Friday, March 13, 2015
Leaky Problem: Make Sure to Fix Leaks on Heating and Cooling Systems
Heating and cooling systems experience near constant use, and thus can encounter some hiccups over time. This is why it is important to have them checked regularly and take the necessary maintenance steps to ensure that they will continue to perform well. One way to maximize these systems is by repairing air leaks, which has the added benefit of reducing a building’s carbon footprint and utility costs. When it comes to leaks, the homeowner or property manager needs to pinpoint the area where there is the greatest air transfer. This is when a small leak can result in the unintentional expulsion of a large amount of cooled or heated air, or taking in unconditioned air from the outside. For instance, in a forced air system, this area would be the plenum (the box that houses the heating and cooling elements as well as the fan).