Duct LeaksLet’s get into the reason duct sealing is necessary in the first place. Ducts are very, very prone to leaks. Whether from minor issues during installation, or years of normal use, or even animal activity, the average home’s ducts tend to have at least a few leaks in them. Each individual leak may be small, but they have a pretty large cumulative effect. The US Department of Energy has estimated that the average forced air climate control system loses as much as 30% of its total output to leaks in the ducts. That’s almost a third of the total output that you’re paying for going to waste before it reaches its destination. This is why duct sealing is necessary.
Duct SealingMastic, which is a type of caulk, is often used to seal duct leaks. The mastic is squirted into the leak, then sculpted to ensure that the leak is completely sealed. In the case of more extreme leaks, regulation duct tape is often used to reinforce the mastic. This can restore your lost output, and make your heater that much more efficient this winter.
Magnolia Plumbing, Heating & Cooling offers duct sealing services throughout Silver Spring, MD. Call today to schedule an appointment with one of our technicians.