Types of Ductwork

Ductwork is not visible but is highly significant when it comes to air distribution and utility costs.  Whether buying a home, or finding it’s time for ductwork upgrades, take the time to learn why it matters, so you make the right investment.  If you notice your energy costs keep rising, your indoor air quality continues to degrade, or you constantly have uneven temperatures in all the zones of your home, it may be time to replace your ductwork The Woodlands.

Contact the certified technicians at Expert Air today for a proper and reliable ductwork evaluation that will include a visual inspection, air flow measurements, and ductwork blower test.

When it comes to choosing the right type of duct work for you space, preferences, and budget, you do have choices. No matter your choice, evaluate the pros and cons of each type.

·         Flexible

·         Sheet Metal

·         Fiberglass Duct Board

Duct work is how the cooled air is carried from the air conditioning unit through your home. Ductwork also removes stale air and is a type of filtration system. Sheet Metal is the most commonly used type of air ductwork.  Easy installation and comes in variety of shapes and sizes of thickness.  Biggest pro is that sheet metal air ducts are the most durable type of duct construction and are the least likely to have mold growth.

A second option for ductwork material is Fiberglass Duct Board which is the lowest cost option for air duct systems to install.  Well insulated but has the downfall of mold and mildew overgrowth and the design surface inadvertently impacts airflow and energy efficiency. Other benefits of this option as an unexpected perk is that it provides thermal and acoustical benefits.  The material design serves as an air barrier, water vapor retardant, and it’s sealed to prevent fiberglass fibers from entering the air stream.

The third and final ductwork option is Flexible Air Ducts which are also inexpensive, easy to install, and lightweight.  The trick to this option of duct work The Woodlands is short lengths to minimalize bend. Easiest option for installation and second least expensive option for duct work material.  Remember though, easy installation doesn’t mean it is a wise do-it-yourself project.  Air flow is vital for efficiency and it takes the right kind of training to ensure accuracy, especially for this type of duct work as they impede air flow the most of all the options, so you really must have a keen eye at the time of installation.

When you are ready to install your air conditioning system, contact Expert Air to find out which type of duct is best for your home or business. Duct work is not a one size fits all, so you need to trust your HVAC contractors at Expert Air.

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What’s the Future for Your Air Conditioning Unit

 

The obvious comfort and relief that comes from your home or business air conditioning unit will forever be significant and a basic requirement for overall well-being.  That may sound a tad extreme but taking it back to psychology, physiological requirements must be met before the psyche can further develop, and from our youngest days to our last days, part of that need is a comfort that your ac unit is built for. 

AC Units are not new though, and the technological advancements for them only continue.  What then does the future hold for your residential or commercial air conditioning system? In some ways, the future is now. We are already experiencing the changes and benefits of home automation and smart technology. Depending on the brand and model.  Smart technology already seems to be integrated into our everyday lives, even for those who aren’t overly tech savvy.  From controlling lighting with a remote or phone application, setting alarms or turning of lights remotely from online, to newer television sets, smart technology has been integrated into these products.

Over the more recent years, the heating and cooling industry has already been integrated by smart technology. You can already control your temperature settings from smartphone applications, which gives you convenience, peace of mind, and improved utility usage. It’s not far fetched to say that in the future voice-activated technology can be used to change your ac unit settings, report the internal status of working components, schedule repairs, and more.

AC units are no longer designed to be bulky, ugly, and disregarded as just a requirement for the home. Today HVAC systems are designed with style, seamlessness, and overall energy impact in mind. Units today are designed to be smaller, blend pleasantly, and be more efficient.

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Talk of Radiant Barriers

The importance and impact of radiant barriers can be seen by evaluating your utility bills before and after the installation. If you are considering installing radiant barriers so you too can experience the cost savings, contact Expert Air today to schedule your evaluation, professional installation, or to have any questions answered.

Simply put, the hotter the temperatures, the more effective the radiant barrier. You can save 5-17% on cooling bills by investing in radiant barriers. Over time, the effect the radiant barrier has, pays for itself in overall cost savings. You will basically be paying yourself to be more comfortable.

What is a Radiant Barrier

How the radiant barrier works is simple physics. It’s made of an aluminum surface that reflects heat back to where it originated. From the sun to beating down on your roof, the heat seeps through the surface into the attic, which works into the rest of the house, creating more need and overhaul on the air conditioning system. The radiant barrier reflects the heat from the roof back to the sun, thus not allowing the same intensity of heat to penetrate the roof

Another cost saving of the radiant barrier is the impact saved on the air conditioning unit. Again, no radiant barrier means more heat in your home or business, and the ac unit runs more to compensate, but with a radiant barrier, the ac unit doesn’t have to work as hard or as often.  Less wear and tear on the ac unit means more savings long-term for the consumer.

A note to remember when considering investing in a radiant barrier is that it MUST be installed correctly to be effective, so before you attempt to do-it-yourself, consider what a waste it would be if you did it wrong. Worry not about installation by trusting the certified technicians at Expert Air.

