3 Common Duct Issues & How to Avoid or Repair Them

When is the last time you thought about your air ducts? Though most homeowners don’t have air ducts on their mind very often, they do play an important role in your home comfort. Air ducts are the pathways that help heated or cooled air make its way through your home. And though you may not think about them, you will most likely start to notice when something goes wrong with your ducts.

Below, we’ll discuss the top 3 common air duct issues and how you can avoid or fix them:

  1. Your air ducts are dirty.

One of the most common air duct issues is that air ducts become dirty. Debris can build up in the middle of the duct or the walls of the air duct become caked in dirt over time.

When your air ducts get dirty, this can impact your HVAC system’s performance. You may start to notice that your heating and cooling system isn’t working as well as it once did. Or you may even notice that your energy bills start increasing because the system is no longer as efficient.

In addition, this build-up of dirt and debris can also impact your air quality. When the dirt starts to circulate through your home, you may find it harder to breathe.

How to Avoid and Fix:

If you notice these problems occurring in your home, it may be time to get your air ducts cleaned. Keeping your air ducts clean throughout the year is the best way to avoid these issues, which can impact both your home comfort and indoor air quality.

  1. Your air ducts aren’t properly sealed.

When your air ducts aren’t properly sealed, this can spell disaster. Leaky air ducts can cause air leaks in your home. When air leaks from the ductwork, this makes your heating and cooling system work harder to keep your home comfortable, making your system less efficient. The less efficiently your system works, the more money you waste on energy costs.

Not only does air duct sealing impact energy efficiency, but it can also affect the lifespan of your unit. Any gaps or cracks in your ductwork leave room for insects, critters, and debris to make its way into your ductwork, causing costly issues later on.

How to Avoid and Fix:

The only way to avoid these issues is to make sure that your ductwork is sealed. If you have already experienced issues with debris building up as a result of leaky ductwork, you’ll want to make sure that you have your ducts cleaned before making sure they’re sealed.

  1. Improper Ductwork Design

When it comes to the design of your HVAC system ductwork, it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. Every home has different needs when it comes to ductwork. These can vary based on the size of the home, the number of rooms, and how spaces are designed within the home.

If your ductwork was not designed and installed by a professional HVAC contractor, this can cause issues. It may be harder to keep your home comfortable or you may find that the system is running inefficiently and driving up your energy costs.

How to Avoid and Fix:

If you think that your air duct design may be impacting your home comfort, you need to call a professional HVAC company to evaluate your system. Your issues may be due to other problems with your system that don’t relate to the design. An experienced HVAC technician will be able to diagnose the issue and provide effective solutions.

Tired of Air Duct Problems? Go Ductless!

If you’re tired of dealing with pesky air duct problems, it may be time to check out ductless cooling and heating systems. The all-in-one ductless HVAC system provides you with the same home comfort without the need for all that bulky ductwork.

Ductless HVAC systems are ideal for smaller spaces where ductwork can take up valuable square footage, but they also work for larger homes with more space to heat and cool as well. Ductless systems also provide for more easy zoning, allowing occupants to choose their own comfort levels in each room.

To learn more about our ductless systems, call: (469) 240-5456.

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Is Your Air Conditioner Summer Ready?

North Texas residents understand the severity of the summer season. This means that routine HVAC maintenance is valued more than ever. Weathering the rigorous task of continually cooling a home throughout the long summer season requires an air conditioner to be in top form. Take the worry out of your home comfort this summer by taking these steps to ensure that your air conditioner is summer-ready.

Clean or replace your air filter

Air filters keep your system from taking on dirt and debris that can clog its components and hinder its performance. A dirty air filter will be less effective in filtering out this debris and force your system to work harder to achieve the necessary cooling results. This will not only raise your monthly energy bill, but more quickly deteriorate your air conditioner.

Reusable filters should be cleaned monthly. Disposable filters should be replaced monthly, or in some cases every three months. If you haven’t cleaned or replaced your filter in a while, spring and throughout the summer months is definitely the time to do it.

Clear away dirt and debris

Similarly to the effect of a dirty filter, a dirty unit can greatly impact system performance. Even the simple buildup of dust can clog coils and create expensive repairs. Keep your system clean will ensure its optimum performance.

Have your unit more thoroughly cleaned and inspected

Routine maintenance is no hoax. A system as large and intricate as your home’s HVAC system will inevitably encounter performance issues. Having your system inspected and serviced bi-annually by an HVAC expert enables your system to receive the necessary cleaning it needs to perform efficiently and effectively. It also ensures that minor, or underlying issues do not become major malfunctions.

Choosing regular maintenance for your air conditioner gives your system maximum life expectancy, the highest level of energy efficiency and gives you peace of mind.

Test your unit

Once you feel as though your air conditioner is sufficient clear of dust and other factors that can impact its performance, switch it on. If you haven’t had an HVAC contractor out to your home to test your unit, this can be a great way to self-identify any major issues with your air conditioner.

