Last June 2018, the per kWh rate of electricity in Florida households averaged 11.37 cents. Compared to the June 2017 rate, that’s .65 cents lower.
Granted, many of us would consider that a welcome decrease. But that still didn’t prevent electric bills going beyond the $100 mark.
Part of the reason is the high average household energy consumption, at 897 kWh. If you multiply that by 11.37 cents, your bill will still amount to $101.99.
But that’s not the end of it. If you have faulty ductwork, you’re most likely spending even more!
This where duct sealing and restoration comes into play. These services can help prevent more energy losses from occurring. The less energy you lose, the lower your electric bills can be.
The question is, what exactly do these processes entail? And how can you tell that you need them soon?
We’ll address all these questions and more, so, keep reading!
If you have a forced air HVAC system, you get your heated/cooled air through the ductwork. Such systems need ducts to carry and circulate conditioned air throughout your home.
The thing is, typical duct networks aren’t as efficient as we want them to be. They can lose as much as 25% to 40% of conditioned air. Even more if they have leaks and poor connections.
That’s why even the Department of Energy recommends sealing and insulating ducts. Especially ducts that leak conditioned air into unprotected areas (think attics). Have these ducts sealed, and you can save hundreds of dollars every year on your energy bills.
Let’s say you’ve had your ducts sealed a few years ago. You’ve enjoyed utmost comfort from your space heater/cooler. Especially in Florida, where summer temp can go as high as 90 degrees or more.
Then, you began to notice hot or cold spots throughout the house. Airflow has also become restricted. You may even have smelled something weird or foul coming through the vents.
Take these as signs you may already need air duct repair or restoration. It’s possible that some parts of the duct network have loosened, resulting in leaks. The smell may be coming from molds, or worse, a dead animal.
Keep in mind that normal wear and tear can also cause cracks, dents, and punctures on ducts. If it’s been quite some time since your last duct inspection, now is the good time to schedule one.
That’s why it’s important to pay attention to your home’s duct system. If you don’t, your ducts and vents can harbor loads of these asthma- and allergy triggers. That can bring your home’s indoor air quality down, leading to serious health risks.
The good news is, heating and AC ducting repair can also help improve indoor air quality. After all, repair specialists will make sure they’re all clean and debris-free. You can even have your ducts set up with anti-bacterial and mold-resistant agents.
It’s not only your wallet that suffers when you have inefficient ductwork. All that lost and wasted energy puts a huge toll on the environment too.
So, why not invest in professional duct sealing and restoration services now? You’ll thank yourself later once you see a considerable drop in your electric bills.
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