Aeroseal Duct Sealing in North Central Florida
Aeroseal is a non-toxic, high-performance material that can be used to easily seal the air ducts and vents in your residential, commercial or industrial building. It offers a great way to reduce energy spending, extend the life of your HVAC equipment and fix general venting issues. In fact, most commercial and industrial buildings exceed the recommended leakage rate by at least 20%, according to a study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Problems related to the duct system can affect both old and new buildings, and these problems may include increased airflow due to leakage, improperly sealed ducts, and damaged sealants due to thermal pressure and temperature cycling. Generally, ductwork issues are very expensive to solve because accessing the ducts is difficult. However, Aeroseal is the most advanced duct sealing process in the industry today.
How Does it Work?
The Aeroseal process starts with an in-depth analysis of the duct system in order to determine the extent of the leaks. Once the analysis is complete, the vent diffusers are temporarily blocked, and sealant is pushed through the system. Since the vents are blocked, the air can only escape through the leaks in the duct system. This pushes the tiny Aeroseal particles through these holes, and they build up until the holes are completely sealed. It’s important to note that this process does not coat the ductwork.
After the sealing process is complete, another diagnostics test is performed and compared to the initial assessment in order to determine the ducts’ current amount of leakage and ensure that the Aeroseal was successful. It’s worth mentioning here that the Department of Energy has declared Aeroseal as one of the best energy technologies currently available for American consumers.
The Aeroseal Duct sealing Decision, From a Financial Perspective
Duct leakage can have a considerable impact on your bottom line:
- It increases energy consumption — Fans represent about 40-50% of energy usage in an HVAC system, and when leaks are present, the fans have to run at higher speeds in order to compensate. At a leakage rate of 15%, fans will have to increase their power by about 40%.
- Thermal imbalance — When the ductwork is leaking, air does not travel evenly to different rooms of a building. This means that different floors and rooms will have different comfort levels.
- System overload — The overall HVAC system will have to run longer than normal in order to compensate for the pressure lost in the duct system, and in order to achieve temperature accuracy. This not only leads to higher energy bills, it also leads to higher maintenance, repair and component costs over time.
- Safety code issues — Leakage can lead to safety and ventilation code violations due to the excessive power usage of the system, and issues related to exhaust.
- Air quality — Air quality is very important in buildings such as laboratories, hospitals and manufacturing facilities. Leakage can lead to back drafting, which, in turn, aids in the spread of biohazards and other contaminants.
With our diagnostics process, we are able to provide several important data points—such as the overall leakage percentage of the building, the impact it has on your bottom line, and how much you stand to benefit from sealing the ducts. By taking into account the estimate operating hours, your local utility rates, and several other inputs from your utility personnel, we will be able to showcase the ROI of the Aeroseal process, the benefit-to-cost ratio, and the simple payback. At the end of the day, all of this will make it a lot easier to make an informed, profitable decision. If you’d like to find out more, contact us today!