Are My Ducts Leaking?, whole home approach, tom rostron

May 31, 2016

At the Tom Rostron Company, we take a “whole home” approach to everything we do. When we come in to evaluate your home, we’re not only looking to install the most state-of-the-art equipment available, but we also examine how your home’s systems interact with one another. After all, your home is like a vehicle, and when one system begins to experience issues, everything else is affected.

One of the most common home performance issues we uncover in homes throughout Monmouth and Ocean Counties is leaky ductwork. While it may not sound like a big deal at face value, it could end up costing you comfort, money and even your health in the long term.

Problems with Leaky Ductwork

The ducts that run throughout a home can be likened to a person’s lungs. When clear and functioning properly, they help push conditioned air throughout the home and help to create a comfortable environment for you and your family. When ductwork is leaky or filled with dust and debris, however, your home simply can’t “breathe” the way it should be able to. With leaky ductwork, the biggest concern is that of wasting precious energy.

According to Energy Star, duct leakage accounts for 20-30% of conditioned air loss in the average home. This means your heating and cooling systems are working harder than they are physically able to to keep the home properly conditioned, which can lead to reduced system life and inconvenient, even dangerous breakdowns. The solution? Clean and seal the ductwork in your home.

The Dangers of Poor Indoor Air Quality

Nothing matters more than the health and safety of you and your family, but when was the last time you took a moment to consider the quality of the air you breathe? Poor indoor air quality is associated with a number of health problems and is especially problematic for those who suffer from asthma and other respiratory illnesses.

Unsurprisingly, leaky ductwork allows toxins, mold, dirt and debris to enter the home’s living spaces. The problem is even worse if your ductwork hasn’t been cleaned in some time. If you or a family member experiences signs and symptoms of allergies, it may have more to do with the air inside your home than what’s happening outside.

Tom Rostron Can Help

The team at Tom Rostron Company is comprised of fully-certified BPI home performance contractors who exhibit the utmost in modern building science knowledge and skills. We can get your home operating at maximum efficiency for the summer, no matter how old or dirty your ductwork may be. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.