If the system kicks right on, watch and listen to its performance. Does it sound louder than you remember? Are there any scratching or grinding noises coming from the unit? Can you see an shaking or leaking? Does the system turn on and off appropriately? And, most importantly, does it sufficiently cool your home?

Ask yourself these questions to test if your air conditioner is ready for summer.

Consider upgrade opportunities

Been battling poor indoor air quality? Looking to maximize your system’s performance? Small upgrades can be made without having to replace your entire system. Things like smart thermostats and UV lamps can make profound differences on your system’s efficiency and effectiveness, without breaking the bank. Before you kick your unit on for the long summer ahead, speak with your local Lewisville HVAC specialist to find out which upgrades work best for your home.

For fast and effective maintenance or to consult with a friendly and knowledgeable HVAC expert, give Advent a call @ (977) 221-4373.

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Spring Allergy Sufferers: Help Your HVAC System Help You

Spring is the most beautiful season in Texas. Greens are never greener and landscapes explode with colors as flowers bloom. However, there is a large number of Texans that experience allergic reactions to the amount of pollen and other allergens in the air.

Spring Allergens in North Texas

Spring is one of the heaviest allergy seasons in Texas. The budding of flowers turn Texas’s unassuming landscapes into some of the most picturesque places in the nation. However, these flowers release massive amounts of pollen into the air. For allergy sufferers, this can be a debilitating season.

As trees, grasses and weeds spring back to life, North Texas residents are inundated with energy draining allergens. For those savvy enough to invest in a quality HVAC system, they can seriously reduce their exposure to allergens in the comfort of their homes.

Poor Indoor Air Quality

Many people don’t realize, but indoor air is actually more polluted than outdoor air. This is due to the heavy traffic that can occur in such a small and enclosed space. Without air purification or proper ventilation, indoor air can stagnate and collect harmful bacteria, viruses, molds, allergens and other pollutants.

For allergy sufferers, this can be especially harmful to their health. Symptoms of poor IAQ and allergies are very similar and are therefore heightened for those with allergies:

  • Runny/stuffy nose
  • Itchy eyes
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing

Air Purifying Solutions for Your HVAC System

The primary benefit of your HVAC system is to circulate warm or cool air throughout your home. As this air circulates and processes through your A/C or heating system, it has the opportunity to be finely filtered to weed out harmful bacteria, viruses, molds and other pollutants. For those with serious allergies in North Texas, it can be a rejuvenating opportunity to eliminate allergens from their homes. Consider these Carrier air purifying products to improve your indoor air:

Air purifiers – By integrating an air purifier to your HVAC system, you add a layer of defense against pollen, other allergens and pollutants. Particles are trapped and killed to prevent any further circulation throughout your home. As your system runs, eventually the air will cycle to eliminate the vast majority, if not all, micro particles.

UV lamps – UV lamps can be attached to your system to kill bacteria and mold that can collect and thrive in and around your system. These spores and particles can become airborne and impact your health. For allergy sufferers, this can lead to worse respiratory impact from allergy symptoms. The cleaner your air and system are, the better your system will perform in terms of filtering actual allergens as well.

Ventilators – Ventilators work to remove stale indoor air and replace it with prefiltered outdoor air. This can prevent older, more contaminated air from lingering for too long and instead replace it with fresher, filtered air.

Utilizing one or a combination of these IAQ products can drastically improve your health this spring allergy season. Call the HVAC experts at Advent to see what we can do to improve your home’s indoor air and help you feel more comfortable this spring.

Maintain Your Air Conditioning Unit the Right Way

Filters, coils, and fins need regular maintenance for an air conditioner to function well. Neglecting this promises poor performance and will unfortunately cause a steady increase in energy use. Here are ways to help improve your comfort and the efficiency of your air conditioner.

Air Conditioning, Humidity, and Your Body

The weather can wreak havoc on our bodies, especially during extreme temperatures. Sometimes, the weather isn’t simply hot but humid as well. This means that the air is dense with water vapor, which makes everything seem heavy, sticky, and muggy. This just aggravates the body when your sweat can’t evaporate to cool you off.

Heating and Air Conditioning System Problems in Winter

Texas doesn’t have the same problems in winter as more northern states do, but it’s still subject to low temperatures in the winter. As the leading provider of heating and air conditioning service in the area, we recommend paying close attention to your HVAC system during this season. The cold months are some of the busiest times of the year for your system, so you need to understand and prepare for some common HVAC problems. Read more

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Benefits of Changing the Heating and Air Conditioning Filter

As the leading heating and air conditioning service in our local area, Advent Air Conditioning recommends investing in preventive maintenance for your HVAC system. Regular professional maintenance can prevent small issues with your system from becoming big problems. The maintenance will also counteract the effects of wear and tear and ensure that your system delivers efficient and worry-free performance. Read more

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Is Variable Speed Air Conditioning Right for Me?

