Heating and cooling make up the majority of energy consumption in the United States (approximately 43%). Clearly, this can become a costly expense. HVAC systems also contribute to global warming, emitting 150 million tons of carbon dioxide in the U.S. each year.
As ducts leak, homes lose air that they have already paid to heat/cool to the outside. This is both an inefficient use of energy and a waste of money. In fact, a one square inch hole in a supply duct can sustain the same loss as a 20 square inch hole in the wall of your home. The only way to stop this loss is properly seal the ducts.
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Every homeowner eventually faces the decision of ordering a duct cleaning. Typically, dirt that accumulates inside air ducts adheres to duct surfaces and therefore does not enter the air space. For this reason, duct cleaning has never actually been shown to prevent health problems; however, many allergic reactions are caused or aggravated by indoor air quality, and air duct cleaning can help eliminate those allergens. For example, the average six room house collects 40 pounds of dust per year, and most filters are less than 50 percent efficient in stopping dirt, dust, pollen etc. from passing through. Another factor to consider is that children are more likely to be affected by poor air quality.
Beyond the basic logic of keeping ducts clean, some more serious reasons that you might consider cleaning your ducts include:
- Substantial visible mold growth
- Vermin-infected ducts
- Ducts clogged with an excessive amount of dust or debris and particles being visibly released
- Water problems in the ducts, which can cause mold growth.
- When moving in to a newly constructed house, it may be prudent to clean out the ducts in order to clear drywall dust, fiberglass pieces and sawdust. Issues with airflow, in which case a duct cleaning may reveal significant blockages.
- A large accumulation of debris in the return air registers.
Estes Heating & Air Conditioning, like many HVAC companies, offers duct cleaning services as part of your air system maintenance. We have been Atlanta’s #1 HVAC services, sales, repair and installation company for over 60 years, and we are now also serving the greater Atlanta area, including Alpharetta, Duluth and Peachtree City. In addition to being experts in air conditioner repair, residential a/c, air conditioning service and air conditioner replacement, Estes heating & Air Conditioning has been voted the best AC contractor by HVACR Contractor’s Weekly New Magazine. For more information, please visit the Estes Website: http://www.estesair.com/
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In a typical U.S. household, heating and cooling are the largest energy expense, accounting for about 56% of energy use. There are an array of technologies available for heating and cooling, all of which achieve different efficiency levels by different means. Your HVAC contractor should be able to give you energy fact sheets for different types, models and designs to help compare your energy usage.
When it comes to residential a/c, and hvac services, there are several easy ways to conserve energy in your home.
- Close the fresh air vent so that you are not cooling outside air.
- Close blinds in order to keep the sun from warming the inside of your home.
- Place the air conditioner in a north-facing or shaded window, as direct sunlight decreases efficiency.
- Avoid using the oven on exceptionally hot days.
- Remove and clean residential a/c filters monthly. Dirty filters reduce efficiency.
- Seal any holes in your home with caulk or spray foam.
- If your current air conditioner is more than 10 years old, consider an air conditioner replacement.
- Close blinds in order to retain heat at night or during unoccupied periods. Keep them open during the day to let light in.
- If possible, remove and store your air conditioner during the winter.
- If applicable, keep the fireplace damper closed when the fireplace is not in use.
- Set the thermostat as low as is comfortable in the winter.
- Clean furnace filters monthly.
- Replace old technology with newer, more efficient models.
These are only a few suggestions to help reduce your heating and cooling costs and reduce your energy bill, but if you are still concerned about energy efficiency, feel free to contact Estes Heating & Air Conditioning. Serving Alpharetta, Duluth and Peachtree City, Estes Heating & Air Conditioning has been voted the best a/c contractor by HVACR Contractor’s Weekly New Magazine. Experts in air conditioner repair, residential a/c, air conditioning service and air conditioner replacement, they have been Atlanta’s #1 HVAC company for over 60 years. For more information, please visit the Estes Website: http://www.estesair.com/
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