Next Generation Air & Heat, Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Indoor Air Quality’

Why Get Your Ducts Professionally Repaired?

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Why should you have the ducts in your Melbourne, Florida home repaired by a professional? When you call a company like Next Generation Air & Heat Inc., our technicians have years of experience working with all types of duct issues. But we thought it would be helpful for our customers in the Melbourne, Florida area if we put together a list of some of the potential benefits to working with a professional duct repair contractor.

Reduced Risk of Additional Problems

When you have a professional working on your ducts, you can potentially avoid additional repair costs from possible mistakes. Duct repair isn’t easy. Trained professional know how to avoid damaging other parts of your home while they’re working on the ducts.

Install it Right the First Time

With their training and experience, your contractor will be able to do the job right the first time. Often when we get calls for duct repairs, it’s because someone repaired the ducts incorrectly. This can cause problems in the future that are unnecessary.

Find Other Problems

During duct repair, a professional with experience will be able to spot other issues in your ducts that would otherwise be missed. We find that many expensive repairs for heating systems and ducts could have been solved with regular maintenance and the experience of a professional contractor.

Increased Efficiency

One final benefit to professional duct repair is that it can potentially increase the efficiency of your home’s heating system. The ducting in your home is responsible for carrying the heated air to each of your rooms. With proper repair by a professional, they will most likely do that job much better.

If you’re interested in having the ducts in your home in Melbourne, Florida, contact the experts at Next Generation Air & Heat Inc.. We would love to talk with you about how we can help your home be more comfortable and efficient. Call us today!

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5 Reasons You Need Duct Cleaning

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Some components in our homes get more attention to others. While you are probably aware of any issues with your toilet or garbage disposal, for instance, not everything is as immediately recognizable. Your ductwork is one of the most important systems in your home, responsible for circulating air throughout your house and maintaining comfortable temperatures. You don’t see much of your ductwork, though, and it can be difficult to notice any potential problems. Professional inspection and, if necessary, duct cleaning service takes the guesswork out of this situation. Here are some of the most common reasons you may need duct cleaning service in your Melbourne home. For more information about professional duct cleaning contact Next Generation Heat & Air today.

  1. Improve Indoor Air Quality: Leaks and poor sealing in your ductwork system not only allow conditioned air to escape from your ductwork. They also allow pollutants into your ductwork. If there are contaminants within your duct system they can be circulated throughout your home, decreasing indoor air quality.
  2. Increase Airflow Efficiency: As dust, dirt and other debris accumulate in your air ducts it is possible for them to reduce the efficiency with which air is circulated throughout your home. This is because the presence of such pollutants can restrict airflow. This leads to uneven heating and cooling of your home and forces your heating and cooling systems to work harder than should be necessary.
  3. Reduce Energy Costs: When your heating and cooling system is forced to work harder in order to circulate conditioned air throughout your home it uses more energy. This in turn drives up your heating and air conditioning bills. Having your ductwork professionally cleaned will help your heating and air conditioning system work more efficiently, lowering energy costs.
  4. Improve the Condition of Your Whole System: When there are contaminants in your air ducts they can infiltrate the various components of your heating and air conditioning system as well as the different areas of your home. The accumulation of dirt, dust and other debris in the inner workings of your air conditioner and heater can compromised the integrity of the system as a whole.
  5. Discover Other Air Duct Problems: During the inspection of your ductwork and the cleaning process your ductwork service technician can diagnose any other issues with your ductwork, including poor design or damaged joints. By discovering and fixing these problems you can increase efficiency and the effectiveness of your heating and air conditioning systems.

We hope that the reasons above have convinced you of the important role that duct cleaning can play in the continued performance of your ductwork system. If you have any questions about any of this information or would like to schedule service, call Next Generation today. We have the answers to all of your questions.

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Duct Cleaning Guide: How Duct Cleaning and Repair Improves Efficiency

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Unfortunately, your forced air system ductwork is a common culprit for inefficiency and energy loss. If you’ve noticed your heating and cooling bills rising without any change in your heating and cooling habits, have a Melbourne FL air conditioning professional inspect your duct system. Duct cleaning or repair may be necessary, and can help you keep your home comfortable with greater efficiency. Next Generation Air and Heat has some information to share with you about the benefits of duct cleaning and repair.

