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An efficient and powerful heating system is a crucial part of a comfortable home in Tacoma and Seattle. We aren’t blessed with the best weather in the world, which makes it all the more important that we heat our homes efficiently during fall, winter and spring. But if your duct system has a leak, you could be wasting a lot of money heating your home. Regular tests are needed to ensure your heating system is operating as it should. But don’t be lulled into thinking you can do this yourself. You should always call a professional.

Why is duct testing important?

A leaky or inefficient duct system can cause significant issues for you and your home. Studies have shown that a broken duct system can cause a loss of up to 30% of heated or cooled air. Naturally, this leads to significantly higher heating costs for you in Tacoma’s cooler months. What’s more, around two-thirds of ducts have leaks. This means the chances are much more likely that your ducts have leaks. If your ducts are properly sized, installed and sealed, your heating and cooling system will be significantly more efficient. But it’s not just energy bills you need to worry about. Inefficient or broken ducts can impact the comfort of you and your family, as well as the quality of the air that you breathe. With so much to be lost, regular testing is a necessity. After all, if you don’t test your duct, there’s no way to know if these inefficiencies exist.

Why hire a professional?

Hiring a professional is the only way you can make sure that your duct system is in good condition. Some people believe that it is possible to check the air duct system themselves. However, this can be a huge No No. To perform a proper duct system test, calibrated mechanical equipment is required to measure the amount of airflow that is lost in the system. Relatively small leaks in seams can cause significant leakage and it is not always clear where the leaks are. But a trained professional knows how to spot every single one. Even if you can find them, it is not always clear whether the system should be sealed, repaired or completely replaced. A trained technician, on the other hand, will be able to tell instantly what steps you should take to make your ducts more efficient. And if it means sealing them, most technicians will be able to do it then and there. Then there’s the question of time. How much time do you have to test your duct system? If you’re like the average American, it isn’t long. A trained professional, on the other hand can do the job very quickly and make great recommendations fast. That means your home can become more efficient much faster.

What are the tell-tale signs of a leak?

There are a number of things that may suggest that you a have a leaky duct system and should call a professional immediately. Uncommonly high energy bills are a big sign that your heating is working harder than normal due to a leak. But you can also tell by paying attention to the quality of air in your home. Increased amounts of dust, poor air quality and badly ventilated air are all signs that a leak may be present. If you experience any of these, call a trained technician as soon as you can.

Who shall I call in Tacoma or Seattle?

If you’re looking for someone to carry out a professional duct test on your heating system, look no further than Morehart Heating & Air. Our staff consists of professionally trained and certified technicians that pass the most stringent background checks. We know that you need to feel safe and secure when trusting your home to a contractor. That’s why our only goal is to make your home more efficient and to save you money. When you choose Morehart you get less hassle. Get in touch for a free quote today by giving us a call at (253) 201-4482.