Duct Cleaning, Testing, Repair and Replacement
Dirty or leaky air ducts can choke off airflow and waste energy, compromising the performance of your entire HVAC system in Sonoma County, Marin County, Santa Rosa, San Anselmo, and the surrounding areas. Make sure you’re getting the comfort and efficiency you need with Ongaro & Sons’ comprehensive ductwork services including professional air duct cleaning.
Airflow Testing and Ductwork Repairs
When it comes to saving energy, most North Bay homeowners think about things like high-performance air conditioners and heat pumps. While these systems heat and cool air very efficiently, they still need to distribute it throughout your living space. Depending on the condition of your air ducts, that process may be surprisingly costly.
In fact, leaky ductwork can reduce the efficiency of a typical HVAC system by as much as 30%. That’s why Ongaro & Sons recommends having your ductwork tested by a certified technician during scheduled tune-ups. If professional testing reveals any leaks or damage to your air ducts, we can offer you affordable repair or replacement options.
The Importance of Air Duct Cleaning
It may seem unlikely, but dust can also contribute to poor efficiency and wasted energy in a major way. Every year, an incredible 40 pounds of particulate matter accumulates inside the average residential ductwork system. As dust builds up, it restricts the free airflow your HVAC system needs to operate efficiently. That forces your equipment to work even harder and consume more energy as it struggles to maintain comfortable temperatures. Professional duct cleaning alleviates this problem by eliminating most of the dust in your system. By scheduling routine vent cleaning visits, you can:
- Save energy and lower your utility bills
- Reduce the wear and tear on your HVAC equipment
- Improve your indoor air quality and keep allergens in check
Choose the Right HVAC Air Filter
It’s impossible to completely prevent dust from circulating through your HVAC system, but you can take steps to control it. One easy and affordable action you can take is to ensure you choose the right air filter. Depending on your needs, there are a variety of options to consider.
An air filter’s effectiveness is measured by its MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating. With MERV ratings usually below four, standard fiberglass HVAC filters are the most affordable but least effective options. High-efficiency filters, with MERV ratings of nine and above, offer much greater protection against even very small particles. Unfortunately, since they can also affect airflow, they may not work well with all systems. One popular compromise is an electronic air filter, which uses electrostatic charges to attract small particulates without unnecessarily altering airflow.
If you haven’t considered the impact your air ducts have on your HVAC system, it’s time to take control. Call Ongaro & Sons to see how we can help you save money and enjoy more efficient climate control performance.