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Will Leaky Air Ducts Affect My Heating System?

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Unless you have a ductless system installed in your home, if you use forced-air heating, then you need sturdy ducts to distribute warmth around your home. Because the ducts remain out of your sight in most rooms, you probably don’t think much about leaks or other issues ductwork might encounter. However, as we’ll explain in this post, leaks occurring in your ductwork can have a serious impact on your heating system… all of it negative.

For Melbourne, FL heating services from repair to cleaning your ductwork, call on the skilled staff at Next Generation Air & Heat Inc.

Why leaky ducts spell bad news for your heating system

The main reason that a leak in your ducts will have a negative effect on your heater is that it will lower the air pressure inside the ducts. From the vent to the heater, ductwork needs to remain a tight seal to protect the air pressure. A loss of air pressure means a serious reduction in air flow and heating ability. If you notice reduced air flow coming from the vents, it can indicate leaks.

Leaks can also cause you heating system to start drawing air from other parts of the house, such as between the walls or the attic. These places usually are much colder than the rest of your home, and this will further hurt the heater’s ability to cool you down. (The air from these regions is often musty, so an odd odor from the vents can warn you about this.)

Finally, leaks permit more dust to infiltrate your ducts. This will reduce your indoor air quality, which is worrying on its own. But a dust build-up will also create greater air resistance, and it will start to clog up the air filter, which may eventually lead to damage to your heater’s internal components.

Get those leaks sealed—professionally

You need to get any leaks in your ducts fixed as soon as you can. However, don’t attempt this yourself with duct tape. Despite the name, duct tape is an inadequate fix for this problem. You need the assistance of skilled ductwork repair technicians, who will use mastic sealing to effectively close up any gaps in your ducts.

Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. has extensive experience working on ductwork. We can not only repair your ducts, but provide the necessary cleaning to eliminate any dust and dirt contamination they may have suffered from the damage. Contact us today for any Melbourne, FL, heating needs you have.

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AC Tip: Heat Pump Air Duct Requirements

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Heat Pump Technology

Growing in popularity today in Rockledge are heat pumps, devices that transfers thermal energy from one location to another, usually in the direction of from a colder temperature to higher and generally the opposite of the natural flow.  While compressor-driven air conditioners and freezers are technically heat pumps, “heat pump” is the term that usually implies one of the less-common devices in the class that are not dedicated to refrigeration-only.

A heat pump that maintains a thermally conditioned-space can be used to provide either heating or cooling, depending upon whether the environment is cooler or warmer than the conditioned-space.  Typically pumps utilize some thermal energy from the environment itself, such as the natural heat beneath the Earth’s surface.

By simply transferring the energy rather than producing it, heat pumps are being more seriously considered as attractive alternatives to provide an efficient and clean system for conditioning public and living spaces.

Change of Use

In considering a change from an existing system to a heat pump, there are many details to compare to see if it makes any sense at all.

Since a heat pump typically moves conditioned air through ductwork, the advantages of the change are much more realistic with a system of pre-existing ducts such as a forced air furnace or central air-conditioning unit.  While a heat pump often requires a larger volume of ducts, the old network of metal tunnels was often over-sized for inefficient furnaces and should do fine in a conversion to a heat pump.

The Right Data

Since the required formulas are dependent upon variables such as size, distance, volume and oomph, the design is strategic and makes all the difference.  Consulting with a trained and experienced Rockledge AC professional such as Next Generation Air & Heat is critical to the success of the conversion.

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