Saving money on utility costs is important to Phoenix homeowners. Winters can be cold, and the summers are extremely warm, so you need an efficient HVAC system that can manage the temperature variations and keep costs to a minimum. Even the most cost-conscious homeowner can waste money on heating this winter if the ducts in your home are in disrepair. Duct sealing is recommended to protect your heating equipment and keep costs well within your budget.
Benefits of Sealing Ductwork
The ducts of your heating system are designed to deliver heated air into every room of your home. Metal ducts minimize friction to optimize efficiency and maximize airflow. Any type of damage to the ducts, such as holes, dents, gaps, and broken connections, disrupts airflow. As a result, warm air escapes outside the ducts, and your heating system runs longer to maintain the desired indoor temperature set on your thermostat. Sealing your ducts ensures that air flows without disruption and that all the heated air is delivered to the rooms of your home rather than interior walls, attic spaces, and ceilings.
Techniques for Sealing Ducts
The most common way to seal ducts is by using special tapes and adhesives to close up gaps and openings. Disadvantages of sealing ducts in this way are:
- Requires hours or days of work, and this increases labor costs
- Small openings and gaps are difficult to locate and may be missed
- Tapes and adhesives have relatively short lifespans
- Cannot reach the innermost areas of the ducts
- Materials may be applied incorrectly and not seal completely
What Is Aeroseal?
Aeroseal is a new technique for sealing ductwork in Phoenix homes. The product is sprayed onto the interior surface of your ducts to seal off any holes and gaps.
The Aeroseal Difference
Rather than adhesives and tapes, Aeroseal relies on a special spray-on product that is applied to the inside of your ducts. The application ensures that even tiny holes in the metal are properly sealed. Phoenix homeowners who work with Champion Air for sealing ducts with Aeroseal report up to 30% savings on energy costs. They also notice improved indoor air quality due to airborne particles not seeping in through the damage in their ducts. Another difference between Aeroseal and sealing ducts with tape is that the process takes only a few hours rather than a day or longer. Aeroseal comes with a 10-year warranty.
How Aeroseal Seals Your Ducts
Aeroseal is a proprietary blend that attaches to the metal surfaces of your ducts. In most Phoenix homes, only a thin layer is needed to seal the ducts, but more product can be applied in areas with greater damage. As the product dries, it forms a solid seal that prevents heated air from escaping the ducts and airborne particles from entering your HVAC system.
Sealing Ducts with Aeroseal
Champion Air applies Aeroseal in three quick and easy steps. First, your HVAC system is pressurized to distribute Aeroseal throughout the ducts, so our technician starts by sealing the vents and air intakes on each room of your home. We also seal parts of your furnace. Second, a special machine is attached to your HVAC system that is used to deliver the product into the ducts. The machine takes an initial measurement of pressure inside the ducts as a baseline. Air leaks cause lower pressures, so the goal is to boost pressure to ideal levels inside the sealed ducts. Third, our technician starts the product application. Changes in pressure and system performance are tracked on a laptop or tablet, and you can watch the improvements during the process. Aeroseal application takes about 60 minutes in smaller Phoenix homes and a few hours in larger homes.
What to Expect After Sealing Ducts with Aeroseal
After the product is applied, our technician gives you a certificate that shows the differences in HVAC system operation. Within a few days, you notice improvements in indoor air quality. Most homeowners see energy savings within two to three months.
Who Should Apply Aeroduct?
On the surface, Aeroseal seems like a great DIY project where you can save money in your household budget, but the technique requires a great deal of knowledge, expertise, and experience. If the product is applied incorrectly or the system pressure is not optimized, you may damage your ducts and HVAC equipment. The best option is to have the professionals at Champion Air seal your ducts with Aeroseal. We have provided exceptional HVAC services to Phoenix homeowners for more than 40 years, and we specialize in Aeroseal duct sealing.
Sealing vs. Replacing Ductwork
Sealing ducts is a great investment that protects your HVAC system and reduces energy use in your Phoenix home, but there are times when ducts may need to be replaced. Homes that are older or have additions to the ducts may benefit more from replacing the ducts. When our technician comes by to perform the initial inspection, we may find that sealing with Aeroseal is only a short-term solution. In these cases, we provide homeowners with estimates on ductwork replacement, and you can count on us to complete the job efficiently and safely. Working with Champion Air for all your heating and cooling needs means you can count on technicians who always arrive on time, work efficiently, keep work areas clean, and take measures to keep your family safe and comfortable.
Maintaining Your Ducts After Aeroseal
Aeroseal requires no special maintenance, but we do recommend routine maintenance for your heating and cooling system. Champion Air is always here to help. We offer 24/7 emergency repair services, as well as:
- Annual and semi-annual duct cleaning
- Routine maintenance in the spring and summer, including filter replacements
- Routine repairs
- Indoor air quality products
- Replacement units and thermostats to maximize energy efficiency
- On-site evaluations to find ways to save on utility and repair costs
Is Aeroseal Safe?
Aeroseal is safe for you and the environment. The formula is water-based and non-toxic, so there won’t be any unusual or noxious smells after application. You can run your HVAC system shortly after the product dries to the interior of your ducts. Aeroseal is also safe for your heating equipment because there is less friction within the ducts, so your system runs more efficiently.
Learn More About the Benefits of Aeroseal
If you would like more information about Aeroseal and how it can reduce your energy costs throughout the year, call us to speak with one of our experts. We can also schedule an appointment for one of our technicians to come by your Phoenix home to inspect your ducts and HVAC system. Be sure to ask about our other services, including installation, repair, and maintenance of heating and cooling systems. Champion Air services all makes and models. When it’s time to replace your HVAC equipment, rely on us to find the right Lennox, Samsung, Carrier, and Trane products for your needs. We also offer top-notch indoor air quality services and residential maintenance plans.