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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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How Your Ductwork Can Become Damaged

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Since you cannot see most of the ductwork in your home (it is disguised behind walls and floors to give a house an attractive, uncluttered appearance) you will often not see where it has sustained damage. In fact, you probably will have little idea of how it can become damaged. However, there are a number of ways that ducts can develop leaks and breaks that will lead to a steep drop in an HVAC system’s efficiency, as well as a drop in indoor air quality.

Switzerland Air offers repair, replacement, and sealing services for ductwork in Angleton, TX. If you experience a loss of airflow from your vents, detect odd smells coming from them, or notice a rise in your heating and cooling bills, you may have ductwork damage. We can take care of it for you with repairs that last.

The Ways That Ductwork Can Sustain Damage

  • Poor initial installation: If you live in a home where the ductwork received low-quality installation, the ducts will begin to damage themselves from poor structure, unnecessary bends, and excess stress due to temperature changes. In the case of poor installation, you will probably needed experts to handle duct replacement.
  • Corrosion: Metal ducts can sustain damage from corrosion, just like any type of metal if it is exposed to water moisture. High humidity and water damage can lead to corrosion inside ducts, and the metal weakening will eventually create holes that will ruin the ducts’ integrity. Professionals indoor air quality specialists will seal holes and replace severely corroded ducts.
  • Construction damage: Careless remodeling work in a home can often lead to misaligned and broken ducts, as well as construction debris getting trapping inside them, which will lower your indoor air quality.
  • Mold: Mold growth inside a ventilation system is a serious problem in a number of ways. One of them is that mold will start to damage ductwork, leading to air leaks.
  • Age: Ductwork will begin to deteriorate over time, so if you live in an older house that hasn’t received care for its ventilation system in years, you may start to encounter issues from leaking and damaged ducts.

Call Us for Ductwork Services Today

Switzerland Air offers a wide range of services for ductwork in Angleton, TX and the surrounding areas. When you suspect you have troubles with with your home’s ventilation system, give our NATE-certified technicians a call to schedule an appointment. They will find out what is wrong with the ducts and supply the repairs, sealing, and replacements to fix the problem.

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Understanding the Importance of Ductwork in Your Home

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

If your home uses a forced-air heater and air conditioner (which the majority of homes in the U.S. do), then it will also have a network of ducts to distribute the conditioned air to the registers in rooms throughout the house. Because most of the ductwork in a home remains hidden behind the walls and floorboards, it’s easy to underestimate how important the ducts are for the efficiency and effectiveness of your heater and air conditioner, and for the quality of the air in your home.

You will occasionally need professional ductwork services in Brazoria, TX and other parts of Southern Brazoria County. Our indoor air quality specialists at Switzerland Air offer duct sealing, repair, and replacement that will make sure that your ductwork is in the best shape to benefit your heating and air conditioning and maintain excellent circulation of air.

The Important Aspects of Ductwork

There are good reasons why you need to have experts work on your ducts: improper sizing, placement, and repairs can have a severe effect on your comfort and your budget.

Ducts must be the right size for the volume of air that moves through them. Amateur duct design and replacement can end up providing you with ductwork that is too large or too small. Ducts that are too large will lower air pressure and cause weak airflow from the vents. Ducts that are too small will restrict airflow to the point that it can damage the heater and air conditioner. Undersized ducts will also make excessive noise as air rattles through them.

Placement is also key for ducts. Inferior placement or a house that has outdated designs are two of the main reasons that homeowners seek out professionals to replace their ductwork. If ducts open up in the wrong spot in rooms (such as an AC vent low to the floor), it can mean inferior heating and cooling. It’s often necessary to place new ducts when an air conditioner is added onto a ventilation system that only previously distributed heated air.

Finally, ducts must stay in good repair, free from leaking and gaps, or else they will result in a plunge in comfort and an escalation in costs. As air escapes through the holes, it lowers the air pressure and places a larger strain on the system. The best way to repair ducts is to hire professional duct sealers to locate the gaps in the ventilation system and close them up so they stay closed.

Call on Ductwork Service Professionals

If you have trouble with your HVAC systems that you think originate with the ducts, call on our team at Switzerland Air. We are NATE-certified and offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so you can trust us with your ductwork in Brazoria, TX.

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When Should You Call for Professional Ductwork Services?

