Are Metal Ducts Better?
To prevent mould, fresh air should always be introduced into your dwelling daily, as it helps to regulate temperature and reduce condensation. Introducing fresh air can be as simple as having a ventilation routine, or installing extractors or PIV systems.
In this blog, we will be answering the question ‘Are metal ducts better?’
Metal ducts hold many benefits and may very well be ideal for you, but it is all subjective to where the ducts will be used. Will the ducting be in a house? A business? An industrial property? These factors make all the difference.
I-Sells is here to provide the answers you need whilst also supplying you with all the information you need to combat mould and have a well-ventilated home.
Metal ducting explained
Metal ducting is ideal for ventilation systems set up in hotter environments, an example being a cooker hood. Metal ducting is also a popular choice for spaces and environments with air rich in certain compounds that could be hazardous or damaging to standard choices.
HVAC experts and engineers typically choose to rely on stainless steel for aggressive environments, where corrosion is highly likely.
We provide round ductwork fittings and accessories in a large range of diameters to suit all purposes including HVAC systems and extractor fans. Our metal ductwork is manufactured from high-quality galvanised Aluminium.
The benefits of metal ducting are as follows:
- It can be used in rooms that have appliances that emit a lot of heat
- High-quality galvanised aluminium ensures long-lasting function
- Ideal for industrial environments
- Can be insulated.
Alongside being made from metal, ducting can also be made from plastic, here are some features of plastic ducting.
Plastic ducting explained
Plastic ducting is usually made from PVC. Plastic ducting is typically used as ventilation within domestic properties, principally within student flats and modernisations. It is preferred because of its lightness, its airtight properties & durability. It is usually used in rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens, and HVAC systems.
We provide plastic ducting lengths, connectors, bends, brackets, and accessories such as reducers, attenuators and other fittings.
Plastic ducting has many advantages including
- It is lightweight
- It’s easy to install
- It’s smooth on the inside, making for efficient installations
- It is easy to cut
- It doesn’t corrode
- It can be insulated
What is the purpose of ducting?
The ducting system is a series of interconnected hollow tubes dedicated to the movement of air, ducting pipes can come in different sizes and as previously mentioned, in different shapes, each of which has its benefit.
Ducting pipes can be as long or as short as required by the space it is occupying. Additionally, ducting can be created from different materials, as we will highlight below.
Ducting is used to facilitate the process of ventilation, ducting systems may vary, but generally are made from plastic or metal & made into the piping which intakes air from the room it is in & expels it outside.
The main purpose of ventilation is to introduce outdoor air into a dwelling, building or room being evenly distributed. Its general purpose is to allow “healthy” air for breathing & diluting pollutants that may be present in the dwelling, building or area.
No Ducting means more mould
Mould reproduces from tiny spores. The spores float through the air and deposit on the surfaces. Under adequate temperature, moisture, and nutrient conditions, the spores can form new mould colonies.
condensation is not the only cause of mould, it can occur from leaks in the structure of a building too. Ducting and ventilation can help prevent an environment necessary for mould to develop, along with a ventilation routine.
Mould can severely affect your immune and respiratory system, as the spores are easily breathable and not obvious to see through the human eye.
If you have found mould in your home, you need to assess if this is your landlord’s responsibility (for example it could be from a leaking roof that needs repairing). Or if the dampness is caused by improper ventilation. To assess your options, click here.
Are Metal ducts better?
Metal ducting is better than plastic in certain situations. There are pros and cons that make metal ducts better. However, this doesn’t make them the best option available.
Metal ducts are generally suited to industrial environments in which hot air, or air may contain chemicals that need to be ventilated. Metal ducting handles these situations with little to no problem. Metal ducting can also be used in homes in areas where heat would be emitted such as a cooker hood.
What happens if ducting is unsealed?
Whether your metal or plastic ducting is unsealed because of a crack, breakage or inadequate connection, the ducting’s level of efficiency will be below par. Furthermore, the pollutants that the ducting was working to ventilate will be dispsersed in the environment it was extracted from.
Another effect of unsealed ducting is condensation, mould can occur within the ducting. This presents a dangerous scenario, the mould spores can be ventilated throughout the whole ducting system along with the dwelling. Which can cause serious health problems if left unattended.
Aiding ventilation manually
If you want the best possible prevention from the dangers of mould, ventilation systems along with having a regular ventilating routine is the most secure option you take. Proper ventilation is as simple as:
- Opening a window and using an extractor fan during or after a hot bath/shower
- Creating an airflow by opening windows on different sides of the home for around 20 minutes a day
- Buying or making use of extractor fans within the home
- Opening a window or using an extractor in the kitchen whilst cooking hot meals
- (if living in a house) opening windows downstairs and upstairs, allowing the rising hot air to escape through upstairs windows, while cool, fresh air circulates in from the downstairs windows.
Track your humidity levels
Consider buying a Hygrometer. This device measures the levels of humidity in the air, which can indicate to you which rooms are creating the perfect environment for mould. This is a valuable maintenance and detection device that we offer.
Deal with it
If you find mould on any surfaces, clean it immediately with our anti-mould surface cleaner.
If mould reappears at a certain spot in your home, check to see if there is any leak or damage to the area that can be letting moisture in. If so, contact your landlord or trusted tradesman to fix the issue.
Browse our mould control options for the best possible solutions to dealing with mould.
Please note that these steps will not completely defend against mould if there are leakage issues in your home, but will certainly help to mitigate the growth of mould if done on a regular basis.
Purchase your metal ducting today
We at I-Sells always endeavour to make sure that our customers have all the information they need before choosing to invest in our mould solutions. Be sure to visit our blog page to gain knowledge on the wide array of factors and issues surrounding ventilation, mould, condensation, and much more.
We hope to have answered the question ‘Are metal ducts better?’
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