COMMERCIAL
AIR DUCT SEALING

Commercial Air Duct Services VA

Air Duct Solutions utilizes Aeroseal technology to seal air duct leaks and saving clients up to 40 percent on their utility bills. This new technology allows Our qualified technicians will quickly identify, locate leaks and seal problem areas in air ducts that are troublesome- Providing building owners and facility managers a relatively inexpensive repair.

Our sealing process results in considerable energy savings, longer HVAC system life, increased thermal comfort, and improved indoor air quality.

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Humidity & Odor Management

If you are having trouble removing moisture and odors from environments and areas (such as bathrooms or shower rooms), don’t just assume you need to add another exhaust fan, or install a larger exhaust fan. 

Exhaust systems have been found to leak more on average than supply air systems- often leaking more than 25% of the fan flow.

Consider having your system cleaned and sealed, or at least tested for leakage, before spending more money on more invasive measures.

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Facility Energy Savings

The majority of existing buildings have air duct systems that contain small holes and cracks that reduce the level of comfort and increase heating and cooling costs. Nearly 80% of today’s buildings have ventilation shafts that leak an average of 15% of more air through duct holes. 

Aeroseal is able to seal leaks in otherwise inaccessible duct systems in both new and existing buildings.

Our simple process provides an EPA endorsed solution and a patented verification that your system is as leak- free as possible!

 

Inadequate Air Flow?

If you are having trouble getting air to some zones within your building, it could be due to duct leakage. If your ducts are leaking 20% of the air that is passing through them, it is not surprising that some of the zones (particularly at the end of the system, and particularly on the most extreme days of the year) are not getting enough air. Before adding “band-aid” solutions to those zones, consider having your duct system tested for leakage, and if they are leaking, sealed with Aeroseal.

If your cooling or heating needs have increased, perhaps due to higher office occupancy, you may be able to meet the increased needs simply by sealing the leaks in your duct system. If your ducts are leaking 20% of the air that they are supposed to be delivering to the zones, simply sealing those leaks can increase your ability to cool zones with increased cooling loads.

Using Aeroseal, we typically seal 80-90% of the leakage encountered.

Commercial FAQ's:

Energy savings are different for light commercial vs. large commercial buildings and obviously depend upon the initial duct leakage level. Our Energy Savings Excel spreadsheet can be used to estimate the savings for both types of buildings. For ducts above an insulated ceiling in a light commercial building, energy savings should be 10–30% of HVAC energy use, and peak electricity-demand reduction is generally a higher percentage. In a large commercial office building with a VAV system, energy savings and demand reduction should be 20–40% of fan-system energy use and 5–10% of cooling energy use. As a rough estimate, excluding any of the non-energy benefits of duct sealing, simple payback times typically range from 1 to 4 years, and return on investment between 30% and 70%.

The existence of duct leaks in your building can be uncovered several ways. One way is to examine Test and Balance reports, comparing the total flow through the grilles with the total flow through the air handler, or by looking for systematically low flows at grilles that are far from the fan. Another way is to test a sample of duct sections for leakage, a test that Air Duct Solutions technicians perform on a regular basis.

Duct sealing in commercial buildings cost-effectively saves energy, improves air balance and thermal distribution (comfort and ventilation), help comply with building codes and reduces cross contamination between different zones in the building (i.e., smoking vs. non-smoking, bio-aerosols, localized indoor air pollutants).

The Aeroseal process seals duct leaks from the inside, using small sealant particles that deposit at the leaks without coating the interior of the duct system. This is accomplished by pressurizing the duct system with a fog of sealant particles sized to stay suspended in the air until they try to exit the duct system. By blocking all of the intentional openings in the duct system (i.e., diffusers or grilles), all of the sealant-laden air is forced out through to the leaks. As the duct pressure causes the particles to accelerate through the leaks, they stick to the edge and build upon each other until the leaks are sealed. By constantly monitoring the duct pressure and flow, the process-control computer calculates and the displays the remaining leakage in real time. When the sealing is finished, a complete minute-by-minute record of the process is printed, stored on the local computer, and then uploaded over the internet for archival on our server.

Aeroseal is a fully owned subsidiary of JMD Corporation that holds an exclusive license from the University of California for the aerosol-based duct sealing process patented by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Air Duct Solutions is a licensed provider of this technology to commercial and residential clientele.

The sealant material consists of a water-based solution (65% water) prior to application. The dried sealant material primarily contains two chemicals, vinyl acetate polymer (VAP) and 2-ethyl-1 hexanol (2E1H). The vast majority of what is left in the duct system is VAP, which has been used in water-based paints, adhesives, and hair spray. VAP has been used in chewing gum, and has no OSHA Exposure Limit. 2E1H is a common industrial solvent and is not considered toxic by OSHA. A review of the literature showed no ill effects after long-term exposure to concentrations of 200 ppm. The largest concentration of 2E1H measured in test houses was 1 ppb (200,000 times smaller), during Aeroseal injection. The sealant is UL-listed for smoke generation and flame spread (UL 723 0,0), and additional testing by UL showed no signs of mold growth or erosion.

Our Aeroseal technology seals the leaks up to 5/8 inches across. Practically speaking, leaks larger than about 5/8″ across are better suited to be sealed manually if possible.

We are capable of sealing all types of ductwork, however the Aeroseal sealing rate varies with the type of ductwork. Sheetmetal ductwork seals most quickly, and internally lined ductwork seals most slowly.

– Flexible Duct work

– Duct Board

– Sheet Metal, lined, wrapped, or unlined

We generally try to avoid blowing sealant material through VAV boxes or fire/smoke dampers, however laboratory and field testing have shown that under the right circumstances this can be done without adverse consequences. Under no circumstances can sealant material be blown through VAV boxes with reheat coils. All coils and Air Handling Units are isolated during the aerosol sealing process.

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Consider the possiblity that your duct work most likely has leaks at all the joints and connections where it is put together, and you are losing money and clean, conditioned air every time your units turn on.

Call us at 540-650-1965 if you have any questions, concerns or to schedule your appointment.

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