Poor or corroded duct work can account for up to 20-40% of your heating and cooling costs, costing hundreds if not thousands of dollars, depending upon the size of your residence or building. Furthermore, leaky ducts can contaminate your indoor air with mold, dust and toxins that represent a serious health hazard.
Duct leaks may exist for many different reasons. Most duct systems if designed and installed appropriately will last for many years. However, time and environment alone does play a part in creating duct leaks from normal shrinkage of duct tapes and closure materials used during the fabrication process. Current or past infestations of vermin, rodents, etc. in your basement or crawl space will also lend a hand to disrupting the integrity of your air conditioning and heating systems ductwork.
Obvious breaks in the integrity of a duct system should always be addressed immediately. Leaving these areas unattended will produce condensation at the area, mold growth and health issues. But what about the leaks that are present and not so obvious? How would you know you even have leaks costing you and your loved ones their health, rising utility bills and comfort? Well, you wouldn’t. Without having a blower door test performed on the duct system to check for the integrity of the system, you might never know. That air conditioning and heating system will just continue to run until it wears itself out or wears out your pocket book.
Do you know of anyone who has spent thousands of dollars on a new home comfort system and never had the duct system verified for integrity? All that hard earned money spent on high efficiency equipment without the achieved power savings?
To ensure your current system or your new equipment saves money and works properly, slow down and become an informed consumer. Have your duct system tested for leakage, correct sizing, and correct insulation levels. If you have had an infestation of vermin or any water damage or intrusion, be sure to have those areas addressed and repaired prior to sealing duct systems. Duct sealing is not optional. If your old duct system is leaky, the new higher pressures will accelerate the duct leakage. If your old ducts are undersized or restricted, the new blower motor will strain to overcome this and greatly increase electrical consumption and noise. This wastes money, and also increases indoor dust, summertime humidity, and wintertime dryness.
Have Air Care Systems, Inc. the experts in Indoor Air Quality Brevard County perform testing and duct sealing in your home or business. Perhaps you are not located in Brevard County, no worries. Enter your zip code in our search bar at the top, right corner for our service areas. If you prefer to speak with one of our Comfort Care Team Members just give us a call, we would be delighted to serve you.
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Air Care Systems, Inc. has been providing professional, qualified indoor air quality in Brevard County since 1986. We will completely seal your entire duct system, cans, boots, collars and grills according to SMACNA standards.
Do my ducts need repaired or replaced when I replace my air conditioner or heat pump?
Leaky ducts can reduce heating and cooling system efficiency by as much as 20 percent according to the E.P.A. Furthermore, leaky ducts can contaminate your indoor air with mold, dust and toxins that represent a serious health hazard. Sealing ducts and insulating ducts can help with common comfort problems, such as rooms that are too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter. It can also alleviate indoor air pollution problems like the fumes from household and garden chemicals, insulation particles, and rodent and insect droppings being introduced into the home. These indoor air pollutants can enter your duct system, aggravating asthma and allergy problems. Sealing ducts and ensuring a healthy indoor fresh air exchange rate can help improve indoor air quality by reducing the risk of pollutants entering ducts and circulating through your home. Learn More…
Can I repair my own ducts or duct system?
Because of the possible effects that changing the duct leakage pattern can have on indoor air pollution, you should not attempt to repair duct leaks. Safe duct repairs require a licensed heating, ventilating and air conditioning contractor to repair ducts. Once repaired, the duct system and home should be tested to ensure proper repair or replacement and appropriate healthy air exchanges for the home. One of the special tools used by the contractor is a blower door.
What is a blower door test (duct testing) or Whole-House Performance & Infiltrometer Test?
Here’s how a Whole-House Performance & Infiltrometer Test works- Learn More…
Who performs a blower door test or Whole-House Performance & Infiltrometer Test?
Air Care Systems, Inc. performs a complete Whole-House Performance & Infiltrometer Test using state-of-the-art technology,( i.e. blower door, FLIR Infrared cameras capable of identifying heat loss and gains within a structure due to missing or poor insulation, water intrusion and has even identified active termite infestation). Some utility companies do provide a shorter rendition of this test, which only includes a check for duct leakage.
How can I schedule a duct test or a Whole-House Performance & Infiltrometer Test?
Appointments for testing can be scheduled here via our website, just complete a quick Request form under Schedule an Appointment and a member of our Comfort Care Team will contact you and schedule a day and time that works for your schedule. Due to the complexity of the testing, please allow a minimum of 2 hours for its completion. This time may also vary depending upon the amount of issues identified and additional consultations or services requested. If you would rather contact us via telephone, please phone 1-855-632-9449 and a member of our Comfort Care Team will gladly assist you.
Please be sure to notify your Comfort Care Representative of any utility incentives you are seeking or have already received so we may meet all your needs and expectations.