you know that your indoor air quality can actually be worse than that of outdoors? At least, this is the case if you don’t have the right indoor air quality systems and services in place, and/or if your ductwork is in bad shape!

On that latter point—there are a variety of contaminants and pollutants that can enter your home’s air through breached ductwork. Pollen, dust, cleaning material fumes, pet dander, and even mold spores can get circulated and recirculated back into your home because of holes in the ducts and other ductwork damage. Fortunately, there is something you can do about it! While in severe cases duct repair or even replacement might be necessary, you can usually get by with professional duct sealing.

What Is Duct Sealing?

You might be wondering not only what this service is, but also why it has to be completed by a pro. Isn’t that what duct tape is for?

Well, store-bought duct tape isn’t actually appropriately named, you see. It’s not going to do any good for your ducts—when temperatures fluctuate this tape becomes brittle and breaks off.

Professional duct sealing, however, involves the use of a professional-grade mastic sealant, and it requires special training and skills to maser. Investing in such a service will not only help your indoor air quality, but help you save money!

When your ductwork is adequately sealed up, it won’t be able to leak out conditioned air, which helps you save energy, and helps your HVAC system perform more efficiently. When your HVAC system performs better, it lasts longer and costs less to use from month to month. Leaky ductwork, on the other hand, diminished the amount of air that is designed to go into each area of your living space, and when this occurs you’ll notice uneven heating or cooling throughout your living space.

Improve Your Air Quality and More!

We mentioned how fixing up damaged ductwork helps with indoor air quality and HVAC system functionality, but what else? Well, for one thing, it makes your home safer.

During the daily operation of your gas-powered appliances such as your water heater or clothes dryer, combustion gases often exit your home through its ventilation system. If you have duct leakage then, backdrafting can happen. This is when gases are drawn back into your living space instead of being expelled outdoors. Duct sealing minimizes this risk and helps you live safer.

Adequate professional duct sealing also helps improve your overall comfort and the comfort of your family. Sealing and insulating the ducts in your home properly helps with rooms that are traditionally too hot in the summertime and too cold in the winter. Plus, since duct sealing helps your HVAC systems to function better, you’ll be more comfortable in that sense as well. No more getting up and constantly adjusting the thermostat only to discover you just can’t get comfortable enough.

Contact Wall Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. for your indoor air quality needs, including professional duct sealing services and more.  

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