If you have a home with a basement, and a central HVAC system, there is a good chance that some of the air ducts run through the basement ceiling. In fact, your furnace or air handler could also be in the basement. This is convenient because it keeps the large appliances out of the way. But, it also poses a new problem that you will probably need to take care of yourself. That is, most ducts have no further insulation, and basement ceilings are often unfinished, meaning that you can actually see the ducts because there is no drywall. Read on to understand why your basement ducts require insulation and how to do it.
The Problem with Uninsulated Basements
The lack of insulation in a basement is problematic because basements, even if they do have registers and heating points, are usually much colder than the rest of the house. This means that the air ducts that are carrying your heated air upstairs can get so cold on the outside that they actually cool down the air inside the ducts by several degrees. This basically means that you are losing some of the air you are paying for.
Another major problem with having exposed ducts is that they're more likely to get hit by occupants. If your ducts get moved around accidentally, the connections between individual pieces can lose their airtight seal, which is vital to airflow.
How to Add Insulation
So, what do you do to add insulation to your basement ducts? You basically have two options. You can either wrap your metal ducts in fiberglass insulation, or you can finish your ceiling by adding drywall to it by encapsulating the duct system and greatly increasing its insulation. Of course, it is also possible to do both of these, but it might not be necessary or worth it. Adding fiberglass insulation is a very easy project, and one that the homeowner can do even if he has no experience with HVAC systems. Basically, you just wrap the ducts in fiberglass and take them down.
Adding drywall to your basement ceilings is far more laborious, but it also has the added benefit of making your basement more stylish. It can cost several thousand dollars, though, and requires that you texture and paint your ceiling, not to mention figuring out what to do with the light fixtures.
Adding fiberglass insulation is obviously going to be the more convenient and immediate solution, but you should also consider adding drywall if you can afford it and are interested in a more comprehensive upgrade.
For more information, contact companies like APH Mechanical.Share
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