How to Insulate Ductwork

This article was written by Meghan Reilly, Sales Team Member at Thermaxx Jackets

What are the benefits of insulating ductwork? 

Thermal insulation is a great way to minimize energy loss in ducts.

Insulating ducts helps the air within stay at the desired temperature. It also prevents the ducts from leaking air. Ducts which leak air can result in greater energy consumption and expensive utility bills

Heat loss through the duct walls is an expected and inevitable drain on the system. Effective thermal insulation of the ductwork reduces this heat loss and helps to minimize energy usage.

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If you have AC, insulating ducts is not only for energy efficiency. Cool air passing through warm areas of a building can cause condensation and dripping, which can lead to mold growth and safety issues such as falls. Uninsulated AC ducts are also at risk of becoming rusted or stained, due to condensation on the metal.

Should return ducts be insulated?

The school of thought used to be that return ducts only need to be insulated if they pass through an area where the ambient temperature will negatively affect the temperature of the returned air. However, in recent years, U.S. department of energy codes (ASHRAE 90.1-2007 and 2010) indicates that returns should in fact be insulated, though not usually with the same insulation thickness as the supply.

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What are the types of ductwork insulation? 

The most popular material used for heating and cooling ducts is fiberglass. Fiberglass duct insulation is available in various thicknesses.  There is flexible duct wrap as well as rigid insulation board.  The type of insulation that is used depends on the size and shape of your duct, your budget, and your application.

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What can I use to insulate ductwork?

Air ducts that reside in facility clean rooms and other sterile environments, often need to be inspected for corrosion. The ductwork in schools and commercial HVAC applications needs to be inspected for safety purposes as well. These are perfect applications for a Thermaxx removable jacket. Not only can our jackets be used to reduce energy costs, but they can also be used for noise reduction. Thermaxx jackets can reduce the transference of HVAC noise through the duct system.  They can also help to lessen room-to-room sound through the ducts. 

Find Out How Thermaxx Can Help You With Insulating Your Ductwork Today

Find Out How Thermaxx Can Help You With Insulating Your Ductwork Today

For more information on how Thermaxx Jackets can help insulate your ductwork with removable insulation jackets, contact us or request a quote! We also offer custom insulation jackets for any other components you need to be insulated. 

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Meghan Reilly - Account Executive at Thermaxx

Meghan has been part of the Thermaxx team since early 2013 and her territory covers Connecticut to Maine. In her five years with Thermaxx she has helped her clients achieve maximum energy savings with a strong ROI. Meghan is an established partner with local utilities throughout New England and has in-depth knowledge of their custom gas incentive programs. She takes extreme pride in the customer service that Thermaxx provides their clients, and oversees all of her own projects through to completion and 100% customer satisfaction.