How To Tape Your Ducts For Better HVAC Airflow

Your HVAC system has a lot of working parts. This means that there are many potential fail points and elements that need constant servicing. Most of the complicated elements in a central HVAC system need to be serviced and repaired by a professional central heating service like Lakeside Heating & Air Conditioning . However, there are many DIY service jobs that you can do to ensure that your system is running at its maximum efficiency. Most of these projects are very simple and they don't even require any special tools. This article explains how to tape your ducts to make sure your HVAC system has great airflow.

Taping the Ducts

The ducts are perhaps the most central component to any HVAC system. If they are clogged, or leaky, your airflow will not be as good as it should be. Most of the duct system is inside the actual walls. However, there are many important junctures of the system that are exposed and easy to access. Most important, are the ducts from the actual air conditioning condenser unit into the building and the ducts leading in and out of the furnace. The furnace is usually located in a garage or basement. It is often tucked away in a corner so it can be hard to access the ducts. However, since these are exposed, they can get knocked loose quite easily.

To make sure you identify all of the problem areas, you should turn on your heater while you check the visible ducts. If you feel any air flowing, you will definitely want to double tape the seam. You also want to be especially vigilant when looking for leaks along curved and elbow pieces. This is simply because there are more joints at these points and they are more likely to be loose.

If you tape the seam of each individual duct piece, you can ensure that there is no air leakage. Most people think that the obvious tool for this job is duct tape. However, normal duct tape does not work at all. Instead, you need to use aluminum foil tape. This is completely air tight and extremely adhesive. So it will hold the seams and prevent any leakage.

If you want to maintain good airflow in your system, you need to make sure that your exposed ducts are not being bumped on a regular basis. This is why it is so important to keep the area around your furnace and condenser free of clutter.