Ductwork is simply one of the most important aspects of heating and air conditioning systems. Leaky or old ductwork can make any system work harder and fail faster. If you've never had your duct system checked, it may be time to set up an appointment to ensure you're getting the most out of your system.
A zone system allows you to control your heating and air system in different floors or areas of your home with the use of separate thermostats. Zone systems are the perfect way to create a more comfortable living space in areas of your home that seem to struggle with consistent temperatures.
Most ductwork is made up of flex material which should be kept as tight as possible with minimum bends to avoid velocity loss. This includes disconnecting ductwork, pulling from end to end for proper length and routing, strapping to rafters/joist system, and sealing to collars.
Includes strapping duct work properly to be supported pet manufacturer’s standards, fastening to collar, take off, or boot, and sealing with mastic or tape to ensure no air loss or infiltration.
Registers are designed to be sized appropriately for the duct they are attached to to give the right amount of air throw and direction. Includes replacing register with proper size and distribution fins.
At Carolina Copper HVAC, we always have every customer's comfort in mind. That's why we are well trained and experienced in zone system repairs and installations. If you have a single thermostat in your home, then you probably already know about how much of a struggle it is to keep upstairs or further away portions of your home consistent in temperatures. Your home should be as comfortable as you'd like and with Carolina Copper HVAC and a zone system kit, this feat is easily tackled.
Zone systems are the HVAC industry's leading method in combating these problems. Instead of going the lengthy and costly route of installing an additional HVAC system and ductwork into your home, why not convert your existing setup into a zoned heating and air conditioning system? Zone is just another term for controlled area. Is your upstairs an issue? That would be a zone. Would you like more comfort in your master room? That would also be a zone.
Every zone in a zone system is connected to its own thermostat which provides immediate comfort to the area it is installed in by being able to turn your HVAC system on and off when needed while closing the other zones to prevent too much heating or cooling when they don't need it. The thermostats used in a zone system connect to a main control board which in turn is connected to each zone's respective zone dampers. These dampers are installed in the ductwork that provides conditioned air to the areas you want to zone. When your thermostats call for heating or cooling, these dampers open and close to provide maximum comfort throughout your home.
The first step in a zone system repair or installation is booking a consultation with us so we can confirm your current equipment and ductwork makeup. From there, we are able to provide you a firm estimate on what we need to do to get your home feeling exactly the way you want it to.
We provide a 1 year labor warranty on all our work so you can feel secure knowing that we here to help you for the long-haul.
Heating and air conditioning systems utilize either flexible ducts or rigid ducts to bring air in to the system through your filter and then out of the system to individual rooms with registers. The air that's being pulled in to the HVAC system, also called return air, comes in to contact with heating or cooling components to condition the air to the desired temperature.
As the air leaves the heating and air system, it travels through supply ducts to the rooms with registers. This is why ductwork is referred to as the lungs of your HVAC equipment: ducts bring air in and then pushes air out. Just like our lungs, harmful air particulates can infiltrate duct work and create poor indoor air quality and inefficient system operation. Ductwork needs to be sealed at every end along with being supported properly to joist, rafters, etc to provide clean and smooth air flow.
Another important aspect of ductwork is its insulation. As air is being pulled into a heating or cooling system, it leaves as hot or cold air. We need a way to keep that conditioned air that's traveling through the ducts as close to the temperature it was when it left the HVAC system. On the outside of ducts, there is usually black or silver material encasing thick insulation that helps with this task. Overtime, insulation starts to deteriorate and become very poor at providing the air temperature and quality we need.
“Up to 40% percent of the air that moves through the duct system is lost due to leaks, holes, and poorly installed ducts. Sealing and insulating ducts increases efficiency, lowers your energy bills, and can often pay for itself in energy savings.” -Environmental Protection Agency, Duct Sealing with Energy Star fact sheet
As ductwork becomes old and loose and its insulation begins to fail at keeping air temperatures consistent, your money starts to go out the window, literally. Duct work is typically located in attics, crawlspaces, ceilings, and basements. This means that unconditioned air from those non-living spaces is trying to infiltrate the ducts along with the conditioned air trying to leave the ducts.
Fast forward to ducts that are over 10-15 years old and we'll start to see humidity levels go up, indoor air quality go down, and bacterial growth start to form wherever there are loose ends within the duct system. The worst part is is that seeing the effects of these conditions takes time. Energy bills also steadily increase because conditioned air is not making it to the living space. This causes heating and air systems to run longer because the thermostat isn't sensing the lost conditioned air.
Properly installed ductwork can easily change the dynamics of any home's comfort. By simply sealing each end, we can prevent unwanted air from entering your home and the conditioned air to stay in your home.
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