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Many companies in the Greater Kansas City area have met the minimum requirements to perform HOME PERFORMANCE with ENERGY STAR assessments (energy audits).

 

Additionally, some members practice specific trades. Contact any of these professionals to start improving your home’s comfort and energy efficiency and begin cutting your energy costs.

Seal Duct LEAKS

Tips to improve your home and lower your energy bill


Leaky and poorly-insulated ducts (especially in attics) severely compromise the performance of your heating and cooling equipment. Sealing and insulating your ducts can increase the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by 20 percent and greatly increase air flow.

 

What you need

Duct sealant (mastic) or metal-backed (foil) tape
Duct insulation material rated at least R-6
Zip ties to hold duct insulation in place
Expanding spray foam insulation (attic)
Gloves and safety glasses
Disposable dust respirator mask
Construction light or flashlight

 

NOTE: Duct sealant, also known as duct mastic, is a paste that is more durable than foil duct tape. Traditional grey duct tape fails quickly and should not be used.

 

what to do

Check the duct connections for leaks by turning on your heating and cooling system fan and feeling for leaks—seal the joints with mastic or foil tape (household duct tape should not be used). Pay special attention to all the duct penetrations going through the attic floor. Seal these with foam. Ducts should also be insulated. If your ducts are uninsulated or poorly insulated (for example, you see gaps or torn insulation), seal them first, then add insulation to keep the air in your ducts at your desired temperature as it moves through the system. Use duct insulation material rated at least R-6.

 

Learn More

Alternatively, hanging heavy curtains in front of your windows can insulate your house. The curtains prevent cold air from getting in and heat from getting out. Also investing in a door sweep will prevent the air from coming into the house and wind coming up under your door.

 

Links

Energy Star DIY Guide, May 2008


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