The efficiency of your heating and air conditioning are very reliant on your duct system. If your ducts are leaky or not insulated, it could be harder to maintain the right temperature in your home. As a result, you usually need to run your heater and air conditioner more frequently to keep your home comfortable throughout the year. This can obviously increase your electricity bills significantly. However, you can do a few simple things to increase the efficiency of the air ducts. This article focuses on how to insulate and tape your exposed air ducts.

Finding the Exposed Ducting in Your Home

The majority of your ducting system will be inside the walls of your building. You should worry only about the ducts that you can easily access. For instance, there will be a section of ducting that is connected to your furnace and runs into your walls. If you have an accessible attic or basement, there might be some exposed ducting in these areas too. These sections of ducting are especially important to insulate because they are usually in rooms where the temperature is more extreme. For instance, furnaces are often installed in garages where it can be quite cold. If you are running your heat during the winter, you could lose a lot of it through this short section of ducting if it is not properly insulated. Also, since the sections of ducting are exposed and often in basements or storage rooms, a lot of activity goes on around them. For instance, a section of ducting can get knocked or dislodged if you're constantly moving storage items around it. As a result, air can leak through the duct seams even though you might not immediately notice that something is wrong.

Taping and Insulating the Ducts

The best way to check your ducts is to actually do it while your system is running. This way you can run your hand next to the ducts and feel for air leaks. The first thing you should do is tape any leaky seams with aluminum-foil tape. This actually works a lot better than normal duct tape because it creates a more airtight seal. In fact, it is probably a good idea to tape all of the seams, even if you don't notice any leaking, as a preventative measure.

The most useful thing that you can do to increase the efficiency of your ducts is to wrap them in fiberglass insulation. Fiberglass insulation comes in large rolls that are easy to wrap around and tape to square or round ducts. This will simply prevent colder or warmer outside air from affecting the sidewalls of your ducts in the air that is blowing inside them.

This is a simple and affordable HVAC upgrade that you can do with hardly any special tools. The sooner you do it, the sooner you can start to enjoy reduced electricity bills. Talk to a company such as TODDCO, Inc. to learn more.