How Insulation and HVAC Duct Sealing Improve Your Air Conditioner’s Effectiveness

June 30, 2020

Living in Mesa means that we’re used to temperatures in the triple digits during the summer—and a utility bill to match. What if we told you that you could improve your air conditioner’s efficiency just by adding (or replacing) insulation and sealing your HVAC ducts? It’s true—about 20 percent of your cool air is lost before it ever reaches the living areas of your home, thanks to poor insulation and gaps in your HVAC ducts in Mesa, AZ. What a waste!

On the other hand, saving money, keeping your home in good repair and enjoying cool temperatures indoors sounds like the start of a great summer to us.

Benefits of insulation and HVAC duct sealing

Here’s how insulation and HVAC duct sealing can help your air conditioner run more efficiently, and the benefits you’ll experience:

  • You’ll save money: Losing 20 percent of the air that your air conditioner just worked so hard to cool is a waste of money—do you really want to be air conditioning your attic, your crawlspace or the space behind your walls? If you have leaky or uninsulated HVAC ducts, that’s what you’re doing—spending money to cool off an unused part of your home. It’s not much better than standing in front of your open refrigerator for hours on end.
  • Your home will be cooler: When that 20 percent of air that was once lost is actually funneled into your living space, you’ll find that your home will cool off faster and stay cool longer. When the mercury is rising, you’ll be glad you made the investment.
  • Your HVAC system will run safely: Properly sealed ducts help your HVAC system run safely, which is of paramount importance to most homeowners. You can increase the safety and efficiency by making sure furniture, curtains and rugs aren’t blocking any of your vents.
  • Your air will be healthier: When your leaking HVAC ducts draw from dusty or dirty spaces, they can pull these pollutants and fumes into your home’s living spaces. For those with allergies or asthma or who are otherwise sensitive to air quality, this can cause illness and discomfort. If you don’t have to breathe it in, why would you?

Can I DIY or should I hire a professional?

Saving money is one of the best reasons to get your air conditioner working efficiently, so you might be considering DIY-ing this project. However, consider that many HVAC ducts are in the walls or in other hard-to-reach areas—which usually means it’s better to leave this particular job to the pros. Locating the ducts can be a job in and of itself, and if they’re in the basement, attic or ceiling, the potential for damage is fairly high. Plus, your HVAC pros will be able to make sure the insulation is in great shape and make replacements as necessary.

When you’re looking for reliable HVAC contractors in Mesa, AZ, turn to the team at PlumbSmart Plumbing Heating & Air. Reach out today to learn more or schedule a consultation.

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