The blazing hot weather of summer has arrived, with days starting to crest over 100°F. You’ll certainly have your home’s air conditioning system putting in plenty of extra work to keep your family cool. (We hope you’ve already gotten the AC’s annual maintenance inspection and tune-up taken care of.)
You’ll expect to see a rise in electricity costs at this time of year because of the increased use of the air conditioner. However, you might be paying much more than you should to run the AC and not realize it. If the ducts in your home are in poor condition, they might be stealing money from you every time the air conditioner comes on!
Duct Leaks vs. The Air Conditioner
Unless you use a ductless air conditioning system, your central AC sends air to the rooms through a series of ducts. Ducts can suffer damage over time, eventually creating air leaks. Even small leaks can create problems for the air conditioner: any air that escapes goes to waste, and it contributes to a drop in the air pressure through the system that will force the air conditioner to work hard. The Department of Energy has determined that as much a 30% of the air moving through the ventilation system can be lost to leaks, and that will have a large impact on your bills.
How to fix this problem
If you suspect that you have damaged air ducts because your bills look higher than they should be, or you simply want a professional check to see if there are leaks, call our indoor air quality experts. They’ll find out if your ventilation system has lost its airtight integrity. If they determine that your ducts are losing air, they’ll provide the necessary duct repair and duct sealing work. Once our team is done, you’ll have a ventilation system that helps and never hurts your AC and its energy efficiency.
Schedule ductwork services in Banning, CA and throughout the Inland Empire and Desert Communities with Russell’s Heating & Air Conditioning.