Air ducts are like the lungs of the home. Without them, there would be no passageway for heating, air conditioning, and ventilation to deliver and remove air from the rooms in your home. Air ducts ensure acceptable indoor air quality and thermal comfort, but not all air ducts (and ductwork) are created equal. Ductwork, for example, can be made from fiberglass, sheet metal, and other materials. This is why you may have heard of fiberglass, fiberboard, flexible ductwork, and beyond.
In this blog, we’re covering flexible ductwork. You’ll learn what it is, the many benefits of using it, and other information you should know before replacing your ductwork.
What Is Flexible Ductwork?
Ductwork has changed over the years. In the past, air ducts were largely made of sheet metal. Although sheet metal lasts a long time, the material is expensive and isn’t always easy to fit into tight spaces.
On the other hand, flexible air ducts fit into awkward, tight spaces easier than other types of ductwork that may be more rigid. Oftentimes, HVAC contractors will use a mix of flexible ductwork and rigid ductwork to create a network of air ducts that works within the attic or crawlspace.
But is it the best option? Let’s look at some of the biggest benefits of installing flexible ductwork.
One of the greatest benefits of flexible ductwork is that it’s less expensive than other types. In fact, it is often considered one of the most efficient crawl space ductwork options when it comes to cost. And because the materials used are less expensive and the ductwork is easier to install, labor costs tend to be cheaper. The price makes flexible ductwork a great option for homeowners with a limited budget or other priorities.
2. Easy to Install
As we mentioned, installing flexible ductwork is easy, thanks to the malleable material that easily fits into awkward, tight spaces. This means that it can be easier to find a contractor or reputable company to perform the install.
Flexible ductwork is just that…flexible. If your home is in an awkward shape that may present challenges for stiffer ductwork, consider talking to a professional to see if installing flexible air ducts are a good option for your home. It can be easily shaped to fit relatively any space, making it an excellent option for individuals who may have a home with bends, corners, and the like. With sheet metal ductwork, the cost of materials and labor to fit an awkward, tight space can add up quickly, making more pliable material an attractive option.
4. Numerous Options
One of the benefits of flexible air ducts is that there are many options for you to choose from, and they are easy to obtain. No need to worry about special-ordering expensive materials that take weeks to ship – flexible ductwork is readily available whenever you need it.
Are There Any Cons to Flexible Ductwork?
Of course, there are drawbacks to flexible ductwork too. For one, it isn’t quite as energy-efficient for maintaining airflow compared to ductwork made of sheet metal. It is more susceptible to things like compression and pinching, which can further decrease energy efficiency. And because it is made of thin, malleable material, it isn’t quite as durable as sheet metal ductwork.
Still, it is a great option for many homeowners, especially those who live in spaces where bendability is needed to ensure proper installation. The right ductwork is different for every home. So, be sure to consult a professional to find the right option for you.
Learn More From the Attic Projects Team
Your home relies on proper ductwork. After all, it plays an important role in keeping your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Aside from having a comfortable environment, ductwork can help reduce your energy costs. In turn, saving you thousands of dollars over the years.
If your home shows signs of bad ductwork and you think installing flexible ductwork
might be for you, contact the team at Attic Projects to learn more. Our team of professionals offers air duct services that increase your home’s comfort and energy efficiency and can help you select the right ductwork. Contact us today to learn more.