What is Duct Sealing?

What is Duct Sealing? (As Seen at U.S. DOE Energy Exchange)

Not to be confused with ducks or seals (the animal), duct sealing is a way to improve the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) in homes and buildings. It’s a process of sealing visible and invisible air leaks in air duct systems.
Why Duct Sealing Matters
Short answer: Duct sealing makes homes and buildings more comfortable, saves energy, and improves indoor air quality (IAQ).

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Two Ways Schools Can Slash HVAC Energy Costs

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning accounts for about 37% of electricity use in U.S. educational facilities, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration data. That makes HVAC systems a prime target when it comes to trying to save money and energy. Two proven ways to accomplish this is through HVAC optimization and duct sealing. Upgrading systems to run at peak efficiency can save thousands of dollars or more on annual energy bills.
HVAC Optimization
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ASHRAE Publishes New Standard for Commercial Building Energy Audits

The newly released ASHRAE Standard 211-2018 for Commercial Building Energy Audits establishes consistent practices for conducting and reporting energy audits for commercial buildings. It also defines the procedures required to perform ASHRAE Level 1, 2, and 3 energy audits, provides a common scope of work for those audit levels for use by building owners and others, and establishes standardized industry practices and minimum reporting requirements for results.
The standard was approved by ASHRAE on April 30, 2018. It was also […]

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The Rise of High-Performance Buildings

You hear this term more and more these days – High-Performance Building. But just what does it mean? An article in Facility Executive traces the original definition back to 2005, when the U.S. Congress defined a high-performance building for the first time, explaining it as “a building that integrates and optimizes all major high-performance building attributes, including energy efficiency, durability, life-cycle performance, and occupant productivity.”
Congress further clarified the definition in 2007 when it issued the Energy Independence and Security […]

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Hot Topic: The Impact of Trump’s New Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

It’s front page news all over the country: the impact of the newly imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum. And why not? These two metals are used in countless products we use every day, from the cars we drive to buildings in which we live and work.
In fact, the auto and construction industries are expected to be the hardest hit by these tariffs according to a blog post in the Economists Outlook published by the National Association of Realtors. […]

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Measured Energy Savings Mean Real Results for Pfizer Pharmaceutical

Puerto Rico has long been recognized for beautiful beaches, friendly people and a rich culture. Thanks to generous tax breaks and an enthusiastic workforce, it has also become an attractive destination for pharmaceutical companies looking to expand operations. And while its beautiful landscape and generous financial incentives are a draw for some of the world’s largest drug manufacturers, the island’s high humidity rate requires constant vigilance for an industry where environmental control is essential for successful manufacturing.

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The Future of HVAC: Device Driven, Digital Growth, and Beyond

Recently, ACHR News contributor Maria Taylor published an interesting story titled, “Device Driven: HVACR manufacturers talk connectivity, shelf life.” You can read the full ACHR News article here.
Beyond device driven HVAC, the industry is also becoming more digital. Earlier this year, TruTech Tools President Bill Spohn spoke to a live webinar audience about “2018 New Gadgets to Save You Time.” Many of the tools he discussed were digital devices.

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SNIPS: HVAC Duct Construction Regulations to See Changes

An article in the June issue of SNIPS Magazine confirms that 2018 continues to see duct design and installation facing an increased amount of scrutiny.
“When it comes to ductwork, there has been a long-standing chasm between best practices and cost-cutting measures,” said Ken Mueller, a ductwork fabrication specialist at Cincinnati-based HVAC contractor DeBra-Kuempel. “I’ve found that unless there is a specific performance goal being targeted or mandatory proof of compliance, attention to proper duct functioning is often lax.”
As a result, […]

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Celebrate High Performance Building Week 2018 – June 11-15

Celebrate High Performance Building Week from June 11-15, 2018. This week-long event, held in Washington, DC, highlights the positive impact of high performance buildings in improving the quality of life for millions of individuals, producing a more resilient and sustainable world, reducing operating costs, and improving the productivity, comfort and health of building occupants.
An estimated 200 organizations are using this week to lobby for policies and laws to boost energy efficiency and healthy workplaces and employees. High Performance Building […]

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IDEA2018: Local Solutions, Global Impact – Conference Begins Today

The beautiful mountain-backed seaport of Vancouver, B.C., on Canada’s Pacific coast has been recognized as one of the most livable, environmentally conscious cities in the world. It was the birthplace of the Greenpeace movement nearly 50 years ago. It also has the lowest per capita carbon emissions of any major city in North America, and its sights are set on becoming the greenest city on the globe.
So it’s only fitting that Vancouver will play host to the 109th International […]

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