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You dust and dust and dust…but the dust keeps coming back so fast, you feel like you’re wasting your time.

Why does this happen?

There are many suspects to this heinous crime, but a common cause is leaky air ducts. It’s a more common problem than homeowners realize.  According to ENERGY STAR the typical home loses 20-30% of the air that moves through the duct system because of leaks, holes, and poorly connected ducts.

Why leaky ducts make your home so dusty

When ducts have leaks, holes or other issues, dust gets into the duct system, which then blows the dust throughout your home. Things can get disgustingly dusty if the ducts are leaking in dusty areas like the attic and basement.

Other costly problems with leaky ducts

While constantly dusting is a pain, wasting money is even worse. And that’s what leaky ducts do. Remember, we said the typical home loses 20-30% of the air your heating/cooling system distributes because of leaky ducts. Since that air isn’t getting to parts of your home, you’re spending 20-30% more on your heating and cooling bills each year.

The average home spends about $1,100 on heating and cooling every year (half of your total energy costs), meaning you may be wasting up to $330 a year because of leaky ducts.

How do you know if you have leaky air ducts?

Hansen Heating & Air will need to perform a pressure test on your system to know for sure.

But a few other signs include:

  • Air filter gets dirty quickly and needs changing frequently.
  • Certain rooms are much warmer or cooler than others in the summer and winter respectively.
  • Home gets noticeably dusty when your AC or furnace comes on.

Duct sealing: The solution for leaky air ducts

If a contractor finds that there’s a pressure drop in your duct system, your ducts may need sealing. Hansen can find the leaks, even in the concealed parts of your house.

Hansen Heating & Air is your local comfort expert with specialists in heating, air conditioning, air quality, plumbing and now electrical. Have more questions? We’d be happy to help – just contact us online.