Here are easy to understand answers to your questions on faulty and defective air ducts.
Will Cleaning the Air Duct Reduce Energy Bills?
According to a number of studies including a research conducted by the U.S. EPA, cleaning the air duct and the HVAC system after a certain number of intervals can improve the efficiency of duct systems. As the efficiency is improved, the systems function more smoothly and the overall lifespan of the air duct is increased. All in all, this should result in a noticeable reduction in the energy bills over a specific length of time.
What is the HVAC system cleaning process?
Our experts usually follow a cleaning process that entails two major parts. First, scrape off the dirt, dust, mold, or debris build up from inside the vent. Next, use special types of vacuum cleaners that can reach awkward angles to ensure that all particles are removed from the ventilation. Afterwards, apply chemical agents to protect from the further growth of mold and other organic contaminants.
Is it necessary to have air ducts insulated?
Air duct insulation is particularly helpful for thin air ducts made of conductive materials like sheet metal. The insulation helps maintain the temperature of the air flowing through the ducts. If the air ducts are exposed to contrasting external temperatures, the air flowing through them can be undesirably heated or made cool, causing inefficiencies in the heating or cooling system. If the air ducts are thick and made of a non-conductive material, insulation may not be needed.
How do I fasten or install air ducts together?
Before you can fasten your air ducts, they have to be of the appropriate lengths and sizes. Air Duct Cleaning Albany experts say that they have to be the perfect fit for the vents in a building. To seal joints, use mastic. While duct tapes instantly come to mind as the sealing material of choice, most air duct installers recommend mastic because they hold better. Also, mastic is more versatile as it can be used on irregular surfaces.