Duct Installation and Repair
We offer all services on ductwork. We can design you a entire new duct system, or modify and repair a existing one. No job is too big or too small.
Q: I can do that on my own right? It\'s easy!
A: Yes and no (installing a duct can be easy, but the math is not)
Q: Every contractor is the same, should I go with the lowest price?
A: Yes and no (low prices sound good, but what are you getting?)
We offer full duct work installations for residential new construction and older homes, duct repairs and modifications. Lets first talk about full duct installations for new construction and older homes. Although these two jobs sound similar, they are very different. They have some similarities with the permit process, such as requiring a manual J, manual D and manual S in most areas. New construction is a brand new home with all the walls wide open and very easy to install new hidden ducts. There are also many regulations that will not allow hazardous materials to be present such as lead based paint and asbestos. For these reasons new construction is typically easier to work with than an older home. Older homes that do not have central air conditioning or heating are often updated and a duct system is installed.
To avoid ripping every wall in the house down, an HVAC contractor has to be very creative and aware of all possible options. This usually requires a much more skilled tradesman than needed for new construction. Homes built before 1980 have a very high probability of containing lead based paint and asbestos. Asbestos can be in floor tile, drywall, joint compound, decorative spackle, insulation, siding and roofing just to name a few. This is why it\'s very important to use a HVAC contractor with proper training on what to look for when there\'s a questionable material and how to get it tested. Simply cutting into walls and ceilings half hazard can result in spreading hazardous materials throughout your home. Make sure anyone cutting holes in your home has a current Asbestos Awareness Certification.
We also offer modifications to your existing duct system. Home owners may experience uncomfortable rooms, areas or even entire upper levels of the house. Sometimes an addition or expansion is build or finished off and needs to be conditioned, like an attic or basement. We specialize in these areas. A house may have ductwork and furnace, but no air conditioner. Remember that the air volume requirements for a furnace are usually lower than an AC. This means that there will need to be some modifications to allow the ac to perform at peak performance. And then there\'s the houses that were never designed properly from the build. Sometimes having too many or too little supply and return ducts causing big imbalances.
The perfect air exchange and flow is achieved by performing a manual J, manual D and Manual S. This calculates the size of the HVAC equipment, Duct work design and air flow requirements per room. Other than sizing, sealing the duct work and insulating the ducts in un conditioned areas are very important. Its highly recommended that we thoroughly go through your current duct design before making modifications to ensure new issues don\'t arise.
A lot of homeowners are unaware that duct work is designed in your home to achieve an exact amount of measured air volume (cfm = cubic ft. per minute). This air volume is critical to match the requirements of your HVAC equipment. Too much air is not better, we are looking for an exact amount of air flow to achieve the best possible results. If you start adding ducts to your system, you could affect the static pressure needed to ensure good air flow to all rooms. Air is like water, it will flow to the path of least resistance. Air wont flow to the second floor if it has a shorter easier path to flow and dump its volume.
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Had a great experience with Josh fast and honest would choose him for future service…5 star rating in my book.
- Greg Robinson Jr.
Excellent service and honest pricing. Work was very clean and they did go above and beyond. They made sure everything was clean and working before leaving. Very pleased with the service.
- Jayesh Paralyali
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