Ductwork 101

October 15, 2019

Ductwork is one of the most important components of an HVAC system. As the vessels through which warm and cold airflow, HVAC ducts keep each part of the home at the desired temperature. The integrity of the duct system directly impacts the overall performance of the heating and cooling equipment. Designing Ductwork Total renovations and newly constructed homes require ductwork. The Air Conditioning Contractors of America outlined industry best practices for design in its manual. The manual extensively details how to design and install ductwork for maximum balance and airflow. Although these specifications are clearly defined in trade literature, some technicians erroneously ignore the guidelines and design ductwork solely based on the home’s square footage. Ductwork Materials Ductwork must be made of approved permanent materials. Most ducts are fabricated from lightweight sheet metal, although fiberglass flexible ducts have recently been gaining popularity. Flexible ducts can be easily maneuvered to allow for soft turns, which minimizes restrictions to airflow. Another advantage is that fiberglass ducts are also insulated. This makes them suitable for unconditioned spaces as the insulation will allow little heat gain or loss. Best Location for Ductwork Uninhabited areas in the home, such as attics, basements, and crawl spaces,...

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The Top Benefits of Product Warranties

April 10, 2019

When it comes to air conditioners, furnaces, heat pumps, and other heating and cooling equipment for the home, products usually include a warranty. Basic warranties often vary from one brand and model to the next. Certain aspects of these warranties are required by law, but they are also an opportunity to distinguish a product and give consumers confidence in a brand. Product Life Expectancy Confidence At Certified Service in Burbank, we work with all brands and models but are proud to be a Carrier factory-authorized dealer. A big reason for that is the product warranties that Carrier includes with its air conditioners, furnaces, heat pumps, and other equipment. If an AC unit is intended to last at least 10 years, you get some level of guarantee that out-of-pocket expenses will be mitigated or even eliminated should that particular unit not last that long. Reduced Total Cost of Ownership Another benefit is that you can have great confidence in the total cost of ownership of your products. If a new AC unit, for instance, were to falter or even fail within the warranty period, then much, if not all, of that cost would be covered by that contract. Home Value Many...

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5 Benefits of Regular Heating Maintenance

January 22, 2019

Whether you have a furnace or heat pump, maintenance is essential to the life and performance of your system. Scheduled maintenance will bring you peace of mind knowing that all the components of your unit will work when you need them most. 1. Your HVAC System Will Last Longer If you take care of your furnace, it should last 15 to 20 years. Preventative maintenance will lessen the likelihood that your equipment will break down unexpectedly. A professional HVAC technician can perform a routine inspection of your system to identify small issues that normally occur. Once they detect the issues, they can fix them before they turn into big problems. 2. Your HVAC System Will Operate More Efficiently If you neglect your heating unit, the components will wear down quickly. Consequently, all the equipment will work harder to produce the same level comfortable heat throughout the house. This results in an inefficient system that utilizes nearly twice as much energy and costs you twice. You’ll notice a significant spike in your energy bill each month. Regular heating maintenance solves this problem by keeping your HVAC performing at optimal efficiency. 3. You Will Spend Less Money on HVAC Repairs Preventative maintenance...

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