Downtown Air and Heat Blog : Archive for the ‘Ductwork’ Category

How to Notice a Duct Breach

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Most homes in the Maitland Park, FL area use forced-air furnaces to heat their homes, which is an effective means of keeping warm during our brief and mild winters. But the same ducts that distribute air from your heater do so for your air conditioner, and while they’re built to last, that year ’round effort can eventually lead to problems. Breaches, in particular, can be real trouble if you let them linger.

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Now is the Time to Address Trouble with Your Ducts

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Most homes in Winter Park, FL rely on traditional forced air systems to stay cool during the summer months, which most residents know can stretch well into the fall. Older systems begin to show the strain this time of year, after months of regular service and with plenty more warm days still to come in 2016. That can extend to your duct system too, which is charged with carrying cool air from the AC itself to the various corners of your homes. If you can spot the signs of trouble in your ducts, now is an excellent time to address the problem.

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Signs that You Need Duct Repair

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Longwood, FL residents are in the midst of preparing for another long, hot summer, which means making sure their air conditioners are in working order. But your inspection and analysis shouldn’t be limited to the air conditioner itself. Your ducts, which take conditioned air from the central unit to the rest of your house, can suffer from damage and wear just like any other component, and when they run into trouble, it can seriously impact the efficiency of your system. A trained technician can repair damaged ducts, but before you can call one in, you need to spot the signs of duct repair yourself. Here’s a few common ones to look for.

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Now Is the Time to Clean and Seal Your Ducts

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

To get the most out of your heating and cooling system, you need to ensure you have reliable ductwork to transport your air effectively and efficiently. As you get ready to transition from using your furnace to using your air conditioning system, now is the perfect time to schedule ductwork services in Orlando, FL

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Why Would I Need Duct Sanitizing?

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Your ductwork takes in a lot of unwanted particles, from sizable debris like dust balls to microscopic organisms like pollen. This can make your ductwork a breeding ground for growths like mold and mildew, or an inviting home for insects and/or animals. Dust and dirt can be fairly easily cleaned from your system when professionals do the work, but once you have biological growth or unwanted guests, you may need more than cleaning – you may need sanitizing. And if you do, you’ll want trained experts, like the ones from Downtown Air and Heat, handling the work.

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What Is Duct Sanitizing?

Monday, September 7th, 2015

Your ductwork can become an unknowing host of a fair amount of unwelcome contaminants and debris. This is because ductwork is dark, can be moist, is out of sight (most of the time) and naturally draws contaminants into it with the flow of the air. As such, your ductwork can become a wonderful environment for biological growths like mold, mildew and fungus, not to mention a nice place to live for certain kinds of animals and insects. Speaking plainly, these issues can lead to adverse health and environmental conditions, which is why one of the professional duct services we offer for homes in Orlando is duct sanitizing.

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Is Faulty Ductwork Really That Bad?

Monday, July 13th, 2015

Ductwork isn’t the most attractive of systems, which is why it’s usually hidden behind walls and above ceilings. Unfortunately, because it isn’t highly visible, it can become an “out of sight, out of mind” kind of situation, which means that should problems develop with your ductwork, you won’t be able to see it. Instead, you’ll have to be aware of the signs that your ductwork may be faulty. You may be wondering, how bad can faulty ductwork be? It’s made to be durable, isn’t it? Here are some problems that can develop from faulty ductwork:

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What Is Duct Sealing?

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Did you know that faulty ductwork can account for up to 30% of your home’s total air loss? That’s a lot of air to lose, and you’ll lose it whether it’s cooling season or heating season. A great way to significantly reduce or even eliminate the problems created by faulty ductwork is to hire the experts at Downtown Air & Heat to perform professional duct sealing on your ductwork in Orlando, FL. What is duct sealing? We’ll explain below.

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When Is It Time to Call for Ductwork Services?

Friday, March 27th, 2015

When your home’s ductwork isn’t working properly, you can have problems with both your HVAC system and your living spaces. Why? Ductwork is the highway for the air being delivered to your home, and when the air blows through your ducts, it can pick and up take with it just about anything in your ducts. The result? Poor indoor air quality and less volume of air for your home. To help combat the problems that can develop with your duct system, Downtown Air & Heat offers comprehensive duct services in Orlando, including duct cleaning, duct sanitizing, duct sealing and duct repair and replacement. When is it time to call for help with your ducts? Let’s take a look.

When your energy bills are sky high.

Have you noticed a big jump in your monthly energy costs but haven’t changed the way you use your HVAC system? This can be an indication of air loss, which is a common problem with faulty ductwork. In fact, it’s estimated that faulty ductwork can account for up to 30% of your home’s total air loss, so if you are seeing sudden, high bills, call for help today.

When you are seeing too much dust and dirt in your home.

Your ductwork can accumulate a great deal of dust and dirt, especially if they haven’t been cleaned in a long time. If the build-up is large enough, the air blowing through your vents will start to bring the excess dust and dirt with it, and deposit it into your living spaces. This can be particularly bad for allergy sufferers.

When you’ve had an infestation.

No homeowner wants to think about “things” inhabiting the ductwork, but it does happen, and when it does, the ductwork needs to be thoroughly cleaned and it’s a good idea to also sanitize. Critters and insects leave a lot behind when they take up residence in your ductwork so it’s important to remove all traces of them completely so they don’t return.

When you need any kind of duct services in Milwaukie, OR, call the people you can trust: Downtown Air & Heat.

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What Are the Benefits of Duct Cleaning?

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Quick! When was the last time you had your ducts cleaned? If you can’t remember the last time you had your ducts cleaned, or if you’ve never had them cleaned, you likely have a big problem that you can’t even detect. Ducts serve a vital role inside the home, allowing central heating and air conditioning systems to circulate air throughout the living space. Without ducts, many home heating and air conditioning systems would not be possible. Unfortunately, ducts are also home to a lot of unsavory things that can lessen your quality of life. Read on to find out why duct cleaning is necessary.

Contaminants in the Ducts

The air in your home is actually filled with thousands of different particulates and microorganisms. Most of these are harmless, but there are several that can provoke allergy attacks and more serious illnesses. These contaminants include dust, pollen, bacteria, insect dander, viruses, mold, and many others. Though they can be found in smaller numbers throughout the house, the ducts are often the central hub for these contaminants. This is because the ducts are out of the way, and relatively undisturbed by human or animal activity in the home. The contaminants collect in the ducts until the heat or air is turned on, at which point they are blown out of the vents and throughout the house, where they come in contact with humans and affect their health.

Duct Cleaning

The primary reason for duct cleaning is to eliminate as much of these airborne contaminants as possible. Depending on the type of ducts you have, an HVAC technician can either suck all the debris out of the network with a specialized vacuum or carefully clean each area with a set of brushes. By cleaning the ducts in your home once every year or two, you can substantially increase your air quality and health. If you neglect your ducts, however, you provide a haven for these germs and other contaminants from which to infect you.

If you haven’t had your ducts cleaned in a while, call Downtown Air & Heat. We provide duct cleaning throughout the Orlando area.

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