Our Home Performance technicians see some scary stuff out in the field, like giant wasps’ nests
, creepy crawl spaces
and immense icicles.
But arguably the scariest of them all is the dreaded duct tape monstrosity! Often found lurking in basements and attics clinging to heating and cooling ducts, these efficiency eaters can range in size anywhere from a single stitch to multiple rolls.
This may seem crazy, but your standard cloth duct tape can and should be used to patch or repair virtually anything – except for ducts! These tapes just aren’t suitable for patching, repairing, or securing heating and cooling ducts. These tapes quickly deteriorate—sometimes within just a few months. They come unglued and allow air to leak in and out of your ducts, thereby letting your heated or cooler air to escape before its final destination. Yet, time and time again we see these silver-backed creatures in homes all across the county. Real HVAC professionals use mastic, a goopy white paste that has the consistency of peanut butter (we do NOT want to know what it tastes like!).
Do you have a duct tape monstrosity living in your house? A cobbled-together contraption, with failing joints and seams? Have you seen one while out on the job? We want to see it!
Example of improper use of duct tape
Have you used duct tape to fix your brother’s broken-down car? Is your private spaceship made out of 36% duct tape? Your daughter’s prom dress? We want to see those pictures too!
Mike Rogers exhibiting proper use of Duct Tape
We are awarding prizes to one winning photo from each of these two categories:
- Best example of inappropriate duct tape use on an HVAC system.
- Most creative use of duct tape – anywhere, on anything (keeping in mind this is a family program)!
Post your photo to our Facebook page wall by May 31 at 3 p.m. Eastern. We will announce the winners on Facebook and here on our blog. This contest has now ended!
- For the bad duct-sealing example winner, a tub of mastic and a home energy-efficiency grab bag gift*.
- For the creative-use winner, one large roll of duct tape (of course!) To be used for anything BUT your home’s ducts. And a home energy-efficiency grab bag gift*.
*Retail value of the grab bag not to exceed two twenty-dollar bills duct-taped together. Not exchangeable, not redeemable for cash, and definitely not to be taken internally! Open only to residents of the U.S. and Canada. GreenHomes employees, affiliates, vendors, their families, and pets are not eligible for the prizes—but we like seeing your pictures, too, so feel free to post them!
Be creative, but please don't harm your pets!