March 28, 2018

3 Ways Duct Sealing Can Improve Your Family's Health & Safety

Duct sealing?helps homeowners reduce their power bills and improves indoor comfort in the home. But did you know it?can also reduce symptoms?of allergies, asthma and upper respiratory problems?

When your home?s ductwork has gaps and cracks, dust, contaminants and chemical pollutants can enter your ventilation system and recirculate in your home, potentially causing a variety of health problems for you and your family. In fact, the?U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)?has deemed?indoor air pollution a major health risk.

If your home has natural gas service, gaps or cracks in your ductwork can also pose a safety hazard in the home.

No. 1:?Duct Sealing Improves?Indoor Air Quality

You can improve the indoor air quality of your home with duct sealing.

Sealing gaps in the ductwork?helps?prevent?potentially noxious?fumes?(from household and garden chemicals, insulation particles, etc.) and dust from entering your duct system. It can also help prevent asthma and allergy problems by reducing the concentration of airborne particles.

No. 2:?Duct Sealing Improves the?Safety of Your Home

If you have natural gas service to your home, taking care of leaky ductwork can help prevent carbon monoxide buildup.

During normal operation, gas appliances?(furnaces,?water heaters, clothes dryers) release combustion gases?such as carbon monoxide through their ventilation systems.?Typically, those chemicals are vented outdoors. However, leaks in your home?s ductwork?can draw those gases into your HVAC system ? a phenomenon known as ?backdrafting? ? and circulate them into?your living space.

Sealing leaks?in the ductwork?can help minimize this risk.

No. 3:?Duct Sealing?Helps Prevent Mold and Mildew

Airborne mold spores can enter the duct system from outside your home. Even a single mold spore?in the ductwork can grow into a colony under the right conditions.?And, once mold has begun growing inside?ducts and?air vents, it becomes a significant challenge to remove.?In fact, the methods typically recommended to eliminate mold from your HVAC system (such as ozone treatment) can pose a health hazard.

Sealing?your ductwork?can?help prevent mold from?gaining access to your home and?getting a foothold.

Do You Need Duct Sealing Service?for Your Utah Home?

The?U.S. Department of Energy estimates that?25 to 40 percent of?your conditioned air is lost through cracks, holes, disconnections?and?leaks?in the ductwork. This?leads directly to higher energy bills?and compromised indoor air quality and?safety.??To determine whether this problem affects your home, contact GreenHome Specialties today to schedule a?home energy audit.

GreenHome Specialties?provides energy efficient home improvements for customers in?Layton, Provo and throughout Northern Utah. Contact us today to?discover whether you can improve your family?s health and safety with professional duct sealing services.

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