Duct Cleaning

As air circulates throughout your home dust and pollutants may be carried into your ductwork. If these contaminants are allowed to accumulate it can wind up reducing air flow, causing resistance that forces your home heating and cooling system to work harder while providing less comfort to your home. By having your ductwork professionally cleaned you can restore proper air flow, potentially improving efficiency and saving money when heating and cooling your home. Just because your ducts are hidden out of sight in your home does not mean that they do not deserve the same level of maintenance and care that is provided to the rest of your system. If you’ve noticed increased costs associated with heating and cooling your home or decreased performance from your comfort system, call a Melbourne FL duct cleaning professional.

Duct Repair

Another issue that may affect the efficiency with which heated and cooled air is dispersed throughout your house is duct damage. Whatever the cause – be it improper design, installation, age or wear and tear – any poor connections or corroded ductwork in your system must be repaired in order to get the best performance possible with the greatest amount of efficiency from your home heating and cooling system. If your comfort system seems to be running more often to maintain the same temperature levels as usual it is very possible that there is a problem with your ductwork requiring repairs. Air leaks are a great way to waste money on energy costs, so any damage to your ducts should be assessed and professionally repaired as soon as the problem presents itself. Air loss is a leading cause of efficiency, and depending on the cause of the air loss and the size of the leaks, holes or tears in your ductwork you can waste large quantities of energy. Keeping your air inside your ducts for dispersal throughout your home means that your energy and the money it costs you are being put to good use.

If you have any further questions about how duct cleaning and repair can improve energy in your Melbourne FL home, call Next Generation Heating and Air today. Our expertly trained staff will be happy to provide you with the answers and information you need.

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Air Conditioning Guide: Benefits of Duct Cleaning

Monday, September 24th, 2012

There are many benefits to having the ductwork in your home cleaned on an annual basis, both in terms of air quality and efficiency in your HVAC system. That’s why it is something we highly recommend for all of our customers and offer as part of our basic indoor air quality services.

Here are a few of the specific benefits you will find from duct cleaning in your home on an annual basis:

  • Better Air Quality – Air quality suffers when your ductwork is dirty. This happens for a number of reasons. To start, your ductwork can build up a layer of dirt and dust between seasons that will bypass the filtration system. Additionally, it can attract pests and other contaminants that can lead to bigger problems down the line.
  • Higher Efficiency – If efficiency is an issue for your home’s heating and air conditioning system, it could be due to the state of your ductwork. Dirty ductwork can reduce efficiency by as much as 30% in your heating or cooling system, resulting in higher bills, longer run times and less effective temperature control.
  • Fewer Repairs – Repairs become a problem when your heating and cooling systems run more often. Cleaner ductwork means fewer repairs for every major component of your HVAC system.

Ductwork, when properly maintained, will perform well over the course of a long winter or summer and will ensure you remain comfortable at all times as long as your HVAC system and air quality systems work as intended. If you are overdue for cleaning of your ductwork, consider contacting a Palm Bay air conditioning technician to visit and inspect yours.

We offer comprehensive duct cleaning services for this very reason, call Next Generation Air and Heat today to schedule your appointment!

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Duct Cleaning Question: How do I reduce dust in my home?

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Duct cleaning can be an effective way to cut down on dust circulating throughout the air inside your home, which can improve indoor air quality. Even if you clean regularly, an occasional duct cleaning service can provide many benefits. Call Next Generation Air and Heat to speak with one of our Melbourne indoor air quality experts to learn more about our duct cleaning services.

 Ductwork and Dust

Ductwork is designed to move large volumes of air, so adequate airflow is important. If your ductwork is filled with dust and other debris, it can affect the airflow and pressure within the ductwork. It can also reduce indoor air quality when the dust trapped in your ductwork is distributed throughout your home, even if you have a decent air filtration system. Over time, your ductwork can build up quite a bit of dust, and if you turn your HVAC system off for any period of time in spring or fall, it may be a good idea to have your ducts cleaned.

Not only does the dust then get distributed throughout your home when the air conditioner or furnace is turned back on, which can exacerbate allergies, but excess dirt and dust can also reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system. Both of these are problematic but can be resolved with regular duct cleaning.

Getting Your Ducts Cleaned

Regular duct cleaning should be performed once a year on average to minimize the impact of high levels of dust and debris in you ductwork. If you are concerned about the air inside your home, or if you know for a fact that there are airflow problems in your ductwork, you should call to ask about duct cleaning any time.

Duct cleaning only takes a few hours to perform and can thoroughly clear out the months of debris and dust that builds up in ductwork naturally over time. Plus, during these cleanings, your technician can check for potential air leaks that might lead to other air quality issues and decreased heating or cooling efficiency.

Call Next Generation Air and Heat for all your Melbourne  indoor air quality services.