The Basics Of Variable Speed Technology

Conventional motors in an air handler (the part of your air-conditioning system that moves air through the ducts in your home) are only capable of running at full speed. Even if the motor doesn’t need to run that hard to cool your home, it will. This means that it is always using the maximum amount of energy to function.

Variable speed motors are a recent innovation in air conditioners. As the name suggests, these motors are capable of running at a variety of speeds and not just at the highest setting. This allows them to run using far less energy than the old-style motors.

The Basic Benefit Of Variable Speed Motors

Of course, the biggest benefit of variable speed motors is their increased energy efficiency. Running a fan motor at full speed requires eight times as much energy as running it at half speed. Unlike a conventional motor, a variable speed motor can take advantage of the lower energy cost of running at slower speeds. A fan running at half speed uses the same energy in eight hours as the same fan running at full speed for one hour.

When the homeowner only wants the house to be a few degrees cooler, a variable speed motor will run at less than full speed. This allows it to keep the home comfortable with less energy expenditure. If a major change in temperature is required, then and only then will the fan use the energy necessary to run at its highest speed.

Another upgrade that makes variable speed motor air conditioners more efficient is an upgrade to the circuitry. In older systems with conventional motors, the fan and the evaporator coil will shut down at the same time, even though the coil is still cold. A new air conditioning system will shut down the evaporator coil first, but keep the fan running for a while longer to get the maximum amount of cool air from the energy used to cool the coil.

Other Benefits Of Variable Speed Motors

Aside from being more energy efficient, variable speed motors have a few other benefits over conventional motors. Variable speed motors offer increased comfort and fewer distractions than older motors offer. Unlike the other motors, variable speed motors start slowly and pick up speed, making it very quiet and almost unnoticeable. These new systems also gradually build up to blowing air of the desired temperature, rather than suddenly starting to blow hot or cold air.

Variable speed motors can drastically increase a home’s air quality. One of the most critical factors to ensuring healthy air quality is keeping air moving to keep it from becoming stagnant. Conventional speed motors use up a lot of energy as long as the fan is running, so they cannot practically be left on continuously. However, variable speed motors can be set to the “Fan On” setting and will run at a low speed with extremely little energy used. This keeps the air circulating and raises air quality considerably.

The only downside to variable speed motors is that they cost a little more than traditional motors cost. However, their more-efficient use of energy means they will pay for themselves in short order. If you would like to learn more about this innovation in air conditioning, please contact Advent Air Conditioning Inc. today.

Great Moments in the History of Air Conditioning

Great Moments in the History of Air Conditioning

Think about how terrible it would be if we had to return to using ice and a fan to stay cool. Thankfully we have this amazing invention called an air conditioner. When was the last time you had your AC serviced? We recommend you have your AC looked at a certified tech at least once a year, if your in need of a service, please give us a call today.

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Air Conditioner Summer Usage: Affordably Staying Cool

The summer time can be pretty hard on your air conditioning unit if. It has to work pretty hard sometimes and your bills can add up rather quickly. There’s a few things you can to do keep your home cool and save money on your summer time cooling costs.

Regular Maintenance [H2]

First thing to do if you haven’t already is call and have some seasonal service or maintenance done. Regularly scheduled maintenance will keep your air conditioning unit operating at the same efficiency rating as when you bought it. Without service it’s very easy for the unit to lose up to 5% efficiency every year. Which is pretty staggering. That high efficiency unit you just purchased a few years ago can be functioning as well as a budget model with only moderate efficiency ratings.

Program Your Thermostat [H2]

During the summer you’re going to want to operate your air conditioner in the best way possible for the season. What that means is programming your thermostat, or setting the temperature before you leave for work, so that the temperature is higher when no one is home. And when you are home, try and keep it above 78*, which is where it will operate most efficiently. Instead of cranking the temperature down, make sure to use your ceiling fans. That will help keep your house cool and you feeling cool, with a slightly higher temperature setting.

Make sure that you keep any heat sources away from the thermostat, too. So that table lamp, or direct sunlight, are things that you want to keep away from it if you can. They will skew the temperature readings and having your air conditioner running more than it needs to.

Filters [H2]

You will also want to make sure to replace your filters on schedule according to what the manufacturer recommends. A dirty filter can greatly hamper the efficiency of your air conditioning unit, and if it gets bad enough, actually make it malfunction.

Staying Cool [H2]

The outside components of your AC system want to be cool, too. So if you have a split system, try and keep the condenser coil in the shade. That will help keep the metal components at lower temperatures which will have it operating much more efficiently.

With just a few steps you can extend the life of your AC system, stay cool, and keep your bills low. For more tips on saving money and preventative maintenance, make sure to follow the Advent Air Conditioning blog and don’t hesitate to give us a call for service today!