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We sealed a significant leak in the HVAC supply plenum which was resulting in high duct leakage readings. Sealing leaks in the HVAC system results in lower energy costs, improved comfort, and enhanced indoor air quality

Is your furnace in a closet? If so, there is a 90% chance that the return box/chase below the furnace closet has not been sealed. The pics below show what we find daily. The return was exposed to open wall cavities allowing the HVAC system to pull in unconditioned air rather than recycling the conditioned air from within the home. A sealed return protects your system from increased maintenance, reduces energy demand, provides improved indoor air quality, and helps keep you healthy.

This ceiling return was open to the attic and resulting in major duct leakage and air infiltration. The hvac system was pulling hot attic air through the return. Additionally, the opening was allowing hot attic air to enter the conditioned living space. Fortunately for the homeowner, we were able to seal the opening at no cost thanks to a program offered by her utility company. Now the return is only pulling in conditioned air through the hvac system.

We found a disconnected duct line in the attic of a home in Little Rock, Arkansas. This is where the return line connects to the unit. Rather than pulling conditioned air from the house back through the return, the unit was pulling in hot attic air through the return. We reconnected the line, taped the joints, and applied a sealant.

As a participating contractor in the SWEPCO Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program, we were pleased to learn that a home we serviced had the highest energy savings of all homes treated in the 2015 program year.


David Guerra
Daniel Bishop
Matt Baugher
Jason Jenkins
Michael Laningham

(NW Arkansas)

(TX, LA, OK)

E3 Solutions, LLC is a BBB Accredited Energy Management & Conservation Consultant in Conway, AR

(Little Rock, AR region)