Air On Demand Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Ductwork’

Why Duct Cleaning Should Be a Home Cleaning Priority

Monday, January 8th, 2018

cleaning-vent-grate-acKeeping your own home clean can be tough. It’s something of a part-time job if the home is big enough, but you know it’s better to keep things clean than to deal with the consequences later. Vacuuming and dusting furniture is important for keeping allergens and pollutants from spreading around. And most homeowners know that you should keep electronics clean or else they may become damaged beyond repair.

These same ideas should be kept in mind when it comes to your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Duct cleaning should be just as important as washing your clothes or dusting the shelves, in our opinion. We’ll show you why in today’s guide!

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Duct Cleaning Makes Dramatic Improvements to Your Indoor Air Quality

Monday, November 28th, 2016

The smallest particles in the air are no small thing when your family members
have allergies or asthma. imagesGerms in the air can make you sick, and it might seem like there is nothing you can do to keep the common cold and other illnesses away.

The health and wellness of your family is your number one priority. And at Air On Demand, we make it our priority too. Have you scheduled duct cleaning with our friendly team members yet? You might be surprised at the difference this service can make for your home, and how much better you’ll feel when it’s done. 

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Your Ducts Are Making You Warmer

Monday, June 20th, 2016

*Air On Demand no longer offers duct sealing or repair services. Please visit our ductwork service page to learn more about our ductwork options.

You’re not very comfortable in the summer, even when you have your AC system running, but it could be a lot worse. You might assume, like many people, that this is just something you’ll have to put up with, and something that so many of your neighbors and friends deal with too.

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Why You Should Be Concerned about Leaky Ducts

Monday, June 15th, 2015

There are a lot of mechanical and electrical parts to an air conditioner that all work together to keep you cool. Protecting some of these parts with annual air conditioning maintenance may help to keep the system around for longer, prevent repairs, and keep the whole system performing better and more efficiently. Unfortunately, one area of the AC is too often neglected: the ducts.

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Understanding the Importance of Ductwork in Your Home

Monday, February 11th, 2013

*Air On Demand no longer offers duct sealing or repair services. Please visit our ductwork service page to learn more about our ductwork options.

Dcut Sealing | Miami | Air On DemandMost home owners hardly ever think about the ducts in their home unless there is an issue. However, leaky ducts themselves are a huge problem in many homes and many homeowners are not aware of the potential danger and financial loss caused by this. John Lippert, a specialist in energy efficiency and renewable energy, wrote this great article about the threat of leaky ducts for the U.S. Department of Energy website.

  • Leaky or damaged ductwork will leak conditioned air into the attic or crawlspace, costing you money and decreasing efficiency
  • Backdrafting can draw carbon monoxide down your chimney, which can be very dangerous to you and your family
  • Warm moist air can be pulled from outside due to leaky ducts, leading to mold and mildew in your home
  • Duct tape IS NOT the solution for leaky ducts, leave duct sealing to the professionals

Air On Demand offers ductwork installation, maintenance, repair and sealing services in the Miami area. Let us help diagnose your energy efficiency issues and make sure no hazardous backdrafts or mold growth is occurring in your home. Call Air On Demand today!

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Why Should I Care About My Home’s Ductwork? A Miami Heating and Air Conditioning Guide

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Forced-air heating systems like furnaces or electric heat strips are extremely popular in Miami. They provide reliable and relatively cheap heating for your home. They also require little maintenance to keep them running well. However, there is one aspect of those systems that are rarely considered: the duct work. At Air On Demand, we do a lot of work on ducts in the Miami area. We thought it would be helpful if we put together some of the reasons why people should pay attention to their ducts.

Why Is Ductwork Important?

Well, the ducts are an essential part of your heating and air conditioning system. They deliver the heated and cooled air to each of your rooms. They have a critical job to do and without proper maintenance, your whole home can suffer.

Duct Leaks, Pinches and Cracks

Without proper maintenance and care, your ducts can start to cause a lot of problems for your home. Here just a few of them:

  • Wasted heat – You pay good money to heat the air in your home. In order to get from your furnace or AC system to your rooms, that air has to travel through your ducts. If your ducts have leaks or cracks in them, that heat could be escaping to the outside. This is obviously wasteful and undesirable.
  • Reduced efficiency – During a proper installation of ductwork, the heating contractor will try to make sure that the ducts take the shortest and straightest route from the air handler to each room. However, with a bad installation job, your ductwork might have unnecessary bends or even pinches in it. This makes it harder for the air handler to push the air and reduces efficiency.
  • Contaminants – While it is a good idea to let fresh air in from outside, you want to be able to control the quality of the air that comes in. If your ducts have cracks or are leaking, you might be letting in air that is filled with contaminants. This can lower the quality of your air and might increase the negative effects of allergens.

If you have any questions about the ducts in your home in Miami, contact the experts at Air On Demand. We have years of experience offering working with ducts throughout the Miami  area. Call us today!

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Importance of Good Ductwork in Your Miami Home

Monday, October 29th, 2012

If you have a forced air heating or air conditioning system in your Miami home, like a furnace or a central AC, then you have ducts. Your ductwork plays a crucial role in the comfort of your home. Ducts deliver the heated or cooled air to each room in your house. They are often neglected which can lead to increased costs, and other problems with your heating or air conditioning system. In this blog post, we’re going to talk about why good ductwork is so important to your house.

