Next Generation Air & Heat, Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Duct Sealing’

How Duct Leaks Affect Your AC

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

air-ductsWe would very much like to tell you otherwise, but chances are that you are going to run into problems with your air conditioning system at some point. If and when you do, you really do need to schedule air conditioning repair in Satellite Beach, FL as soon as possible. The summer weather is way too intense around here to invite problems with your air conditioner.

Now, many problems that air conditioners may face can be pretty easy to spot, like if the system isn’t starting up at all. Other issues are not as easy to recognize, but that does not mean that they are any less pressing. If you are using a central air conditioning system or a heat pump, for instance, then you are using air ducts to distribute conditioned air throughout your home. Are you doing so successfully, though?

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Signs of Trouble with Your Ductwork

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

corrugated-duct-interiorWe don’t have nearly as much use for our heating systems as we do for our air conditioners here in Florida, but both are necessary if you hope to make it through the entire year comfortably. If you use a central air conditioner in your home—and if you’re not, you should definitely consider ditching window units and opting for a whole-house cooling system—then you are depending upon a system of air ducts in order to distribute cooled air throughout your house.

If you use a furnace, too, then you are also using that system when you heat your home, however infrequent that may be. What we’re getting at here is that your air ducts play a vital role in your overall comfort and the overall performance quality of your HVAC system(s). That means that any problems at all with your ductwork in Palm Bay, FL really need to be resolved as soon as possible. Of course, your air ducts are also almost entirely hidden from view. So how are you to recognize problems to begin with?

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How to Tell You Need Duct Sealing in Merritt Island

Monday, August 18th, 2014

The AC maintenance process typically focuses on the mechanical parts of the system. However, a truly healthy system requires healthy air ducting as well. Ductwork can often be forgotten because it is not visible and is virtually noiseless. But air ducts need attention, just as any other part of your system, or it can suffer from cracks, holes and broken seals. One of the best ways to keep your ducts healthy for the long run is by scheduling professional duct sealing on Merritt Island. When done correctly, as by a company like Next Generation Air & Heat, Inc., your ductwork can last for years to come.

Signs You May Need Duct Sealing

There are a few common signs that you may need duct sealing for your ductwork:

  • High energy bills – faulty ductwork can account for up to 30% of total air loss. When your system leaks, there can be a significant reduction of cool air reaching your home for which your AC has to compensate. Whenever your air conditioner has to work harder, it needs to use more power, which can result in higher energy bills.
  • Whistling sounds – whistling sounds in your air ducts can indicate that air is escaping through broken seals and holes.
  • Multiple hot and cold spots – it’s normal to experience slight temperature differences throughout your home, but if you are experiencing definitive hot and cold spots, there may be an issue with certain ducts not delivering the right amount of cool air.
  • Extra humidity – are you feeling extra moisture in the air? Faulty ducts can allow the outside humid air into a duct, and the moisture in this air gets delivered directly into your home.
  • Development of mold and mildew – mold and mildew thrive in cold, dark, moist places, making your ductwork a great place to grow. One of the best ways to deter the growth of mold and mildew in air ducts is to seal it properly to reduce moisture levels.

Duct Sealing Is Not a Good Choice for a DIY Project

Ductwork is extensive, and large sections can be in hard-to-reach places such as crawl spaces and attics. It can also be challenging to find all the holes and cracks that need to be repaired. These are just some of the reasons it’s important to call a professional for your duct sealing in Merritt Island.

For more information about how Next Generation Air & Heat, Inc., can help you with any ductwork needs you may have, call us today!

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Methods Professionals Use to Seal Leaks in Ducts

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Breaks and gaps in the ductwork of your home can lead to serious problems that will affect both the performance of your HVAC system and the quality of your indoor air. Dust enters through these gaps, and air pressure escapes from them, making your heater and air conditioner work harder and the air in your home dirtier. These leaks need professionals to seal them as soon as possible. Call Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. for duct sealing, as well as duct cleaning in Merritt Island, FL.

But wait… what about duct tape? Won’t that take care of the problem?

Usually, no. For one thing, the original name of duct tape was duck tape (the reasons for this are obscure): it has nothing to do with ducts—it was designed in World War I to seal ammo boxes—and only became associated with duct work later. The actual industry name for this tape is cloth-backed rubber-adhesive tape. Duct tape has many great applications, but it has difficultly withstanding the temperature changes in ductwork, and controlled tests have shown its not a reliable duct seal.

Professionals use two principle tools to perform duct sealing that take care of the job. Some professionals favor one or the other, but both are very effective:

  • Mastic sealant: This is a resin-based sealant which duct technicians apply using a special mastic sealing gun. This sealant is used in a variety of repair projects because of its excellent durability, lightness, and flexibility. Flexibility is important for ductwork, because ducts expand and contract as they heat and cool. Mastic sealant can last for many years without losing its hold or starting to flake. It is one of the best ways of sealing metal ductwork because the contact with metal does not cause corrosion, which many other adhesives do.
  • Metallic tape: Actually, there is a form of “duct tape” that works, but it’s nothing like the duct tape you can buy at a store. Metallic duct tape is usually made from foil and can last for many years. Some duct sealing professionals prefer using these metal adhesive tapes over mastic sealant because they find mastic too messy to apply. Others prefer mastic because tape doesn’t have the same flexibility.

Have professionals seal your ducts

Something else to keep in mind when it comes to sealing ducts: it’s often difficult to access much of your ductwork. Professionals are trained to get to your ducts without causing damage to your home. Trust to the local experts to handle duct sealing and duct cleaning in Merritt Island, FL: Next Generation Air & Heat Inc.

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