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Don’t Let Leaky Ducts Hurt Your Home Cooling This Summer!


You may not realize it, but a thief could be hiding in the attic or your home right now, or lurking in the walls. A thief who steals money from your bank account by pushing up your cooling costs. That thief can also steal cool air from you. 

We’re familiar with this thief: it’s leaky air ducts in the ventilation system. Unfortunately, far too many homes have air duct leaks that cost them in comfort and money each summer. We offer duct services in Pensacola, FL that solve the problem, starting with air duct testing and then continuing with air duct sealing. 

Why Leaky Air Ducts Are a Problem

Leaky ducts can create several major problems for your home:

  • Higher AC Costs: Small leaks in your ductwork can lead to big increases in your energy bills—up to 30% of the cool air can escape through these leaks. This means the air conditioner must work harder to maintain your target temperature and use up more energy in the process.
  • Strain on Your AC System: When your AC runs longer and works harder due to air leaks, it undergoes more wear and tear. This not only leads to more frequent repairs but may also shorten the lifespan of the cooling system, necessitating an earlier than expected replacement.
  • Reduced Indoor Air Quality: Leaks in ducts can suck in dust, allergens, and other pollutants from spaces like attics, basements, and between walls, distributing these throughout your home. This can aggravate allergies and respiratory conditions, diminishing the overall air quality inside your house.

Signs You Have Air Duct Leaks

You can’t see most of the ductwork, so how can you tell there are leaks? Here are some signs to watch for.

  • Unexpectedly High Energy Bills: If your cooling costs are climbing despite no change in your usage habits, duct leaks could be the culprit.
  • Uneven Cooling: If certain areas in your home can’t seem to stay cool, while others are overly chilly, it could be due to uneven air distribution caused by duct leaks.
  • Dusty Rooms After AC Use: Excessive dust in your home immediately after running the AC can indicate that pollutants are being pulled into the ductwork and pushed into your living spaces.
  • Rattling Sounds From Ducts: Damaged ducts often give off rattling noises as air moves through them. 

Call Us for Duct Testing and Duct Sealing

To determine if your home has leaky ducts, the first step is professional duct testing. Our skilled technicians use specialized equipment to measure air pressure and flow within ductwork, identifying where any leaks are occurring. After we pinpoint these trouble spots, we can move on to the task of duct sealing.

Duct sealing involves using mastic sealant or metal-backed tape to close up leaks. This not only helps to keep the cool air in but prevents contaminants from entering the ventilation system. Our duct sealing will enhance your AC’s efficiency, improve your home’s air quality, and reduce your energy bills.

Don’t let this hidden thief rob you of your comfort and hard-earned money. Contact us today to schedule a duct testing and sealing service and ensure your home stays cool and comfortable all summer long without unnecessary expense.

Call today to discover The Peaden Way: Service Is Our Passion, Safety Is Our Priority, Satisfaction Is Our Promise.

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