High Energy Consumption in Commercial Buildings
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, leaky ductwork is one of the biggest contributors to energy waste in U.S. buildings today. The D.O.E. now ranks duct sealing as one of the most effective things you can do to reduce your overall energy costs.
IMC offers a simple solution to this costly problem. To lower your energy bill we suggest that you seal your building’s ductwork with Aeroseal.
Building managers are often unaware that duct leaks are a triple threat to energy-savings. Duct sealing is so effective at saving energy and lowering utility bills because it addresses multiple sources of energy waste.
- First, it reduces the amount of power needed to circulate air through your building’s ventilation systems. The power to operate your buildings HVAC fans represent 20-60% of your total HVAC energy usage. Independent studies have shown that even a 15% reduction in leakage can reduce fan power requirements by 40% or more – and save you thousands of dollars each month.
- Second, it reduces energy waste when an improperly pressurized building draws unconditioned air through cracks around doors, windows and through holes in the building shell.
- Finally, duct leakage has been linked to excessive outside air intake through the HVAC system. This unnecessary ventilation air significantly increases the cost of operating the HVAC system.
- Aeroseal duct sealing is also a solution for high peak demand charges. Energy costs are reduced by increasing the efficiency of the HVAC fans that operate at full power on the hottest days and by eliminating excess ventilation loads on those peak days.
A 3 to 7 Year Return on Investment
We know that when considering energy saving strategies it often comes down to cost savings and return-on-investment. Improvements in technology have helped lower the cost of Aeroseal solutions by reducing the time and man-power required to effectively seal ductwork. That has made duct sealing now one of the highest returns on investment strategies building owners can make when it comes to energy savings. Paybacks for duct sealing are typically 3 to 7 years.
So to wrap it up a commercial Aeroseal duct sealing solution is cost effective, simple to accomplish, and also recommended by the U.S. Department of Energy. If you are a facility manager or building owner and duct sealing is on your radar screen please feel free to give us a call to discover how we can help.