Saving Taxpayers Thou$ands, One Aeroseal Project After Another

Republican, Democrat or Independent – when it comes to state and local government, one thing seems constant… budget shortfalls. There never seems to be enough money to sufficiently run our schools, repair our roads or facilitate the numerous other programs and initiatives demanded by our citizenry and elected officials. So it’s always important to note when someone finds a strategy that makes improvements while saving the government money at the same time.

Aeroseal has been helping cities do just that for several years now. A school district in Ohio fixed a perpetual heating problem and is now saving tens of thousands of dollars of their annual operational budget because they sealed their ductwork with Aeroseal. Then there is the government city center building in Las Vegas that solved its ventilation problems and in doing so, reduced their energy costs by thousands each year.

Here’s another example to include on that government-savings list: By Aerosealing the ductwork of just one building, the city of Prescott, Arizona is now saving taxpayers $2,000 to $4,000 each month in operational expenses associated with its government-run country club.

But that’s not the beginning of the Aeroseal-savings story for the city of Prescott, or the last.

It began when the local Aeroseal dealer in Prescott convinced a few of the city’s facility managers to have their own homes Aerosealed. Bryce Cox of Arrowseal LLC figured if he could prove to these directors how effective the duct sealing technology was in reducing energy costs in their own homes, they would be more likely to understand what it could do to save the city money as well.

It worked! The team at Arrowseal sealed the ductwork of several older homes suffering from both high energy bills and spotty heating and cooling. The results made instant Aeroseal believers of the homeowners, and that led to a pilot project for the city.

To prove that Aeroseal is as effective in sealing commercial ductwork as it in a residential setting, Cox and his crew were asked to do their Aeroseal magic on a small one-system office complex managed by the city. For good measure, they also sealed the leaky ductwork at the city’s main fire station. In both cases, Aeroseal provided immediate and substantial savings.

So, in January of this year, the Arrowseal team was called in to work on a golf course facility run by the City of Prescott. The Antelope Hills Municipal Country Club includes a clubhouse, restaurant, bar and pro shop, all under one roof. The city was about to replace the facility’s six HVAC roof units with new energy-efficient equipment, and they wanted Arrowseal to ensure the ductwork was up to snuff as well.  Before the upgrade, energy costs for operating the country club were running around $5,000 to $6,000 a month and the city was hoping that, with the new systems and Aerosealed ductwork, they could reduce that cost.

“We did an analysis of the HVAC system before the upgrade and then immediately following the new equipment installation. As you can imagine, the city administrators were not happy to find that, despite the new energy-efficient equipment, the system was running worse than before the upgrade.”

Apparently, the new ductwork and the connections between the ductwork and the new systems caused more leaks than the original system. Whatever efficiency the city may have gotten from upgrading units, they were losing through the leaks. All eyes were now on the Arrowseal team. It was up to them to save the day.

Step one for Arrowseal was to manually seal the connections between the ducts and the HVAC units. Bryce estimates that this alone reduced leakage by 100 CFM. Now it was up to Aeroseal to make it all worthwhile.

It took the Arrowseal team just two days to seal the supply and returns of the six individual systems.  Calculations showed a total pre-Aeroseal (post manual sealing) leakage rate of 1,072 CFM. Aerosealing instantly brought that down to 79 CFM – a reduction of around 92%.

“Overall, we recovered almost 1,000 CFM of treated air – nearly 3 tons. That is the equivalent of saving the energy generated by one of the entire systems,” said Bryce.

The city estimates they are now saving an average of $2,000 per month – and as much as $4,000 per month during the hottest and coldest months – just from Aeroseal alone.

“The savings from Aeroseal will quickly pay for any costs of the sealing process and then begin to pay for the six systems,” said Bryce. “Even with their higher efficiency, the new HVAC units would never have saved enough in energy to pay for themselves on their own.”

Now the city of Prescott is looking to include Arrowseal in all of its retrofit projects. With a little investment in time and patience, Bryce turned a few small projects into a steady stream of work that will pay off for both Arrowseal and the taxpayers of Prescott, Arizona.

