Ducts carry air from the central heater or air conditioner to each part of the home and back again. In a typical house, up to 33% of the air that moves through the duct system is lost because of leaks or improper installation. Fixing duct leaks can save you $200 or more in annual energy costs and improve the comfort of your home.
How You Can Benefit
If you are like most homeowners, as long as your cooling and heating system is keeping you comfortable, you usually don't give it much thought. But what you don't see could be costing you a lot of money each year. Most duct systems are installed in attics or building cavities where they are rarely seen or inspected. They may have been poorly sealed when installed, fittings may have come loose, and duct runs may have become disconnected. All of this leads to a lot of lost air - air that you pay to heat and cool.
The results of a recent utility company study on duct leakage found:
If your home has ducts located in an attic, crawlspace, or the garage there is a good chance it has some duct leakage. In Arizona's desert climate, about 50 percent of your annual energy bill is typically spent on running your heating and cooling system. Fixing duct leaks could save you more than $200 in your annual energy costs while improving the comfort of your home.
If your home has leaky ducts, you may notice:
*the above is for demonstration purposes your result and cost may differ*
To qualify for the Duct Test and Repair Rebate Program, participants must:
The APS and SRP Duct Test and Repair Program* offers rebates up to $250 for customers to have Climate Pro, a Building Performance Institute (BPI) Certified Contractor, test and repair air leaks in their heating/cooling duct system.
By having Climate Pro a BPI Certified Contractor test your duct system and repair leaks, you'll use energy more efficiently, save money every month, and make your home more comfortable. Using energy more efficiently also reduces greenhouse gases and helps preserve our environment.
*The Duct Test and Repair program is funded by APS, SRP customers and approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission.