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High Utility Bills? Stuffy Rooms? Dusty House? IT COULD BE YOUR DUCTWORK!

IT COULD BE YOUR DUCTS!!!

A duct system that is properly sealed and insulated can make your home more comfortable, energy efficient, and safer.  Making improvements to your duct system can:

Improve Comfort
Sealing and insulating ducts can help with indoor comfort problems, such as rooms that are too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter.

Enhance Indoor Air Quality
Fumes from household and garden chemicals, insulation particles, and dust can enter your duct system, aggravating asthma and allergy problems.  Sealing ducts can help improve indoor air quality by reducing the risk of pollutants entering ducts and circulating through your home.

Promote Safety
During normal operation, gas appliances such as water heaters, clothes dryers, and furnaces release combustion gases (like carbon monoxide) through their venting systems.  Leaky ductwork in your heating and cooling system may cause “backdrafting,” where these gases are drawn back into the living space, rather than expelled to the outdoors.  Sealing leaks can reduce this risk.

Save Money
Leaky ducts can reduce heating and cooling system efficiency by as much as 20 percent.  Sealing and insulating ducts increases efficiency, lowers your energy bills, and can often pay for itself in energy savings.  Plus, if you’re planning to install new heating and cooling equipment, a well -designed and sealed duct system may allow you to downsize to a smaller, less costly heating and cooling system that will provide better dehumidification.

Protect the Environment
When power plants burn fossil fuels to make electricity, they release greenhouse gases. By sealing ductwork and using less energy at home, you can help reduce these emissions and fight global warming.

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  1. Mark Cannella
    September 17, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Not nearly enough people pay attention to this. It’s very important.

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