As the weather warms up and air conditioners start churning out the cool air, you may be wondering why certain rooms or areas of your home never seem to be the right temperature – in winter or summer. Leaky ducts can account for as much as a quarter of your total home energy loss. In many instances, a leaking duct has a greater impact on your home energy bill than any other factor.
Why is that?
A leaking duct is pouring conditioned air into non-living spaces like the attic, crawlspace, or exterior of the home. Conditioned air costs money in heating or cooling and when that treated air is tossed out the window (so to speak), it’s money wasted.
Duct leakage results in poor heating and cooling inside your home, creating spaces that remain unpleasantly hot or cold and are thus avoided. Duct leakages can also create significant air quality issues by pouring pollutants and other irritants directly into the home and into your breathable air.
Leaky ducts also cause unnecessary strain and wear-and-tear on your HVAC system by making it work over-hard to heat and cool the rooms of your home. That extra effort means the equipment may fail uncharacteristically early.
If you regularly encounter spots in your home that never seem cool or warm enough, it may be the result of a leaky duct but ducts are installed within the walls, floors, attics, and crawlspaces of homes – spaces that are not always easily reached by a standard home inspector. An infrared camera, however, needs no standard access.
Poorly sealed ducts leak air into wall cavities, ceilings, and other spaces hidden from the naked eye, but an infrared camera detects the temperature changes through those walls and shows where ducts may be improperly sealed or installed incorrectly.
Condensation, which over time will cause staining and mold growth, is invisible until the damage is done but with an infrared camera the evidence of condensation is apparent before the damage occurs.
An infrared home inspection of your home’s duct work is an excellent way to identify where leaks are occurring in your home and putting a stop to the energy drain. When you know where the problem is, you can fix it and your home will be more comfortable year-round. Infrared is a powerful analysis tool that can help homeowners locate problems before significant damage is caused and before their home energy bills get higher than they can afford.
See our Low-cost Tips to Improve your Electric Bill Just in Time for Summer for more energy-saving tips.
Andrew MacDonald has been inspecting homes in Palatine, Schaumburg, St. Charles and surrounding towns for nearly a decade. If you suspect the ducts in your home aren’t as efficient as they could be, request a return call today and we’ll tell you how we can help.
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