How To Tape And Insulate Your Air Ducts
Do you have exposed air ducts in the basement? Do you live in a cold region, and want to increase the efficiency of your heating system? If so, adding fiberglass insulation to your exposed ducting sections can be very beneficial to your entire system. This simple project can increase insulation and decrease heat loss, making your furnace far more energy efficient. This article explains the best supplies and techniques for doing this.
Taping Your Exposed Duct Seams
Just about any section of your duct system that is outside of the walls can afford to be insulated. However, it is the exposed ducting in basements and other rooms that don't have temperature control that is the most vulnerable. So, if you have exposed ducting in your garage or attic, it might also be worthwhile to add some insulation to this ducting. But, before you add any insulation, you should tape the seams of your individual duct pieces. That is, the duct seams are going to both vulnerable, especially in on these exposed sections because there is a higher risk of them getting physically knocked loose. So, you want to tape the seams and make them airtight before you cover them with insulation. If you add insulation on top of them, it is not necessarily going to stop the air from leaking. You can still be losing air through these seams.
Wrapping Your Ducts in Fiberglass
Fiberglass batting style insulation is the best product for insulating your ducts. It can be wrapped around and taped down to any duct, regardless of its size. The job can be awkward because you usually need to work in confined and tight spaces. For instance, ducts in your basement that are in between the ceiling joists are going to be hard to wrap the insulation around. You might need to get creative and do your best to get complete coverage in some hard to reach areas. You should also remember to wear long sleeves and protective eyewear while doing the work. Fiberglass is very itchy if it comes in contact with your skin.
Wrap the fiberglass as tight as possible, and you can even double wrap it if you want more insulation. Together, taped and insulated ducts are going to enable air to flow more efficiently. You won't suffer as much heat loss, so you are bound to notice that your heating system is running more efficiently. For more information, contact a local HVAC repair service near you.