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Why Professional Duct Sealing Is Important

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Ductwork is an integral part of your heating and cooling system because it delivers the air into your home. While ductwork has a long lifespan, usually 30 years or more, it can suffer from wear and tear just as any other part of your HVAC system may. One of the best ways to keep faulty ductwork from affecting your home, comfort and monthly energy costs is by scheduling professional duct sealing in Brazoria, TX. Switzerland Air has helped multiple customers repair and seal their ductwork, and we can help you, too.

What Is Duct Sealing?

Ductwork can develop holes and cracks, and the sections that connect to each other can disconnect. All of these openings can lead to significant air loss in your system, which can affect your monthly energy costs. When a technician seals your ducts, he/she will do the following:

  • Holes and cracks – holes and cracks in your ductwork are sealed by using an adhesive called mastic, coupled with professional-grade foil or fiberglass tape. Using a brush, the technician will apply the mastic to the area that needs sealing; he/she will then place a piece of tape over the mastic, and allow the mastic to harden, creating a permanent seal.
  • Disconnections – to reattach sections and bind them correctly, the technician will brush the connecting ends of ductwork with mastic, wrap the connection with metal binding and secure the binding with sheet metal screws. The mastic will harden into a permanent seal.

Benefits of Duct Sealing

There are several important benefits to duct sealing:

  • Increased energy efficiency – faulty ductwork can account for up to 30% of your total air loss. This kind of air loss forces your AC to work harder in order to compensate for the lost cooling. By sealing the ducts, you eliminate the holes and cracks through which the air is leaking.
  • Increased indoor air quality – holes and cracks in your ductwork allow particles and fumes directly into your air flow. This can decrease the quality of your indoor air.
  • Even cooling (and heating) – faulty ductwork can create uneven cooling throughout your home. Repairing the holes, cracks and disconnections restores the air flow, allowing for better cooling and heating.

Faulty ductwork can cost you money in monthly bills and compromise your comfort at the same time. By scheduling professional duct sealing in Brazoria, TX, you can eliminate these problems and have a properly-working duct system. Call Switzerland Air today and schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.

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The Different Types of Ductwork Material

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Your ductwork in Angleton, TX is the air delivery system for your air conditioner. As such, it needs to be effective. While sheet metal has been one of the most commonly-used materials for ductwork, advances have opened the door to several other types of material that are also used to create ductwork. Switzerland Air technicians are experts at duct installation, repair and replacement, and we can help you with our professional ductwork service.

Types of Materials Used for Ductwork

  • Galvanized steel and aluminum – more commonly known as sheet metal, metal ductwork is very strong. However, it isn’t the easiest duct material to insulate, and it isn’t flexible.
  • Fiberglass duct board – this kind of duct material is a compressed fiberglass board that is excellent for creating square-shaped vents. It comes insulated, is easy to cut and seals with adhesive tape. Typical application of fiberglass duct board is between rafters and floor joists, or along an existing ceiling.
  • Polyurethane – polyurethane is a strong, insulated plastic that is formed into panels, then shaped into ductwork.
  • Flexible, non-metallic duct materials – these types of ducts can be made with a variety of materials, including PVC, polyester and plastic. These ducts fold in an accordion style, come in a variety of diameters and are good for snaking through difficult spots. However, these materials are prone to tearing, so it is important to be careful during installation.

Why Is It Important to Have Good Ductwork?

There are several reasons why it’s important to have good ductwork in your home:

  • Energy efficiency – faulty ductwork can result in air loss up to 30%. This can increase your energy bills as your AC works to accommodate for the loss.
  • Better comfort – uneven cooling is a common sign of faulty ductwork, so having good ductwork helps ensure better comfort inside your home.
  • Good indoor air quality – just as air can escape from your ductwork, outdoor air can get in through the same holes and cracks. This means particles and even exhaust fumes from other large household appliances can enter your air flow and decrease the quality of your indoor air.

Your ductwork in Angleton, TX is an integral part of your air conditioning system.  If you think you may be experiencing issues with it, call the experts you can trust: Switzerland Air.

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What Pollutants Can Water Purification Eliminate?