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AC Guide: Simple Filter Tips to Keep Your Ducts Clean

Monday, August 13th, 2012

The Nature of a Forced Air System

When you flip the switch on your thermostat and your Melbourne air conditioner or furnace turns on, it starts drawing air from inside your house, conditioning it to the right temperature, and then circulating it back into your rooms through an air handler and ductwork. Of course, a good system should have proper ventilation to circulate new air into the house, but let’s face it – no matter how much ventilation you have in your home, there will always be dust and debris from things like pets, plants and other common household items.

So, when the air gets circulated back through the ducts, all sorts of debris and sediment build up. That’s not to mention the possible presence of actual contaminants like bacteria or mold. Luckily, because of how your forced air system is built, these are not tough problems to deal with.

Installing the Right Filters

Filtration is incredibly important for adding the right level of protection to your home’s ductwork. Usually placed directly within your air handlers, whole house air filters are designed to capture particles as small as 0.3 microns (if you purchase a high quality HEPA filter). That pretty much covers all dust, sediment, pollen, dander and other common allergens.

There are a number of other upgrades you can make to capture just about everything you house spits into those ducts – from bacteria and viruses to smoke and other air pollutants, but at the very least a good filter system will save your lungs, cut back on duct cleaning costs and make it much easier to maintain your home’s air quality throughout the year.

To learn more about HEPA filters and the specific ratings offered in various products, here is a link to the EPA’s guide to home air cleaners. It has a handy breakdown of different types of filtration and what each filter grade can capture. For more AC tips or for AC service in Melbourne , call Next Generation Air & Heat!

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AC Tip: The Facts About Indoor Air Quality

Monday, July 30th, 2012

One of the least understood aspects of your Satellite Beach home’s comfort system is the indoor air quality. Most people assume that once they have a good furnace and air conditioner installed, there’s nothing left to worry about. However, with the push in the last 20 years to reduce energy loss through poor insulation, most homes are sealed up tighter than ever before. This doesn’t just cause stuffy indoor air – it can actually lead to illness.

How Bad Can Indoor Air Quality Get?

Homes built in the 1980s were recommended to have one third of the ventilation of those built before. Today, the standards have returned to their original levels, but for many years, homes were built with poor ventilation and excessive insulation. The result is a space that holds the air in too well. Everyday contaminants and allergens like dust, pollen, pet dander, mold, or smoke cannot get out of your home and as a result, you can get sick.

In fact, some people even suffer from Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). This is when they feel ill constantly, with respiratory symptoms that have no root cause and are hard to diagnose. Often, it is because they simply breathe too many contaminants and too much stale air.

Fixing Air Quality Is Simple

The first thing needed to fix air quality is a good filtration system. Despite what many people think, simple filtration is not that expensive. There are big, powerful purification systems with advanced ionization units and UV lighting to kill bacteria and viruses, but most families are served well with a simple HEPA filter to remove things like dust, pollen and dander.

It’s a good idea to have your indoor air quality tested, however, just to make sure other contaminants are not present. High humidity can lead to mold growth, and poor ventilation can lead to exhaust or gas fumes in your home. A good carbon monoxide detector is recommended for the latter, but testing should be done to make sure nothing else is floating around.

Finally, make sure your Satellite Beach home is properly ventilated. Standard ventilation tends to leak heated or cooled air outside, so many homeowners now opt for energy recovery ventilators. These systems have heat exchangers that transfer warm air between indoor and outdoor air.

However you want to fix your indoor air quality issues, know that there are plenty of things you can do with the help of a good filtration device and regular cleanings of your ductwork and vents. If you have any concerns about your indoor air quality, give Next Generation Air & Heat a call today!

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Orlando Air Conditioning Question: Why Are Clean Filters So Important to AC Efficiency?

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Your Orlando air conditioner cost money to operate – even more when it doesn’t work at 100% efficiency. So, it is important to perform the various regular maintenance tasks that ensure the system uses as little electricity as possible. The first thing on your list (and the easiest) is cleaning those filters.

Keeping Filters Clean

The Department of Energy’s Energy Savers website states that you can reduce your air conditioner’s energy consumption by as much as 15% simply by keeping the air filters clean. Why do they matter so much? Consider the nature of a filter.

The filter on your AC unit is designed to capture any dust, debris and sediment in the air supply. If that dust and sediment was allowed in, not only would it gum up the mechanical workings of the device, it would get into your ductwork and reduce the air quality of your home. So, filters are used to capture such things. However, when a filter gets clogged, the system must work harder to draw the air in. As it works harder, the motor turns faster and more electricity is used.

