Air Conditioning Repair Katy
Duct Maintenance | Heating & Cooling Installation
The best way to maintain a heating and air conditioning system is with semi-annual tune-ups. By providing professional routine HVAC maintenance for the HVAC system you ensure that your system is at peak operation for optimum energy efficiency has a longer service life and that the system experiences less breakdowns.
Like anything else, over time HVAC systems weaken and deteriorate, and will eventually wear out. Some problems are avoidable though, and one that is often overlooked is the ducts. The old saying is out of sight-out of mind, and that is certainly true of duct work.
If you are noticing strange odors coming from your vents, incorrect temperatures coming or reduced air flow, there may be a leak or break in the duct system. Most often, this is simply a case of the special tape or other sealant used on joints and cracks that has come off, allowing outside air to enter the duct system. If this is the case, then it is time to inspect and reseal them to avoid unnecessary problems related to poorly sealed ducts. Ductwork leakage can result in the loss of 10% to 30% loss of heated or cooled air; this is money right out of your pocket.
Ducts need to be airtight to maintain the necessary air pressure for the HVAC system to function properly. When sealing loosens or damage occurs to ducts it results in loss of heating and cooling and improper temperatures, higher utility bills and poor air quality. This will also cost you in energy efficiency. You may notice a room that once was cool in the summer and warm in the winter is no longer comfortable.
Cracks and gaps in the duct system will lead to increased dust. If breaks in the duct system are large enough, ducts may even become the nesting place for mice or other vermin. Having the ducts inspected, and cleaned, as well as repaired and resealed if necessary, will prevent this problem.
The entrance of dirt and moisture through cracks and breaks can result in mold, mildew and bacterial growth within the duct system and the home. This will of course, negatively impact indoor air quality, and may negatively impact the health of home occupants. Leaking ducts may also pull dangerous radon gas into the home. This is such a serious problem that the Environmental Protection Agency attributes duct leakage as a major contributor to lung cancer and respiratory illness!
Many homeowners choose to reseal ducts themselves, if you choose this option be aware that duct tape is not for ducts. A special metallic tape is required. Resealing ducts that are located in walls are not going to be a DIY project for the average homeowner, it is best to call in a professional to ensure proper sealing is provided. If the heating and air conditioning system in your home is not performing as it should call in an HVAC expert. Some signs that ducts may have lost sealing and resultant pressure are as follows.
- Elevated utility bills winter and summer, especially if previous bills were less. This could be due to many problems including improperly sealed ducts.
- One or more rooms that is uncomfortable. Vents in these rooms may be providing reduced air flow or not be providing any air flow at all when the system runs.
- Ducts visibly show peeling tape, crushed metal, or are disconnected or loose. In the case of flexible ducts check to see if they are kinked, collapsed or disconnected or have holes in them.
Cypress Heating and Cooling professionals care about your comfort. That is why we provide emergency services 24 hours and 7 days a week. We understand that when things go wrong it is seldom at a convenient time and we want to be there for you when you need us most.
With spring approaching get a jumpstart on the busy season and have your air conditioning inspected and tuned up now. Routine maintenance goes a long way in preventing problems and breakdowns, and maintaining energy efficiency.
Is your HVAC system over 10 years old? If so, and your power bills are climbing out of sight, it may be time to have new HVAC energy efficient equipment installed. Innovations in the past decade have greatly increased the energy efficiency of new heating and air conditioning systems. Look for systems bearing the Energy Star certification for the best energy efficiency and to take advantage of Energy Star rebates. Energy efficiency has never been easier!
Don’t suffer the heat this summer with a broken system, give our certified HVAC technicians at Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning a call and let us provide the air conditioning repair in Katy that you need. Our experienced professionals will put the cool back in your cooling!