How Air Duct Conditions Affect Efficiency: An Atlanta Duct Repair Tip

Monday, December 17th, 2012

If you use a forced air heating or air conditioning system in Atlanta, you rely on your ductwork more than you may realize. Not only is conditioned air dispersed throughout your home by this ductwork system but air is also supplied to your heater and air conditioner through it.  The effectiveness and efficiency of your heater and air conditioner depend, in large part, on these air ducts. Many homeowners fail to acknowledge the important role that air ducts play in the efficiency of their home comfort systems, though, and wind up paying more money for weaker performance as a result. To have your air duct system evaluated and, if necessary, repaired, contact Cool Air Mechanical.

One of the most common problems with air duct systems that can affect efficiency is poor ductwork design or installation procedures. Your air ducts must be designed to suit the individual challenges that your home presents. If the installation is not carried out correctly, featuring a lot of twists, turns or dead ends in the ductwork, you cannot expect high efficiency levels.

Another common problem is insufficient air duct insulation. Energy can be lost through your air ducts if they do are not properly insulated. This is especially true in parts of the ductwork system located in attics, basements, or other unfinished areas with harsh temperatures.

Air ducts may also be torn, damaged, or corroded. This allows heated and cooled air to escape through holes and gaps in the air ducts. As more and more air is heated or cooled to make up for this loss you can expect to see your heating and air conditioning bills rise.

Finally, air ducts can reduce efficiency simply by being dirty. If dirt, debris and other pollutants are allowed to build up in your ductwork system it can make it more difficult for air to be forced through the ducts. This puts unnecessary strain on your home comfort systems and will lower efficiency levels.

If you are concerned that the condition of your air ducts is affecting efficiency levels in your Atlanta home, contact a professional service provider right away. This is the only way to fix the situation. Cool Air Mechanical is happy to help you get a better performance from your ductwork system.

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Atlanta HVAC Tip: Heat Pump Air Duct Requirements

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Heat Pump Technology

Among the systems getting a fresh look are Atlanta heat pumps, a device that transfers thermal energy from one location to another, usually in the direction of from a colder temperature to higher and generally the opposite of the natural flow.  While compressor-driven air conditioners and freezers are technically heat pumps, “heat pump” is the term that usually implies one of the less-common devices in the class that are not dedicated to refrigeration-only.

Heat pumps can provide both heating and cooling; they simply reverse the heat flow from inside to outside and vice versa depending on the season. Heat pumps use the thermal energy in the outdoor air, even when the temperature is near freezing they can still transfer the heat that is in the air into your home. Since heat pumps transfer heat instead of producing it through combustion, more and more people are seeing them as an energy efficient Atlanta heating and cooling option.

Atlanta HVAC  - Air DuctsChange of Use

In considering a change from an existing system to a heat pump, there are many details to compare to see if it makes any sense at all.

Since a heat pump typically moves conditioned air through ductwork, the advantages of the change are much more realistic with a system of pre-existing ducts such as a forced air furnace or central air-conditioning unit.  While a heat pump often requires a larger volume of ducts, the old network of metal tunnels was often over-sized for inefficient furnaces and should do fine in a conversion to a heat pump.

The Right Data

Since the required formulas are dependent upon variables such as size, distance, volume and oomph, the design is strategic and makes all the difference.  Consulting with a trained and experienced professional such as Cool Air Mechanical is critical to the success of the conversion.

Do the homework to get the best recommendation for your home.

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