How To Tape Your AC Duct Seams

Posted on: 11 May 2016

If you don't perform normal maintenance on your air conditioner, it is bound to become less efficient. Furthermore, your AC unit won't last as long if it is not properly maintained. Basically, you can save a lot of money if you just perform a few simple maintenance task on your air conditioner. This article explains one such task that will ultimately help reduce the cost of running your AC and increase the lifespan of your unit.

Why You Should Tape Your Duct Seams

The ducting throughout your home is of vital importance. However, most of the ducts are within the actual walls. Luckily, these ducts are the least likely to need any taping. This article focuses on the sections of the duct that are exposed and that are at greater risk of getting knocked loose or damaged. These spots are usually the areas that can benefit from having taped seams. Taping these seams not only makes them more air tight, it also strengthens them and reduces the chance that they will get knocked loose later on.

How to Tape Your Duct Seams

It is important you have the right type of tape for this job. Normal duct tape that you probably already have lying around the house, is actually not the best for aluminum ducts. Instead, you should use aluminum foil tape. This is similar to duct tape, except it is completely air and water tight. It is also more expensive than normal duct tape, but it is worth it in the end.

Actually applying the tape is obviously very simple, but you need to know where to tape. For example, you should look for duct seams near the output from the AC unit on the outside of the building. You should also tape the seams of the ducts on the input and output of the furnace. The couplings that are attach directly to the AC and furnace units often need the most tape. This is especially true if you tend to store things near your furnace. In the future, try to keep the area around your furnace and air conditioner free of junk. Usually, when taping the seams, you only need to apply one layer. If the fitting seams especially loose, you might want to double it up.

Any air that does not reach the registers in your home is basically wasted. Taping your seams ensures that less air escapes through your ducts.

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Working with an HVAC Contractor to Care for Your System

As a homeowner, you know how important your HVAC system is for comfort throughout the year. If the air conditioner or heater is not working properly, it can result in higher energy costs as the system struggles to keep your home temperatures in a comfortable range. Working with an HVAC contractor will help you maintain your system for reliable use long term, and possibly help you cut your power bills enough to notice the savings at the end of the year. Check out the pages on this website to learn more about how to find the perfect HVAC contractor to work with and how you can be of assistance to them when it comes to keeping your system in tip-top shape.