When it's time to have your facility's ductwork replaced or if you're having a new facility built, you may want to consider spiral ductwork rather than standard rectangular sections. The spiral design of this type of ductwork offers some great advantages over standard rectangular designs, some of which you may not have considered. If you have the choice for the type of ductwork you choose, note the following reasons why the spiral design might be the better option.
1. Better airflow
The spiral design of this type of ductwork actually encourages better airflow, as the air will naturally follow the curve of the ducts. Rectangular sections of ductwork actually act as a block for airflow, so that a furnace or air conditioner may need to work harder to push air through those sections. Remember that a fan or blower actually spins air as it pushes it through ducts, so the spiral ductwork doesn't work against that natural movement. The connectors of spiral ductwork are also on the outside of the ducts themselves, so they too will not interfere with airflow as do the connections of rectangular sections.
2. Less air leakage
Air leakage through the ductwork of a building can mean more power is needed to push air through from the furnace or air conditioning system, and this in turn raises your utility bills. Spiral ductwork typically offers a better sealing option than standard rectangular sections, as pieces may be fitted with a rubber gasket that provides a more airtight seal. Many pieces of spiral ductwork are available in longer lengths than standard rectangular pieces, so that fewer fittings are needed overall. Rectangular pieces have edges and corners that need sealing and which can be a common place for air leaks, whereas spiral ductwork does not. This too reduces the chance of air leaks through the ducts.
3. Better appearance
The shape and texture of spiral ductwork is also something to consider for a commercial facility, as this makes it more attractive in appearance. You can leave the ductwork exposed in your building and have it painted or keep it as is, and this can give your building a rustic look without it looking overly industrial. This can mean less cost for construction as you won't need to build ceiling or wall sections over the ductwork, and can also keep it more accessible in case repairs need to be made. For restaurants, retail stores, or any commercial facility that allows in customers, consider the appearance of these ducts versus rectangular panels.
For more information, contact a company like Trans Vent Spiral Tubing.