heating and AC, plumbing & electric


Is your air conditioner struggling to cool your home? According to Energy Star – a U.S Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program, most modern HVAC systems or air conditioners are built to last an average of 15 years, completely dependent on make & model, as well as your climate, how often you run the system, and how often your air conditioner is maintained.

Your air conditioner is something most of us take for granted, and never really give any consideration to until it breaks down & leaves us vulnerable to the elements. When this happens, you’ll rush to find an HVAC company to come to your home, and hope they provide a quick & easy fix. However, sometimes these “quick & easy fixes” can’t actually be completed easily, quickly, or even cheaply.

When this happens, you have a pretty big decision to make: repair or replace your existing air conditioner system? How can you know what the best decision is for you, your home, & your wallet?


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November 22, 2012

Is Your Home's Duct System Up To The Job?

home's duct system northwest arkansasWinter will soon be here, and now’s the time to make sure your home’s duct system is ready for the heating season. If your ductwork is not up to par, you’ll not only waste precious energy dollars, but you may also jeopardize the health and well-being of your family. The time is now to have your homes duct system inspected to correct any problems that are costing you energy, money and home comfort. 

When you schedule an evaluation of your home’s duct system, the service technician will look for certain factors that are limiting the efficiency of your home’s heating system. You may have the best furnace that money can buy, but if your ductwork is in poor condition, you’re just wasting money.

The technician will look for:

  • Uninsulated ducts that run through unconditioned areas of your home such as crawlspaces, attics or basements that also lack insulation.
  • Rooms that have registers in them, but no heat or air coming through them. This means you may have a blind-alley duct that does not hook into your home’s duct system, or more often ducts that have been poorly designed.
  • Loose, torn or otherwise damaged duct sections that are leaking your heated air.
  • Insufficiently balanced return and supply ducts, or not enough return grilles. Some older homes only have one main return grille, when, ideally, they should be located in each main room.

Upon completing this inspection, your service technician will recommend what should be done to improve your home’s duct system and increase its efficiency. He or she may recommend insulating your ductwork. If it’s running through an uninsulated basement, for example, he may suggest you insulate your basement walls as well.

Another likely recommendation will be to have your ductwork professionally sealed to close up any holes or gaps that are allowing heated air to escape. In extreme cases, the technician may recommend replacing your ductwork.

Don’t spend another winter with an inefficient ductwork system; contact the experts at Paschal Heat, Air & Geothermal today. We have been providing professional and reliable HVAC services to Northwest Arkansas area for more than 40 years.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Northwest Arkansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about your home’s duct system and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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