Premier Indoor Comfort Systems LLC Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Ductwork’

How Ductwork Problems Affect Forced Air Heaters

Monday, March 11th, 2019

sealing-air-ductWhen you run your home heating system, you obviously want that system to function as effectively as possible with as little associated cost as possible. Unfortunately, many homeowners wind up settling for less when it comes to overall efficiency and heating output. We believe that you deserve better than that, which is why our technicians are always here to help. That brings us to the next big obstacle, though. A lot of homeowners fail to realize that their heaters are faltering.

This is because not all problems with your heater are going to be very obvious. Yes, you may notice a drop in efficiency or even that your heater is not warming your home as successfully as usual. But if the heater is up and running reliably, has been tuned up recently, and isn’t making any weird sounds, then why worry? Well, because there’s more to your heating system than that heating unit itself. Your heat pump or furnace uses ductwork to distribute heated air throughout your home, remember.

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Signs That Your Air Ducts Are in Trouble

Monday, September 11th, 2017

sealing-ductWhen you live in Georgia, you depend upon your air conditioner to keep you cool during the hottest time of the year. Maybe you use a heat pump, which can also help you to warm your home during our relatively mild winters. Whatever type of forced air home comfort system you may use, one fact is certain — its ductwork must be in great shape in order for that system to work with great results. Unfortunately, this is not the case in many homes.

We understand why the ductwork may be overlooked, of course. Damaged or leaky air ducts are not going to cause your system to break down immediately, and it is not as though you can simply give your air ducts a quick visual inspection. That doesn’t mean that there is no way in which to recognize trouble with your air ducts in Canton, GA, though. In fact, there are plenty of warning signs that you may notice, provided that you know what it is that you are looking for.

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How Duct Repair Will Help Keep You Warm This Winter

Monday, December 7th, 2015

We’ve spent the last few weeks discussing the importance of heating maintenance as well as providing other tips for preparing your home to handle the winter weather. There are plenty of steps you can take to properly winterize your home and stop drafts from leeching away the vital heat inside the rooms. But there’s one that you might not have considered, which is arranging to have your ductwork repaired.

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Bryson City Duct Cleaning Tips

Monday, April 1st, 2013

It is sometimes easy to forget about the important role that the behind the scenes components of our heating and air conditioning systems play. When there is a problem that impedes the operation of your home comfort system, though, it becomes much more difficult to ignore these components. If your air conditioning and heating system relies on a forced air distribution system to cycle air throughout your home, the condition of your air ducts is extremely important. Dirty ductwork can lead to a number of problems. Here are some tips from the Bryson City duct cleaning professionals at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems.

While not every home that uses air ducts will require professional duct cleaning service regularly, it is always a good idea to have them inspected during routine maintenance service. You can wipe clean your duct registers and even vacuum out the exposed area a bit. However, only a qualified, professional duct cleaning technician has the specialized tools and years of experience necessary to ensure a thorough cleaning of your air ducts.

A number of factors will affect your duct cleaning needs. Everything from the presence of pets in your home to the general cleanliness of your house will help determine whether or not you need to schedule professional duct cleaning. If poor indoor air quality is a persistent problem in your home, duct cleaning can help clear the air.

Dirty air ducts can even reduce the effectiveness and efficiency with which your heating and air conditioning system operates. While it is not likely your air ducts will become so clogged that they block off airflow, they can suffer from increased airflow resistance and can clog up air filters. This puts excess strain on your home comfort system, which can cause it to work inefficiently and even damage the system. Plus, the dirt and debris can make its way into your HVAC equipment, causing further operational problems.

If you notice a general decline in the performance of your air conditioning system, you may need to schedule professional duct cleaning. Do not let dirty air ducts have a negative impact on your indoor air quality and comfort. Contact the Bryson City duct cleaning pros on our team today for more information.

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Why Schedule Duct Testing Before the Air Conditioning Season

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Your air conditioning system is only as good as its ductwork. It does not matter how highly your AC unit is rated for efficiency, if your ductwork has cracks, leaks, or debris within it. Duct testing is a great way to find out whether your ductwork is operating effectively. The process checks for not only leaks and cracks, but also insulation integrity and air loss. This ensures that you will cool your home efficiently all summer long. For comprehensive duct testing in Bryson City, NC, call Premier Indoor Comfort today!

Duct leaks can cause all types of problems. Leaks within the supply channel can allow your AC to cool your attic, wall interior, crawlspaces, or garage. This can also invite airborne pollutants, dust, insulation particles, and other debris into your indoor air. If you have a leak in the return channel, you may be inadvertently extracting hot air from the outside, causing extra work for your already taxed system. This can also create humidity problems. Because there is a certain amount of pressure necessary to the air conditioning cycle, leaks can also cause depressurization problems in the home.

How does duct testing work? The most common method of duct testing uses what’s called a blower door. This is a comprehensive whole home test, which measures duct leaks by pressurizing the entire home. Testing before and after your duct registers are sealed gives you an estimate of how much your ducts are leaking into the outside air. Your duct tester may also use a smoke puffer or a pressure pan to pinpoint leaks further. The other option for duct testing tests them more directly by temporarily installing a calibrated fan within the air handler that pressurizes the ductwork system itself and measures the airflow. It simulates the circulation of cool air, and can be especially accurate when performed correctly.

Ductwork faults are very difficult to find without professional testing. By inspecting your ductwork, you can then take the necessary steps to ensuring that your system is well prepared for the upcoming air conditioning season. For duct testing in Bryson City, NC, call Premier Indoor Comfort today! 

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I Have a Room that Won’t Stay Warm or Cool

Friday, July 29th, 2011

When you have a home heating or cooling system installed, you expect it to keep all areas of your home at the same temperature unless you tell it otherwise. But sometimes you’ll find that one of the rooms in your home just won’t stay warm no matter how high you turn up the heat. This can be a very frustrating situation, particularly if that room is one you use a lot.

Insulation and Ductwork Checkups

There are actually several possible reasons that a problem like this can develop. The first thing you should check is if there is adequate, proper insulation in the walls and the floor of the room. Even if you know that insulation is in place, it’s worth it to have a professional come take a look to see if the insulation there is still adequate. Even the best insulation doesn’t last forever, and once it breaks down, you could be losing a lot of heat to the outdoors in the winter.

If insulation isn’t the problem, it’s time to have someone examine your ductwork to see if it’s properly pressurized throughout or if there could be a break in the system somewhere leading to that room. If your home comfort system pumps heated and cooled air towards that room and that air is allowed to leak out along the way, you’ll never be able to maintain the comfort level you want.

Digging Deeper for Causes

Even if there is no break on the way to that particular room, a leak or blockage somewhere else can throw off the balance of the entire system, reducing how much temperature controlled air can reach that part of your home. These are all things that a professional duct tester can find and fix for you relatively easily and inexpensively.

Of course, it’s always possible that uneven heating and cooling is a symptom of a larger problem in your home heating and cooling system. But if that’s the case, you’re better off finding out sooner rather than later because the problem will only get worse when not addressed. No matter what the ultimate underlying cause for your uneven heating and cooling is, you’ll need a professional to come out and investigate before you can have it fixed for good.

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