Metal Duct Work: Do it Once. Do it Right!

Longhorn NEVER uses inferior duct board in our customers' homes.

Longhorn NEVER uses inferior duct board in our customers’ homes.

Watch out for contractors in the El Paso area giving you a lower quote on converting to refrigerated air. Yes, they can do it cheaper, but only because they will be cutting corners, especially when it comes to the duct work.

When you are considering converting to refrigerated air, make sure you are getting sheet metal duct work and not duct board! Inferior duct work using duct board is not going to be the quality you will be expecting in your investment in a new heating and cooling system.

Duct board is simply a sheet of fiberglass infused thick cardboard with a foil outside to look like metal duct work. Contractors choose it because it’s a quicker, cheaper installation. But, buyer beware, duct board has many downsides including:

  • Fiberglass particles breaking down in time from the duct board and entering into your airflow
  • Wetness can be harmful to the fiberglasss; duct board stores moisture and therefore, mold and fungus
  • Doesn’t last as long as your system and can lead to a costly replacement of the duct work
  • Duct cleaning further breaks down the duct board and causes issues of duct leakage…and
  • Duct board cannot be properly sealed for duct leakage

Longhorn Maintenance Heating & Cooling NEVER uses duct board in the construction (or reconstruction) of duct work.  Even when installed properly, which is rare, duct board does break down or get blown out of place and has to be resecured or replaced. New sheet metal duct work will last a lifetime and never move out of place.

Look at our duct work after 10 years and you’ll see the same duct work you saw when it was installed. Look at duct board in 10 years, and you’ll be shocked how it has deteriorated and what you are then breathing into your lungs…not to mention how “itchy” you will become in your own home due to the fiberglass particles entering your living spaces.

While sheet metal duct work does cost a little more up front, the time to do it is when you are converting to refrigerated air. You’ll want metal duct work as a “one and done” solution.

If top quality is what you want with your new HVAC system, then you’ll want your installation from Longhorn Maintenance Heating & Cooling, including our sheet metal duct work. For a free new system estimate or to convert to refrigerated air, call Longhorn Air at 915-852-7334 and get a top quality installation.


In El Paso, Longhorn Maintenance Heating & Cooling is your source for ecobee thermostat installations

In El Paso, Longhorn Maintenance Heating & Cooling is your source for ecobee thermostat installations

Homeowners can easily control temperature and settings from anywhere with any smart device — tablet, smart phone, computer, even smart watch — for Android or iOS.

Best of all it’s ENERGY STAR® certified! Install Ecobee and you can expect to save up to 23%* annually on your heating and cooling costs.

Free energy reports give you insights on how much you’ve saved based on run times and offer tips for further savings.

Vacation mode keeps energy use low and easy to adjust while you enjoy some much deserved time away.

Alerts and reminders offer peace of mind. ecobee notifies you right away if it senses something isn’t working.

Ecobee is hardwired so you’ll never be left out in the cold.
Being hardwired means your thermostat isn’t relying on a battery or your HVAC equipment to charge itself (aka “power-stealing”). A little bit extra, for no extra. Compatible with most residential heating and cooling systems.

*Ecobee customers in the US saved up to 23% on their heating and cooling costs, based on an internal analysis conducted on October 2, 2013.

For a free new system estimate or to convert to refrigerated air, call Longhorn Maintenance Heating & Cooling at 915-852-7334 or visit us at www.longhornairep.com

Churches Have Special Comfort Needs

This El Paso church enjoys more comfort with new package unit


Pictured is a beautiful installation of a new package unit for one of El Paso’s churches. Churches have special HVAC needs, the most important being the comfort of members and visitors.

Churches also need an efficient system that produces less noise and dust, and greater efficiency. Energy savings is critical to the administrative requirements of churches.

But, did you know that a new system can also help protect the precious artifacts in a church, like pews, pictures, song books and Bibles? It’s true. Better control of humidity and airflow is why.

Can we help you with a residential or light commercial new system installation? If so, call the professionals at Longhorn Heating and Cooling at (915) 852-7334 for free, new system estimate. Or, visit us athttp://longhornairep.com/

Explaining Efficiency

So…you’ve been thinking about swapping out your old cooling system for a new, high efficiency air conditioner? But, where do you start?

You can spend a lot on air conditioning or less, and you can spend more to cool your home…or again, less. It all depends on the system’s “efficiency rating”. So, let’s talk about efficiency to help you better understand how to choose a new cooling system that will best meet your comfort and savings needs.

Simply put, efficiency is how cost-effectively the system is at turning electricity into cold air. Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is a metric used to measure how much cooling a system puts out for each unit of energy it consumes. In theory, the higher the SEER rating, the more efficiently the air conditioner operates. The highest SEER rating you can get on new residential system is 19-20 SEER. However, for many homes in El Paso, a SEER of 14 is very comfortable and efficient for the size and layout of the home.

There are other factors, of course, that affect the comfort and efficiency of a home with cooling. A cooling system needs to be properly sized, duct work needs to be in good shape and installed right to help airflow reach the living spaces, and the thermostat also has an effect on comfort.

Longhorn Maintenance Heating and Cooling’s project manager can help you better understand what system and efficiency options you have to convert to refrigerated air or replace an old system. For a free, no obligation cooling system estimate, call us at 915-852-7334. Visit us at http://longhornairep.com/

Rheem 14, 16, 18 and 20 SEER Heating and Cooling Systems

Rheem 14, 16, 18 and 20 SEER Heating and Cooling Systems