September 17, 1999


Duct leakage is a concern in the HVAC field, due to energy consumption, pressure balance problems, bypassing of the filter by leakage air, and contaminant draw from unconditioned spaces. Therefore, certain energy efficiency programs set duct leakage performance requirements that must be met to enter the program. However, the overall duct system tightness is limited by leakage at the air handler.