Your furnace and air conditioner services the buildings you live or work in with warmth or cool air via ductwork, which is a series of interconnected pipes. The air is then returned back to the equipment via cold air returns, which are vents located in your wall or floor. The condition of these pipes is vital to the efficient operation of your furnace and AC unit.
If you’re worried about making sure your air conditioner is working properly for the summer, consider these pipes, which are absolutely vital to the proper and efficient functioning of your air conditioner.
Air Conditioning Duct Work – What Can Go Wrong?
Southwest Gas says that somewhere between 10% and 30% of all heated or cooled air is lost. A poorly functioning air conditioning unit or furnace can waste a lot of money in utility costs and make your home more uncomfortable.
If your home isn’t staying as cool as it should, the problem may not be your air-conditioning unit, it could be the ductwork. Or, it could be a combination of the two. Poorly connected ductwork can cause leaks that will keep all of the air from reaching the rooms you’re trying to cool off. The cool air return to the furnace could also leak, which means it will pull in stale or even outside air, making the system work harder and more inefficiently.
Leaking ductwork can cause your air conditioning and furnace to work a lot harder, which can shorten the life of these expensive machines.
Las Vegas Air Conditioning — Duct Testing
The best way to find out if your ductwork is leaking is to have an experienced and qualified technician perform a ductwork test. This test uses calibrated measuring equipment to track the amount of air lost between your AC and the rooms you’re trying to cool. It will show which pipes have leaks, and even pinpoint sections, which could be completely disconnected. The test will help you determine which parts of the ductwork should be replaced, repaired, or sealed.
The best time to perform these tests is often when a new air conditioner or furnace is installed. You can also test ductwork when maintenance is done on your existing unit.
Las Vegas Air Conditioning — Duct Cleaning
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says cleaning ductwork can help with the efficiency of your Las Vegas air conditioning or furnace equipment. Dust, pollen, pet dander, and even mold, can grow in these vents over time, making your AC work a lot harder to cool your home. Cleaning the supply and return vents, air ducts, registers, heating and cooling coils, ductwork, and all the other component parts of your furnace and AC will help clear the air in your home of allergy producing debris.
Ambient Edge – Your Full-Service HVAC Provider
Ambient Edge is a full-service HVAC provider offering repair, maintenance, and replacement of your air conditioner and furnace. We offer ductwork cleaning, testing, and duct sealing with Auro Seal, as well as other services that are vital to the proper functioning of your home. Contact us today to find out more.