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Without good ductwork, your home won’t cool or heat as needed. Ductwork has a long lifespan – about 30 years – but it can sustain wear and damage that can affect its performance. Sometimes ductwork hasn’t been installed correctly, so while it may be new, it may not work as it should. No matter the reason, it is likely that at some point during your home ownership you’ll need to call for professional services for your ductwork in Freeport, TX, and it’s important to call the people you can count on: Switzerland Air.

Types of Ductwork Services

There are four main types of ductwork services available for homeowners:

  • Duct cleaning
  • Duct sanitizing
  • Ductwork repair
  • Ductwork replacement

When should you call for duct cleaning?

Duct cleaning should be scheduled for your home every 3-5 years, or when you move into a new home. Signs that you may need duct cleaning include visible dust and dirt blowing from your registers, hot-and-cold spots and restricted air flow in your system.

What is duct sanitizing and when do I need it?

Duct cleaning will remove the dust, dirt and debris in your ductwork, but if there are biological contaminants such as mold and mildew, you may want to consider a sanitizing after the cleaning. Sanitizers are applied via fogging, and destroy biological contaminants while also leaving a protective coating that will prevent further growth. Ducts need to be thoroughly cleaned in order to sanitize, so it is recommended that if you want to sanitize your ducts, this should be scheduled in conjunction with a cleaning. Signs you may need sanitizing are unpleasant odors and infestation from insects or animals.

What kind of repairs do ducts need?

Ductwork can develop holes and cracks, and disconnect in sections. Repairs to ductwork usually entail sealing it and reconnecting sections. Signs that you may need ductwork repair are whistling noises coming from your vents, decreased energy efficiency and odors emanating from your ductwork.

When is it time to replace ductwork?

Ductwork replacement may be necessary if the ductwork has become irreparably damaged or too worn to be repaired. Indications that you may need replacement can include a lack of airflow in certain vents, loud noises coming from your vents and/or high energy bills.

The ductwork in your Freeport, TX home can be complex, so it’s important to call professionals whenever you need help. Switzerland Air has trained specialists available 24/7. Call us today!

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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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How Ductwork Breaches Increase Your Air Conditioning Costs

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Your ductwork constitutes an entire system, branching out from a central furnace or air conditioner and travelling through the crawlspaces and other hidden parts of your home. Its purpose is to carry conditioned air from the HVAC system, warming or cooling your home as smoothly and evenly as possible. Ducts are normally free from problems because they’re tucked out of the way and are thus less likely to be damaged. When a breach occurs, however – if one of the fittings loosens and creates a crack, for instance, or unexpected damage pierces the surface – it can seriously affect your systems ability to condition the air. The good news is that here in Angleton Texas, ductwork can be repaired by a reliable air conditioning maintenance company. But you need to call them to get the issue addressed and before you do that, you should understand how ductwork breaches increase your air conditioning costs.

Effects of Breached Ductwork on AC Costs

A breach in the ductwork has one of two basic effects. It will either pull cool air out of the system or pull warm air in. In the first case, it reduces the overall flow of air, lowering the speed with which the system cools the home and forcing it to work harder to do its job. In the second case, it warms the conditioned air, which again forces the air conditioner to expend unnecessary energy to perform its duties. Either way, the result is the same. Your monthly energy costs go up, and the system experiences increased strain on the individual components. Over time, that increases the risk of a serious breakdown and a hefty repair bill to fix it. However, this can be avoided by scheduling regular maintenance for your home cooling/heating system.

Knowing how ductwork breaches increase your air conditioning costs is the first step. The second is contacting the experts at Switzerland Air to help. We have the skills and experience to repair any kind of duct breach, ranging from a loose connectors to a flat-out hole in the ducts. We pride ourselves on your satisfaction and won’t rest until the job is done.

In Angleton Texas, ductwork repair shouldn’t be left to a second-rate company. Call Switzerland Air and Heating today and get the problem fixed right!

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3 Potential Problems with Your Ductwork

Friday, April 11th, 2014

The ducts in your house spread through the attic, crawlspaces and similar unseen locations: connected to your heating and air conditioning system, and spreading conditioned air from one corner of the house to another. When problems arise with your ductwork, it can affect the system to which it is attached: causing your unit to work harder than it should and increasing wear and tear in the process. That can cost you money you don’t need to spend in monthly heating and cooling bills. Here in Brazoria, TX, ductwork services including air duct repair and sealing are offered by qualified HVAC services such as Switzerland Air. Here are 3 potential problems with your ductwork that a trained professional can solve.

