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Get Your Ducts Sealed Before Heating Season Starts

Monday, September 11th, 2017

air-ductConsidering what the entire area just went through, it may seem rather crazy to be thinking about something as seemingly insignificant as HVAC systems. Believe us, though, you’re going to want to make sure these systems work in a couple of months when the weather starts to cool off. As you start to get things back in order over the next weeks and months, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to start making sure that your heating and ventilation systems are in good shape. One of the key components of making sure that your heating system is ready for winter is the ductwork.

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Improve Your Heating System with Duct Sealing

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Before we get any further into winter, you should be taking steps to make sure that your heating system is in good condition. Maintenance is a big part of that, but it’s not the only thing that you can do to make sure that your home is as comfortable and energy efficient as possible. You need to take care of your ducts if you want them to serve you well this winter. One of the best ways to do that is with duct sealing.

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How Duct Sealing Can Help You This Summer

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Most homeowners get their air conditioning systems professionally checked before summer starts, in order to make sure that they can cope with the added strain. However, far too few homeowners know to have their ducts sealed before the days start to heat up. Even if your air conditioner is in prime condition, it can still be substantially negatively affected by duct leaks. Let’s take a look at why duct leaks are such a problem, and how duct sealing can help you out this summer.

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Get Your Ducts Sealed to Improve Your Heating System

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Winter is here, and if you aren’t already using your heating system on a daily basis you soon will be. You’ve probably already had your system professionally checked to make sure that it’s ready for the added stress of winter. However, what have you done to ensure that your ducts are ready for the heating season? Read on to find out more about why sealing your ducts for winter is a good idea.

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Get Your Ducts Sealed Before Winter Sets In

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Winter is coming, and that means now is the time to make sure that your home is ready for the cold months. If you haven’t already gotten your heating system professionally checked, we recommend that you do so. That’s not the only thing you should get done before winter with regards to heating, though. Duct sealing can have a huge impact on how comfortable and energy-efficient your home is this winter. Read on to find out why duct sealing is necessary, and the benefits that it can provide.

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Why You Shouldn’t Attempt Duct Sealing Yourself

Monday, August 17th, 2015

We’ve written before on the importance of duct sealing. Though duct leaks may not seem like much, they can result in massive loss of output for forced air systems. In fact, up to 30% of a heater or air conditioner’s output can be lost to duct leaks, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR program. So, duct sealing is a big part of keeping your ducts healthy and your forced air systems efficient. Since it seems like such a simple job, you may be tempted to try and seal your ducts on your own. That is not advisable at all. Read on to find out more about why you shouldn’t try to seal your own ducts.

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How Duct Sealing Can Improve Your Air Conditioning Efficiency

Monday, May 4th, 2015

You may not realize it, but the ducts in your home perform a vital role in the operation of your air conditioning system. Without ducts, your system would not be able to circulate cool air around the house. It would be essentially useless to use a central air conditioner without proper ductwork to support it. However, simply having ducts is not enough. Ducts in poor condition can have disastrous effects on how well your air conditioning system operates. Read on to find out more about the dangers of poor ducts, and how duct sealing can mitigate them.

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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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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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