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No Duct Tape Allowed!

A comfortable home has an efficient system for heating and cooling the air. Unfortunately, a recent report from the US government’s Energy Star Program indicates that the duct systems in typical American homes lose 20 percent of air moving through them. This is due to leaking duct work that was poorly installed or has deteriorated over the years. If these leaks are not fixed, they can cause serious consequences for the homeowner.

Consequences

Leaks in the duct work result in increased utility bills, compromised personal comfort, increase indoor air pollutants and personal safety concerns. If both the heating and cooling units have to work 20 percent harder to compensate for air loss in the duct work, the electricity and oil or gas bills are proportionately higher. The air quality is poor as pollutants and allergens are able to enter through holes in the system. An even more serious condition is ‘backdrafting’ which means combustion gases such as carbon monoxide are drawn through the ducts and dispersed throughout the house.

Fixing the Leaks

The first step to improve the circulation of air in the home is to identify where the duct work is leaking. There are contractors who can use duct blasters, and manometers that measure air pressure or other instruments that allow them to pinpoint problem areas. A thorough check requires a licensed professional.

The next step is to close seal off the leaks and insulate exposed duct work. In spite of its name, duct tape is not the tape to use for sealing ducts, as it does not seal well or last long. Use mastic sealant or metal tape to cover the leaky areas. Then, insulate all accessible ducts that are exposed. These are usually found in attics, unfinished basements, crawlspaces, and garages. The ducts work more efficiently when they are not too hot or too cool.  Any DIY project for fixing leaking duct work should be checked by a licensed contractor to make sure that your home is under a positive pressure and  all combustion gases are venting properly. If everything checks out, the homeowner can relax and enjoy a comfortable home with fewer expenses.

Please, don’t crawl around in the attic during the summer trying to check your duct work.  We have professionals who are experienced, trained and prepared to handle the heat while checking your system.

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Marc Jouandet
Marc Jouandet
01:27 07 May 21
Scott came by today to perform routine maintenance on our air conditioners. He discovered one of the capacitors to be failing & was able to replace it quickly & efficiently. Now I can get through the summer without worries. Thanks Scott!
Lynne Paxton
Lynne Paxton
00:00 07 May 21
Ryan Waters did a maintenance check on my AC and repaired a valve on my Mastercool evap. He is always pleasant to work with and did a good job. Thanks Ryan.
Steve Sachs
Steve Sachs
18:33 06 May 21
Travis was amazing! Very knowledgeable and thorough. He completed a service of my A/C unit and a warranty replacement of a failing capacitor. I highly recommend Hobaica for any electrical, HVAC, or plumbing work you need done. I have used them for years and they continue to impress.
Tatia Key
Tatia Key
00:56 06 May 21
Hobaica has been a real pleasure to work with, and I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to replace their A/C. Andy made the selecting, purchasing and scheduling process extremely easy, explaining all our options and answering all our questions very clearly. Jorge performed the installation, and he was courteous, competent, efficient, professional, friendly, and helpful, a delight to have him working on/in my home.I am happy that Hobaica reached out to us for our 2-year inspection. A big thanks to Scott for making sure our unit is operating properly and efficiently.
Ellen Carter
Ellen Carter
23:58 05 May 21
5/5/21Ryan came today to service our air conditioning system and to flush our water heater. He is always courteous and professional. Our air-conditioner and water heater were in good condition.Thank you very much for GREAT SERVICE!
john ngo
john ngo
23:55 05 May 21
Danny Unglaub is a true professional. He came to my house on time and checked all parts of my air conditioning unit. He is very thorough. We will ask for him on our next appointment.
Joan Salvatierra
Joan Salvatierra
21:24 05 May 21
Mike serviced our a/c today. He was punctual, polite, pleasant and efficient. He was knowledgeable in explaining issues and answering my questions. He went out of his way to be helpful,
Hope Dymek
Hope Dymek
18:49 05 May 21
Scott was punctual, polite and professional. A thorough inspection of our HVAC systems was completed as well as installation of new capacitors. Hobaica was quick to schedule our maintenance request, and Scott was knowledgeable and efficient. Great value and great service!
anne feuerborn
anne feuerborn
23:56 04 May 21
Ryan was awesome. He was a trustworthy and diligent worker. My new water heater looks terrific!

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