Five Things You Should Know About Spiral Duct
Recently Langdon, Inc. in Cincinnati, Ohio posted a video on how they produce spiral duct, leading to a conversation about its rise in popularity around the Majestic office.
From diamond plating to spiraling and more, we’re seeing decorative duct pop up in restaurants, converted warehouse homes and retail stores around the country. Why? For one, the aesthetics of spiral duct lend themselves perfectly to the exposed ductwork trend. But did you know that there are a number of other benefits to spiral duct in addition to looks?
Let’s take a look at five reasons why spiral duct has been making waves:
Reason #1: It Looks Cool
There’s no denying it – when placed correctly, ductwork can add an element of urban style to any room. Whether it’s painted, or just strategically placed for maximum effect, this trend is an easy way to turn what was traditionally an eyesore into a staple part of a room’s decor.
Reason #2: It Save Energy
Well-made, self-sealing spiral duct can help to minimize air leakage because of its unique structure, which eliminates air loss at duct joints. Airtight ducts mean lower heating and cooling costs, which means more money in a home or business owner’s pockets. Additionally, spiral ducts distribute air more evenly and a smoother flow means a more efficient system, leading to even more savings.
Reason #3: It’s Quieter
Noisy ductwork is typically a product of air that gets trapped in corners or while moving through the rectangular pipe. Because spiral duct doesn’t have the same sharp edges, airflow is unobstructed making for a quieter experience.
Reason #4: It’s Cheaper to Install
Based on a study presented at AHR in 2012, spiral duct is 37% cheaper on average than rectangular duct and uses 46% fewer materials. Additionally, fewer tools are needed to install spiral duct, and a lighter gauge steel can often be used, meaning a single person can hang it.
Reason #5: It Saves Space
Traditionally, builders had to leave up to 3 extra inches of room for connectors on rectangular joints. Because spiral duct doesn’t need the same reinforcements, that space can be put to better use. Secondly, because more and more people are opting to leave this ductwork exposed, drop ceilings are often not necessary.