Overcoming the Negatives of Fabric Duct Work

Overcoming the Negatives of Fabric Duct Work

Within the HVAC industry, there have been innovations developed with the intention of providing efficient heating and cooling to consumers at a very affordable cost.   With rising fuel prices, many property owners are seeking materials that can be easily and inexpensively transported to the job site, while maintaining the efficiency of the system after installation.  Fabric duct work has been the answer for many of those individuals.

Fabric ducts installations are popular because they are a more affordable alternative to spiral ducts.  However, while the fabric ducts cut down on transportation- and installation expense, there is a downside.  Like the filters commonly made of a very similar material, the ducts become giant traps for dust and debris in the system.

Within the typical spiral duct system, that dust would be dispersed into the air, to be picked back up by the return duct, or to be vacuumed up by cleaning crews.  The fabric ducts don’t allow it to escape.  Along with the dust and dirt, mold and moisture can get trapped in the ducts, and, overtime, that can become a major health hazard for those living- or working in the space.  Even if health issues don’t arise, the buildup can cause decreased flow and efficiency within the system.

These issues could deplete the original cost savings, so new innovation was necessary to resolve the problems.  This is where the RH sensors come into play.  By installing RH- and pressure sensors within the existing system, it is possible to determine when cleaning- or replacement is necessary.  Thereby, the sensors can help prevent the lost efficiency and even the potential health complications associated with duct buildup.

SRP controls offers the sensors – RH sensors and pressure sensors – that can be fitting within the fabric duct systems, so property owners can continue to enjoy the cost savings that come with fabric duct systems.