There are a great deal of homeowners throughout Midwest City who rely on central air conditioning systems for their cooling needs, and for good reason. If you are one of these homeowners, it means that you have a series of air ducts running through the crawlspace between your walls and attic, which are ideally airtight. In most cases, when professionally installed, your ductwork can last a very long time.
However, as your air ducts age, weather and other forms of wear and tear—including just using your central air conditioner and furnace—can take its toll. In some cases this can lead to significant ductwork repairs or replacement, but in others, professional duct sealing services in Midwest City, OK will do the trick!
How Could My Ducts Be Damaged?
Ductwork can open up for a variety of reasons. It usually happens when two separate pieces have partially detached from each other—like when an old bolt wears out, for instance. Sometimes, damage can occur due to vermin getting to your ducts (raccoons, squirrels). Damage can even occur during installation or if you have an inexperienced service professional doing work near your ducts.
Whatever the case may be, a breach or leak in your air ducts will pull conditioned air out of the ventilation system, and/or unconditioned air into the system. This can create any number of problems, including:
- Decreased Comfort: As your air conditioner struggles to do its job, it will take longer for it to cool your home. This leaves you probably turning down your thermostat a lot lower than it should normally have to be, trying to maintain that cooler temperature that may be impossible to reach with damaged ducts.
- Higher Energy Bills: Your HVAC systems already account for about half of your energy bills, even with perfect ductwork. But if your ductwork is breached, then you’ll need to run the system for longer than otherwise to compensate, meaning you’re paying for energy use that you otherwise wouldn’t have needed.
- Poor Indoor Air Quality: Ductwork breaches can cause dust and dirt from your crawlspace to infiltrate the circulating air in your home. This can make even the healthiest person ill, but is especially detrimental to those who suffer from allergies or asthma.
Can’t I Just Fix It with Duct Tape?
We get this question a lot, and of course we understand why. But what’s important for you to realize is that “duct tape” is actually not appropriately named. It cannot hold sturdily enough to provide a permanent solution to your damaged ductwork. In fact if it holds up at all it will likely only last a month or two, given the temperature fluctuations your ducts go through.
Rather, our professional technicians use specialized materials to correct your ductwork damage, with mastic sealants and professional-grade metallic tapes. We will ensure that the damage is repaired (if duct sealing won’t do the trick, we’ll likely recommend duct repair next—potentially even replacement), so that your system will be restored to full efficiency.
At Comfort Incorporated, we keep your family safe, healthy and comfortable–call today, service today!