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No Duct Tape Allowed!

A comfortable home has an efficient system for heating and cooling the air. Unfortunately, a recent report from the US government’s Energy Star Program indicates that the duct systems in typical American homes lose 20 percent of air moving through them. This is due to leaking duct work that was poorly installed or has deteriorated over the years. If these leaks are not fixed, they can cause serious consequences for the homeowner.

Consequences

Leaks in the duct work result in increased utility bills, compromised personal comfort, increase indoor air pollutants and personal safety concerns. If both the heating and cooling units have to work 20 percent harder to compensate for air loss in the duct work, the electricity and oil or gas bills are proportionately higher. The air quality is poor as pollutants and allergens are able to enter through holes in the system. An even more serious condition is ‘backdrafting’ which means combustion gases such as carbon monoxide are drawn through the ducts and dispersed throughout the house.

Fixing the Leaks

The first step to improve the circulation of air in the home is to identify where the duct work is leaking. There are contractors who can use duct blasters, and manometers that measure air pressure or other instruments that allow them to pinpoint problem areas. A thorough check requires a licensed professional.

The next step is to close seal off the leaks and insulate exposed duct work. In spite of its name, duct tape is not the tape to use for sealing ducts, as it does not seal well or last long. Use mastic sealant or metal tape to cover the leaky areas. Then, insulate all accessible ducts that are exposed. These are usually found in attics, unfinished basements, crawlspaces, and garages. The ducts work more efficiently when they are not too hot or too cool.  Any DIY project for fixing leaking duct work should be checked by a licensed contractor to make sure that your home is under a positive pressure and  all combustion gases are venting properly. If everything checks out, the homeowner can relax and enjoy a comfortable home with fewer expenses.

Please, don’t crawl around in the attic during the summer trying to check your duct work.  We have professionals who are experienced, trained and prepared to handle the heat while checking your system.

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Michael Crivaro
Michael Crivaro
01:53 28 Oct 21
Hobaica comes out every 6 months to do an AC checkup. John was our technician this time and did a great, thorough job. He went above and beyond to make sure everything was running how it should be. They have always been great and hope to have John back the next time.
Ron Barre
Ron Barre
17:57 27 Oct 21
Annual maintenance of HVAC systems and upgrade my AC system with a little more protection from any future malfunction.
Joy Lewis
Joy Lewis
23:17 26 Oct 21
Ryan is by far the best Service Technician. He has been out several times and has done plumbing and AC repairs. Recommend Ryan and Hobaica for all of your home needs they do it all. Thanks Ryan!! Extremely impressed with Amer and Juan. They are thorough and gave me advice on taking better care of my unit by changing my filter more often, I did not know that. Asked about my carbon monoxide dector and I found out online it had been recalled, had Amer not mentioned the dector I would not have checked it out. They are very Iinformative about the services Hobaica offers. Can't say enough good about Hobaica, and Amer and Juan. I do recommend Hobaica to my friends.
ed mulrean
ed mulrean
22:48 26 Oct 21
John Miranda was wonderful. He wore a mask, as we do in our house, and wore shoe coverings when in the house. These may seem like small things but they demonstrate respect and professionalism. He gave our system a serious review and changes interior filters. I hope that the for our next seasonal service that Hobaica sends him out to us again.
Pat Dudley
Pat Dudley
15:49 26 Oct 21
I had Hobaica out for HVAC maintenance and duct cleaning. It was soon discovered my unit was limping along on its last leg and soon to bite the dust. Luckily it got me thru the summer. James came and helped us get a GREAT system that should keep us very comfortable in the future! Great service, very professional and courteous - all technicians who came out were also! You’ll spend a little bit of $ but as they say, you get what you pay for!!
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Elisa Armenta7ko7k7kk7ok7k
15:13 26 Oct 21
I had Ryan from Hobaica take care of a bathtub leak. He was veryefficient and precise with his work. I really appreciate his thoroughnesswith everything. I highly recommend Ryan. Thank you..
Nel Adja
Nel Adja
18:12 25 Oct 21
Binh is helpful and professional. He understands the concern and come up with solution. Will recommend Binh to anyone.
elizabeth zuniga
elizabeth zuniga
23:47 23 Oct 21
John Miranda went above and beyond. He was very thorough professional and explained everything thoroughly. I would recommend him to anyone that needs the AC looked at.
Sidney Sexson
Sidney Sexson
21:49 23 Oct 21
Service was good. Binh Tran is an excellent technician. He is very knowledgeable and explains what the issues are so you are confident in the service.

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