The Department of Energy has published; "Duct repairs could be the most important energy improvement measure you can do if your ducts are in the attic. If only one half the typical loss of uninsulated and unsealed ducts that are in attics or crawl spaces were saved, it would amount to $160 off the total heating and cooling bill in a typical home."
Does your home or building experience: High Energy Bills? Constantly Running HVAC System? Air Quality Problems? Excessive Dust? Air contamination or odor issues?
Do you have concerns about Mold or Radon Gas entering your home? Or do you just have one part of your house that never seems to get comfortable?
Every year I inspect and test hundreds of homes that have these problems. Identifying and testing for these issues is easy. A simple energy audit by TVA or more complex testing performed by a weatherization contractor easily identifies the existence of these conditions in your home.
The solution on the other hand is not as easy. Attempting to repair these conditions can be expensive if not impossible to completely correct.
Very often these issues are associated with one or more other issues as well. You may be concerned about utility costs but there is a high probability that you also have a problem with indoor air quality, moisture infiltration, comfort etc.
One thing that all these problems seem to have in common is air leakage.
Air leakage is the most costly efficiency loss in your home. The US Department of Energy recognizes air sealing as a significant issue, but also recognizes the difficulty to accomplish the task. Though we often change our windows and add insulation to improve performance, air leakage is more difficult to control and is often many times more important to control.
This manual is a "must read" to understand (in simple terms) the numerous types of leaks that effect your homes performance!
You can see a water leak, but an air leak is invisible. Energy audits can give you a number of cubic feet per minute of air leakage or project accumulative hole size. But these numbers don't help you identify where the leaks occur or what needs to be repaired.
Leaks that are accessible can be repaired by conventional means, but may have little effect on air leakage rates when you can't access them all. The air leakage simply moves to an area that has not been sealed by conventional means.
Today, there is a process available to the residential market (now available in Middle Tennessee) called Aeroseal.
Aeroseal pinpoints and covers leaks, in roughly an hour, from the inside out with a success rate of up to 98%. Aeroseal is the most effective, affordable, and viable method of sealing air duct leaks on the market. Aeroseal can reduce duct leakage by up to 90% and can easily reduce your energy use by 30% or better.
Average air duct leakage in a home requires an extra ton of air conditioning (12,000 btu/hr) to make up for the air leakage losses that exist in nearly all duct systems! This is cooling capacity you can put to better use!
Natural contaminants that we want to keep out of our house like mold and radon gas are pulled into the house due to building depressurization from HVAC air duct leakage. With these natural contaminants comes dust, pollen and road dirt that aggravate our respiratory systems.
Adding a high-efficiency filter to your HVAC system is not effective in controlling indoor air contaminants and actually reduces the efficiency of your HVAC system's ability to filter the air. The contaminants that affect your allergies enter the air duct system "after" the filter and the increased pressure the high-efficiency filter produces can actually "increase " the amount of contaminants that are pulled into and distributed throughout the house!
Create a safe and comfortable environment for you and your family, along with saving money and our environment by utilizing the Aeroseal process.
Aeroseal comes with a 10 year warranty and is eligible for a $500 TVA energy rebate.
Even Mike Holms from "Holms On Homes" uses this process!
Start saving money today and put those savings to better use for your family.
You can't see air duct leaks, but call today and receive a free no obligation Infrared Thermal Imaging Evaluation of your home.
No matter where the leaks show up, we have a solution to seal them all, "from the inside out".
To see this process at work, watch this episode of ask This Old House
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