A ductwork system is a network of tubes in your walls, floors, and ceiling s that transports the air from your furnace and / or central air conditioner to each individual room in your house. This network is made of sheet metal, fiberglass, or other materials. Most ductwork systems that have not been modernized could be eating up your energy bills.
Many of these systems are poorly insulated or not insulated at all. This is what raises your energy bill each month. If you are purchasing a new duct system, think about buying one that already has insulation installed. If you're insulating a duct, make sure it's in an unconditioned space.
The following is a list of helpful information in order for you to repair small duct damages; along with other miscellaneous tips:
o Inspect your ducts first and check for air leaks. Start looking for tubes that should be joined, but are clearly separated, and then move to the obvious holes.
o If you want to use duct tape to fix the ducts, make sure you're using the type with Underwriters Laboratories (UL) emblem on it. This kind of tape will decrease the amounts of cracks associated with aging.
o If you're insulating ducts in the basement, keep in mind that it will make your basement cooler.
o If you're using the basement as a living area, install the supply and registrants in the rooms in the basement.
o In order to prevent moisture buildup on cooling ducts, make sure there's a well sealed vapor barrier.
o Consult professional help if you are in doubt with repairing ducts.
When ducts are losing heat because of poor insulation, this wastes energy, along with spending more of your money on the energy bill.