Duct work Solutions
Homes and buildings that rely on a central air conditioning system or a forced air heating system use a network of ducts in order to distribute cool or warm air. In order for your duct work to do its job properly, it should be in perfect working conditions at all times. Poorly installed or improperly maintained duct work can lead to serious problems including energy wastage, health hazards, and uneasiness in your own home.
Duct work Leak Repair, Insulation Improvement and Balancing
Faulty duct work can cost you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in wasted energy. The US Department of Energy estimates that home heating systems can lose as much as 20-30 percent of their heat because of leaks and insufficient insulation in the duct work.
At TriState Home Services, we have skilled and experienced technicians who can assess your duct work and perform the necessary repairs in order to restore it to good, working condition. We can:
- Inspect your duct work and test its efficiency
- Recommend the best course of action for its rehabilitation
- Repair and seal duct work leaks
- Install insulating elements to improve the duct work’s energy efficiency
- Perform duct flow balancing to even out warm and cool air circulation in all areas of the property
Since you often can’t see duct work, it’s easy to forget how important it is. However, if the ducts in your home have been improperly routed, crimped, crushed, excessively bent or disconnected, your family is more vulnerable to various health issues, and you could be wasting money in energy costs. It’s important to get your duct system checked regularly by professionals for the health and efficiency of your home.
Duct work Repairs and Replacements
Duct repairs become necessary when your heating and air conditioning system feels as if it’s slowing down, becoming less effective; unable to cool or heat a space that it once did easily. These signs mean that there is a duct problem that needs to be addressed immediately.
Common methods for sealing ducts involve commercial HVAC tape and mastic. But if the ducts are really old, leaky and lack adequate insulation, then the best option may be to upgrade to new, insulated flex ducts.
Our experienced technicians will determine whether your duct work should be repaired or replaced, and make sure that it is properly sealed and insulated for optimal home energy efficiency. By repairing or replacing faulty duct work, you will likely save money on your cooling and heating bills and improve the comfort of your home.
Improving the Airflow in Your Home
1. Open Doors and Windows or Turn on the Fans
2. Clean or Change HVAC Air Filters
If you plan to use your HVAC system, be sure that its air filter is cleaned or changed regularly. A dirty air filter not only clogs the system, but it also can’t clean the air as efficiently as it should. When air can’t flow freely, it causes the HVAC system to either overheat or freeze up as a result. It forces the unit to consume more energy, which leads to an increase in your electricity costs.
3. Clean Your Surroundings
4. Inspecting and Maintaining Your Cooling and Heating Systems
5. Installing a Ventilation System
6. Sealing Air Leaks
When the air ducts have holes or cracks, they allow air to escape while letting undesirable (outside) air in. If these holes and cracks are not dealt with immediately, you’re home will have poor air circulation, as well as a higher energy bill.
Creating the perfect airflow isn’t complicated, as long as the right steps are followed in keeping your home’s HVAC system operating properly. Contact TriState Home Services today, and let our experts perform a duct leakage test. This test will reveal how much airflow your home is losing and allow us to fix the problem using the appropriate air sealing methods.
Air Duct Cleaning
Extracting dust from your duct work is extremely important to the air quality in your home. The average house collects 40 pounds of dirt, dust, and allergens in its air ducts each year. This could be a problem since dust bunnies can contain a host of unhealthy bacteria, fungi, and mold. Did you know that indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air? The air that circulates throughout your house every time the heating or cooling system kicks on, can contaminate your home’s air. This air can be harmful for your family’s health, especially if there are young children in the home.
If you have a central air HVAC system, your home’s air duct should be cleaned approximately every 7 years. The build-up of dirt and debris worsens over time and prevents the air from flowing freely throughout the ventilation system of your home. This means that your system has to work harder and will cost you more to operate. Over time, the problem only gets worse.
Change Your Air Filter
DIY Duct Cleaning
To maintain and clean your ducts in between professional cleanings, remember to sponge them down and try to get them as clean as you can. You can also use a vacuum hose.
Duct Leakage Testing
A duct leakage tester is designed to measure the airtightness of forced air heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) ductwork. A duct leakage tester consists of a calibrated fan for measuring an airflow rate and a pressure sensing device to measure the pressure created by the fan flow. Then it calculates the amount of pressure passing through an orifice plate. Based on the results it determines how much leakage there is.
These are the various methods for conducting a duct leakage test:
- Using a duct leakage tester and blower door together (most common method)
- Using a blower door and pressure pan (for diagnostic purposes only)
- Using only a blower door (not recommended)
- Using a flow hood
- Using a Duct Blaster
Two Kinds of Leaks
There are two kinds of leaks – benign and malignant. The malignant leaks should be taken care of immediately. They are the ones that send conditioned air into unconditioned spaces. Benign leaks are the ones leaking inside the conditioned space. Leakage inside the building enclosure isn’t quite as bad because it is still within the conditioned space.
These two kinds of duct leaks require two different types of tests. The malignant leaks occur in ducts that are outside of the conditioned space and you would need an “outside leakage test.” The other test is called the “total leakage test”.
The duct system is responsible for what you actually feel when you heat or air condition your home. You want to make sure that the system is working properly since you are paying money to feel comfortable and healthy in your home.
Over time, the air flowing through your ducts can loosen joints, wear out sections and cause disconnections. Most parts of your home’s heating and air conditioning system are designed to last for a long time, but eventually they need to be replaced. If your home has flexible ducts that are over 10 to 15 years old, they will most likely need to be replaced.
Signs You Need Air Duct Replacement
- Insufficient heating or cooling despite temperature settings
- Hot and cold spots – only certain parts of your home are receiving warm or cool air
- Efficiency issues – unexplained spike in energy usage
- Noises such as creaking, rumbling, rattling, or whistling
Replacing or Repairing Your Duct System Can:
- Improve Comfort – Solve common comfort problems, such as rooms that are too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter
- Enhance Indoor Air Quality – Eliminate fumes from household and garden chemicals, insulation particles, and dust that can enter your home, aggravating asthma and allergy problems
- Promote Safety – Ventilate gases (such as carbon monoxide) released from appliances such as water heaters, dryers and furnaces during normal, regular use
- Save Money – Keep HVAC system from expending more energy than it needs to
Aeroseal® Duct Sealing
When there’s a leak in the duct system, it’s harder for a home to achieve a balanced indoor climate. Because of the leaks, a portion of warm or cool air escapes, making it impossible for every room to reach the desired temperature. Air leaks can also put a strain on your energy savings because your system will have to operate at a higher setting just to feel comfortable. Luckily, there’s an easy solution to that problem, and that is to have the ducts sealed with the Aeroseal® system.
The Aeroseal® Difference
There are several air duct sealing procedures and products on the market, but none can beat the superior results of Aeroseal®. Instead of addressing the leaks from the outside, Aeroseal® tackles the problem from inside the ducts. Using its patented breakthrough technology, it puts the escaped air under a lot of pressure. This causes the polymer particles to stick to the edges of the leak. Then, the particles will stick to each other until the leaks are completely sealed. This procedure puts less strain on the HVAC system and works with the existing ductwork. It also keeps pollutants, allergens, and irritants from entering the air stream. This means your indoor air quality remains safe and healthy, and you won’t have to worry about the system failing on you.