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How Do I Know if My Ducts Are Leaking?

ductsThe majority of homeowners that use whole-house cooling systems still rely on ducted,  forced air systems to keep their homes comfortable throughout the year. There is nothing wrong with doing so, of course. While systems such as ductless mini splits have much to recommend them, the fact is that ducted systems are the go-to option for many homeowners. The trouble starts when those ducts begin leaking. But how the heck is one supposed to know if his or her ducts are leaking, anyway?

By scheduling professional duct testing in Grand Rapids, of course! How do you do that? Well, you are here reading this now, so you’ve at least found yourself the right company to do the job. The next step is simply to contact us and let us know what you need. Before you do so, naturally, you’ll want to know a bit more about duct testing. In addition to sharing some information regarding the service itself, we’ll share with you some tips that will help you to recognize the need for the service in the first place.

There Are Plenty of Warning Signs to Look Out For

What kinds of warning signs? Well, first and foremost, you should be keeping an eye on your energy bills. Leaky air ducts will result in year-round inefficiency, because heat will transfer in and out of those weak spots in the ducts freely. This problem is exacerbated by the fact that air ducts often pass through unconditioned areas of our homes.

There will also likely be a noticeable decline in indoor air quality throughout your home. This is due to the fact that it’s not just heat transfer that will take place, but also the infiltration of pollutants through gaps and tears in the ductwork. Problems with allergy and asthma flare-ups are likely on the way.

Then there is the simple matter of reduced comfort in general. When your air ducts are leaking, there is just no way in which you can expect the air conditioned by your AC or heater to be distributed throughout the house evenly and effectively. The whole point of using a whole-house HVAC system is that you want to cool your entire house evenly with just one system, so this is a major drawback.

Duct Testing Pinpoints the Leaks

So what are you supposed to do, tear apart your house looking for a whole in ducts? Of course not. With our duct testing services, we’ll be able to determine with certainty if your ducts are leaking, and in a very unobtrusive manner.

We’ll seal up the system and outfit one opening with a calibrated fan. We’ll then pressurize the ducts and measure the pressure within against the pressure we’re putting in. Any discrepancies in these readings will point us toward existing leaks in your system.

Don’t take any chances when it comes to your duct testing and duct repair/sealing services. Leave them to us for a job done right the first time.

Schedule duct sealing with GRmetro Heating and Cooling Inc.

 

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