The Problem With Modern Ductwork
The problem is most modern homes don’t have properly sized and installed ductwork. Newly constructed houses are just as bad as historic homes. Contractors try to maintain high profit margins, which often leads them to install ductwork according to minimum requirements instead of ideal sizing and placement guidelines. Instead of taking this ad-hoc approach, a trained technician will only perform an HVAC duct installation after measuring each room of the home and designing a system that will operate at maximum efficiency.
The Best Solution
Unless you’re designing your own home, the best solution to dealing with improperly sized or poor-quality ductwork is to hire a contractor for HVAC duct replacement. Before performing the AC duct replacement, one of our trained technicians will inspect your entire HVAC system. You should bring up any problems you’ve noticed before the inspection, including noticeable temperature differences in each room of the home.
If you decide to move forward with your air duct replacement, we won’t cut any corners. Our technicians will start at the beginning by calculating the heating and cooling needs of each room. From there, they’ll walk you through all your options before scheduling a convenient time to remove your old ductwork and perform a new air duct installation.
Your Options for Dealing With Damaged Ducts
Every situation is a little different, but our technicians can handle anything your home’s HVAC system can throw at them. We won’t suggest HVAC duct replacement unless that’s the best solution for your home. Each of our technicians can also perform HVAC duct repairs and even ductless mini-split installations. Here’s what you need to know about each option:
When to Schedule HVAC Duct Repair
Sometimes even properly sized and installed ductwork loses efficiency over time. Loose connections, tiny holes, and other leaks can lead to air losses that leave some rooms too warm and others too cold. If your ducts are still in good shape, HVAC ductwork repair may be your best option.
If you opt for making repairs instead of scheduling a new air duct installation, we can provide two solutions:
- Traditional hand sealing
- Aeroseal application
There’s no one right way to seal leaky ductwork. If you only have one or two leaks in obvious places, hand sealing may be the best solution. If, on the other hand, you notice multiple small air leaks in your ducts, we usually recommend the Aeroseal method.
When to Schedule HVAC Duct Replacement
If your ductwork is improperly sized to meet the heating and cooling needs of your home, your best option may be air conditioning duct replacement. We can keep any functional components of your duct system intact and replace improperly sized or designed parts of the system to maximize its efficiency while keeping your costs low.
If your current ductwork is in a state of extreme disrepair, that’s another reason you might want to consider a full HVAC duct replacement. In some cases, it may be your only viable option for restoring your heating and cooling system to its former efficiency. In others, you might find that it’s more cost-effective to have your ductwork replaced than to continue making repairs to severely damaged ducts.
When to Request a Ductless Mini-Split Installation
If you’re looking into air duct installation for a newly constructed home, you may be interested in ductless mini split-systems. These advanced HVAC systems use refrigerant liquid to keep your home cool and do not require ducts at all. Ductless mini-split systems divide your home into different zones, allowing you to conserve energy and save money on monthly bills.
You can also use ductless mini-split technology to replace your existing HVAC system. Just keep in mind that since it uses an entirely different type of technology, it will be more expensive to upgrade to a ductless mini-split system than to perform a traditional HVAC duct replacement that uses your existing furnace and AC unit.
Duct Maintenance and Cleaning
Scheduling regular maintenance visits is the best way to extend the longevity of your HVAC system and its ductwork. Our HVAC techs will always inspect your ducts when we conduct general maintenance and tune-ups, and they’ll let you know if you need further repairs or more frequent duct cleaning.
If it’s been a while since you’ve had your ducts cleaned, you may be unknowingly exposing your family and friends to unhealthy, contaminated air. Over time, dirt, debris, pollen, and algae can build up on the inside of your unit’s ductwork, where it can then circulate through the rest of your home unimpeded. If you notice problems like excessive dust, dirty air filters that need seemingly constant cleaning, or an increase in allergy symptoms, give us a call to schedule a cleaning and inspection right away.
Keeping up with HVAC duct maintenance won’t just improve your indoor air quality. It will also reduce strain on your furnace and air conditioner, helping to extend your HVAC system’s longevity, improving its energy efficiency, and reducing the need for frequent repairs. Scheduling annual maintenance visits is the best way to keep your home heating and cooling costs under control.
Trust AC TEX, LLC With All Your HVAC Needs
Whether you want to upgrade to a new ductless mini-split system or you just need your existing air ducts sealed, AC TEX, LLC has got you covered. Our team has years of experience working with all kinds of residential HVAC systems, so there’s no job too big or too small for us to handle. Browse our website to learn more about the company or get in touch to request a quote and schedule a service call today.