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How Do Air Duct Leaks Develop and What Are Their Effects in Bay Area Homes?

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The EPA estimates that in the average home, 20 percent of the conditioned air that is produced by furnaces and air conditioners is lost through leaks in the home’s ductwork. Duct leaks are extremely common in Bay Area homes, and they can play a big role in how comfortable, efficient and healthy your home is. Today we’re going to talk about how air duct leaks can develop, the effects they have on your home and what you can do to seal them up!

How do air duct leaks develop?

One explanation behind air duct leaks is that the ductwork was not installed properly to begin with. For example, you might have ducts that were not connected properly and the gaps caused by those loose connections can allow air to escape. In addition, a low-quality contractor might puncture one or more of your ducts during the installation process.
Air duct leaks can also develop naturally over time. During your home’s heating and cooling cycles, the temperature inside of your ductwork heats up and cools down. This causes your ducts to expand and contract. Over time, all of this repeated expanding and contracting can cause connections to loosen up or cracks and holes to develop.

What are the effects of air duct leaks?

How can you get rid of air duct leaks?

The best way to get rid of air duct leaks is to have your ductwork professionally inspected and sealed. Contact Cabrillo to learn about how duct sealing can improve your home’s comfort and efficiency levels!
If you have any questions about air duct leaks, or if you’d like a heating and cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact Cabrillo, your Bay Area plumbing, heating and air conditioning contractor.

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