You should keep your Naples, Florida, home as airtight as possible to keep your family comfortable. Uncontrolled air leaks make your HVAC system work harder than necessary, which reduces its efficiency. Let’s look at a few reasons you have air leaks in your home and how to fix them.
Not Enough Insulation
Not having enough insulation or having the wrong R-value allows your valuable treated air to leak out while hot outside air is coming in. To keep your house comfortable and well heated in this condition, your HVAC system has to work harder to raise the required temperature levels. The harder your unit works, the less efficient it becomes. Unfortunately, an overstrained HVAC system will have its parts wear out quicker and possibly break down prematurely.
Cracks in the Ductwork
Over time, the ducting in your system may develop cracks. A large percentage of the cool air intended to blow into your home gets lost through these cracks, and your home doesn’t cool off as quickly or as efficiently as it should. Again, your HVAC system will be working and straining harder to produce enough fresh air to keep your home comfortable. The good news is you can improve your unit’s efficiency by cleaning and sealing the ductwork to eliminate air loss through faulty ducting.
Insufficient Weatherization Around Doors and Windows
Doors and windows without adequate weatherstripping or caulking are sneaky culprits of air leaks. Test for air leaks by seeing if you can move the doors or windows in their frame. If they rattle or you can see light through the seams, they need weatherization. Single-pane glass allows for a lot of air exchange. Consider having your windows replaced with high-performance, double-pane ones. Weatherizing your home helps to increase the efficiency of your HVAC system.
Give our professional team at Certified Heating and Cooling Inc. a call today at (239) 204-4114 to schedule your duct sealing appointment.
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