As summer heats up, the need to use air conditioning to cool your home becomes much more pressing. No one wants to have to spend more money than necessary to cool their home or business, yet leaving leaks in your ducts is like trying to cool your home with the doors and windows open. It will cost you more money both in terms of your energy bill and extra wear and tear on your air conditioning unit. Fortunately, sealing your ducts is a viable and relatively inexpensive solution when viewed in comparison to replacing your entire air conditioning unit or continuing to pay high energy bills. About air conditioning ducts According to the California Energy Commission, homes with central heat as well as air conditioning rely on ducts to evenly distribute cool air in the summer and warm air in the winter. Ducts are composed of insulated and flexible tubes that often run across the floor of attics or alternatively are placed underneath the house. Since the location of the ducts is usually not where homeowners generally look, you can have leaking ducts for years without being aware of it. Checklist for savings on efficiency and energy bills Energy Star, a consumer group advocating energy efficiency recommend the following steps to save energy and money:
- Change the air filter regularly -- Changing the air filter once a month during heavy use periods will prevent impeded airflow and will help the system run more efficiently. This will save you money as well as help to ensure that the system can cool your home more efficiently.
- Install a programmable thermostat -- A programmable thermostat is ideal if you are regularly away from home for set periods of time. This way the temperature will be controlled remotely and excess money will not be spent cooling your home when no one is there.
- Seal leaking ducts -- Having a qualified technician come out and asses your HVAC system for leaking ducts can save you a significant amount of money.
For more information or to schedule an assessment of your ductwork, contact Gilman Heating and Cooling. We have been serving the Richmond area since 1917.