Your home’s air duct system may be blowing money out of your pocket!
With more than 80 million affected homes in the U.S. alone, the EPA estimates that almost $25 billion per year is wasted in lost energy. On average, 30 cents of every $1 spent on your heating and cooling never makes it to your living spaces because of cracks and leaks in your air ducts. That’s money that is literally leaking out of your wallet. The U.S. Department of Energy has stated that 95% of older homes have leaky air ducts. It’s highly likely that YOUR home’s air duct system is leaky and costing you more money in energy every month than you should be paying.
Think about it. The air ducts ran through your home are joined together, metal-on-metal and most often, not sealed with tape or mastic. There’s going to be be air escaping from the cracks and holes along your ductwork from these connections and fittings leading up to your registers on the floor, wall, and ceiling. Research completed by the DOE found that 20% to 30% of heated and cooled air, that you pay for, never reaches it’s intended destination within your home and is lost in your attic, crawlspace, or in-between the walls of the house. That 20-30% a month could add up to some serious savings!
Most homeowners are quick to conclude that they need to upgrade their home’s HVAC system to help fix their high energy bills, when in fact, in most cases, the root cause is leaky ductwork. If a new system is required, make sure to talk with your HVAC contractor to see if your ductwork needs to be sealed in order to maximize the new unit’s full efficiency.
There may be energy-related rebates available from your local energy service provider.
This is a great way to save even more! Many utility companies have rebate programs that include duct sealing and other home improvements that make your house more energy efficient. To find our more please contact your utility company or request a consultation with Fultz Air
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