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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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frances hansen
frances hansen
15:51 25 Feb 21
Mike did great service!
Trisha Kelly
Trisha Kelly
03:16 25 Feb 21
Saw Mike Varela outside a neighbors house. Stopped what he was doing to answer my 100 questions lol. Definitely a difference from past experiences with HVAC companies. Wanted to share my good experience. Would recommend to a friend.
Sophia Martos Jerez
Sophia Martos Jerez
20:06 24 Feb 21
Always a pleasure working with the HVAC crew from Hobaica! Mike Varela! Was friendly and knowledgeable about what is going on with our home unit. Great job!
Catherine Graham
Catherine Graham
19:39 24 Feb 21
Ryan and Scott were courteous and knowledgeable.
jonathan chubb
jonathan chubb
03:41 24 Feb 21
All around super happy with my service - called and got an appointment to help with some pipe issues that same day. Brandon was great and while I hope to never have to use the service again, I would be giving them a call before anyone else! :)
Kevin Melvin
Kevin Melvin
00:14 24 Feb 21
Gabriel and Angel were great installing my new AC system. They showed up early and were professional and efficient the entire time. A slight electrical issue came up early, and they quickly had an electrician come out so the project would not run late. They took the time out to answer my questions and explained the steps they were taking during the install. My entire experience with this company and Gabriel and Angel in particular was positive. I would definitely refer them to others!
Karen Cardamone
Karen Cardamone
01:36 21 Feb 21
Hobaica is always great. I had an emergency plumbing situation today and they sent Simon out the same day and he fixed everything. What a relief! I highly recommend
Shelton Hovland
Shelton Hovland
00:30 21 Feb 21
Simon was very knowledgeable an was easy to follow. Prompt and courteous.
Amanda Lindsay
Amanda Lindsay
00:25 20 Feb 21
Ryan and Scott were very professional CurtiousAnd thouro when it came to explaining all.Thank you Kindly Ryan for Making sure it was seemless also for goung above and beyond to make sure all was cleaned .

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