Infographic: 5 Game-Changing Facts About Air DuctsBilly Pell
A new study from the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) examining the viability of duct sealing in commercial buildings, revealed several criteria that could be used to help identify buildings most likely to realize significant energy and cost saving benefits from air duct sealing. The study also concluded that aerosol-based duct sealing proved more effective and produced a faster return on investment (ROI) as compared to traditional duct sealing methods, particularly when access to ductwork was limited. Highlights of the study, Duct Leakage and Retrofit Duct Sealing in Minnesota Commercial and Institutional Buildings, have been developed into a new infographic: “5 Game-Changing Facts About Air Ducts,” which is available for download on the Aeroseal website. The study and the infographic will be presented by CEE Senior Research Engineer, Josh Quinnell, Ph.D., at a joint webinar scheduled for March 29, 2018 at 1:30pm EDT. “Duct leakage can result in a major hit on buildings’ energy use and cause a substantial increase in operating costs,” said Quinnell. “Our study identified key criteria to pinpoint those buildings that are most likely to experience leakage, and consequently benefit the most from duct sealing.” The four criteria that can be helpful in identifying buildings with the biggest potential for energy savings include:
- System Type: Exhaust systems, especially those traversing unconditioned space; supply systems located in ceiling plenum returns; or supply systems with fully ducted returns.
- Operating Pressure: Operating pressure of at least 0.5” w.g. are acceptable, above 1.0” w.g. are preferred.
- Design Flow: Design flows greater than 4,000 cfm are acceptable, greater than 10,000 cfm are preferred.
- Apparent Tightness: Systems with existing sealant and systems of apparently tight construction (i.e. spiral) are less likely to have substantial leakage.