As you start to plan your factory's new HVAC system, you have to decide whether to install flexible or rigid ducting. While flex systems have their advantages, especially if you're working in tight spaces, rigid ductwork is often better suited to a commercial or industrial environment.
Why should you install a rigid HVAC system?
1. Build a Stronger System
Any HVAC system is a significant business investment. You want to build a system that will work efficiently and last for as long as possible. As such, while flexible ductwork is effective, it doesn't generally last as long as a rigid system. That's because rigid ductwork is usually made from more durable and harder materials such as stainless steel or carbon steel. These ducts don't have to bend in the same way as flex products, so they retain more inherent strength, which means they last longer.
2. Get a More Versatile Solution
You have to think about how and where you'll use your ductwork system before you choose a type of build. Rigid systems often win out here, too.
For example, flexible ductwork doesn't work that well outdoors. Likewise, it doesn't deal with exposure to extreme temperatures or weather conditions. Some flex materials don't work that well with exhaust fumes or particle extraction.
If parts of your system will be outside your building, then rigid ducts work better. They can resist weather and temperature better. Plus, a rigid system is a lot more versatile. These systems can usually deal with all applications.
3. Create A More Efficient System
The airflow resistance of your HVAC system affects its efficiency. This factor affects its ability to carry air through its system and its operating capacity.
Flexible ductwork systems usually have a higher airflow resistance than rigid ones. A rigid system has a lower resistance. This optimises its ability to do its job without wasting energy. The system should also have a greater capacity.
4. Reduce Maintenance and Repairs
Any HVAC system will need regular checks. You have to maintain the system to keep it in good condition. You might also have to make some repairs during the system's life.
Flexible ductwork usually needs more input from you here. Flex ducts aren't as strong as rigid ones; they can be punctured or damaged. Unfortunately, if a flex duct has a hole, then it will leak. The system won't be airtight any longer. It won't work at full capacity until you fix the problem.
Additionally, rigid ductwork needs less maintenance. Its stronger materials are less likely to develop holes, gaps or leaks. As a result, you'll have fewer maintenance and repair jobs.
To learn more, contact HVAC ductwork fabrication companies.