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Keep a Healthy HVAC System and Home — Have Your Ducts Cleaned

Keep a Healthy HVAC System and Home -- Have Your Ducts CleanedOne key to a healthy, clean and comfortable home is making sure your home gets an air duct cleaning when necessary. As your HVAC system works, some dust is naturally deposited in your air ducts. An air duct cleaning will get rid of this, but can also get rid of any mold, mildew, debris, vermin, or foreign matter that has worked its way into your duct work.

Sometimes dirt and insulation from inside the walls can get sucked into your air system and obstruct airflow if it is not properly sealed. Mice and other vermin can also get into damaged duct work. You can have the technician check for air leaks at the same time they are cleaning your ducts if you suspect that may be a problem.

If your house has been more dusty than usual lately, or you can visibly see particles coming out of your room registers along with the air, that is a good sign that a duct cleaning would be a beneficial idea. It can also help with allergies to have your ducts cleaned.

If you have your ducts inspected and cleaned you’re also more likely to find small leaks and damage before they become a bigger and costly issue. Air leaks are a big deal because they can pull unknown debris into the air circulating through your home, but also because air leaks make your heating and cooling system less effective. This drives up your utility bills, since part of the air you’re paying to filter and then heat (or cool) is either not making it to the living spaces of your house, or being mixed with unfiltered outside air.

Be sure to check the qualifications and certifications of any contractor you contact to clean your ducts. Currently, per the EPA, there are no approved chemicals for specifically killing bacterial or fungal contaminants in your air ducts, so be sure you are well-informed of any possible side effects of chemical “biocide” the contractor would like to use.

For more information and advice on whether to get an air duct cleaning, contact Powers Heating & Air.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Tips to Sealing Air Leaks in Your Home

Tips to Sealing Air Leaks in Your HomeMany homeowners assume that sealing air leaks is only important in winter, and only in areas with harsh winters that are much colder than those we have here in Georgia. However, sealing air leaks is just as important in hot weather, and, with another scorching summer approaching, homeowners could save a lot of energy and money on air conditioning by sealing air leaks in their homes as soon as possible.

The first step in the sealing process is detecting all of your home’s air leaks. These are often around windows, doors, and other large openings, but can also be in the attic, foundation, near electrical outlets , or in other areas. For the most thorough inventory of air leaks, hire an inspector to do a home energy evaluation. Auditors have a lot of experience and tools that you may not have, both of which will help them find leaks that you may miss.

Once you have located leaks, you have a number of options for sealing them. Weatherstripping near doors is usually very effective, and caulk is often the preferred method for sealing air leaks in windows and walls. Spray foam insulation is also an option for larger gaps.

Small air leaks can waste a lot of energy, but issues with insulation can also cost you. Not everyone can afford to replace their old, drafty windows to save energy, but insulation can often be a low-cost upgrade with a major payoff, even in the summer. Loose-fill and batting options are widely available, and many types of insulation can be installed by homeowners themselves fairly easily.

Ductwork is also a common place for leaks to occur, but many homeowners don’t notice duct leaks, due to their relative invisibility. Duct leaks can overwork your air conditioning system, shortening its lifespan and costing you extra money. Duct leaks also decrease comfort in your home, as most air conditioners can’t compensate for the losses of cool air through leaks.

Contact us at Powers Heating & Cooling today for more information about sealing air leaks and saving money in your Peachtree City home.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

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