  • Lowered air flow
    Low air flow can be caused by blockage or build-up in your ducts, or by damage to the ductwork caused by outside forces. In some cases, the ducts can develop a breach thanks to insufficient seals or a break in between individual sections of ducts. In those cases, air can escape out of the ducts rather than traveling where it should go. In any case, the lowered air flow means your system won’t be able to condition your air efficiently.
  • Dust
    Dust and debris can get in through breaches in the ducts, as well as building up over the course of time. The ducts can spread it throughout your house, lowering the quality of air and increasing the likelihood of an allergic attack. A qualified technician can perform a duct cleaning to remove the dust.
  • Reduced cooling capacity
    Ducts can warm up if they’re exposed to sunlight, if they’re in a hot area of the house or if they’re too close to an un-insulated outside wall. (The same holds true when you’re trying to heat up the house on a cold day, as the ducts cool down and cool the air down as well.) A technician can fix the issue by adding insulation or similar protective measures to the affected area.

For professional ductwork and other indoor air quality services in Brazoria, TX, contact the experts at Switzerland Air. We can address most potential problems with your ductwork and ensure that you are satisfied with our work every step of the way. Give us a call today to make an appointment.

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How Your Ductwork Can Affect Heating Efficiency

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Ductwork works in conjunction with a centralized home HVAC systems. It spreads out from the central unit to all corners of your home. In the summer, it sends cool air for your A/C unit to lower the temperature in your home. In the winter, it keeps your household warm by moving hot air from your furnace in the same manner. In towns like Angleton, TX, ductwork is extremely common, which is why you as the homeowner should watch for problems with the duct systems. Depending on your home’s layout, it can have a big impact on your furnace’s ability to do its job. Here’s how your ductwork can affect heating efficiency.

For starters, a leak or a breach that develops needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. A breach in the ducts will cause warm air to escape the system, which forces the system to work harder in order to warm your home. Similarly, a breach can pull cool air into the system, which also makes it harder to keep your home warm.

Something similar can happen if your ducts pass through an uninsulated area of the house. The metal of the ducts can cool if it sits near an outside wall or in a location vulnerable to the cold. It will then pass that coolness into the conditioned air and lower the heat in your household. A trained technician can correct this problem by wrapping the affected length of duct in insulation.

Dust and other build-up can also impact your heating efficiency. In extreme cases, it can block the flow of air through your ducts, but even if it doesn’t, the dust will get blown into your home, reducing the indoor air quality considerably. A good ducting cleaning service can solve this problem fairly easily.

Here at Switzerland Air, we understand how your ductwork can affect heating efficiency, and we know how to correct the issue with speed and professionalism. We serve homes throughout Angleton, TX, ductwork problems are something we have considerable experience with, and we’re dedicated to your complete satisfaction every step of the way. Give us a call today to set up an appointment with a professional heating service in Angleton.

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Signs Your Ductwork Needs Repair

Monday, December 16th, 2013

The ducts in your house are connected to a centralized HVAC system, delivering cool air in the summer and warm air in the winter. Here in Sweeny, TX, ductwork can be found in most homes: hidden in the crawlspaces or attic, but diligently helping to keep your home comfortable. When problems arise with your ducts, a good HVAC service can usually fix them, just as they can with problems in the furnace or air conditioner itself. It always helps if the homeowner can spot problems early on, then contact a repair service before they get out of hand. Here are some signs your ductwork needs repair.

  • Low air flow. If the air isn’t flowing the way it once did or has been cut off entirely, a blockage in the ductwork may be to blame. Alternately, the ducts may have sprung a leak and air is escaping throughout the opening. In some cases, damage to the ducts themselves may have created a crimp or a divot in the ducts. Regardless of the cause, it is cutting off the flow of air, forcing your HVAC system to work harder to do its job.
  • Strange noises. If the duct has sprung a leak, it’s apt to make odd noises when the air leaks out. This is likely a whistling or a humming noise, but it can also create groans or rattles: reflecting the metal of the ducts themselves reacting to the escaping air.
  • Reduced heat. If warm air is escaping the ducts via a leak, or improperly insulated ducts pass too close to an uninsulated outside wall, they’re apt to leach the heat out of the air travelling through them. A repairman can solved the problem either by repairing the leak or insulating the affected part of the ducts.

If you spot signs your ductwork needs repair, then pick up the phone and call Switzerland Air for help. We handle calls for ductwork and other indoor air quality services in Sweeny TX, ductwork issues are part of our regular service and we are completely dedicated to your 100% satisfaction. Our trained experts can hunt down the source of your problem and restore your ductwork to maximum efficiency, so don’t hesitate to contact us today!

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