Justice Incorporated Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Duct Sealing’

Duct Sealing May Be the Answer to Your AC Problems

Monday, October 30th, 2017

duct-sealing-with-caulkingAir conditioning systems here in Texas don’t often receive long breaks, even during the winter. Hot days can make a sudden return in the middle cool days, so you may have to rely on your AC at some point during the coming months. With all the wear and tear the air conditioner has undergone, it might be at the point where it starts to lose cooling power or cost too much to run. It might even be making odd rattling sounds. When any of these warnings arise, you may need to schedule a major air conditioning repair in Corpus Christi, TX.

However, sometimes the issues with your air conditioner don’t originate from the air conditioner itself. A common problem in the rest of the HVAC system that will have an effect the air conditioner is ventilation system leaks. Let’s take a look at how poor ductwork can make trouble for your air conditioner, and the ways you can stand up to leaks in the ducts. (more…)

Helping Life Get Back to Normal after the Hurricane

Monday, September 18th, 2017

home-with-rainbowHurricane Harvey is gone and people in Corpus Christi and the surrounding areas have come back home and businesses are reopening. We hope that your home didn’t sustain any serious damage or suffer from flooding. It’s hard to adjust to the idea of “getting back to normal,” but of course we’ll all get there eventually. And you can trust that our professional team is here to help you with whatever you need for your home or business when it comes to HVAC work.

In our previous post, we addressed one of the biggest concerns for a home in the wake of flooding, which is the danger posed by a damaged natural gas furnace. We’d like to take a look at other ways we can get your HVAC system, in your home or in your business, back to normal after the recent natural disaster. (more…)

High AC Bills in Summer: Are Leaky Ducts the Problem?

Monday, August 7th, 2017

duct-sealing-with-caulkingHave you looked over your recent utility bills and thought the electrical costs seemed a bit—well, extreme? During summer, the air conditioner is responsible for a large percentage of a home’s monthly electrical costs, so it’s a high probability the AC is behind the spike in your bills.

If you’ve used your air conditioner more than usual—for example, if you’ve had guests at your home, or you’ve been staying home more during the day—then this may account for the costs increase. But if you haven’t used the AC more than normal, there may be a malfunction somewhere in the HVAC system that’s placing extra strain on the air conditioner’s components. We’re going to look at one of possible sources of higher AC bills: leaks in the ductwork. (more…)

Is High Humidity a Danger for My Furnace?

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Coastal Texas suffers from problems with high humidity, and that’s why we recommend that homeowners here install whole-house dehumidifiers. High humidity affects comfort, but it can also lead to damage to systems within the house. Air conditioners can suffer due to high humidity in the summer. But what about furnaces in the winter? Usually, winter is a period of lower humidity, but in our part of the state, we are likely to be dealing still with high humidity issues through much the season when the furnace is running. Does humidity pose a danger to a furnace? (more…)

How Duct Sealing Will Save You Money This Summer

Monday, May 4th, 2015

The ductwork that runs through the walls and ceilings of your home is something that you probably do not think about often. You just assume that it is doing its job as long as you can feel cold air coming out of the vents whenever the air conditioning system is running.

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How Professionals Seal Leaking Ducts

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Leaking ductwork can compromise your comfort, the proper operation of your air conditioner and the quality of your indoor air. Scheduling professional duct sealing in Portland is one of the best ways to eliminate the problems caused by leaky ductwork, and create a hard seal that will last for a long time.

Justice Air Conditioning & Heating, has the knowledge and expertise to seal your ducts quickly and correctly. Call us today to set up an appointment. 

Don’t Use Duct Tape

Rules of thumb can be downright problematic for homeowners because they can create more problems than they solve. When it comes to ductwork, one common rule of thumb is “just use duct tape.” Yes, the word “duct” in both “ductwork” and “duct tape” can be misleading and indicate a relationship between the two, but the truth is that duct tape is a poor choice with which to seal your ductwork. Why? There are a couple of reasons: first, duct tape will not properly adhere to your ductwork, so it is, at best, a temporary solution. Second, the glue from the duct tape will break down, rendering the tape useless and potentially making the area around the tape sticky and messy. Bottom line: duct tape is not a good choice when sealing your ductwork.

What Professionals Use

Your technician will use two key products during duct sealing: mastic, which is a fibrous adhesive that hardens into a permanent seal, and professional tape that is either fiberglass or foil. Before any sealing begins, the technician will inspect your entire ductwork system to review all areas that need sealing. Once the technician understands which areas need sealing, he/she will brush mastic on the cracks and holes, place a piece of tape on top of the mastic, then allow the mastic to dry, creating a permanent seal. For sections that need binding, the ends will be brushed with mastic, a sheet metal binding will be placed around the section, and the binding will be secured with sheet metal nails.

Duct sealing in Portland is an important step toward increasing your indoor air quality and comfort, and maintaining your ductwork for the long-term; don’t trust this to a roll of duct tape.Instead, call the professionals you can trust: Justice Air Conditioning & Heating.

Why Schedule Professional Duct Sealing

Monday, April 21st, 2014

The majority of heating and air conditioning systems use air ducts in order to distribute heated and cooled air throughout a building. This is a very effective method of doing so, and ductwork can be quite an efficient air distribution solution. However, there is no way in which you can hope for your HVAC system to operate properly if your air ducts are not properly sealed. The only way to ensure that this is the case is to schedule any necessary duct sealing with a skilled, trained professional. Of course, the fact that most of your ductwork is hidden from view means that it can be difficult for homeowners to realize when professional duct sealing is necessary at all. Here are a few tips from the pros at Justice Air Conditioning & Heating to help you determine if you need professional duct sealing in Corpus Christi, TX.

First of all, keep an eye on your heating and cooling costs. It stands to reason, after all, that if conditioned air is leaking out of your ductwork then your system is not going to operate as efficiently as it ought to. If you find that heating and cooling your home is much more expensive than it once was, give us a call. Over time your HVAC system will likely lose a bit of efficiency, but sudden or inexplicable spikes in operational costs are likely the result of air leaks in your ductwork system.

You may also find that airborne pollutants in your home are on the rise. Not only can poorly sealed air ducts allow heat to escape in the winter and to infiltrate the system during the summer, but they can also allow pollutants to work their way in. Once these pollutants are in your air ducts, the ductwork itself can go about distributing these pollutants throughout your entire home. If things seem dustier than normal in your home, or if your allergy symptoms are flaring up, your air ducts may be to blame. Call immediately for help determining if this is the case.

Remember that duct sealing requires much more than an amateur or DIY enthusiast wielding a roll of duct tape. Special materials must be used, and only a trained professional can access your ductwork safely. Schedule your duct sealing in Corpus Christi, TX with Justice Air Conditioning & Heating. We’ll make sure that your air ducts are in the great shape necessary to give you an outstanding performance.