IERNA's Heating & Cooling Blog : Archive for the ‘Duct Cleaning’ Category

How Does Ductwork Affect Air Conditioner Performance?

Monday, June 18th, 2018

technician cleaning out ductworkThe better question may be, how does it benefit air conditioner performance?

Many homeowners don’t know this, but the excessive buildup of dirt and debris in the average home’s ductwork can interfere with the overall performance of both air conditioning and heating systems. And with your ducts hidden from view, you probably don’t think about them very much, if at all. When you invest in a thorough duct cleaning in Tampa from trained and experienced professionals, you can count on better HVAC performance overall.

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Why Do Clean Air Ducts Matter?

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Many homeowners have heard of duct cleaning, but few know the benefits or understand that this service should be completed every 3-5 years (or anytime you notice a drop in the efficiency of your HVAC system).

In addition to improving the performance of your home heating or cooling system, ductwork cleaning can also have a number of health benefits. Keep reading to learn more about why clean air ducts matter, not just to your home but to your health.

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Duct Cleaning FAQ: Everything You Want to Know

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

While many people likely don’t give the cleanliness of their ductwork much thought, it’s actually a pretty important subject. Ductwork that has been affected by mold, dust, and other pollutants can severely impact your indoor air quality and thus, your health.

So while it’s not a process that you need to undergo as often as routine air conditioning maintenance, duct cleaning is an important aspect to caring for your HVAC system. We’ve compiled some of the most commonly asked questions about duct cleaning below, along with our answers.

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3 Ways in Which Clean Ductwork Benefits You

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Homeowners new to whole-house HVAC systems may be surprised at just how much consideration such systems demand. For instance, you may be surprised to learn that dirty ductwork can be a serious issue, with many detrimental symptoms. What should not come as a surprise, though, is that the professional technicians on our staff can help you to avoid such problems. You need only dial our number to schedule exceptional duct cleaning services in Tampa, FL. Of course, not every homeowner will require duct cleaning services, or at least not immediately. That being said, it is a good idea to have a general understanding of the ways in which clean ductwork can benefit you. Here are 3 to consider. Schedule professional duct cleaning with IERNA’s Heating & Cooling to have the job done right.

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Is it Necessary to Have My Ducts Cleaned?

Monday, April 27th, 2015

One question that we get from clients occasionally is whether or not they should bother having their air ducts professionally cleaned. The answer, in truth, varies. The best way in which to determine if you require professional duct cleaning services in your Land O’ Lakes, FL home is to have a trained professional assess their condition in person. Not every HVAC system is going to require duct cleaning, and those that do may not require it on a regular basis. All this being said, those HVAC systems which do need to have their air ducts cleaned can benefit greatly from the process. While you cannot really inspect your air ducts on your own, there are a few different indicators to be aware of which can signal the need for professional duct cleaning in your residence. Contact Ierna’s Heating & Cooling today if you notice these warning signs in your home.

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What Is Duct Testing and Why Is It Important?

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Before warm or cool air moves into your home from the heating or air conditioning system, it first traverses through a set of ducts that should provide a clear and efficient pathway through which air can travel—in theory. Unfortunately, these ducts aren’t always designed as well as they could be. Sometimes, installation flaws account for air leaks or allow heat to escape or enter the ducts undesirably. But a duct system may also develop leaks over time due to the pressure of the air it contains every day.

Now, don’t think that this is a rare occurrence that only happens in some households. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, most duct systems have major or minor leaks and flaws that account for an estimated 30% heating and cooling loss in the typical home. Any duct system can run into trouble over time, and it’s actually likely that yours is causing some issues of which you are unaware. Thankfully, you can schedule duct testing with a trained professional who can determine whether there are weak points in your ducts, the exact location of leaks, and what should be done about it.

When ducts leak air, it affects multiple areas of your home and your daily life. For one, a leaky duct system keeps you less comfortable. There are likely to be hot and cold spots around the home and your HVAC system will take longer to get the entire home to the right temperature. You’re less likely to notice the difference if the leak has progressed slowly over time (or if it’s always been there), but you may be spending hundreds more on heating and air conditioning every year than you would without any leaks at all. Furthermore, your HVAC system is working way harder than it should have to, which could mean that parts of your HVAC system will fail too soon if your duct system doesn’t receive attention.

Duct testing includes a thorough examination of your ductwork. Testing may include high-tech viewing and recording equipment, air pressure tests, and possibly a look at your HVAC equipment to determine how your ductwork may contribute to irregularities. Experts will then recommend services to correct the problem areas, including duct sealing, repairs, or even a bit of design work.

Call Ierna’s Heating & Cooling today to learn more about the advantages of choosing a NATE-certified team for duct testing in Tampa.

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How Duct Cleaning Improves AC Efficiency

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Just because you cannot see the ductwork in the walls of your home doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think about them. The ventilation system of your house is what allows the proper distribution of cooled air from your air conditioner throughout the rooms. When the ducts become dirty (and they will become dirty over time, no matter how clean your home is) they will interfere with your AC’s efficiency, leading to higher bills. Regular cleaning is necessary to make sure that your air conditioning system doesn’t face too much resistance while doing its job.

If you have noticed an increase in your utility bills during times when the AC runs regularly, you may have clogged ducts. Open up one of the vent covers and reach inside with a digital camera and take a snapshot; if the image shows heavy dust, dirt, and lint along the inside of the ducts, you need to schedule professional duct cleaning right away. Call Ierna’s Heating & Cooling and speak to our Wesley Chapel, FL duct cleaning specialists to arrange for the work.

Why clean ducts equals a more efficient AC

All air conditioners are forced-air systems that blow out conditioned air into the rooms. Unless you have a ductless mini split air conditioner, your AC must send the air through a network of ducts. As with any kind of airflow, the air from an AC needs to meet as little resistance as possible. Only a small layer of dust will start to add friction against the movement of air, and this means the air conditioner must drain additional electricity to overcome the resistance. If the dust layer continues to develop, the friction will increase. It will also start to clog up the air filter of the AC, which will choke off the airflow into the cabinet and severely affect system efficiency.

There isn’t much you can do to prevent ductwork from becoming dirty. You can slow down the process by changing or cleaning the air filter monthly. However, dust will naturally enter the ductwork through the return air vents and begin to accrue inside the ventilation system. Usually it takes about two years for the buildup to begin to affect an air conditioner’s performance. If more than two years has passed since your last air duct cleaning, consider scheduling the service soon to protect AC efficiency and reliability.

Ierna’s Heating & Cooling provides duct cleaning in Wesley Chapel, FL and the surrounding areas. We use the comprehensive Rotobrush technology to make sure your ductwork receives a thorough cleaning without sustaining any damage.

Call Ierna’s Heating & Cooling today to schedule your regular duct cleaning so you can enjoy energy-saving performance from your air conditioner.

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