It takes very little to clog the filter of an AC unit, especially if it is running 24 hours a day for two or three months out of the year. So, it’s best to check your filters once every 30 days regardless of what type of filter you are using.

Which Filters to Check

The main filter on your Orlando AC unit should be checked along with any air handler filters and any air cleaner filters you have installed in your system. Another thing to consider is the condition of your home and the area around your outdoor condenser. If you have pets, lots of plants or your condenser is located in a dusty area, you may need to check and change those filters even more often.

Most filters are located along the return length of the ductwork – sometimes in ceiling ducts and walls, though they may also be located in your furnace’s air handler or inside the air conditioning unit.

Clean air filters are important for your health, your wallet and the longevity of your Orlando AC system. Stay on top of them and you will save money in more ways than you might expect. For any help changing your filter or to schedule a maintenance visit, give Next Generation Air & Heating a call!

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HVAC Tip: Your AC and Your Energy Recovery Ventilator

Monday, March 26th, 2012

As a Melbourne homeowner with an air conditioning system, you know that it costs plenty to keep your home cool and comfortable in the summer. It is an expense you are willing to pay for the comfort and overall health of your family, but if you are like most homeowners, you would do anything to lower your monthly electric bills where possible.

One way to make your air conditioning system a little more efficient is to install an energy recovery ventilator. Read on to learn what energy recovery ventilator is and how it works alongside your AC system to reduce energy loss and improve indoor comfort control.

 What is an energy recovery ventilator?

Not to be confused with a heat recovery ventilator, an energy recovery ventilator is a mechanical device that transfers heat and water vapor between the incoming (i.e. outside) air and outgoing air being moved by your ventilation system.

The main difference between an energy recovery ventilator and a heat recovery ventilator is that the former transfers both heat and moisture, while the latter transfers only heat.

 What does an energy recovery ventilator do?

What does that transfer mean for your air conditioning system? Well, in the hot summer months, your air conditioner pulls in warm air from the outside, cools it and then blasts it into your home, while exhausting warm air to the outside.

What an energy recovery ventilator does is make that process a little easier for the air conditioner to handle by transferring heat from the warm air coming in to the exhaust air that the AC is blowing out of the house. The incoming air therefore has to be cooled less, which means your AC doesn’t have to work as hard, which means less electricity is used.

Many users of energy recovery ventilator systems report that the moisture exchange also makes the air in their homes feel “fresher,” rather than the stale feel that air conditioning can sometimes produce.

So, if you would like to increase efficiency and reduce the cost of running your Melbourne AC system, consider an energy recovery ventilator as one possible solution. If you have any questions about how to improve the indoor air quality in your home, please give Next Generation Air & Heat a call!

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Maitland Whole House Air Quality Systems: Why You Need One

Friday, February 17th, 2012

There are many ways to control the indoor air quality of your Maitland home. The easiest way to is to clean your vents and ducts. This reduces the number of pollutants like mold and dust that get into your air each day. In some cases, however, you may need something more powerful and that’s where a whole house air quality system comes in.

What Does Whole House Air Quality Provide?

There are many filters and purifiers on the market that can be operated in a single room such as your living room or the bedroom of your child. However, if you have a more substantial contaminant problem, a whole house system actually attaches to the source of fresh air.

Most whole house systems integrate directly into the ventilation ducts and fans of your house. This ensures the air is purified and cleaned as it enters your home, not after it has circulated for some time. Air cleaners are also integrated into ducts where UV lighting and ionizers can remove bacteria, viruses, smoke and exhaust fumes that come in from outside.

Your furnace and air conditioner will also be filtered above and beyond standard manufacturer filtering, ensuring there are less contaminants traveling through your ducts to start with.

When Do You Need It?

The upgrade to a whole house system isn’t just for those suffering from dust, pollen and pet dander. These can easily be removed with regular cleaning of your ducts and a HEPA filter in each room affected. However, if your home tests high for various gases, exhaust fumes, or molds that are beyond your control, a whole house system is a great way to protect yourself.

In particular, these systems are useful when the contaminants come in from outside. Most indoor contaminants can be removed with careful maintenance of your comfort system, but if your neighbor has a leaky exhaust pipe or if you live near a busy highway, you can’t do much about it other than to filter the air as it comes inside.

Choosing a whole home air quality system starts with knowing what you need to filter. So, proper air testing is highly recommended. After testing, make sure your current systems will integrate well with the new air quality controls. If everything works properly, you’ll be well on your way to fresh, clean air in no time. If you have any questions about your Maitland home’s indoor air quality system, give Next Generation Air & Heat a call!

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