The Heat Levels

Although there is currently not a standardized industry test for radiant barriers, there is a multitude of field studies that have similar results that show 16-42% reduction in ceiling heat in attic when comparing attics with R-19 insulation with a radiant barrier versus the same insulation with no installed radiant barrier. Attic heat represents approximately 15-25% of the total cooling load on the house.

 

In Texas, where we have plenty of intense heat majority of the year, placing the extra protection against thermal radiation is one of the best ways to keep heat out of your home. The radiant barrier is an excellent addition to your home insulation. Radiant barriers offers cost-savings for residential and commercial consumers.

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Texas Heat and Common AC Problems

 

With summer temperatures shortly around the corner, now is the time to ensure you won’t run into ac problems.  We all know Texas heat gets brutal with high temperatures and high humidity, we take relief and comfort in relying heavily on proper functionality of our home AC and commercial HVAC systems. Proper maintenance is always important for functionality and longevity, but the ultimate test on your ac system occurs during summer time.  Be prepared and get inspected if you are uncertain. If you are already experiencing common AC problems, don’t prolong the issue and risk further damage.  You can contact Expert Air for inspections, AC repair, HVAC maintenance, and more.  We are your all-in-one company for all things A/C.

·         Uneven Cooling.

o   Cause - Obstructed airflow. Leaking ducts.

o   DIY Effort -  Windows closed and check that vents are open and unobstructed.

o   If above efforts are ineffective, contact Expert Air to schedule your appointment for a professional diagnosis and solution to balance the system or repair the ductwork.

·         Constant Cycling.

o   Cause -  Obstructed airflow by dirt/debris

o   DIY Effort -  Clean condenser coil with proper grade condenser cleaner. Clean evaporator. Replace the air filter.

o   If above efforts are ineffective, contact Expert Air to schedule your appointment for a professional diagnosis and solution.

·         Not Cooling.

o   Cause -  Faulty parts, blocked airflow, refrigerant leaks, and more

o   DIY Effort -  Lower temperature that’s set to cool.  Clean coils and evaporator.  Replace the air filter.

o   If above efforts are ineffective, contact Expert Air to schedule your appointment for a professional diagnosis and solution.

·         Won’t Turn On.

o   Cause - Faulty contactor, tripped breakers, worn out parts, or user error

o   DIY Effort -  Thermostat set to cool, lower by several degrees. Check for tripped breakers or blown fuses.

o   If above efforts are ineffective, contact Expert Air to schedule your appointment for a professional diagnosis and solution as all issues will require professional repair.

·         Constant Running.

o   Cause -  Faulty Contactor

o   DIY Effort - Not Advised

o   Contact Expert Air to schedule your appointment for a professional diagnosis and HVAC repair or replacement service.

·         Frost or Ice Inside Unit.

o   Cause – Faulty contactors and refrigerant leaks

o   DIY Effort -  Turn off unit. Listen for hissing or bubbling noise

o   If after turning unit off and back on a few minutes later doesn’t resolve issue, contact Expert Air to schedule your appointment for a professional diagnosis and solution.

AC issues are always a problem, whether more of an annoyance or a major issue that can cause safety or health hazards.  If your ac issue isn’t listed here, be sure to check out our site for more common problems.  You can always contact Expert Air for assistance with any AC issue you have.  We are available 24-hours a day and 7-days a week. Let us keep you cool and comfortable.

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Is it Time to Replace the AC Condenser?

As February rolls on, Texas weather will continue to fluctuate but ease into warmer temperatures. As the warmer conditions hit, you will want to start cranking on the air conditioner for relief from the heat. If your ac unit appears to not be functioning correctly, you may need to replace the ac condenser. Contact Expert Air today for a professional evaluation and solution that is best fitting your needs.

Purpose of the AC Condenser

This vital part takes the gas created from the air conditioner and converts it to a liquid form by cooling it down. The liquid version creates the refrigerant that your ac system needs to function properly. If this crucial part malfunctions, the entire AC system will malfunction. Ignoring this issue can lead to very expensive replacement.

Causes of a Malfunctioning AC Condenser

  1. Blockage or leak
    1. Faulty tubes or seals will cause leaks
    2. Can occur over time or from a puncture or rupture
    3. Blockage from external debris but most likely from metal particles flaking off the condenser itself
    4. Blockage occurs usually from age or poor maintenance
  2. Dirty components and/or bad run capacitor
    1. Outside elements like grass can dirty your components. Clean the area surrounding your ac unit regularly to avoid this
  3. Faulty control board
    1. The control center of all component communication. When this is bad, the system won’t work correctly
  4. Motor has been burned
    1. Occurs gradually and is usually caused by stress on the unit and/or poor maintenance
  5. Blockage can mean multiple surrounding AC components will also need to be replace
  6. Have your AC system inspection by the professional technicians at Expert Air

Repair or Replace

  1. Repair if it’s a dirty condenser, bad run capacitor, bad switch, faulty control board, or burnt motor
  2. Replace when there are leaks, blockage, or the system age. Because ac systems have advances in technology every few years, sometimes it is more cost effective to replace with a newer model over repairing the current one.
  3. Have the professionals at Expert Air evaluate to determine the true extent of damage and the most advisable route
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