LOS ANGELES, Jan. 13, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- A new home energy saving solution developed with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now available for the first time to many home and business owners in the Los Angeles area. Aeroseal is a breakthrough technology developed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory that is 95% effective at sealing air duct leaks – a major source of energy loss that is estimated to plague 90 percent of homes and buildings in the U.S. today. Last month, Action Duct Cleaning became one of Southern California's first licensed Aeroseal service providers, making the breakthrough technology available for the first time to many local homeowners.
According to independent studies, most U.S. homes lose between 30% and 50% of heating and cooling air through leaks in the duct system. Aeroseal seals these leaks through a unique process that locates and seals the leaks from the inside of the ductwork. Aeroseal's impact on reducing home energy loss is so significant that it has been rated the single most effective means for increasing home energy efficiency in most homes today – about twice as effective as insulating the basement and more than five times more effective than upgrading windows.
"We used this on my own home and I found I was losing nearly 20% of my air to leaks!" said Dan Stradford, president of Action Duct Cleaning and board member of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA). "That's thousands of dollars I've wasted over the years. But the Aeroseal method sealed 96% of the leakage."
Before Aeroseal technology, leaky ducts could only be sealed using sealing tape or applying a compound directly to the exterior of the duct where each leak was located. In contrast, Aeroseal is applied as a non-toxic mist that travels throughout the interior of a home's entire duct system. The microscopic particles of sealant locate and collect around the leaks until a permanent airtight seal is created.
"It's kind of like Fix-A-Flat for your heating and cooling system," said Stradford. "Since it works from the inside of your ductwork, it easily fixes all leaks – even those hidden behind walls and under insulation. The entire process usually takes us just a few hours to complete and the results are immediate."
Aeroseal was selected as Popular Science's "Invention of the Year" and was recently named to the U.S. Department of Energy's "Top 100 Inventions" of the last 23 years. The technology was recently acquired by Aeroseal LLC., a company dedicated to making the technology available to home owners throughout the United States. Action Duct Cleaning is one of the first businesses to be licensed to provide Aeroseal service in the Los Angeles area.