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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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Karen Smith
Karen Smith
00:13 30 Sep 22
An adjustment to our thermostat that, frankly, we should have figured out ourselves. But, the tech, Scot, took time to reset and teach us a few things and was extremely polite and helpful. Thank you!!
Graeme Hay
Graeme Hay
15:09 29 Sep 22
Great service by John today! Very kind to our dog too!9/22 update: great service from Jacey today
Jorge Velazquez
Jorge Velazquez
14:41 29 Sep 22
Donovan from Hobaica came over to inspect our A/C unit. Was very knowledgeable and professional, answered all my questions, strongly recommend Hobaica to anyone looking for professional, reliable, honest work
Cecilia Lok
Cecilia Lok
03:24 28 Sep 22
Really appreciated the text, email and phone call from the technician with ETA. Technician is courteous and professional. Identified the problem.
Cheryl Schmidt
Cheryl Schmidt
02:21 28 Sep 22
They did an excellent job!
Diane Wiesenthal
Diane Wiesenthal
01:20 27 Sep 22
Ryan Waters was the technician and he did a great job. He provided advice on the best filter to use and then proceeded to check out my system. When he discovered a serious leak he provided a clear explanation of what needed to be done and suggested the most cost efficient method of repairing it. It was a very good experience.
Jim Stevens
Jim Stevens
17:39 26 Sep 22
The electrician, Justin Driver was fantastic. We had a fairly complicated issue and he diligently worked the issue to full resolution over the course of 3 visits. He was always on time, very friendly and professional on every visit and even helped my move a heavy bed away from a wall for outlet access. I would highly recommend Hobaica and Justin if you have electrical issues in your home.
Grant Simpson
Grant Simpson
16:13 25 Sep 22
Tom showed up on time, was friendly, diagnosed and fixed the problem. He was a great rep for hobaica
Michael Madden
Michael Madden
23:17 23 Sep 22
Grayson was a fantastic technician. He was able to determine the problem immediately and was very thorough in explaining how he would fix it. He also helped us to understand how to prevent the problem from happening again in the future.

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