Your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system is an important part of your home, and it wouldn’t be able to function without air ducts. They’re responsible for distributing air and regulating the temperature throughout your house. To help you learn more about air ducts, here air conditioning repair professional Bill Reynolds Heating & Air Conditioning discusses the different types of ductwork materials.
You have to make sure that your air ducts are always in good condition, as they help provide thermal comfort and good indoor air quality. Below are the four different types of materials used when making ductwork:
Sheet metal. Sheet metal is the most common type out of the four ductwork materials. It’s very durable, protects the ducts from dirt and dust and is easy to clean and maintain. Sheet metal is made of galvanized steel or aluminum. It’s hard and thick and is known to have a smooth surface.
Fiberboard. Fiberboard is made of fiberglass strands that have been bound by resin. The surface is textured with foil on top of the exterior for insulation. Fiberboard is good for maintaining temperatures longer, like during a heating service, because of its insulation value. However, due to it’s textured exterior, trapped dirt is harder to clean.
Fiberglass. Fiberglass’s most notable advantage is reducing the noise of the air conditioner. Its lining is well-insulated, reducing heat loss as it travels through the ducts. This material is very popular in commercial buildings. You just have to be careful when handling fiberglass ductwork materials because they require intense cleaning that can make the ductwork less durable.
Flexible ducts. Flexible ducts are made with wire and plastic polymer. They’re basically flexible steel coils covered in thick plastic. Flexible ducts are cheaper compared to the other three options and are easier to install than rigid ducts.
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