|Location:||Beacon Falls, Connecticut|
|Type:||2-story house, 2600 sqft.|
|Goal:||Reduce energy usage – improve evenness of home’s room to room temperatures.|
|Before Aeroseal:||441 CFM of leakage.|
|After Aeroseal:||16 CFM of leakage.|
|Results:|| Before Aerosealing the furnace cycled 11 times during a 24 hour period. After Aeroseal, the furnace cycled only 7 times and reduced its overall run time by 4 hours over a similar (weather conditions) 24-hour period. Estimated $600 annual savings.|
Dennis K had heard that effectively sealing the ductwork of his home could reduce his home energy bill but he had no idea that it would turn out to be the best financial investment he made in years.
Dennis called the Aeroseal experts at ECS Connecticut, hoping to reduce the amount of energy used to heat and cool his 2,600 square foot home. He was also hoping that duct sealing would improve the comfort of the house, getting adequate heat and air conditioned air to all the rooms, both upstairs and down.
The home energy pros at ECS tested the home’s ductwork for leaks. The duct system was divided into two zones: one that serviced the first floor and another dedicated to the second floor. The two systems together were designed to handle a total output of 1,400 cubic feet per minute (CFM).
A simple duct test showed that leaks throughout the ductwork were responsible for a leakage rate of 441 CFM. That meant that nearly 1/3 of the air being heated by the furnace or cooled by the air conditioner was being lost through holes in the duct system. This was not only an enormous waste of energy but most assuredly was also responsible for the uneven temperatures throughout the home.
Using, Aeroseal, an innovative approach to duct sealing that works from the inside of the ducts to seal leaks, the ECS team was able to correct the problem in a single afternoon. After Aerosealing was completed, post-seal testing showed that leakage was reduced to just 16 CFM or 1% of total output – a 97% reduction in leakage. The homeowners observed that while their house was warmer than ever before, their furnace was turning on far less often and for much shorter periods of time. They estimate that they have reduced the cost of heating and cooling of their home by $600 annually.