Making sure that your HVAC system is efficient is a constant battle. No matter how state-of-the-art and energy efficient your furnace, pump, condenser, evaporator, and insulation are, they will become less efficient and effective over the years if they are not properly maintained. Of course, most maintenance requires professionally-trained technicians. However, there are quite a few small and simple jobs that you can do yourself. One of the best DIY HVAC maintenance jobs is to insulate all of the ducts that are exposed. This article explains how to do this with a few simple supplies.
Find the Exposed Ducts That Your Can Work On
A large percentage of your ducts are within the walls, but this article is focused on the ducts that aren't framed in. That is, there should be quite a few small sections of ducting that are exposed. Most importantly, the ducts that actually come out of your furnace, or air pump, and lead into the walls are usually exposed. Furthermore, these are often in utility rooms, garages, or basements where the temperature is not controlled. That is, it could be very cold in your furnace room during the winter, meaning that you will lose a lot of heat through those exposed ducts.
Taping and Insulating Your Ducts
The key is to tape the seams in between individual ducts and add extra insulation. You will need to first clean your ducts so the tape will stick permanently. Next, make sure that they are tightly connected. They can easily get knocked and moved around, creating gaps along the seams of the separate duct pieces where air can escape.
Adding insulation is equally simple. Large rolls of fiberglass insulation are the easiest to work with. Make sure you wear a long sleeve shirt and gloves because the fiberglass is really itchy if it comes in contact with your skin. Basically, just wrap the fiberglass around the ducts and then tape it down. It is kind of like putting a sweater on top of your ducts. It will prevent the cold air from cooling them down.
This simple job is quick and it won't cost much money. Best of all, it will certainly help increase the efficiency of your furnace and could save you some cash through reduced energy bills. If your ducts are leaking air, your furnace will have to work harder. This puts undue stress on vital components and could reduce their lifespan. To learn more, contact a company like Hospitality heating and air conditioning Inc.