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When outdoor temperatures plummet, homeowners look for effective ways to stay comfortable inside their home and to conserve home energy. Many suffer from inconsistent room-to-room temperatures, such as cold rooms on the second floor, and high utility bills during the winter. In most cases, they are unaware of the likely culprit and unsure about how to find a solution.

Typically, the energy efficiency discussion centers on additional insulation, high-efficiency furnaces, thermal-pane windows, and programmable thermostats. When it comes to heating and cooling a house, however, most common problems stem from leaky ductwork. Leaks in a home's air duct system can cause temperature imbalance from room to room and can negatively impact indoor air quality.

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Duct leakage is prevalent in homes, offices and commercial buildings throughout the country. In a typical house built before 2012 (when strict ENERGY STAR standards and building codes for duct leakage were adopted), ducts leak 20 to 35%.  A major study sponsored by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concluded in a report published in 2009 that duct sealing is the single largest home energy conservation opportunity for the US – amounting to $5 billion in annual waste.

 “In addition to energy savings, duct sealing will often address health, comfort, and maintenance issues in the home” comments Steve Cooper, co-owner of PMC Energy Services, a Rochester-based business specializing in duct sealing using a patented and breakthrough technology called Aeroseal®.  “Rooms furthest from the furnace can be difficult to adequately heat (in the winter) if the duct system leaks significantly.”

Despite being cited or endorsed by several recognizable institutions including Consumer Reports, the EPA, the DOE, the American Council for An Energy Efficient Economy, Money Magazine, PBS's Hometime, and Ask This Old House, duct leakage remains an opportunity for most homeowners.

PMC Energy Services, Inc. was established in January 2013 and is the only Aeroseal® dealer in the Rochester area. To learn more about the benefits of duct sealing, visit www.pmcEnergyServices.com. Listen to what Dean Johnson of Hometime says about Duct Sealing with Aeroseal®: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFOtPJtFIJw


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