Upgrading to a New Unit? Don’t Ignore Your Ductwork!

If you have recently upgraded to a new energy efficient heating or cooling system, or you’re considering doing so in the near future, don’t automatically assume new equipment will be the answer to your skyrocketing energy bills. 
Too many homeowners overlook one of the most important factors in the efficiency of your overall HVAC system: the ductwork. Your air ducts are the responsible for delivering the heated or cooled air those units work so hard to create. Unfortunately, many homes do not have the proper ductwork, or ductwork that is performing to it’s fullest potential. 
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 75% of homeowners are losing hundreds of dollars every year due to leaks and insulation flaws with their ductwork. 
Benefits of Effective Ductwork
Comfort – Fixing leaks and sealing cracks, as well as insulating your ductwork can result in noticeably improved comfort. These cracks and leaks often lead to rooms being too hot or too cold and make regulating a comfortable temperature difficult. 
Energy & Cost Savings – Effective ductwork will work for your new energy efficient heating and cooling systems. Leaks and poor insulation, however, will make that new “efficient” unit work harder than necessary to keep you comfortable. This translates into a great deal of money lost in energy costs. 
Safety – Ductwork that is properly sealed will keep dangerous vapors out of your home. Leaky ducts can allow contaminants like household cleaning agents, vehicle and small machine exhaust, carbon monoxide and more to be released back into your home instead of being exhausted safely outside. 
Health – Sealed ducts keep the dust, pollen, pet dander and mold that is floating around from entering your duct system. For allergy and asthma sufferers living in your home, this is great as it helps to alleviate triggers that can make them miserable. 
Don’t let your ductwork keep you from enjoying the energy savings you deserve. Sealed and insulated ductwork is good for your pocketbook and the environment! 
At One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, we care about helping you keep comfortable while saving you money. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you get the most from your ductwork. 

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