AeroSeal Duct Sealing Service for Homes in the Greater Cincinnati Area
An infamous hotbed of energy waste in the average home, duct systems used with forced air central heating and cooling equipment are responsible for massive amounts of energy waste, with high energy bills that follow. Air leaks in a home’s ducts cause a 20 to 30 percent loss of heating and cooling energy – since the operation of an HVAC system for heating and cooling is responsible for nearly 50 percent of a typical household’s annual energy consumption, such substantial volumes of waste from a home’s air ducts have financial and environmental impacts no Cincinnati homeowner should ignore.
Energy loss associated with the duct system stems from air leaks, which allow conditioned air out of the duct while permitting contaminated air into the system and ultimately, into home living areas. As if the substantial energy waste they generate wasn’t compelling on its own, the infiltration of unconditioned air facilitated by air leaks causes and contributes to poor indoor air quality and discomfort inside the home.
Duct sealing is a repair service often used to repair ducts and improve their efficiency. Numerous methods can be used for sealing air leaks that have formed in a home’s air ducting, even those that can be performed by a DIY-savvy homeowner with materials like mastic sealant or foil tape (but never duct tape!). However, because duct leaks are responsible for such serious losses in energy, expenses, and comfort, often homeowners don’t want to leave such an important job to chance and choose to have an HVAC professional perform the necessary sealing repairs.
Thomas & Galbraith Heating, Cooling & Plumbing performs AeroSeal duct sealing for homes in the Cincinnati area. AeroSeal is a professional grade sealing solution that offers incredible performance and reduction in air loss, which allows homeowners to put an end to such an expensive household problem without the high cost of replacing ducts. The process is non-invasive and completed in just a short time, making costly, wasteful air leaks a thing of the past.
Make sure you don’t waste another dollar allowing energy to pour out your home’s ducts at an alarming rate – contact us by phone or online to request a duct leakage test and estimate for AeroSeal ducting seal treatment.
AeroSeal for Duct Leak Repairs
AeroSeal is an innovative product and duct sealing solution capable of sealing leaks in ducts from the inside of damaged ducting. AeroSeal is a sealant made from non-toxic polymers with specially made synthetic nanoparticles. AeroSeal’s nanoparticles join together in a perfect fit to create an extremely well-fitting airtight seal that closes any holes, leaks, damage, and misalignments creating leaks in a duct system. The sealant is used for duct repairs in homes, hospitals, government buildings, and other facilities with impressive success.
Duct Leakage Test
The AeroSeal process starts with testing the home HVAC system for duct leakage. An HVAC technician seals access points of the duct system to restrict airflow from proper registers and vents in living areas. The duct system is pressurized to determine if air leakage is present and to identify the location of leaks. Leaks are common at certain areas of the duct system – connection joints have loosened or are disconnected, flex duct is torn, gaping seams, and leaks where the duct meets the air handler. Once the duct leakage test is complete, your technician verifies the presence of leaks if found, and discusses whether or not duct sealing is an appropriate solution to the identified issue.
AeroSeal Duct Sealing Process
If your ducts need to be sealed, the AeroSeal process is performed while the system is still under pressure and monitored from beginning to end by your technician. Aeroseal is added to the ducts with the HVAC system running to push the sealant through the system. Aeroseal makes contact with edges of a breach in the ducts, forming a seal as its particles tightly lock together.
Because Aeroseal is applied from the inside of a duct, there is no mess and no need to cut open walls or ceilings to access leaking ducts! AeroSeal duct sealing is non-invasive and the entire process is completed much quicker than accessing and sealing leaks from the outside. The process can take as little as an hour, but may last a few hours if there is significant air leakage to be corrected.
Why Use AeroSeal on Duct Leaks in Your Home
There are numerous reasons homeowners across Cincinnati and HVAC contractors alike prefer AeroSeal for duct repairs.
- AeroSeal generates a maximum reduction in air leakage, generating up to 40 percent savings on your monthly energy bills.
