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Why is it important to insulate HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) systems?
HVAC systems (or heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems) are responsible for heating, cooling or circulating air in all types of buildings, both residential and industrial. These systems usually have a considerable network of ducts to transport and distribute the air, so it is essential that these are well insulated for everything to work properly. At Placomat we show you why it is so important to insulate HVAC systems.
An HVAC system that is not well insulated will suffer energy losses, because the air will escape outside the circuit. On a practical level, this means that the equipment will have to work harder to achieve the same results, which will increase its consumption and become inefficient. With adequate insulation, this problem can be solved and heating, air conditioning and/or ventilation can be much more efficient.
Losses of hot or cold air (depending on the case) can make it very difficult for the temperature of a space to remain stable. These leaks can cause sudden increases or drops in temperature, which the air conditioning system will try to compensate without much success. With adequate insulation we avoid these unwanted thermal oscillations.
Reduced noise annoyance
HVAC systems, especially those installed in industries and large buildings, can become extremely noisy. To avoid these acoustic nuisances, it is essential to properly insulate both the air ducts and the rooms or spaces where the equipment is located, in order to block part of the sound waves they emit.
Protection against extreme temperatures
If an HVAC system is installed in an environment that is exposed to extreme temperatures (be it hot or cold) it is imperative that it is well insulated. Heating, cooling and ventilation systems are very sensitive to this, since exposure to extreme temperatures can cause cracks and fissures to appear due to the contraction or expansion of materials or cause accelerated wear of the different elements that form them.
Reduction of carbon emissions
When an HVAC system is inefficient it will emit much more carbon into the atmosphere, contributing to global warming. To reduce these emissions, there is nothing better than betting on good insulation.
Increased fire safety
Many HVAC equipment produces excess heat to operate, which can increase the risk of fire. Insulation adds a layer of protection that reduces the chances of a fire breaking out and, in the worst case, helps limit the spread of flames.
Decreased operating and maintenance costs
As we have already seen in the previous points, insulation prevents many problems for HVAC systems, so it indirectly also helps save on operating costs (it reduces the energy consumption they need to function) and on maintenance and repairs.
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