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4 Signs Your Air Ducts are Leaking

Did you know that PG&E research states that in California faulty duct work accounts for more than 25% of hvac ductwork leaking air into atticthe heating loss in the average home? Here’s how to know if your duct system needs repairs:

  1. Hot or cold spots in a room – rooms that are hard to heat or cool, or that feel stuffy are a good indication of a problem with your ducting.
  2. High utility bills – unfortunately it’s simple math that tears and leaks in your duct system equal a less efficient home and more expensive energy bills.
  3. Dusty rooms – leaking air ducts invite dust and allergens into the system. If your house has excessive dust, despite regular cleaning, you likely have a tear or leak in your duct system.
  4. Damaged duct work – if you find duct work that has been crushed, has kinks in it, or has sharp bends, your system is not as efficient as it could be.

How Do Ductless Air Conditioners Work?

Ductless air conditioners are also known as duct free, mini split or wall mounted split air conditioning systems.

Ductless air conditioning systems consist of an outdoor unit and an indoor unit connected by a copper refrigerant line that runs through a small hole in the wall. This line delivers refrigerant, and also provides the electricity needed to run the indoor unit.

Outdoor units are composed of:

  • Compressor: This is the integral part to any system, and condenses the low pressure refrigerant gas into a high pressure gas.
  • Condensing coil: the coil cycles the hot refrigerant and assists in the conversion of the refrigerant going from a high pressure gas to a high pressure liquid.
  • Fan: the fan pulls air from the coil to dissipate the heat into the outdoors.

ductless air conditioner wall unitEach indoor unit comes with a fan and an evaporator coil. Indoor units are mounted high on the wall, or as a ceiling unit, and can be controlled by settings or remote.

One outdoor unit can usually connect to 5 indoor units spaced throughout your home or office.

When it is turned on, the outdoor compressor pumps and cools the refrigerant through the copper line and pushes it to the interior unit. The fan in the indoor unit spins to disperse the cold air into the room. Thanks to gravity, the warm air then rises and the heavier cooler air drops to spread through the room. At the same time, the warm air is captured and removed with any condensation that may have collected in the unit and back out the copper lines.

The advantages of ductless systems are that they are quiet, cost-efficient, easy to install, and are often more efficient than traditional ducted systems. Plus, ductless air conditioners are also a great idea for home additions, or spaces built without a central system in place. If you’re interested in ductless air conditioners and live in Bakersfield, give us a call today to see what we can do for you!