Types of Duct Insulation for Your Home or Commercial Building

Air Duct Cleaning wants you to have the most effective air ducts possible for indoor air quality and the efficiency of your HVAC system. To that end, we provide insulation removal services as you prepare your facility for new air duct insulation. Today’s blog from Air Duct Cleaning talks about the various types of duct insulation available for your home or commercial building.

Why Air Duct Insulation?

Air duct insulation may help lower your utility bills by preventing temperature loss. This type of insulation also keeps away condensation and moisture, and it improves the acoustics in your building if your air ducts are exposed in the ceiling. Air Duct Cleaning can recommend insulation for your HVAC system.

Fiberglass Insulation

Fiberglass insulation is the most common type of air duct insulation on the market. R-values range from R-4 to R-11 for ductwork. Fiberglass insulation comes in two distinct formats: flexible or rigid.

Flexible fiberglass insulation for air ducts wraps around ductwork. The outer backing that people can see is backed by foil. The foil forms an insulating layer while helping to keep the fiberglass intact. Technicians will keep the air duct insulation wrapped around the duct with industrial-strength tape.

Rigid board insulation comes in handy for rectangular ducts. Clamps or clasps keep rigid board insulation against the ductwork. Fiberglass is one of the most effective insulation materials on the market. Air Duct Cleaning can take a look at your ductwork to determine if fiberglass insulation for ductwork is right for your building.

Polyethylene Bubbles

A second type of duct insulation is made of polyethylene bubbles in between two radiant barriers. The radiant barriers look similar to foil with reflective surfaces. Think of bubble wrap you use in packaging, only with two foil layers on either side of it. Air Duct Cleaning can talk to you about air duct insulation. 

How Duct Insulation Works

Duct insulation works by having tiny pockets of air among fibers or air bubbles. These pockets of air aren’t very good at conducting heat, which is why they make excellent insulation. In general, the thicker the insulation, the more effective the barrier.

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