Unless you are familiar with A.C. Units and Ventilation systems, the inner workings of your home’s cooling/heating system can be very intimidating. This blog post will be addressing the top 5 questions when dealing with air ducts, furnaces, and A.C. units.
1. Why is my air conditioner leaking water?
There are several reasons why an A.C. Unit is leaking, the most notable ones are:
- One of the most common reasons an A.C. Unit leaks is a clogged condensate line. The condensate line drains condensation from the overflow pan to the outside or directly into a drainpipe.
- A grimy filter can cause ice to form on the unit’s evaporator coils, and when the ice melts, it can leak water.
- The condenser pump is not working properly. Either the pump is not getting power or the motor is malfunctioning.
2. What are the different types of ducts and what are the differences?
Flexible Ductwork and Rigid ductwork are the 2 main different types of air ventilation systems.
- Flexible ducts are typically tube-shaped, made of a wire coil covered with a bendable, durable plastic, and surrounded by insulation. Some of the main advantages to using flex duct is its ability to be installed in hard to reach places where rigid duct is impossible to place, it is quick and easy to install, and it is much more cost effective then rigid duct.
- Rigid Ducts come in a multitude of shapes and sizes (typically cylindrical or rectangular) and are also often insulated. They are extremely hardy and do not have to be replaced as often as flex duct does. Three of the main types of rigid ducts are:
- Sheet metal ducts are usually galvanized steel or aluminum, while aluminum is the lightest; they both are least likely to harbor dangerous molds or growths due to their non-porous surfaces.
- Fiberglass ducts are sheet metal ducts that are internally/externally lined with fiberglass. This type of duct is most commonly found in office building due to the dampening noise factors. However, this type of duct is very dangerous because as it breaks down it can release fiberglass particles into the air. Inhaled fiberglass can cling to white and red blood cells forming clots that is detrimental to one’s health; moreover, it is also extremely difficult to clean and can readily become contaminated with bacteria and molds.
- Fiberboard ducts are made when fiberglass and resin are compressed and then covered with a sheet of foil laminate to protect from moisture. This duct is good for cooling and heating ventilation systems, but like fiberglass duct, it is a prone to mold and mildew, especially in humid climates.
3. How often should you get your air ducts cleaned?
There are a few key factors that determine how often you should clean your air ducts. If someone in your house hold has allergies, the quality of air in your home contributes to their quality of life. Dust mites, pest feces and all sorts of allergens can pile up inside your air ducts and affect the air in your home and increase a person’s allergy symptoms. If you have pets, dander and fur can be sucked up in the return and be blown around your air ventilation system, further aggravating one’s allergies. In addition to those suffering from allergies, children and elderly folks may also be affected by poor air quality caused by neglected air ducts. With that said, we recommend “on average” having your air ducts cleaned every 18 months to 2 years. If any of the above factors are in your home, then you may want to do so more often. Air filters should be changed at least every service.
4. What are electrostatic filters and do they work?
Electronic air cleaners can greatly improve home air quality and comfort levels. If you suffer from allergies or have pets, they make a substantial difference in quality of life. Some electronic air cleaners can
even remove dust particles and pollen as small as .10 micron. Electrostatic Air Filters clean the air by using static electricity, a safe, naturally occurring phenomenon. EA filters work similar to when a balloon is rubbed quickly on your head, thus creating a static charge where your hair then clings to the balloon. In much the same way, an electrostatic charge is generated by air flowing through a maze of static prone fibers. Airborne particles are attracted and held by the static charge until released by washing.
5. How can I increase the efficiency and life of my home’s heating and cooling systems?
- Clean and replace your filters frequently.
- Make sure air ducts are unrestricted by dirt and debris. Have them cleaned every 18 months to 2 years.
- Your system will heat and cool more evenly when the blower is in the “on” position. The blower provides constant air movement throughout the home, and allows for better filtration.
- Install shades, drapes, shutters, or screens on windows that are exposed to extreme sunlight to keep room temperatures at moderate levels.