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Frederick Duct Work Solutions

Homes and buildings that rely on a central air conditioning system or a forced air heating system use a network of ducts in order to distribute cool or warm air. In order for your duct work to do its job properly, it should be in perfect working conditions at all times. Poorly installed or improperly maintained duct work can lead to serious problems including energy wastage, health hazards, and uneasiness in your own Frederick home.


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Duct Work Leak Repair, Insulation Improvement And Balancing

Faulty duct work can cost you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in wasted energy. The US Department of Energy estimates that home heating systems can lose as much as 20-30 percent of their heat because of leaks and insufficient insulation in the duct work.

Our Duct Work Repair Services

At TriState Home Services, we have skilled and experienced Frederick ductwork technicians who can assess your duct work and perform the necessary repairs in order to restore it to good, working condition. 

We can: 

  • Inspect your duct work and test its efficiency.
  • Recommend the best course of action for its rehabilitation.
  • Repair and seal duct work leaks.
  • Install insulating elements to improve the duct work’s energy efficiency.
  • Perform duct flow balancing to even out warm and cool air circulation in all areas of the property.

Since you often can’t see duct work, it’s easy to forget how important it is. However, if the ducts in your home have been improperly routed, crimped, crushed, excessively bent or disconnected, your family is more vulnerable to various health issues, and you could be wasting money in energy costs. It’s important to get your duct system checked regularly by professionals for the health and efficiency of your Frederick home.

The Ductwork System

A duct system is used in heating and cooling your home. These ducts are a collection of tubes that run in between floors and ceilings in your home, distributing heated or cooled air to the various rooms. Poorly insulated duct systems can contribute to airflow problems. Signs of leaky ducts include dirt, dust or condensation around the air return grilles.

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Insulation

Airflow problems usually stem from a lack of proper insulation. When ducts are poorly insulated, air leaks out, leading to increased energy output and poor air flow into the home, increasing the energy bills.

Leaks

Leaky duct systems occur when connections and joints are loose. Condensation around the air return grilles may occur if there is a duct leaking cold air in the attic near the boot that connects to the grille. As the air conditioner blows cool air through the ducts, these leaks cause a decrease in air flow pressure and air escapes, resulting in a hotter, uncomfortable room. In addition, the air conditioning has to work harder and takes longer to cool your home.

Duct Work Repairs And Replacements

Duct repairs become necessary when your heating and air conditioning system feels as if it’s slowing down, becoming less effective; unable to cool or heat a space that it once did easily. These signs mean that there is a duct problem that needs to be addressed immediately.

Duct Sealing

Common methods for sealing ducts involve commercial HVAC tape and mastic. But if the ducts are really old, leaky and lack adequate insulation, then the best option may be to upgrade to new, insulated flex ducts.

Our experienced Frederick duct repair technicians will determine whether your duct work should be repaired or replaced, and make sure that it is properly sealed and insulated for optimal home energy efficiency. By repairing or replacing faulty duct work, you will likely save money on your cooling and heating bills and improve the comfort of your home.

Improving The Airflow In Your Home 

Proper air circulation is important if you want to keep the indoors pleasant and comfortable. When the airflow is just right, you breathe easier and your home’s climate stays at a desirable temperature. However, there might be days, here and there, where the air feels stuffy and heavy. To combat the discomfort, here are several things you can do to improve the airflow in your home. 

  • Open Doors And Windows Or Turn On The Fans
    Opening up your home is the most obvious solution for inefficient airflow. When you swing your doors and windows wide open, you’ll invite air from all directions. If that isn’t enough, you can turn on your fans to increase the circulation. Between seasons, when the weather outside is mild, opening windows, and using fans is the perfect solution to increase airflow and improve air quality in your home. Delaying use of heat and air conditioning where possible also helps you save money on energy bills.
  • Clean Or Change HVAC Air Filters
    If you plan to use your HVAC system, be sure that its air filter is cleaned or changed regularly. A dirty air filter not only clogs the system, but it also can’t clean the air as efficiently as it should. When air can’t flow freely, it causes the HVAC system to either overheat or freeze up as a result. It forces the unit to consume more energy, which leads to an increase in your electricity costs. 
  • Clean Your Surroundings
    Keeping your home clean reduces the amount of dust and dirt that can enter your heating and cooling appliances. It also ensures that outside air doesn’t mix with other irritants once it enters your property.
    Ways to improve air flow in your home
  • Inspecting And Maintaining Your Cooling And Heating Systems
    Having regular maintenance on your HVAC unit will determine whether it needs to undergo professional cleaning, repairs, or replacement. TriState Home Services has the proper equipment to check and perform all types of cooling and heating services. Plus, we perform the inspection quickly and accurately, so you can focus on the things that matter most to you.
  • Installing A Ventilation System
    Adding vents and exhaust fans will increase the airflow in your property. However, it’s best to leave the installations to the experts. You want to make sure that the vents and fans work properly. Our licensed and certified Frederick HVAC technicians are trained to do just that.
  • Sealing Air Leaks
    When the air ducts have holes or cracks, they allow air to escape while letting undesirable (outside) air in. If these holes and cracks are not dealt with immediately, you’re home will have poor air circulation, as well as a higher energy bill.

