My forced air heaing/cooling system's ducts are located in an
unconditioned, well-ventilated attic, right above the floor insulation.
They are made of 1" duct board. Anyone know of any product to boost the
insulation of the duct board? What I have in mind is another piece of
duct board, 1 or 2" thick, shaped into a U, so I can lower it over the
existing ducts and increase their insulation on the two sides and top.
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Other than the cross posting, with the several posts and concerns about your
heating and cooling system should be assessed and addressed by your local
*competent*, licensed, insured, professionally trained, HVAC technican.
Steve @ Noon-Air Heating and A/C
If you insulate ductwork in an attic you will need to make a new vapor
barrier outside the new insulation. If you don't, you will reduce the
existing vapor barrier temperature below the dewpoint of the air in the
attic and make it sweat. Don't put batts over existing ductwork and if you
put 3 sided duct over existing you have to seal the bottom. In other words
leave it alone or replace it.
Excellent point if you are considering cooling. Although last summer was
unusually hot, and I used my a/c a lot, that's very unusual. My major
expense here in central New Jersey is winter heating. (Put the heat on
the first time on Sep 30.)
The idea of replacing the ducts excellent. Even though I've sealed the
obvious leaks, I'm not really happy with the condition of any of the
duct work. I especially don't like the low R-value of 1" of insulation.
In the winter I might have 120F air in a duct passing through a 20
degree attic; in the summer, 60F air passing through a 100F attic. Horrors!
I also don't like the flex pickoffs to the ceiling outlets (their
condition due to age, or the quality of the connections to the supply
duct) or the way they are sized. (Same 6" pickoffs to a 45 sq ft.
bathroom as to a 192 sq ft bedroom.) But with the doors open, the
temperatures are fairly constant throughout the house.
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