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Your Air Ducts Need Care Too!

Monday, January 4th, 2016

When you can’t seem to get comfortable even with the air conditioner or heater running, you might guess that there is an internal issue with the furnace, heat pump, or air conditioner. While this is often the case, one other potential culprit often goes unchecked, even by some HVAC technicians: the ducts. The ductwork in your home is really just a route for air to travel through on the way to your living space, so it may not seem that much can go wrong in there. But it turns out that most air ducts suffer from+ one of the following.

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Could Your Ducts Cause Problems for Your AC?

Monday, April 27th, 2015

It may seem as though the ducts in your home would be the least of your troubles when it comes to problems with the air conditioner. Air conditioning systems contain complex electrical and mechanical components, many of which can become worn down and require repair or replacement at some point. The ductwork, on the other hand, is simple. Ducts provide a path directly from the air handler to the rooms in your home—no complex parts required.

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The Importance of Duct Sealing

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Ducts are often neglected by homeowners, for any number of reasons. They’re often out of sight, don’t have any moving parts, and a lot of the problems that affect them don’t have physical symptoms. That doesn’t mean that ducts don’t need maintenance, simply that it’s hard to treat their maintenance issues on a case-by-case basis. In fact, duct maintenance is very important for both the health of your home and yourself. Let’s take a look at one of the most important kinds of duct maintenance, and the issues it solves: duct sealing.

What is Duct Sealing?

Duct sealing is the process of examining ductwork for leaks, and sealing any that are found. There are a few homeowners who try to do this themselves, though they are often met with failure due to lack of proper expertise and equipment. Though they may look simple, ducts are actually quite difficult to both install and maintain. This difficulty is actually what contributes to a lot of duct issues in the first place.

Problems that Duct Sealing Solves

Ducts are so difficult to install correctly that many HVAC companies make mistakes when installing them. Poorly installed ducts are often misaligned or not connected properly, leaving large spaces for air to escape through. Even properly installed ducts can form leaks as they expand and contract over time.

While most leaks may seem small upon inspection, they can actually waste an incredible amount of energy and money. The US Department of Energy has estimated that the average home loses up to 30% of its total heat output to leaks the ductwork. That’s almost a third of your total heat that could be going to waste.

Duct sealing saves you money by finding and closing these leaks. It also identifies any more serious problems, like ducts that are poorly installed or in need of replacement. If you haven’t had your ducts checked or serviced in a while, you owe it to yourself to do so now. You could improve your heating efficiency and save yourself money at the same time.

If you’d like to know more, call Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. We provide duct sealing services throughout Atlanta.

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What Can Go Wrong If You Don’t Schedule Duct Sealing

Monday, August 18th, 2014

To some homeowners, ductwork can be the great unknown. This is because it isn’t visible and makes no noise (and shouldn’t). However, ductwork can be faulty or damaged, causing you and your air conditioner problems. A great solution for faulty ductwork in Roswell is duct sealing, but it’s important to schedule duct sealing with professionals, like the ones at Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., to ensure your ducts are sealed properly. Faulty ductwork can lead to multiple problems which will continue if your ductwork is left unrepaired. Here are a few types of problems that can arise:

Problems with Faulty Ductwork

  • High energy bills – air loss can be a big energy suck for your air conditioning system. In fact, faulty ductwork can account for up to 30% of total air loss in a system. This loss of cool air has to be compensated for by your air conditioner, and the only way to do that is to use more energy so that your system can cool more.
  • Uneven cooling – when certain vents are less functional than others due to cracks, holes or disconnections, it can result in uneven cooling, which presents as hot and cold spots throughout your home. Unless the vents are repaired, uneven cooling will continue, putting stress on your AC system and decreasing your indoor comfort.
  • Excess humidity – holes, cracks and broken seals in ductwork allow outside moisture into your air stream, which gets delivered directly to your home. Excess humidity can compromise comfort and promote the growth of mold, mildew and dust mites, which can be bad for allergy sufferers in your home.
  • Reduced indoor air quality – in addition to humidity, different particles can be sucked into the air in your ductwork via cracks and holes, reducing the overall air quality in your home. This can include dangerous “backdrafting” where exhaust fumes from combustion appliances enter into your indoor air.

How Does Duct Sealing Help? When your ducts are professionally sealed, holes and cracks are professionally repaired with mastic, a bonding agent, that closes the openings permanently. Sections are bound together with metal bindings, and collapsed sections of ductwork are either repaired and reconnected, or replaced. Duct sealing in Roswell can restore your energy efficiency and comfort, while also improving your indoor air quality.

If you are in need of professional duct maintenance call Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., today and see how duct sealing can help you and your home.

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3 Tools Used with Air Duct Sealing Operations

Monday, May 19th, 2014

The air ducts in your home carry cool air from your air conditioner (or hot air from your furnace) into the four corners of your house. In order for them to work effectively, they need to be sealed tight, but sometimes breaches occur. Fittings between separate parts can become loose or the ducts can suffer damage from some outside source, which opens the system up to the outside air. When that happens you need to call upon an expert to seal the duct and restore your system to full effectiveness. Otherwise, air will leak out, or unconditioned air will get sucked in, both of which will force your HVAC system to work harder to do its job. Here in Atlanta, duct sealing services are provided by a number of qualified companies.

3 Essential Tools for Duct Sealing

  • Duct Mastic. Duct mastics is a type of past which can be spread across the breach. When it hardens, it forms an effective seal against further leaks. Duct mastic works best on comparatively narrator breaches, where it can be applied without dripping down into the ducts.
  • Duct-sealing tape. This specialized silvery tape I used to secure the edges of any fitted parts covering the breach. Duct-sealing tape should not be confused with common duct tape, which ironically is woefully inadequate for sealing ducts. Normal duct tape can’t withstand the temperature changes the ducts undergo in the course of their operation, which is why specialized tape is needed.
  • Sectional seals. Sectional seals are used for larger breaches. They’re composed of the same material as the ducts themselves and can be shaped to fit the exact shape of the breach. The technician can use crimping tools to hold the piece in place, then duct mastic or other sealant to seal up the cracks around the edges.

In Atlanta, duct sealing services can be provided by Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. As our title implies, we’re experienced professionals with a wide array of knowledge about all manner of air conditioning issues, including duct breaches and the ways to deal with them.

If your ducts need a little help to get back up to speed, give the duct sealing professionals at Air Conditioning Experts a call today. You’ll be glad you did!

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