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Are Your Ducts Sealed?

Are Your Ducts Sealed? Symbiont Service Corp professionals explain its importance 

Have you ever wondered, “are your ducts sealed?” Not many people do, but whether you live in the sunny climate of Florida or the chilly climate of New York you need to think about whether the ducts in your home are sealed. Why? Whether it’s a hot day or a cold day, if the ducts in your home aren’t properly sealed you are paying to heat or cool your home and that warm or cooled air is slipping out through unsealed ducts.

The next time you look at your heating or cooling bill and gasp in horror — especially if you’re never warm or cold enough — it’s time to call on the services of Symbiont and its technicians to inspect your home’s ductwork.

Are Your Ducts Sealed?

A leaking portion of ductwork can be miniscule — one so small that without a trained eye you wouldn’t even notice it. Even the smallest leak in the ductwork can mean you’re losing up to 25% of the air you have heated or cooled and that can certainly add up — as you’re well aware when you open your heating or cooling bill! The best way to determine whether your home is to have a home energy test or to hire a professional contractor to perform a ductwork inspection. A professional geothermal specialist from Symbiont Service Corp can locate and fix any leaks or cracks in the ductwork. Keep in mind that many of these leaking elements are nestled behind walls or in the ceiling.ductwork sealing

A professional contractor will locate and repair the leaking elements and you will be on your way to a cooled or heated home and a lower energy bill because you’ve had the leaking ductwork repaired.

Potential health hazard

Losing money on heated or cooled air is one of the concerns with leaking ductwork. Another concern is that gas appliances including the furnace and dryer can release harmful gases into the home. If the ductwork is not properly seaked, harmful fumes could be pulled into the ducts (that’s called a back-draft) and could push those fumes throughout the home. Breathing in those fumes are harmful and could lead to health issues.

If you have never had your ductwork inspected and aren’t certain whether you have any leaking ducts, give Symbiont Service Corp a call and we can schedule an onsite visit to help you determine the potential for any risks with leaking ductwork.

Our goal is to educate customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For information, click here and download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

Symbiont Service Corp. serves Englewood, Florida and the surrounding areas. To get started, check out our website.

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What Is A Home Energy Test?

What Is A Home Energy Test?

Chances are you have heard of home energy testing but may wonder, “what is a home energy test” and whether it makes sense for you to schedule one for your home. Florida homeowners certainly want their homes to be as efficient as possible especially in the hot, humid climate in which we live. The Florida weather means that your air conditioner will work harder than those in other parts of the country and because of that you will want to make certain your home is as energy efficeint as possible. You will also want to make certain your air conditioner is operating at peak efficiency before summer returns.

Scheduling a professional energy audit and evaluation is a way to help determine if your house is as efficient as possible. This means, for example, that your home doesn’t have any “leaks” from which the air you’re cooling is escaping or that outside air is making its way into your home.

Look for an energy evaluation professional who is trained in energy audits. The professionals at Symbiont services have many years energy auditexperience performing energy audits and assessments for Florida homeowners.  After the energy evaluator visits your home and performs the energy evaluation test, he or she will offer you a document that will highlight any areas of concern.

An energy evaluation test includes:

  1. A thermographic scanning. This scan shows differences in temperatures within the home and also shows where cooled air is seeping out of the home. The thermographic scanning also highlights where there isn’t enough insulation in the home or where insulation may be improperly installed. The test will highlight “spot leaks” and areas of infiltration. You should receive a document that highlights these areas with colored areas.
  2. A blower door test will likely be performed. With this test, a fan will be attached to an exterior door frame of your house. The fan will draw the air out of the house and lowers the air pressure inside. Because air will try to enter the house to equalize the internal pressure, the blower door test allows the auditor to track areas where air is coming into the home. This test will detect unsealed openings (like around window or door frames) or cracks in the walls or foundation.

Contact Symbiont Service to answer any questions you have about energy audits and to schedule yours. At Symbiont Services we want to educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For information, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

Symbiont Service Corp. serves Englewood, Florida and the surrounding areas. To get started, check out our website.

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Geothermal Energy: Low-Grade Energy To Power Your Home Or Pool

Geothermal Energy: Low-Grade Energy To Power Your Home Or PoolAs an alternative to more conventional sources of heating and cooling, geothermal energy provides an extremely efficient and cost-saving way to heat your pool or spa or to heat and cool your home. Read More »

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Remote Access Possible With Programmable Thermostats

Remote Access Possible With Programmable ThermostatsProgrammable thermostats keep getting better and better, which is good news for residents of Florida’s Suncoast. Some “smart” models even give you the capability to make changes to your settings when you’re not even home. Remote access allows you to program your thermostat over the Internet, via a wireless connection. Read More »

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Geothermal Pool Heating 101: Learn How It Works And Benefits Users — Across The Board

While the water temperature in your pool varies with the seasons, the temperature of water in lakes and aquifer wells in coastal Florida remains very consistent. Geothermal pool heaters utilize a water-source heat pump to take advantage of that free, steady underwater temperature and heat your pool all year long. Read More »

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Put Your Tax Refund In A Heat Pump, And You’ll Have A Long-Term Payback

Put Your Tax Refund In A Heat Pump, And You'll Have A Long-Term PaybackIf you’re considering upgrading your HVAC system and want an option that will save you money and use less energy at the same time, a heat pump may be the perfect solution. In spite of the name, a heat pump both heats and cools a home. As a bonus, it does its job in a more energy-efficient manner than a traditional HVAC system. Read More »

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Electronic Air Cleaning Provides A Breath Of Fresh Air

Many Florida homeowners suffer from poor indoor air quality. Florida residents tend to keep doors and windows sealed to hold conditioned air in, inadvertently trapping unhealthy air pollution indoors. If you notice poor indoor air quality or tend to keep your home sealed up to hold air conditioning in, consider an electronic air cleaner to improve your home’s air quality. Read More »

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Got A Heat Pump? Florida Homeowners Are Wise To Use 3 Tips To Maximize Performance

Got A Heat Pump? Florida Homeowners Are Wise To Use 3 Tips To Maximize PerformanceHeat pumps are some of the most complicated machines that Florida homeowners possess. There are many elements and factors that come together to contribute to the efficiency of the overall system. Here are three keys to getting the most out of your heat pump. Read More »

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Considering A Geothermal Heating And Cooling System? These 5 Benefits Will Seal The Deal

The very mention of geothermal heating and cooling used to send Florida homeowners running to protect their pocketbooks. While it’s true that pricing is influenced by many factors, like your geographic location, geothermal heating and cooling is more practical than ever before. It’s also the most efficient home comfort technology on the market. These five benefits will have you singing the praises of geothermal. Read More »

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Symbiont’s Geothermal Work On Anna Maria Island Featured In Energy Efficiency & Technology Magazine

Anna Maria Island is going green – and Symbiont Service Corp is helping the community reach that goal. With geothermal heating and cooling technology, the new Green Villageproject, set for completion in 2012, plans to equalize the net effect of energy consumption. In fact, the Village will not only reach its goal of a zero carbon footprint—it will create more energy than it needs. Read More »

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