DUCT SEALING SERVICES IN GASTONIA, NC
It’s easy to assume that the ductwork in your home will always be in great shape and won’t be anything to worry about. But ducts can easily sustain damage from corrosion, insects and vermin, poor initial construction or installation, and high air pressure due to closed and blocked room vents. The ducts will make the entire heating and air conditioning system inefficient and cause other problems if they develop air leaks and allow the air pressure inside them to plummet. To solve this problem, you’ll need to contact ventilation professionals to seal up the ducts and make them airtight once more.
If you live in Gastonia, NC or the surrounding areas, you don’t need to look far to find duct sealing services from skilled HVAC technicians. Simply call FSM Heat & Air, and we’ll arrange for the duct testing and sealing that will restore your ventilation system to top condition. Our motto is, “Quality and Reliability You Can Trust!”
SIGNS THAT YOU NEED AIR DUCT SEALING
You can’t see most the ductwork in your house, so knowing when you need to have leaks sealed requires that you check for warning signs:
- Rise in energy bills: Ducts can lose up to 30% of the air moving through them to leaks, resulting in a significant rise in energy bills during summer and winter. When you see the cost to run your HVAC system rising and you don’t know why, you should schedule duct testing to see if the ductwork needs sealing.
- Moldy and musty smells from the vents: Holes in the ducts will draw in air from closed–off parts of the house, such as between the walls. The air in these regions is often musty and moldy–smelling, sending a warning that something is wrong with the ventilation system.
- Air filter clogs rapidly: The air filter in your HVAC system will usually need to be replaced every 1 to 3 months. When the frequency increases because of rapid clogging, it often means too much debris is entering the ventilation system through holes in the ducts.
DUCT TAPE IS NOT FOR SEALING DUCTWORK
If your first thought when it comes to repairing ducts is to reach for duct tape, you’ll be surprised to find that duct tape is actually one of the least useful tools to fix ductwork. The name duct tape is a misnomer that attached itself to what was originally known as duck tape, probably because it was backed with duck cloth. Although duct tape has numerous household uses, tests have shown that it is ineffective as a sealant for actual ductwork. In laboratory tests, duct tape rapidly loses adhesion because of temperature changes in the ducts and fails in as short a time as single month. If you think you need duct sealing, leave the duct tape for closing up cardboard boxes and instead pick up the phone and call us.
THE WAY PROFESSIONALS HANDLE AIR DUCT SEALING
How do HVAC professionals actually seal ducts? There are a number of different methods, but they first start with testing in order to locate all the leaks. Once they’ve located the leaks, the technicians will either use mastic sealant or metallic tapes to close up the holes. Mastic is a resin–based adhesive that is flexible enough to resistant breaking as the ducts flex from temperature changes. The metallic tapes are the "true" duct tape, creating a tough mechanical seal. Your duct sealing professionals will decide which methods are best for your particular situation.
FSM Heat & Air has the trained HVAC technicians who can handle the duct testing and duct sealing necessary for making sure your ventilation system is in great shape. Call us today for service in Gastonia, NC and the surrounding areas.
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