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US: Duct leakage a main contributor in energy loss

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The Building Commissioning Association (BCA) has released a survey that explored the various factors associated with energy loss in commercial buildings.

According to the survey, duct leakage was voted by the majority of engineers and other building professionals, as the main contributor of energy loss.

Additionally, the majority of respondents highlighted leaky ducts as a common issue. Roughly 55% of survey participants believed duct leakage rates of 15% or more are common, while 13% rated the issue as highly likely.

The survey also indicated that 22% of building professionals have experience the issue of duct leakage in both new and existing buildings.

Neal Walsh, senior vice president, Aeroseal, commented: “For decades, the problems associated with duct leakage in commercial buildings have typically been underestimated for one simple reason — fixing the problem has been a highly expensive and intrusive proposition.”

He asked: “Now that new innovations in duct sealing technology are available, building professionals are finding duct sealing to be the new low-hanging fruit when it comes to energy savings for both new and existing buildings.”

Conducted in December 2015, the survey, which was sponsored in part by Aeroseal LLC, queried a total of 236 BCA members. Quizzed on various building performance issues, participants comprised of engineers, facility managers, as well as commissioning agents.

Source: Alexander Pieri for Construction Week Online

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The Need and Importance of Regular Duct Cleaning

Residential

Air ducts in a home must be clean and hygienic, as the air that’s breathed in affects the health and overall well-being of the residents. The air ducts in houses have a tendency to get dust, skin flakes, pet hairs and pollens. Over the passage of time these substances give rise to bacterial growth and other germs. These harmful bacteria and germs when breathed by humans may cause allergies, asthma and other grim illnesses. With changes in strategies and systems of construction of houses, the flow of clean air in the houses is limited. Carbon dioxide and other damaging gases from exhaled breath keep augmenting. Additionally, the air ducts installed in these homes continuously circulate this same germ-laden air in the house. This suggests that regardless of whether sicknesses are cured, there’s a likelihood of them coming back thanks to the polluted air.

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Such conditions can be evaded by cleaning the air ducts. There are some reputed firms that one can hire locally, which have an overall approach toward duct cleaning and improving the standard of indoor air. Such corporations understand the shoppers‘ desires comprehensively to customize their services as specified. These local corporations are experts in their fields and provide quality services for best results. They not only do air duct cleaning but also explain to purchasers about the different issues they can face due to unclean air ducts.

For people located in Greater Boston and southern New Hampshire, the best company to hire for duct cleaning is Aspen Air Duct Cleaning. They perform all of the functions, as mentioned above, well and ensure complete customer satisfaction. Aside from air duct cleaning, their products and services also include different combinations of air filtering, dryer duct cleaning, UV air treatment and plenty more. Regular air duct cleaning by such highly professional and efficient firms will not only keep the air clean but would also reduce odors, lower the heating and air conditioning bills and increase the endurance of the HVAC system.

Commercial

Air duct cleaning is more essential in business setups as the amount of folk affected by inhaling soiled air is large. Dirty, germ-laden air may cause contagions, allergies and other sicknesses that can be contagious, affecting more numbers of folks in the company. This not only causes harm to the healthiness of the staff but also decreases the overall productivity of the company radically. Regular air duct cleaning guarantees that parts, which show signs of failure, can be corrected before they break down completely. Also, clean air ducts would lead directly to saving energy costs by 25% or more.

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In a commercial environment, employers need to be more vigilant about the cleanliness and upkeep of the overall space. This is because of the fact that, if workers fall sick due to sheer laxity from management, they can sue the company. This will cost the company heavily, regarding money as well as reputation. Aspen Air Duct Cleaning provides objective, licensed data and can also give valid videotaped evidence to corporations, proving that their system is clean.

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Aspen Air Duct Cleaning is an expert in domestic and commercial air duct cleaning and improving overall quality of inside air. The company also helps identify areas of modifications and repair, making sure maximum performance is delivered from equipment and manpower. Please Contact Aspen Air Duct Cleaning at 1-800-931-6653 for professional air duct and dryer vent inspection, cleaning, and repair. Or email info@aspenenvironmentalservices.com

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