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How Professionals Perform Duct Sealing

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Gaps and breaks along ductwork are one of the leading reasons for a home’s HVAC system to turn energy inefficient. Even a small air leak along a duct can result in a significant decline in airflow, which will place greater strain on an air conditioner or force-air heater. Leaky ducts will also contribute to musty and dust-filled air infiltrating the ventilation system, triggering unhealthy indoor air quality and a decline in comfort.

Should you suspect that the airtight integrity of your ductwork has been compromised, look to professionals to help you. You cannot seal your ducts as a “do-it-yourself” project; this job requires much more than willpower and duct tape. (In fact, duct tape is not helpful at all.) Switzerland Air can take care of the duct sealing in Angleton, TX that you need to restore your heating and cooling system to its most energy efficient. Give us a call today to arrange for duct repair services in the area.

The professional methods of duct sealing

The first stage in any duct sealing job is locating where the leaks are. This is one of the reasons that you need to have professionals perform the work, since they have the equipment that will pinpoint where small leaks are occurring that would otherwise escape notice.

We already mentioned that duct tape isn’t useful for duct sealing—at least, not the sort of cloth-backed duct tape that you can purchase in stores. Professionals never use this type of duct tape, since it will not hold up against the temperature changes inside a ventilation system and will soon fail. The “duct tape” that professionals use for ventilation system repairs are special metallic foil tapes that provide a sturdy, heat-resistant mechanical seal.

Another common material that professionals use for duct sealing is mastic. This is a resin-based adhesive that can tolerate temperature changes and won’t crumble away with age. Professionals use caulking guns to apply mastic sealant onto breaks in ducts to close them up.

You can count on the indoor air quality team at Switzerland Air to see that your ducts receive the best work possible when they are damaged. Our technicians are NATE-certified and use top-of-the-line equipment to provide quality duct sealing in Angleton, TX.

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Noises Your Boiler Shouldn’t Be Making

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Engineers have yet to invent a heating system capable of perfect self-diagnosis. If you have a boiler keeping your home warm, it cannot tell you exactly when something is wrong with it and what repairs are necessary to fix it. However, boilers do have ways of indirectly communicating their repair needs through sounds. If you detect a disruption in the normal pattern of sounds that your boiler makes, it usually means the system needs to have professional attention soon.

Never ignore any of the warning sounds listed below. Get on the phone and call Switzerland Air to arrange for our professional heating repair service in Brazoria, TX. We will discover what is wrong with your boiler and find the best way to resolve the problem. We back our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Here are a few of the odd sounds you may hear from your boiler that will warn you to call for heating technicians:

  • Rumbling: First of all, don’t panic that a rumbling sound means that your boiler is about to burst. This is a very rare occurrence. What is more likely is that the mixing valve is faulty and hot and cold water are mixing at the top of the tank. It could also indicate scale build-up from hard water that is creating a temperature imbalance, or sediment developing along the bottom of the tank.
  • Banging: A sharp banging noise from the boiler could be water hammer, which occurs when hot and cold water meet in the tank or the heat loops. If you hear it in the pipes, it could mean low water inside the tank. This will require a professional to repair.
  • Booming: This is a noise associated with natural gas boilers, the most common type found in homes. When you hear this booming noise as the boiler comes on, it means that the burners are dirty or in some way blocked from drawing enough air to evenly ignite the gas jets. A repair technician will need to detach the burners and clean them off. As with any repair for a natural gas appliance, only licensed professionals should handle it.

Boilers can achieve extremely long lifespans, provided they receive the right level of care each year and prompt repairs when necessary. Should you notice any of the above sounds, do not hesitate to call for heating repair in Brazoria, TX from Switzerland Air.

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The Benefits of Alkaline Ionized Water

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

One of the significant advances in water purification is the development of water ionizers, such as the Tyent Water Ionizer. These devices not only remove contaminants from the water that enters a home, they also add a negative charge to the water, creating what is known as alkaline ionized water. This water offers a number excellent health benefits through fighting acidity and free radicals.

Contact Switzerland Air and ask us about installing a Tyent Water Ionizer for your home in Lake Jackson, TX. We will be happy to go over in detail the ways your family will benefit from alkaline ionized water.

Advantages of alkaline ionized water

Alkaline water is an antioxidant, and increasing the amount of antioxidants in your diet is an excellent way to increase your health and eliminate excess acidity in your body. Here are some of the specific benefits:

  • Bolster the immune system: Antioxidants will help your immune system fight against illness by eliminating free radicals in pollution that often enters in your water system as well as the air you breathe.
  • Healthy weight loss: Studies have revealed that drinking alkaline water can help a person lose an average of 12 lbs. over 2 months. This is because it helps maintain metabolism and reduces appetite.
  • Better hydration: Drinking alkaline water provides your body with better hydration. This will help prevent heart attacks and stroke and will make it easier to recover after athletic exertion.
  • Detoxification: Alkaline water helps the body naturally eliminate a number dangerous heavy metals, such as mercury.
  • Slower skin aging: By maintaining a healthy pH balance, you will reduce the effects of aging on your skin.

Call us for Tyent Water Ionizer installation

It’s a simple task to receive all these benefits of alkaline ionized water right in your home, coming straight from the taps. You only need to contact Switzerland Air today and speak to our experts in water purification in Lake Jackson, TX. A Tynet Water Ionizer will still provide you with the benefits of eliminating pollutants and contaminant in the municipal water supply, but will also give you water full of beneficial antioxidants. Tyent USA offers different models of ionizers, so trust us to help you locate the one that fits your home and your budget.

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Heating Problems and Your Ductwork

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

There are many reasons that you might encounter problems with properly and energy-efficiently heating your home. The thermostat might malfunction. The electronic ignition system could fail. Various mechanical components inside the heater may wear down to the point where they can no longer perform their job effectively. Or, and this is the topic of this blog post, the ductwork responsible for distributing the heated air might have leaks and breaks in it.

Whenever you experience trouble with your heating system, call the team at Switzerland Air and we will send a technician to investigate the cause. If the issue is with the ducts, you can trust to our skilled Angelton, TX ductwork specialists to take care of the problem so you can continue to enjoy comfortable temperatures in your home without energy waste.

How ductwork problems affect heating

The major impact that damaged and leaking ducts will have on a heating system is that they will permit the escape of heat and air, which will lower the temperature of the air and also reduce airflow. If you start to notice cold spots in your home when the heater is running, check on the flow of air coming from the vents. If it feels weak and cooler than it should be, there may be air leaks in your ducts that need repairs.

A drop in heat will also place more pressure on the heater itself, since it must start to work harder in order to reach its set temperature. The strain will begin to raise heating costs; even a small number of leaks can lead to a 33% increase in the costs to run the heating system. If this overwork on the heating system continues, it will cause the heater to age faster, wearing down and needing extra repairs. You can expect the heater to have a shorter lifespan if it has to deal with damaged ductwork. The breaks in the ducts can even lead to contamination entering the heater’s cabinet and harming the mechanical parts.

At the first signs the heater isn’t working correctly and that the issue may be with the ducts, you need to call ductwork professionals. Switzerland Air handles ductwork in Angelton, TX and throughout southern Brazoria County, and we are also experienced with heating system repairs. Make us your first call to look into any home heating problems you may experience. For your convenience, we offer 24-hour emergency service.

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