I love the Red Green show because of the way Red uses, “the handyman’s secret weapon”. He uses duct tape to fix or make some of the wildest inventions seen on TV.
My wife would tell you that I fix everything with duct tape, but I do not use it on ducts.
Sheet metal ductwork is the main delivery system in most homes for winter heat and summer air conditioning. You would not drive down the highway with your money leaking out a hole in your gas tank. But, I’d bet you are leaking your money out of your ductwork somewhere.
At home, most of us ignore the idea that our money may be leaking out of out ducts. It is estimated (that means you can not prove me wrong) that as much as 25 to 30% of the air from your furnace goes the wrong place due to duct leaks. I find that hard to believe myself. Somebody out there must be using cheesecloth for ducts.
You may say, “big deal if it leaks it is leaking into the house so the energy is not really wasted”. You are right as long as it leaks into a part of the house that you want to heat or cool. If it leaks in your attic it is wasted. Do you really want to air condition your basement?
The real problem is that if some of your heated or air condition air gets misdirected you are misleading your thermostat. The furnace or central air conditioner would not have to run as long as it does if all the air went where it should go. Letting the energy loaded air escape, before it gets to where it should go, does cost you money. The leaks make the furnace or AC run longer in order to do their job in the rooms you live in.
Get yourself a roll of good duct tape the kind with shinny metal foil on one side and good sticky stuff on the other. Not the old fashion gray cloth duct tape that Red Green uses.
With the furnace fan running, start checking every joint in the sheet metal ductwork. If you feel any air escaping from the ductwork, stop it with a piece of tape. If you are not a touchy feely person just tape every joint that you can reach. Keep at it until the next episode of The Red Green Show comes on TV.
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