Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 by Kelsey Harrison
WHY WE PUT DUCTS IN OUR ATTICS
This is a pretty obvious answer if you think about it. There’s a lot of space up there! Not many other places in our houses are big enough to hold those huge – rather unattractive – bulky contraptions. The attic also gives those ducts access to all the rooms in our house that we need conditioned. It only makes sense to put them up there, right?
WHY THIS IS A PROBLEM
Left up there in the attic, ducts are left completely exposed to extreme temperatures. The summertime can get crazy hot, and your attic will trap that heat and get even hotter. The wintertime isn’t much better, except now your attic is freezing cold. Your ducts are directly affected by these temperatures. So you’re now trying to send nice, warm air through freezing cold ducts. This means you are going to be spending a lot more money trying to heat up your house because you’re losing that warm air as it travels. (This doesn’t even cover what happens when you have leaks in your ducts – needless to say you lose a lot air)
HOW WE CAN HELP
The only way that we can protect your ducts (and your precious conditioned air!) is to go up there and air seal the heck out of them. We have this beautiful thing called “spray foam.” We apply this all over your ducts to seal up any of those “little” leaks – that lose big air. This wonderful stuff also protects your ducts from those extreme elements that are penetrating your attic.
THE NEXT STEP
Don’t just stop with your ducts. Go ahead and air seal your attic so that you don’t have to worry about anything leaking in or out. Simple things that you might not think about like recessed light fixtures, ceiling fans, and exposed rim joists, can all be leaking air – air that you pay for – right up into your ceiling and outside. All of that should be sealed up!
Generally, we would move onto insulation next. You should have about 15 inches of insulation in your attic. If you have any less than that, you have a problem.
WHO ARE YOU GOING TO CALL
Call Complete Home Solutions at 1-410-867-1202 to protect you ducts. We know how to get the job right so that you can spend this winter season comfortably.