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Duct Leaks—How They Steal Money From You!


You may not think that a small hole here or there in your ductwork is going to make a huge difference in your air conditioner’s energy efficiency. However, the tiniest holes can have a major impact. And once duct holes begin to develop, they can get bigger quickly. 

If you’re having problems with your AC and suspect that your ductwork may be to blame, there’s a good chance you’re right. When you’re ready to schedule services for your ductwork in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, our team can help. You can keep reading to learn more about why having airtight ductwork is so crucial to energy efficiency and your air conditioner’s overall well-being.

Loss of Cool Air

When you have holes in your ductwork, cool air can escape before it ever has a chance to reach the walls of your home. This costs you money on your monthly energy bills because you are paying to cool areas of your home that you are not living in. If your ductwork is in the attic, that is where cold air is escaping to. 

Even pinprick size holes can cost you a lot on your monthly energy bills. In fact, experts estimate that losing 20% of the cold air that your air conditioner produces can cost you up to 50% more on your monthly energy bills. This happens because your air conditioner has to produce more cool air. Your home’s temperature is not lowering and so your thermostat continue signaling your AC to stay on. 

AC Works Harder

As a result of this cold air escaping, the rooms of your home never reach your desired temperature. Your air conditioner may end up running longer and working harder in an effort to produce more cold air. Sure, your home may be comfortable, but you’re paying a lot more for it. And you’re not just paying in the way of monthly energy bills. Wear and tear is building up on your system as it works harder than it usually needs to. This wear and tear makes it more likely that you will have repairs now and in the future.


Wear and tear also add up to shorten the lifespan of your air conditioner. If the average lifespan of an AC is 15 years, you may be lucky to get between 10 and 15. Keep in mind that most air conditioners have a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty, so after that ten year mark you’ll be left paying for any repairs yourself. Having to replace your air conditioner sooner also means that you got less out of that initial investment for the installation of your current air conditioner. 

A longer lifespan for your air conditioner means that you have more time to prepare for a replacement. An investment in sealing your ductwork can have a major impact on your air conditioner, from energy efficiency to wear and tear and even lifespan. It’s a worthwhile investment for your home, family and even your air conditioner. 

Contact Mechanical Air Conditioning for your central air conditioning needs. Schedule an appointment today with our team of expert technicians.

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