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Do you know what’s in the water piped into your home? The answers might come as an unpleasant surprise. Water from the municipal system can contain a multitude of harmful minerals and chemicals. The best solution to combat low-quality water isn’t to resort to bottled water—which is expensive, adds pollution to landfills, and rarely is more than lightly filtered tap water—but to arrange for the installation of a water purification system for your home’s fresh water lines.

At Switzerland Air, we offer installation of Tyent Water Ionizers that will help you receive the healthiest water possible. Tyent Water Ionizers do much more than standard water filters that only trap and remove contaminants (and sometimes healthy minerals along with the unhealthy ones). The Tyent system actually makes your water healthier! Call Switzerland Air today to arrange for installation of water purification in Lake Jackson, TX.

The Pollutants the Water Purification Eliminates

The Tyent Water Ionizer is different from standard water filters. When the system ionizes the water moving toward your taps, the water changes into alkaline ionized water, which is rich in antioxidants. Alkaline ionized water has many health benefits: anti-aging properties, detoxifying effects, boosted immune system, faster recovery time from exercise, and promotion of weight loss.

In addition, alkaline ionized water eliminates free radicals, the pollutants that can enter your water. Here are some of the pollutants that the purification process can eliminate:

  • Chlorine: This is one of the most common chemical contaminants that can enter water from a utility company. Aside from being unhealthy, it lowers the taste quality of water.
  • Chloramine: This disinfectant is sometimes the result of water treatment plants, where it is used as an alternative to chlorination. Chloramine can convert organic materials in carcinogenic compounds.
  • Arsenic: This chemical comes from the erosion of natural deposits in the ground and runoff from agricultural areas, such as orchards. It can damage circulatory systems and increase the risk of cancer.
  • Asbestos: The decay of cement in water mains can lead to asbestos being released into the water, which can lead to intestinal problems.
  • Lead: A common issue due to corrosion in household plumbing. Known to contribute to kidney problems and high blood pressure.

There are many other chemicals that the ionization process eliminates. And, unlike standard filters, ionization will not strip away the healthy minerals in water that your body needs.

Switzerland Air can find the Tyent Water Ionizer that fits your home’s needs and your budget plan. Call us today for the best in water purification for Lake Jackson, TX.

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3 Steps for Avoiding Unnecessary Air Conditioning Repair

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

At some point, you will need to schedule a repair for your air conditioner. While there is no way to completely avoid repair needs, there are ways to reduce the need for unnecessary air conditioning repair in Freeport, TX. One of the ways Switzerland Air helps our customers is to pass along tips that can help with things like decreasing the need for repair. Here are a few of our suggestions when it comes to preventing unnecessary repair work:

Schedule and Conduct Bi-Annual Maintenance

Bi-annual maintenance helps avoid unnecessary repair for 4 important reasons:

  • Your entire system is thoroughly inspected for problems
  • Refrigerant levels are checked
  • The coils and filters are cleaned; visible debris is removed from the system
  • Small issues like frayed wires, lubrication and worn fan belts are taken care of

The work done during a maintenance appointment helps head off potential problems and to identify existing ones – such as refrigerant leaks, electrical issues, problems with fans and motor issues – before they can grow into large and potentially costly problems.

Don’t Ignore Problems

Have you noticed a slight decrease in your air flow or strange noises coming from your system? It can be easy to ignore these kinds of things, especially if your air conditioner appears to be operating normally. Just as people with a cold will exhibit symptoms, so, too will your AC when it’s not healthy. Problems rarely, if ever, go away on their own, so if you hear, see or smell strange things coming from your AC, make an appointment with one of our technicians.

Change the Air Filter Regularly

It’s a small thing, but it can cause big problems: a clogged air filter. The job of your air conditioner’s air filter is to capture as much dirt and dust as possible so that it doesn’t build-up in your air conditioning system. As such, it fills up, and if it’s not changed, it can restrict the air flow in your system and reduce the quality of your indoor air. Depending on your AC usage, it is recommended that you change your air filter every 1-3 months.

These simple steps can help your air conditioner be healthier, last longer and need fewer repairs. However, if you are in need of air conditioning repair service on your Freeport, TX property, call Switzerland Air today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

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