The vent work in your home is made to be durable, but that doesn’t mean it won’t experience wear or damage during its lifespan. Faulty ductwork can lead to multiple problems, and once a crack or hole develops, it doesn’t go away and typically gets worse over time. One of the best ways to manage holes and cracks in your ductwork in Cincinnati is by scheduling a professional duct sealing appointment with RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning.
How Are Ducts Sealed?
Hint: it’s not with duct tape. In fact, you should never try to cover up cracks and holes in your ductwork with duct tape; it won’t hold, and the glue can break down and make a mess. So how do professionals seal ducts?
The technician will begin the process by conducting a thorough inspection of your ductwork to assess the areas that need sealing. To seal the cracks and holes, he/she will brush a fibrous adhesive called mastic onto the cracked area. Once the area is fully covered with mastic, the technician will lay a piece of foil or fiberglass tape on top to secure the seal. Mastic needs time to cure, but once it does, the seal is hard and permanent.
For disconnected sections of ductwork, the technician will brush both ends of the pieces of ductwork with mastic, then wrap a metal binding around the connected pieces. The binding is secured with sheet metal nails, and the mastic forms a hardseal once it dries.
Benefits of Sealed Ductwork
There are several important benefits to gain from scheduling professional duct sealing:
- Better energy efficiency – air loss can be significant with faulty ductwork. Your AC will work to compensate for any lost air, and as it does so, it uses more energy. When your ductwork is sealed, your AC no longer has to work as hard to achieve the set temperature.
- Better indoor air quality – holes and cracks in your ducts allow particles, fumes and other pollutants into your system. By sealing these holes and cracks, you can stop the flow of outside pollutants into your ductwork.
- Less strain on your AC – as we mentioned above, air loss can force your air conditioner to work harder. If your AC operates for a long period of time under stress, the rate at which it ages can increase. By sealing your ductwork, you can reduce the level of strain under which your AC is operating.
Professional duct sealing in Cincinnati can help you be more comfortable and energy efficient, and put less strain on your system. Call RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.