Creating the perfect airflow isn’t complicated, as long as the right steps are followed in keeping your home’s HVAC system operating properly. Contact TriState Home Services today, and let our experts perform a duct leakage test in Frederick or beyond. This test will reveal how much airflow your home is losing and allow us to fix the problem using the appropriate air sealing methods.  

Air Duct Cleaning in Frederick 

Extracting dust from your duct work is extremely important to the air quality in your home. The average house collects 40 pounds of dirt, dust, and allergens in its air ducts each year. This could be a problem since dust bunnies can contain a host of unhealthy bacteria, fungi, and mold. Did you know that indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air? The air that circulates throughout your Frederick house every time the heating or cooling system kicks on, can contaminate your home’s air. This air can be harmful for your family’s health, especially if there are young children in the home.

If you have a central air HVAC system, your home’s air duct should be cleaned approximately every 7 years. The build-up of dirt and debris worsens over time and prevents the air from flowing freely throughout the ventilation system of your home. This means that your system has to work harder and will cost you more to operate. Over time, the problem only gets worse. 

Change Your Air Filter

Many homeowners forget to clean or replace their air filters every thirty to ninety days. As a result, your air and air ducts get dirty, the HVAC system has to work harder, and your health and energy bills will suffer.

DIY Duct Cleaning

To maintain and clean your ducts in between professional cleanings, remember to sponge them down and try to get them as clean as you can. You can also use a vacuum hose.

 

 

Duct Leakage Testing 

Ducts are used to distribute conditioned air throughout a home. However, about 20 to 30 percent of the air that moves through the duct system is lost due to leaks and poorly connected ducts. This can result in insufficient heating or cooling, moisture problems, mold, rot, and higher utility bills.

A duct leakage tester is designed to measure the airtightness of forced air heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) ductwork. A duct leakage tester consists of a calibrated fan for measuring an airflow rate and a pressure sensing device to measure the pressure created by the fan flow. Then it calculates the amount of pressure passing through an orifice plate. Based on the results it determines how much leakage there is. 

These are the various methods for conducting a duct leakage test:

  • Using a duct leakage tester and blower door together  (most common method).
  • Using a blower door and pressure pan (for diagnostic purposes only).
  • Using only a blower door (not recommended).
  • Using a flow hood.
  • Using a Duct Blaster. 

Two Kinds Of Leaks

There are two kinds of leaks – benign and malignant. The malignant leaks should be taken care of immediately. They are the ones that send conditioned air into unconditioned spaces. Benign leaks are the ones leaking inside the conditioned space. Leakage inside the building enclosure isn’t quite as bad because it is still within the conditioned space.

These two kinds of duct leaks require two different types of tests. The malignant leaks occur in ducts that are outside of the conditioned space and you would need an “outside leakage test.” The other test is called the “total leakage test”. 

Duct Replacement 

The duct system is responsible for what you actually feel when you heat or air condition your home. You want to make sure that the system is working properly since you are paying money to feel comfortable and healthy in your home.

Over time, the air flowing through your ducts can loosen joints, wear out sections and cause disconnections. Most parts of your home’s heating and air conditioning system are designed to last for a long time, but eventually they need to be replaced. If your home has flexible ducts that are over 10 to 15 years old, they will most likely need to be replaced. 

Signs You Need Air Duct Replacement:

  • Insufficient heating or cooling despite temperature settings.
  • Hot and cold spots – only certain parts of your home are receiving warm or cool air.
  • Efficiency issues – unexplained spike in energy usage.
  • Noises such as creaking, rumbling, rattling, or whistling.

Replacing Or Repairing Your Duct System Can: 

  • Improve Comfort – Solve common comfort problems, such as rooms that are too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter.
  • Enhance Indoor Air Quality – Eliminate fumes from household and garden chemicals, insulation particles, and dust that can enter your home, aggravating asthma and allergy problems.
  • Promote Safety – Ventilate gases (such as carbon monoxide) released from appliances such as water heaters, dryers and furnaces during normal, regular use.
  • Save Money – Keep HVAC system from expending more energy than it needs to.

Aeroseal® Duct Sealing 

When there’s a leak in the duct system, it’s harder for a home to achieve a balanced indoor climate. Because of the leaks, a portion of warm or cool air escapes, making it impossible for every room to reach the desired temperature. Air leaks can also put a strain on your energy savings because your system will have to operate at a higher setting just to feel comfortable. Luckily, there’s an easy solution to that problem, and that is to have the ducts sealed with the Aeroseal® system. 

The Aeroseal® Difference 

There are several air duct sealing procedures and products on the market, but none can beat the superior results of Aeroseal®. Instead of addressing the leaks from the outside, Aeroseal® tackles the problem from inside the ducts. Using its patented breakthrough technology, it puts the escaped air under a lot of pressure. This causes the polymer particles to stick to the edges of the leak. Then, the particles will stick to each other until the leaks are completely sealed. This procedure puts less strain on the HVAC system and works with the existing ductwork. It also keeps pollutants, allergens, and irritants from entering the air stream. This means your indoor air quality remains safe and healthy, and you won’t have to worry about the system failing on you.

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