Focus on properly sealing your Return, Lower Energy Costs and Extend the Life of your System

Focus on properly sealing your Return, Lower Energy Costs and Extend the Life of your System

AC Return, AC Return, AC Return! I can’t stress it enough. If you have a wall return in your home, chances are it’s getting a large percentage of the return air from your attic. Our pros look at AC efficiency differently from an HVAC company. We include the return in all of our testing and sealing. The return pictured was part of a 2.5-ton system in a home in Shenandoah Hills Subdivision in Baton Rouge. The total airflow at 2.5 tons is 1000CFM. If the unit puts out 1000CFMs, it must take in 1000CFM through the return. Our Duct Blaster Test indicated that the unit was receiving 837CFMs of hot, humid, dusty air from the attic, never passing through the filter instead of simply reconditioning the already conditioned air in the home. This causes the unit to work much harder than it should, reducing efficiency, raising energy costs, and causing the home to feel warm and humid. Notice the color of the insulation around the return; its gray and filthy from filtering attic air being drawn into the return.