IERNA's Heating & Cooling Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Ductwork’

Get More from Your Ductwork

Monday, January 18th, 2016

When you use a forced air heating and/or cooling system, such as a heat pump, a furnace, or a central air conditioner, you rely upon an extensive system of ductwork in order to distribute heated and cooled air throughout your home. Needless to say, this ductwork must really be kept in fine working condition if it is to function as effectively and reliably as possible. Too often, homeowners fail to realize that their air ducts are the source of the heating and cooling problems that they encounter in their homes. We offer a number of great ductwork services in Tampa, FL to alleviate such problems. Call IERNA’s Heating & Cooling to learn more.

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How Can Duct Sealing Benefit Me?

Monday, May 4th, 2015

The majority of homeowners utilize a system of air ducts in order to distribute conditioned air throughout the house. This can be a very effective and efficient way of doing so. We should emphasize the “can” in this statement, though, because if your air ducts are not in great working condition, then there is no way that your system will distribute air in the effective and efficient manner that you deserve. That is why professional duct sealing is so important in those home with leaky ductwork. Here are a few examples of ways in which having your air ducts sealed by the pros at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling can benefit you. 

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3 Common Problems with Ducts

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Because the ductwork that provides air to your home is hidden from view, you may not think about it very much at all. However, ducts are vulnerable to many different repair problems and may account for a good portion of excessive energy costs, limited air supply to your home, or poor air quality. It’s important to maintain ducts by scheduling professional maintenance, duct cleaning, and duct sealing whenever necessary. If you’ve never thought about scheduling ductwork service before, here are three common problems with homeowners’ ductwork in Wesley Chapel.

1. Leaks

The ducts of a typical home may be responsible for a large portion of energy loss due to loose connections or holes. Ductwork is installed in pieces, so it’s not surprising that connections may loosen or break apart over time. However, most homeowners don’t take the proper steps to keep their ducts free of leaks, such as scheduling regular maintenance and calling for duct sealing by an air conditioning specialist. Sealing leaks may significantly increase efficiency and allow for even cooling throughout your home.

2. Dirty Ducts

Indoor air quality is important to many homeowners, but dirty ducts can let a number of pollutants into your home which may exacerbate allergies or irritate sinuses. Professional duct cleaning is an important service you should schedule about once every three years or so, although this number often varies depending on a variety of factors.

3. Faulty Installation

Well-designed ductwork should be built for maximum efficiency and to provide the perfect amount of airflow in and out of your home. Placement and sealing are also important to prevent outside elements and heat from getting into the ducts. Unfortunately, many ducts are designed poorly, and you may notice a loss of conditioned air and higher cooling costs if your ducts are not installed by an experienced HVAC technician. Before duct installation, it’s important to find a quality technician for a custom ductwork design that will provide optimized efficiency and performance.

The ducts are a component of your central air conditioner that deserve a lot more attention than they are given.

When you need installation or maintenance for ductwork in Wesley Chapel, call the trained and certified technicians at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling today!

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Tampa Air Conditioning Question: How Does Ductwork Impact Your AC?

Monday, July 15th, 2013

There are numerous things that can go wrong with your AC, but one of the most frequently overlooked aspects is the ductwork that extends throughout your home. If you have a forced air distribution system, then you depend heavily upon the various ducts as well as their connection to deliver your cool air. But they are subject to wear and tear as well as damages, just like any other aspect of your system. Make sure that your ducts are in great working condition at all times. Call Ierna’s Heating & Cooling today if you need air conditioning service in the Tampa area.

Let’s take a look at some ways that ductwork impacts your air conditioning:

  • Dust and other debris: Just like any other aspect of your air conditioning system, you need to make sure that your ductwork is free and clear of dirt, dust, pollen, dander, and other debris if you want optimized cooling. Such substances can get in the way of your cool air, and they can also lead to indoor air quality issues if you are sensitive to allergens. Because the air in your home spends time circulating through the ducts, it’s critical to make sure that they are kept clean.
  • Leaks: When professionally installed, your ductwork should last along time, but it is not unheard of for ducts to develop leaks from time to time. Duct tape won’t cut it, however. Only a professional duct sealing will be able to restore the effectiveness and efficiency of your cooling.
  • Energy loss: Your ducts are designed to transport conditioned air, but in circulating that air, they are subject to energy loss. During the heat and humidity of summer, your air ducts may pass through areas of the home that are not cooled, and this can lead to a loss of cooling. Insulating ducts may be an option for your home.

Call Ierna’s Heating & Cooling today for all of your Tampa air conditioning needs. We can make sure that your ductwork is in good shape so that you can get back to enjoying your cool air.

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Air Conditioning Guide: Air Duct Components and Controls

Monday, April 16th, 2012

While the purpose of your Tampa air conditioning is to provide unobtrusive comfort, the components under the floor, behind the walls, alongside of the house or up on the roof are very real.

Basic Conditioning

Based on the principal that heat gravitates to cooler temperatures, most systems of air conditioning utilize a process of making a chemical rapidly transform from gas to liquid and back again to absorb and redistribute unwanted heat.  Known as refrigerants, these chemicals are chosen for their properties to expand and contract at low temperatures.  Pressure is added by a compressor or released in coils to accelerate the transformation.

Likewise (and more obviously), heat is produced typically by a controlled flame and transferred to the air.  In both cases, at an exchange point, the air is conditioned and blowers circulate the air to and from the rooms through the ductwork.

Ductwork

Forced air heat in many older homes have ductwork that is in bad repair. They are commonly made of metal, take up a lot of space and are prone to rattle.  The one big advantage, it was discovered, was that they were all set in place to distribute cool air as well as heat.

Advances in technology have increased the insulation capacities and decreased the sizes of ductwork so that more and more space can be treated with better value and less structural impact.  This is due in large part to the highly efficient Tampa heating and cooling systems which are available today.

Enhancing Control

Although the movement of air is fairly simple, efficiency is increased by controls that monitor, increase and decrease the amount and temperature, isolate sections and filters and adjusts humidity.  What began as a simple manual turn of a lever, technology again now makes possible fully automatic control of everything from a remote location with a smart phone.

In between are thermostats, dampers, zone controls and relay switches to accommodate all of the many varieties we have found to take care of our most basic creature comfort.

If you have any questions about your air conditioner’s components or controls, give Ierna’s Heating & Cooling a call!

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