Presentation is loading. Please wait.

Presentation is loading. Please wait.

Chapter 8: Duct Design and Sealing To be used with the Guide to Building Energy Efficient Homes in Kentucky.

Similar presentations

Presentation on theme: "Chapter 8: Duct Design and Sealing To be used with the Guide to Building Energy Efficient Homes in Kentucky."— Presentation transcript:

1 Chapter 8: Duct Design and Sealing To be used with the Guide to Building Energy Efficient Homes in Kentucky

2 Ductwork Poorly sealed ductwork is Common An easily solved problem Image Courtesy of Energy Services Group

3 Ductwork Duct leakage Increases heating and cooling loads Diminishes comfort Duct leaks = 10-30% of heating/cooling loads

4 Location of Ducts Locating ducts in conditioned space eliminates many problems with leakage. Ducts are often installed in chases. It is critical to seal chases and other hidden areas completely from unconditioned spaces.

5 Duct Leaks and Air Leakage Effective materials for sealing: Duct sealing mastic with mesh tape Rated tapes that are UL- labeled UL Listed UL Labeled

6 Duct Tightness Test

7 Balanced Systems Forced-air heating and cooling systems should be balanced. Supply Return

8 Pressure Imbalances Pressure imbalances can create dangerous air quality in homes including: Potential backdrafting of combustion appliances Increasing air leakage from the crawl space to the home Pulling pollutants into the air handling system via return leaks

9 Pressure Imbalances Typical causes and concerns of pressure imbalances: HVAC systems with excessive supply leaks can cause homes to become depressurized. HVAC systems with excessive return leaks can cause homes to become pressurized and create negative pressures around the air handling unit.

10 Pressure Imbalances Typical causes and concerns of pressure imbalances: Homes with central returns can have pressure imbalances when the interior doors to individual rooms are closed. Tighter homes with effective exhaust fans may experience negative pressures when these ventilation devices operate. Large kitchen exhaust fans can create large pressure imbalances.

11 Testing for Duct Leakage The best method to ensure airtight ducts is to pressure test the entire duct system. In most test procedures, a technician temporarily seals the ducts by taping over the supply registers and return grilles.

12 Leakage Inspection for Air Ducts

13 Blower Door Test

14 Sealing Air Distribution Systems Duct leakage should be eliminated. UL-181 A

15 Sealing Air Distribution Systems Sealed and insulated ducts prevent conditioned air from leaking into unconditioned space. mastic sealant

16 Upgraded Exhaust Ventilation

17 Dislodged Boot in Floor Space

18 Where do you seal the air distribution system? EVERYWHERE!

19 High Priority Leaks Areas that have the highest priority for sealing: Disconnected components −Takeoffs that are not fully inserted −Plenums or ducts that have been dislodged −Tears in flex-duct −Strained connections between ductwork

20 Disconnected Ducts

21 Dislodged Boot

22 High Priority Leaks Connections between the air handling unit and the supply and return plenums All of the seams in the air handling unit, plenums, and rectangular ductwork −Look particularly under components and in tight areas −Seal the holes for the refrigerant, thermostat, and condensate lines −Almost all air handling cabinets come from the factory with leaks Areas that have the highest priority for sealing:

23 Sealing Leaks in Air Handler Unit

24 High Priority Leaks Areas with the highest priority for sealing: Condensate lines of many systems contain a trap with a vertical vent that freely leaks air – If the vent is needed, it can be reduced in size by drilling a hole in a standard plumbing cap and placing the cap on the open vent

25 High Priority Leaks Areas for the highest priority for sealing: The return takeoffs, elbows, boots, and other connections The takeoffs from the main supply plenum and trunk lines Any framing in the building used as ductwork

26 Moderate Priority Leaks Connections near the supply registers Joints between sections of the branch ductwork

27 Seal All Duct Leaks

28 Seal Leaky Boots

29 Low Priority Leaks Seal these low priority leaks: Longitudinal seams in round metal ductwork

30 Duct Design Duct Materials Three common types of duct material used in home construction: – Metal – Fiberglass duct board – Flexible duct

31 Duct Material

32 Duct Materials Flexible duct – Long, continuous pieces between the register and plenum box, the plenum box and air handler, or between the register and air handler – Long flexible duct runs can severely restrict air flow, so they should be sized and installed carefully Metal duct – Round and rectangular – Must be sealed with mastic and insulated during installation – Used for plenums and larger trunk duct runs, are often insulated with duct liner

33 Duct Materials Metal ducts Use fiberglass insulation having an attached metal foil vapor retarder The duct insulation should be at least R-8 The vapor retarder should be installed to the outside of the insulation—facing away from the duct The seams in the insulation are usually stapled together around the duct and then taped

34 Sizing and Layout The proper duct size depends on: The estimated heating and cooling load for each room in the house The length, type, and shape of the duct The operating characteristics of the HVAC system

35 Duct Configuration Flow Rates

36 Sizing and Layout The lower temperature of the heated air affects the placement of the registers. In standard duct placement and design, supply registers are almost always located on outside walls under or above windows. – Return registers are placed towards the interior, typically in a central hallway.

37 Sizing and Layout Some energy efficient builders are able to trim both labor and material costs for ductwork by locating supply and return ducts near the core of the house. In standard duct design, virtually all supply ducts are 6-inch flex-duct or round metal pipe. – Most standard designs have only one return for each floor.

38 Sizing and Layout Keeping all ducts a standard size may work for some homes, but can create operating problems for others, including: Too much heating and cooling supplied to small rooms Inadequate airflow Over pressurization of rooms when interior doors are closed

39 Standard Duct Installation

40 Ductwork Summary Supply SizeNumber 5”3 6”5 7”7 10”1

41 Summary Ductwork is Out of sight, but not out of mind Hidden, but not forgotten

42 Summary

Download ppt "Chapter 8: Duct Design and Sealing To be used with the Guide to Building Energy Efficient Homes in Kentucky."

Similar presentations

Ads by Google