HVAC hygiene experts Clean-Air are promoting the benefits of Aeroseal Duct Sealing technology, including the important role it can play in making buildings more energy efficient.
Aeroseal is designed to reduce energy costs by increasing the efficiency of HVAC fans and by eliminating excess ventilation loads.
“Sixty per cent of a building’s HVAC energy goes to its fans,” says Clean-Air’s Jason Stewart. “Studies show that reducing leaks by 15 per cent drops fan requirements by 40 per cent or more – saving thousands of dollars every month.”
Stewart also notes that although some parts of the industry are already enjoying the benefits of Aeroseal, it could be used more widely.
“Early Australian adopters, including design consultants, EEC and commissioning consultants, advocate for this test and seal service because it works,” he says. “But we’re yet to see its full potential capitalised on in the Australian market.
“So far awareness and the demand for the technology still seems low on facility managers’ priority lists; however, with carbon and climate initiatives in sharper focus than ever, Aeroseal can serve as an important factor for gaining higher performance efficiencies in commercial buildings.”
Another benefit of Aeroseal, says Stewart, is that it improves indoor air quality.
“Sealing leaks means air is not being drawn from undesirable sources, like toilets exhausts, factory production and waste management areas,” he says. “Aeroseal stops contamination (VOCs, odours) being introduced into the HVAC system and being distributed within the building.”
Clean-Air is a certified Aeroseal Duct Sealing provider, and has used the advanced method of sealing ductwork in HVAC systems for more than 10 years. The company has a number of case studies on its website.
“Overall, we believe that Aeroseal has a greater potential in our market,” says Stewart. “We should reconsider this technology as a tool to help with achieving energy targets, while an equally important application for improving IAQ standards, and we will continue to lead this ‘tight building’ speciality practice, raising Aeroseal’s profile here in Australia.”