This summer, you may want to contact an HVAC contractor that takes a “whole house” approach to air conditioning. Raul Mena, the owner of one of New Orleans' premier air conditioning services says that his company, “looks at the entire home, the efficiency, the indoor air quality, and comfort. We review the air conditioning system performance and we inspect the air distribution system to make sure it is airtight and dust/mold free.”
Duct leakage can lead to major inefficiencies in an air conditioning system and can result in 30-40% higher utility bills. Duct leaks can also lead to outdoor air being pulled into one's house, forcing your HVAC system to run longer and harder to do the job. Duct leaks can result in cooled air (or heated air in the winter) being pushed into your garage or attic.
Because much of our time is spent inside, indoor air quality is critical to your family's health. Improperly sealed and maintained ducts can result in indoor pollution. This poor air quality can lead to asthma, allergies, and a number of other environmental illnesses. Over the years, Raul Mena has helped many New Orleans families identify and ultimately eliminate the cause of indoor air pollution in their homes.
Mena says often times a person will contact him because their air conditioning system isn’t cooling properly or is “under performing.” Often the cause of the problem is either improper duct sizing or a leaky duct system. Ultimately the air distribution system may not be balanced properly. By performing a duct leakage procedure Mena is able to quickly identify the source and find a solution. If a duct sealing problem is discovered the solution is to apply a mastic adhesive and then conduct a duct leakage test. The leakage test is done with a device known as a Duct Blaster, which pressure tests the air conditioning system. In more severe cases of duct leakage it may be necessary to replace air distribution system and ensure that it is properly balanced.
In addition to duct leakage problems there are a number of other issues could cause a an air conditioning to perform poorly. Poor maintenance, over sized or undersized equipment, and/or an improperly installed system are all potential culprits.
Raul Mena has been in the air conditioning business for more than four decades. Over that time Mena has developed innovative services for his customers. His company Raul Mena, Inc. has been a the forefront of deploying highly efficient geothermal air conditioning systems in the New Orleans area. Mena has done a number of major New Orleans based projects including the Spanish Stables condominiums, the Spanish Custom House (the oldest standing house in New Orleans). Mena has twice starred on the PBS show "This Old House." Mena's team of highly trained technicians have more than 100 years of combined experience in repairing and installing air conditioning and heating systems.
For more information on Raul Mena, Inc. call 504-392-4149 or go to the Raul Mena, Inc website at www.menaair.com.