Greater Efficiency

Your ductwork contributes greatly to the overall efficiency of your heating and air conditioning system. Here are a few efficiency problems that we see in ductwork.

Ducts are too small or too big

One common issue that we see with duct work is that is either too small or too big. This can cause your heating and air conditioning system to have to work harder to heat or cool your home. If the ducts in your home are too small, then your system has to work harder to push the air through the tiny ducts. Similarly, if you duct work is too big then you’ll run into airflow problems. Your system will have to run longer to push enough air to your rooms.

Ducts have unnecessary bends or turns

If you have good ductwork, then it should take the shortest and most logical route from your air handler to the register. Unnecessary turn and bends can cause resistance as the air flows through the ducts. This can potentially decrease the efficiency of your system.

Increased Comfort

This can typically happen when the ducts in your home are too big. With oversized ducts the air will make it to certain parts of your house but not to others. This means that some rooms in your house will be the proper temperature while others won’t.

Utility Savings

One way that good duct work can save you money is that it is less prone to leaks and cracks. If you have poor ductwork that has holes in it, then you’re basically paying to heat or cool the outside air. Your heating and air conditioning system will have to work harder and longer to heat or cool your house when conditioned air is slipping out through holes in your ducts.

If you have any questions about your ductwork or if you’d like someone to inspect the ducts in your house in Miami, then call Air On Demand today!

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Miami Air Conditioning Tip: Why Ducts are Important to AC Efficiency

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Duct systems are one of the key elements to many central air conditioning systems in Miami.  They play a vital role in maintaining AC efficiency.  Air on Demand works with both air ducts and complete air conditioning systems and can help you understand why ducts are important to AC efficiency.

The Importance of Ducts to Air Conditioner Efficiency

Our air conditioning systems can use as much as half of our monthly energy usage, so addressing all aspects of these highly used systems is important to our budget and to our comfort indoors.

Care for an air conditioning system includes scheduling routine maintenance, using programmable thermostats when possible, changing or cleaning air filters on a regular basis, using high-efficiency air conditioners, and having a fully functioning ductwork system that operates as efficiently as possible.

The condition of the air duct system contributes to overall efficiency of the air conditioning system. If not properly maintained, they can cause air leaks through cracks, holes, or places where the joints have shifted or become disjointed. These leaks send air into unused spaces, which wastes the energy used to create it.  When not properly cared for, ductwork can be a big energy waster, reducing the overall air conditioning system’s efficiency by as much as 20%.

With proper duct system maintenance, air duct leaks will be identified, and resolved by having the ducts sealed, repaired or replaced, and the entire system brought back up to par with how it was originally designed.  Ensuring that your duct system is working properly will bring your AC efficiency back up to normal levels, allowing you to save money while using your air conditioning system, rather than wasting money on air sent to unused spaces.

Air on Demand is a professional air conditioning company that supplies quality air conditioning services in Miami Florida.  Contact Air on Demand and be confident that your ductwork system is properly sealed and works as efficiently as possible.

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Ductwork and Your Pinecrest Air Conditioner

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

When temperatures start to soar central air conditioning makes our homes much more comfortable. Unfortunately, the system of ductwork that it these systems use can be responsible for a lot of efficiency loss. There are a few ways in which your ductwork may be wasting cooling power generated by your Pinecrest air conditioner. Here’s a list of some of the worst offenders.

  • Leakage on the return or supply sides of your ducts is a serious problem. Your home may still be cool but there is a lot of energy being wasted. Properly sealed ducts are a must if you want an efficiently operating cooling system.
  • Improper sizing of ducts is also a serious detriment to the efficiency of your cooling system. Remember, it is important to purchase an air conditioner that is appropriately sized for your home, but improperly sized ducts are just as inefficient. Be sure that you are working with a contractor to ensure that your ducts are properly sized and connected.
  • An undersized or restrictive register or return grill can also cost you money when you run your air conditioner. There’s no point in cooling air if it can’t get through the ductwork to your rooms. A restrictive register or return grill will trap and waste your cooled air.
  • Sizing and air flow aren’t the only issues that your ductwork may have. Efficiency can also be adversely affected by poor layout of your ducts. Any dead ends or narrow turns are going to affect the distribution of your air. If your ductwork was installed hastily and was not meticulously planned out, it’s more than likely that there are a few spots wasting energy.
  • Finally, a little insulation on your ducts can go a long way. If your ducts are not properly insulated and they are too warm then the cool air intended for your home will wind up cooling your ducts instead. Have a professional inspect the insulation on your ducts, and see if you can get a better performance out of them.

Hopefully this list has given you an idea of the importance that lies behind your Pinecrest air conditioner’s ductwork. When properly installed, insulated and maintained, forced air duct systems deliver strong cooling power and good efficiency. However, when the job is rushed and improperly done, your ductwork can account for a huge amount of lost energy. When you want air conditioning installed, or if you want to improve on your existing system, call Air On Demand. We’ll make sure that you’re getting the most out of your system, ducts and all.

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