Whether you’re building a new home, adding a new room on to your current home, or remodeling, proper ductwork is vital. If you need a replacement or a whole new installation for your Philadelphia, Delaware or Bucks County home, call our team at AJM!
The Installation Process
When performed correctly by our experienced team of professionals, the ductwork installation process should only take a day or two, which goes as follows:
- Design and Plan – Proper preparation is crucial. We will map out the design of your system, covering the pathway, vent location, and returns. We also determine how much it will take to cool every room while making sure to acquire not just the right materials, but the right amount of materials to accurately size your ductwork.
- Install the Plenum – The plenum is the chamber where all your main trunk lines will originate that collects the air directly from your unit.
- Install the Main Trunk Line – The main lines of air distribution from the plenum extend the entire length of the structure. We use a cap to stop the air at the end of the line.
- Install Branch Runs – The branch runs allow air to move from the main trunk line into specific rooms and spaces inside your home. They are attached to the main trunk line and extend to vents. We are sure to use the proper joints, which will vary depending on which type of material and duct shape we’re using on the job.
- Install Returns – Because you can’t push air into a room without making sure that enough air is coming out to make room for the new air, we install return vents and pipes to circulate the air properly. The number of returns your structure requires and their locations will largely depend on the structure itself and where the air will collect.
There are many variables and risks when it comes to ductwork installation or replacement. Don’t take any chances and call our team to make sure the job is done correctly the first time.
Indoor Air Quality: Ductwork Cleaning
Ductwork carries millions of unseen contaminants and particles through your home every day. As time goes on, it only gets worse. Whether your duct system was not properly installed, exposed to contaminants and moisture, or built up layers of dust over time, proper cleaning will address both health concerns and unit inefficiency.
Contaminated ducts can be harmful to your health, especially if you have allergies or asthma. If you or your family members are experiencing coughing, sneezing, headaches, or nausea, you should call us to inspect your ducts for potential health problems such as dust, mold, dirt and pet dander.
As dust and debris compile in your system, it can block passages, making it difficult for air to travel. This debris can also damage your ductwork as it travels through the machinery, causing clogs, wear and tear, and possibly even complete failure. As a result, your unit will need to work harder, wasting energy and money. Cleaning your ducts will extend the unit’s longevity.
How do I know if I need a duct cleaning or inspection?
- Before moving into a new home
- During home renovations
- If you experience allergies, asthma or illness-like symptoms
- If you find rodents or insects in your ductwork
- If your home suffers water damage
- If your pets shed significantly
- If anyone smokes inside
The Inspection Process
An inspection will help us determine what type of cleaning will be most beneficial, as well as whether or not there are hazardous materials that need to be eliminated. We can use brushes, whips, or skipper balls to dislodge dirt and debris. It is important that only soft-bristled brushes are used on fiberglass or fiberglass-lined ducts. Using a high-efficiency particle air (HEPA) vacuum, we will clear away debris, expelling particles outside of your home.
You will experience several benefits after we inspect and clean your ducts including lower energy bills, easier breathing, fewer headaches and more efficient temperature control over your home. If you live in Philadelphia, Bucks County, or Delaware and you want to schedule any of our ductwork services, please call 215-398-4811 today!