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Leaks in Ductwork could Hinder your Heating and Cooling Efficiency

Posted by Paul Wadsworth on Mon, May 30, 2011 @ 09:16 AM

Your heating and cooling equipment is part of a larger system that includes your home's ductwork, insulation, windows, doors and other components. To maximize the efficiency of your air conditioner or furnace, all parts of the system should be regularly maintained. A good maintenance checklist will include more than just servicing the air conditioner and furnace.

Investing in scheduled maintenance is the best way to ensure that your heating and cooling system will operate effectively and efficiently all year long. A maintenance checklist also will help your equipment last longer so you can get the most value frommaintenance checklist your investment. Your contractor will call you to schedule your maintenance appointments, so you will never forget to have your heating and cooling systems maintained.


Your regular maintenance checklist should include:

  • Checking for and repairing leaks in ductwork.
  • Sealing any leaks in the attic, crawl, space, garage and other areas.
  • Adding insulation to areas where the recommended R-value for that location are not met.
  • Tuning up the air conditioner before summer and the furnace before winter.

All of the items on this maintenance checklist will help improve the energy efficiency of your heating and cooling system. Air lost through leaks in ductwork will make your air conditioner or furnace work harder, and poor insulation will allow conditioned air to escape.  Air leakage in many systems can average 40% or higher- so it is important that this be evaluated.  

Another benefit of committing to a regular maintenance checklist: You'll likely see significant cost savings on your utility bills. When your heating and cooling system is operating efficiently it uses less energy. When you seal ducts and properly insulate, your air conditioner will not have to run as frequently, which also means you have to spend less each month.

Summer is coming to the Cleveland area sooner than you think, so to save the most possible, it's wise to start thinking about this maintenance checklist now, before it gets hot. But if it has been a while since your last check-up, it is never a bad time to have your unit tuned up.  The professionals at P.K. Wadsworth can evaluate your home's current energy efficiency, recommend the changes that make the most sense for your home, and do all the tasks on your maintenance checklist. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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Topics: Heating and Cooling, efficiency, heating and cooling system, heating and cooling systems, energy efficiency, air conditioner, furnace, insulation

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