Saving Money in the Long term
In this post, you will learn about how purchasing quality welded fittings can make your building more energy efficient and save you money.
When building new construction or taking on a renovation project, any contractor must consider how the ductwork you purchase changes the energy efficiency of a building. According to The US Department of Energy, typical duct systems lose 25 to 40 percent of the heating or cooling energy put out by the central furnace, heat pump, or air conditioner. That is a significant waste of energy and can lead to much higher costs.
Expertly fabricated ductwork will always lead to lower energy bills.
Many contractors focus on purchasing energy efficient heating and cooling components. However, even the most efficient components cannot save energy costs without expertly designed ductwork. You must make sure that your air is moving efficiently throughout your system. It will always be your the fittings that reduce air flow the most. Therefore, you should purchase fabricated metal only from shops that
Energy Efficient Layouts
The first thing to consider is the layout of your ductwork. Without properly sized and installed ductwork. It is essential to have an expert Sheetmetal Worker diagnose problems in existing ductwork and plan out the most efficient ductwork layout for a new installation. You should always work with industry experts make sure that the ducts take the most direct path and that airflow is consistent.
Purchasing Energy Efficient Ductwork
Once you have a properly designed layout, you will need to purchase fabricated metal from shops that specialize in energy efficient duct.
As we have mentioned in previous posts, Quality custom ductwork is more energy efficient. Prefab ductwork can be a useful tool for small home projects. However, mass produced ductwork will almost always have problematic air leaks. Working with welding experts at Madon Sheet metal, you can know that your fittings will not leak. Each assembly is smoke tested before it leaves our doors to ensure you are getting a leak-free, AWS-certified, Union Made product.
Know when to Insulate Your Ductwork
You can often reduce your costs by sealing and insulating your ducts. When ducts are not insulated properly, thermal losses will occur. Adding insulation is especially important when ducts are routed through unconditioned spaces.
Always work with industry experts to determine the appropriate R-value for your given application.
Insulation ratings are measured in R-values per inch of thickness. An R-value communicates how efficiently insulation can keep heat from leaving or entering your home. Usually, the higher your insulation R rating, the better your energy efficiency. Working with fabricators who have extensive experience in insulation and ductwork can save you significant money on heating and cooling costs without adding much cost to the original ductwork. Madon Sheet Metal produces interior duct insulation in ½”, 1”, or 1½” thicknesses. We can also customize our work to meet your needs.