Dynamic Mechanical Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning Blog : Archive for June, 2014

Methods Used for Duct Sealing

Friday, June 27th, 2014

When you hear the term “duct sealing,” do you immediately think of rolls of wide gray tape, stacked in the aisles of the hardware store or found near the mops and brooms in the “Household” row at the grocery store? I.e. “duct tape”? We understand…we wish it were different, but we understand. After all, this cloth-backed adhesive is advertised as “duct tape.” However, on no account should you use duct tape to seal gaps in your ducts. First of all, you should always trust duct sealing to professionals who can locate all the leaks in your ducts and safely access them. Second, duct tape was never intended for ducts (it was originally called “duck tape”) and quickly fails when applied to them.

Professionals have different methods of performing duct sealing when you call on them. We’ll look at the two main methods that Bristol, NJ duct sealing specialists from Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning apply when they come to a home to fix a leaky ventilation system. Our trained team is available 24 hours a day for any ductwork emergencies you may encounter.

Mastic Sealant

Mastic is a resin-based sealant that many duct repair technicians favor. It’s used in many types of construction and repair jobs for creating a flexible yet solid joint and to form airtight seals around fixtures such as windows and watertight seals around sinks and bathtubs. It adheres to almost any material, including duct board, making it useful for all types of ductwork. Mastic leaves behind a smooth surface after it dries, which means it provides little resistance to airflow inside ducts. It’s also waterproof, resists temperature extremes that affect ventilation systems, and will not cause corrosion over time to metal surfaces. Duct sealers will use a caulking gun to apply mastic to ducts.

Metallic Tapes

These are the true “duct tapes” used in professional duct sealing, and some technicians prefer them to mastic because they create an actual mechanical seal and tend to have greater longevity than resin-based sealant. Most of these tapes are made from foil because its lightweight. Metallic tapes have high metal resistance and many uses aside from ducts, and have proven their durability in other industries such as aerospace, transportation, and automotive.

The technique that a duct repair technician uses to seal your ducts will depend on a combination of personal preference and the specific issues in the ductwork. But you can trust that a skilled duct sealer will make the right choice for restoring the integrity of the ducts in your home.

Call Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning when you notice ductwork leaks that are raising your heating/cooling bills and lowering air pressure. Our duct sealing service in Bristol will get your ducts back to airtight condition to help you improve your indoor air quality.

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How to Lower Repair Costs for Your Air Conditioner This Summer

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Summer is here and with it comes an increased reliance on your air conditioner to keep your home cool and comfortable. You’ll likely need your system to run almost every day in order to avoid the effects of the heat, and all of that stress and strain could result in a nasty breakdown if you aren’t careful. Here in Southington, air conditioning repair services are readily available, but before you call them, you can take a number of preventative steps that will reduce the impact on your pocketbook. Here’s how to lower repair costs for your air conditioner this summer.

It basically boils down to two simple words: preemptive action. This means that, rather than waiting for your air conditioner to break down and then going about repair services, you schedule a routine maintenance session from a trained repair technician. These sessions work partially to clean off dust, tighten loose bolts and otherwise reduce the overall strain on your system. In and of itself, it can be a huge boon to future repairs, since it may lessen the impact and ensure you don’t have to pay as much.

More importantly, however, a maintenance session gives the technician time to thoroughly check the system for any potential trouble looming on the horizon. Expert eyes can spot breakdowns before they occur, allowing you to schedule a formal repair session to get the troublesome issue dealt with. That invariably saves you money, since those earlier repairs mean preventing damage and strain rather than repairing the damage and strain after they have occurred.  It also means that resulting repair will probably take less time than a later one, ensuring that you won’t be without cool air for very long.

Lower repair costs for your air conditioner this summer mean more than just money back in your pocket. They mean peace of mind that comes from knowing you have your bases covered. Professional air conditioning services in Southington, CT are provided by the experts at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning. We have the skills you need to do the job right, so pick up the phone and give us a call today!

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Why Can’t I Handle Ductwork Repairs on my Own?

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Your ducts are an invaluable part of your air conditioning system, carrying cool air in the summer (and warm air in the winter) from a centralized unit into the four corners of your home. Because they’re often located in out-of-the-way spots, they don’t require a lot of maintenance beyond a cleaning every few years. But when they suffer damage, they can reduce or even eliminate your air conditioner’s effectiveness, and you need a professional to repair the ducts properly. Ductwork and other HVAC services in Plaineville, CT can be performed by a number of qualified services. “But why can’t I handle ductwork repairs on my own?” you ask. There are a number of reasons.

First and most importantly is that ductwork itself is often made of specialized material and often requires specialized tools to fix. Despite the name, you can just put duct tape over a breach. In fact, duct tape is often no help at all, since it can’t handle the shifts in temperature and will lose its adhesiveness after just a few days. Properly sealing the ducts means making us of materials such as duct mastic, as well as fitted parts and other components that require training to use.

Furthermore, the location of your ducts can be extremely tricky, and even the most competent laymen may struggle to reach it properly. Trained professionals, on the other hand, can use specific equipment and techniques to safely treat ductwork problems in even the toughest places. And when they run into trouble, they are licensed and bonded to ensure that you don’t pay a dime. If you run into trouble on your own, you’ll be forced to pay any additional costs involved.

All of that means that you need a trained professional for these problems rather than handling ductwork repairs on your own. Ductwork repair services in Plainville, CT are treated by the experts at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning. We do the work so you don’t have to, and we’re dedicated to your complete satisfaction during every step of the operation. If your ducts need repair work, then pick up the phone and give us a call today. You’ll be glad you did!

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How Does Geothermal Cooling Work?

Friday, June 6th, 2014

If you’re looking alternative ways to heat and cool your home, you may have heard about geothermal systems. They draw upon the constant temperature of the earth itself to both warm and cool your home. It requires a fairly extensive installation process and usually a large swath of property as well, but the results are worth the initial efforts. Here in Southington, CT,geothermal energy may be just what you need to stay cool and help the environment as well. How does geothermal cooling work? We’re provided a quick breakdown below.

Once you get down about five or six feet under the ground, the earth’s temperature remains at a constant 55 degrees or so no matter how warm or cool the weather above it may be. That allows for a heat transfer to take place between the earth and the coolant in the geothermal system. Coiled tubes are buried beneath the earth and a mixture of water and antifreeze is pumped through it. The hot liquid passes through the coils and the heat bleeds off into the surrounding earth. The cooled liquid then moves back into your home, where it pulls heat out of the nearby air. The cool air can then be blown into your house with a fan, and the heated liquid re-enters the coils where the process starts all over again.

The process is incredibly efficient because you aren’t actually creating any cool air. You’re simply facilitating a heat exchange with the earth, which costs nothing. Beyond a little electricity to pump the liquid and run the blower fan, a geothermal cooling system needs very little energy. That saves you a great deal of money on monthly bills, as well as giving the environment a break.

For more on how geothermal cooling works, or to schedule an installation session, the experts at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning are here to help. We have the skills and experience to perform the operation with maximum efficiency and provide safe, efficient geothermal energy for your home. There are HVAC services in Southington, CT that offer geothermal systems that could be the answer to a number of home cooling problems. Pick up the phone and give us a call today to let us show you what we can do!

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