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Ductwork Maintenance Is Your Cost Effective Way To Boost Home Savings and Comfort

Ductwork Maintenance Is Your Cost Effective Way To Boost Home Savings and ComfortThe ductwork is one HVAC system component that you shouldn’t overlook if you want to improve home comfort and save energy. Ductwork maintenance can be a cost-effective measure because deficiencies in the ducts can waste 20 percent or more of the conditioned air your equipment pumps out.

Signs You May Need Ductwork Maintenance

If you can relate to any of the following issues, it’s worth having a reputable HVAC contractor perform a duct system inspection to check for damage, disconnections and leaks:

  • Unreasonably high energy bills
  • Difficulty maintaining comfort regardless of the thermostat setting
  • Rooms that always seem too hot or cold
  • Ducts located in unconditioned spaces, like the attic, crawlspace or garage
  • Areas of obvious duct damage

Benefits of a Professional Duct Inspection

An HVAC pro has the skills and knowledge needed to properly assess your ductwork to find leak sources, or areas that need repair, sealing and insulating. A trained technician can also assess the HVAC system’s airflow to determine if there are other issues with the duct system, like inadequate sizing or an insufficient number of return ducts.

Once all the deficiencies are identified, a pro can also make any needed repairs to improve your duct system’s performance. Once the ductwork is in good shape, you’ll reap a number of benefits, including:

  • Operating cost savings. Repairing damage and sealing/insulating your ductwork can curb the costly waste of conditioned air you’ve been experiencing. You’ll notice a drop in your HVAC energy consumption, and a corresponding decrease in your utility bills.
  • More consistent comfort. With less conditioned air waste and proper air distribution, you’ll experience fewer problems with hot or cold spots, and you’ll find it easier to heat or cool your home to your desired comfort level.
  • Safer, healthier air quality. With well-maintained ductwork, allergens and contaminants won’t get pulled into your HVAC system from wall voids, the crawlspace or attic. There’s also less risk of hazardous “backdrafting” combustion fumes entering your air supply.

To schedule an inspection to learn if your Peachtree City home’s HVAC could benefit from ductwork maintenance, contact us today at Powers Heating & Air.

Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency With Professional Duct Maintenance

Increase Your Home's Energy Efficiency With Professional Duct MaintenanceAn effective energy efficiency strategy should involve all home systems. A home’s cooling, heating, lighting and building envelope generally get a lot of attention. Aerators and low-flow shower heads are popular features, too. For maximum energy savings and comfort, though, it’s important to go behind the scenes with professional duct maintenance.

Benefits of Duct Maintenance

Ducts are generally located out of sight in the basement or attic, which means they’re easy to forget about. Ignoring the air ducts results in up to 20 percent or more cooling and heating losses in the average home, according to the Energy Star program. Leaky air ducts cause uneven temperatures room to room. Leaky ductwork can also waste energy on heating and cooling areas outside the living spaces such as the crawl space or attic.  Maintaining the ductwork system can ensure greater energy savings and comfort in your home.

Duct Inspection

Visual and mechanical methods are used to inspect ductwork. The visual inspection your HVAC professional performs locates more obvious duct leaks, damaged portions and missing insulation. Mechanical methods for locating smaller leaks and testing air pressure include a duct blaster and flow hood test.

The duct blaster pressurizes ducts to force air through tiny leaks. The flow hood test measures air pressure at the supply outlets. Additionally, your ductwork may be inspected for cleanliness if you’re having indoor air quality issues or if the ductwork hasn’t been cleaned in several years.

Professional Duct Repair

Air ducts are generally fabricated from thin sheet metal, fiberglass board, and/or flexible insulated ductwork. HVAC industry approved materials must be used to impermeably seal duct joints, boots and outlets. If shortcuts are taken, duct seams loosen and fall away, and your energy dollars are wasted in the unconditioned spaces of your home.  In older homes the ductwork may begin to breakdown from the elements and/or age and should be inspected regularly for damage.

Following are some typical duct repair techniques incorporated by your HVAC tech:

  • Damaged ducts are repaired and duct insulation is inspected if present.
  • Mastic paste and heat-resistant tape are used to seal duct leaks.
  • Insulation is added where it’s missing or damaged.
  • Leak detection tests and airflow pressure are performed again for quality assurance.
  • Newer ductwork designs provide higher insulation values and reduce energy costs so check the cost of repairs versus replacement if you home is over 20 years old.

To learn more about the importance and benefits of professional duct maintenance, contact the experts at Powers Heating & Air. We serve residents in the Fayette and Coweta Counties including the communities of Peachtree City, Newnan, Fayetteville, Sharpsburg, Senoia and Tyrone.

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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Don’t Forget to Schedule Duct Maintenance This Spring

Don't Forget to Schedule Duct Maintenance This SpringWith the hot Peachtree City summer quickly approaching, now’s the time to make sure your cooling system is ready to perform at top efficiency. Professional duct maintenance supports your system’s efficiency by helping your air conditioner reliably distribute the air it cools.

Why Duct Sealing Matters

Air leaks in ductwork can develop for many reasons. In some cases, the duct joints weren’t properly connected and sealed during installation. In others, the seals have broken due to aging or being accidentally hit during renovations or other work. Work near the ducts can also cause tears and holes that leak air. In the average home, the duct system leaks between 10 to 12 percent of the air it carries. Some home duct systems leak 20 percent of their air or more.

The air that escapes your ducts never reaches your rooms, so it goes wasted. You’ll end up lowering your A/C thermostat’s temperature to compensate, which raises your cooling bills. In your attic, basement, and crawl space, cold air hitting the hot surfaces (or vice versa in winter) can cause condensation, which encourages mold and rot. Leaks also let contaminants into your air.

During professional duct maintenance, these leaks can be sealed or repaired and the leakage rate brought down to as low as 5 percent. You’ll enjoy benefits such as:

  • Lower cooling and heating bills
  • More even temperatures around your home
  • No more stuffy feeling in your home
  • Better indoor air quality
  • Less risk of moisture damage

How Duct Sealing Works

Your technician will inspect the ducts for damage and loose connections around the air handler, air registers and vents, and duct joints. Torn and collapsed flex ducts can be replaced and holes in fiberglass or sheet metal ducts can be patched.

Duct joints will be fit firmly, then sealed with mastic or foil-backed tape. A heating and cooling professional has the knowledge necessary to choose the optimal sealing material for each situation and to apply it correctly.

For more information on duct maintenance and other home comfort needs, contact Powers Heating and 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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