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Problems Caused by Damaged Ductwork

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

The ductwork that forms the channels of your ventilation system must maintain a constant seal. This way, the air that travels through it will not drop in pressure and affect the airflow from the vents. However, should the seal break, air pressure is only one of the problems that can occur.

You need to have professionals repair damaged ductwork—this isn’t a job for commercial duct tape! If you feel air that’s the wrong temperature coming from the vents, detect musty odors in the air, or notice a build-up of dirt in your home, you may have leaky ducts. Call the team at Celco Heating and Air Conditioning to handle the repairs for your ductwork in Milford, CT. We’ve kept ventilation systems in prime shape since 1976.

What can happen because of damaged ducts?

  • A drop in heating/cooling power: Because a leak in a duct will lower the air pressure inside, the airflow from the vents into rooms will plunge. The power to heat and cool will drop with it. During heating season, heat will also escape from the duct breaks, and during cooling season, heat will enter the breaks.
  • Rise in utility bills: Losing air pressure, as well as an increase of dust and dirt entering the ductwork, will put additional stress on the air conditioner/heater. This will make it strain to work, and will turn the system inefficient. You can expect a rise in your utility bills because the HVAC system has additional stress. (There’s also a higher chance it will incur repairs.)
  • Lowered indoor air quality: Any dust or debris that enters into ductwork can also then enter the air in your house. A break in a duct will make the situation worse. Since these leaks will usually open onto closed and dusty spots in a house (crawl spaces, between walls), they will draw in large amounts of contamination. They can also permit moisture in and cause bacterial growth, like mold. This will have a negative effect on your air quality.

Hire professionals for your duct sealing

For duct repairs, trust to experienced duct sealers to take care of the problem. They will track down all the leaks and use mastic sealant or metal tape to patch up the leaks and restore your ventilation to leak-free state.

For your Milford, CT ductwork issues, make the call to Celco Heating and Air Conditioning. We handle other air quality improvements, as well as repairs for many types of HVAC systems.

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Ductwork vs. Ductless Mini Split Systems: Which Wins?

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Using ductwork to distribute the conditioned air from forced-air systems (furnaces and heat pumps) is the long-standing traditional way of heating and cooling homes. But the traditional method now has competition with the ductless mini split heat pump. As a consumer looking for a comfort system for your home, you face choosing between the two. Is one inherently superior? Is new technology the winner, or did tradition become the tradition for good reasons?

We won’t keep you in suspense: the answer is both and neither. The system that will work for your home depends on your home’s individual needs and your plans. We’ll look over some of the advantages and disadvantages of the two in this post, but keep in mind that you will need to consult with HVAC professionals to make the best choice.

For help with ductwork in Greenwich, CT or to find out about ductless mini splits, contact Celco Heating and Air Conditioning.

Ductwork: The Old Standard

The main advantage of ductwork is that it is everywhere. If you are not currently planning to construct a new home or to build a home, you probably have ductwork in the walls and ceilings of your house. Even if you use a boiler for heating, your air conditioner requires ductwork.

The presence of ductwork means that it is easy to have a heat pump installed that simply hooks up to the existing ventilation system. Ductwork systems are also unobtrusive, with the ducts hidden and only small vents needed in rooms.

Ductless: The New Technology

Ductless mini split systems are heat pumps as well, and don’t operate any differently than one in the outdoor cabinet. But instead of sending cooled or heated air from a single indoor unit into ventilation shafts, a ductless mini split heat pump has multiple indoor blower units that connect through refrigerant lines to the outdoor unit. The blowers send the conditioned air directly into the room.

The main advantage here is that it permits flexibility with new construction and saves tremendous space. They are also perfect for add-on rooms. Ductless systems permit zone control: homeowners can choose to heat only the rooms in the house that receive use. However, ductless systems do look more obvious inside rooms (the blower units) and may not be efficient solutions for homes that already have ducts.

We Can Help You Make The Choice

If you have ductwork in your home, you may want to stay with a standard heat pump (or furnace and AC), unless you are building an additional room, in which case ductless can offer great savings. For new construction, give ductless mini splits serious consideration. Celco Heating and Air Conditioning will be there to assist you so that you make the right choice for ductwork and other heating and air conditioning services in Greenwich, CT.

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