Every house today has heating, ventilating and air conditioning ducts that help us to facilitate a healthier and happy living. However, sometimes, you might experience leaky ducts which may go unnoticed, but you may see a huge energy bill increase. While some take little or no effort to rectify, others may want to call in an air conditioner repair technician to do the job for them.
When cool or heated air escapes from your duct (irrespective of the quantity) the air conditioner has to work longer to patch up the required thermostat temperature. Since this scene happens in the attic or the basement, very few people notice the issue. However, the increased running of the A/C increases the electrical consumption which leads to a higher energy bill.
The only way to overcome this problem is to seal the leaky joints. Sealing leaky joints is extremely effortless and requires no air conditioner service at all. All you need to do is to buy silicone caulk (aluminum-colored) and close each joint in your duct system. Make sure that the joints are cleaned first with the help of a cleaning spray solution. Make sure you seal every branching duct. Once done you need to use a high temperature capability UL181 aluminum foil tape and wrap them around the joint.
Why not use any regular duct tape?
Well, a lot of people will have this question in mind, as regular duct tape is a simple and easy household solution. However, there are reasons why they are not preferred. First off, the regular duct tape is not approved for sealing a duct professionally and it does not last well in the long run. Hence, it is always advisable to go for professional UL181 aluminum foil tape that can not only seal your duct joints really well, but can save you a great deal of cash on your energy bills.