Ducts

Clean and Sanitize Your A/C's Duct System With Our Multi-Step Process

A duct cleaning service may be the best thing you ever did for your home and family: clearing dust and debris out of your system and improving the indoor air quality dramatically. Not only will your household air feel fresher, but illnesses in your family will drop, and the cleaned ducts may perform better as a result.

If you haven’t had your ducts cleaned or sanitized in a while, talk to the pros at Ace A/C of Ocala to get started. We’ll come to your home and get your ducts cleaned the right way, with maximum attention paid to your property and possessions. Don’t let dirty ducts cause anymore consternation. Call us today!

What Causes Dirty Ducts?

Dirty ducts are inevitable. Ducts pull air through your home, carrying dust and other particles with them. These settle in the system and remain until you have them cleaned. If these build up badly enough it can partially block air passages, which cuts off the flow of conditioned air into your home. Dirty ducts can result in increased illnesses: irritation of the nose and throat, especially in newborn babies, elderly, and family members who suffer from asthma. It can also lead to the germination of mold and bacteria in your ducts.

How Does It Get Clean?

Duct cleaning and sanitizing is essentially a great vacuuming service. The technician comes to your Ocala, FL home and covers the furnishings and other possessions to keep them from any stray dust. He or she then seals all of the vents save one, and sets up a blower at the apex of your system. A vacuum pump is attached to the remaining vent, and the resulting vacuum pulls all of the dust in the system into a handy receptacle for disposal. The technician then removes the fan and vacuum and hand cleans the areas around the ducts to ensure maximum cleanliness.

Leaking Ductwork Costs You Money and Comfort

A small air leak might not seem like a major issue for ductwork. But these holes in ducts can create a chain of major issues—and the problems will worsen as more leaks develop:

  • Loss of energy efficiency – The U.S. Department of Energy has determined that leaks in a ventilation system can result in a loss of 30% of the air inside it. That’s a lot of air that you pay to heat or cool from which you’ll receive no benefit. Sealing up those leaks will help you save money.
  • Drop in comfort – Because leaks cause a loss of air pressure inside the ventilation system, the air flow from the registers into the rooms will also decline. The result will be uneven heating and cooling throughout the home and a significant reduction in comfort.
  • Poor indoor air quality – The ductwork in your house runs through closed–in areas that are usually filled with dust, construction debris, and musty air. Holes in the ducts will allow contaminants into the HVAC system, and it will then end up in the air of your home.

You can’t see most of the ductwork that makes up the ventilation system in your home. These air channels are hidden behind walls, ceilings, and the attic. Because of this, it’s hard to know when the ducts have lost their airtightness and started to leak air. If this happens, it will severely reduce the efficiency of the HVAC system, leading to higher bills and poor comfort.

The way to find out if your ducts are losing air pressure is to arrange for professionals to test the ductwork. Ace A/C of Ocala offers duct testing services in Ocala, FL. We use cutting-edge technology to measure how well your ventilation system retains air pressure. If we find that your ducts are losing air, we can arrange for the sealing work necessary to close the holes so that you will have an energy-efficient air conditioner and/or heater once more. We aim for complete customer satisfaction on every job that we do!

You should have duct testing done on a regular basis as a precaution. A duct testing session every four to five years will help you catch trouble early when it’s simpler and less expensive to fix.

 

You should call for immediate duct testing if you detect signs that something’s wrong with the ventilation system, such as:

 

  • Rattling noises from the ducts – Damaged ducts will often make rattling noises as they expand and contract.
  • High heating and cooling bills – Air leaks can cause a loss of up to 30% of the air from inside the ducts. This will lead to a noticeable spike on your bills, and that’s enough to bring in duct testers to see how extensive the problem is.
  • Musty odors from the vents – Because ducts are located in closed–in areas of a house, they can draw dusty and damp air through breaches. This will often lead to a noticeable musty smell in the air from the room vents.

The technicians will first close off all the room vents and registers to completely seal off the ventilation system. They then attach a power vacuum onto the supply duct that leaves the AC and heater cabinet. This vacuum raises the pressure inside the sealed ductwork.

 

The technicians then monitor the pressure level. The faster the pressure starts to drop, the more extensive the leaks in the ducts are. The technician will soon have a solid idea of how much work needs to be done to seal up the ducts.