- Eliminating air loss through duct leaks helps maintain even temperatures throughout the home. Previous trouble areas now receive the appropriate amount of conditioned air as intended by the system’s design.
- Indoor air quality is improved by preventing contaminated air from entering the duct system, lowering the number of allergens and pollutants in the home air supply.
- The HVAC system’s workload is reduced, conserving energy and helping the equipment last longer.
- The process is easy and non-invasive, causing no disturbances to your home, as are required by other sealing methods.
Why You Should Skip DIY Duct Repairs
If you remember the numbers mentioned above, you can see why duct sealing needs to be done and needs to be done right. Do-it-yourself sealing products used to DIY duct repairs aren’t always of high quality or applied correctly, thus are unable to produce a lasting solution. If a DIYer doesn’t have the proper knowledge or experience sealing air leaks, attempts could cause even more damage to the ducts, to the point it’s better to replace them than repair, which is an endeavor far more costly than professional duct sealing.
When performing duct sealing at home, consumers have two types of materials that are recommended for such a project: mastic sealant and foil tape.
- Foil tape is easy to handle and there’s no mess when applying it to seal your ducts. Affixed to the exterior of a duct, foil tape is exposed to oils and dirt in the area. Contact causes the tape to lose stickiness over time, and ultimately the repair will fail.
- Mastic sealant can be tricky to use starting out, as it is quite messy. A paint brush can be used to spread mastic over the seal. Application must be precise for the repair to work as needed or the sealant will be ineffective for closing the leak, and it’s really only viable to use if the leak is easy to access.
Notice duct tape wasn’t on the list of materials used to fix ducts? That’s because it’s not really for fixing ducts, though the name sounds incredibly misleading. It should not be used on ducts because the adhesive cannot withstand the high and low temperatures of heating and cooling ducts.
Beyond material issues, a second significant point you want to consider before attempting duct sealing yourself is accessibility. Ducts are already hidden behind walls, floors, and ceilings, which is a barrier to access from the get-go. If the leak is in an area without unrestricted accessibility to you, attempting to seal the duct can result in a failed seal if you are not able to fully access the area.
When it comes to professional duct repairs, you can’t match the technician’s advantage at home. Beyond the ability to use much stronger and reliable sealants, a good technician knows how to do the job correctly, even when accessibility becomes a challenge. Don’t risk damage to your ducts or personal injury attempting an unwise duct repair – the time and hassle you’ll save is worth it for most homeowners, plus the substantial energy savings created quickly covers the cost of professional service!
Frequently Asked Questions
Leaks allow dust to spread easily throughout your home. Duct sealing will help reduce the amount of dust, allergens, and indoor air pollutants in your home. It does not prevent dust entirely from being in the home.
Duct sealing can save you up to 25-40% on your energy bills every month.
In most instances, duct cleaning is not required prior to a duct sealing service. Your technician should inspect the situation and advise whether it will be necessary to clean your ductwork prior to sealing.
Aeroseal duct sealing is a specialized process that uses a non-toxic substance (the primary component is used in chewing gum) designed to seal these money draining leaks.
The cost of replacing air ducts in the home depends entirely on the type of ductwork and where the ductwork is located. Some ductwork is made from sheet metal while some is made from flexible duct. Also, some duct work is open in the attic and some is hidden in walls or other finished spaces.
Aeroseal duct sealing is guaranteed for 10 years and stress tested to last for 40 years in residential homes.
There is a very mild odor similar - similar to a glue type of smell - during the sealing process. The odor completely goes away by the next morning.
Aeroseal dries in around 2 hours.
Yes, it’s nontoxic and safe. The ingredients are commonly found in hairspray and chewing gum.
Aeroseal is able to plug leaks up to a 5/8th of an inch.
To be safe, it’s recommended that any sensitive electronics are covered before the sealing service begins.
Aeroseal certified technicians are trained to protect your HVAC system and accessories during the duct sealing service.
The sealing process only seals the leaks, there will be no remaining sealant sitting in your ductwork, other than the sealant that’s filling a leak.
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