How to save your money on utility bill and raise the value of your house? The best way is to do these is to increase the insulating barrier of your home – replace duct insulation sleeves. Homeowners can very easily accomplish the job which has a little time to spare. It only depends on how many ducts you have in your house. There are different styles and forms of duct insulation sleeves. The easiest and one of the most efficient, ways to install new duct sleeves is to purchase ones that are pre-sliced down the center. This makes them simply to be folded around the ducts.
Find out the scheme current insulating sleeves attachment and remove them. Specialists staple them together at the ends, or wrap with plumbing and heating tape. Be sure to place the old insulation properly. You can use the pliers to take the staples out or use a sharp utility knife to cut the tape.
Be sure to check the entire length of ductwork for any leaks or damage. It is senseless to insulate a duct that is not in working condition. Replace the areas which are damaged, and then wrap new sleeves around them. Before installing the new insulating duct sleeves you need to be certain they are in working condition.
Start from one end of the ducts and wrap the new sleeves around the pipes. To ensure maximum insulating effect, you should be sure that the sleeves fit tightly around the ducts. Attach the two cut ends of the foam with staples then wrap with heat tape. Use heat tapes that specialists usually use during furnace and duct installations. This secures the sleeves in such as a way as to prevent any leakage. If you need to cut any pieces cut them with a sharp utility blade. Ensure that you take exact measurements and be attentive to details when cutting. The tighter the pieces fit the better tour work.
Follow the steps described above if you want to install fiberglass insulation instead of the foam pieces. However there are cases when you will have more cutting to do. It’s easy to install the pre-slit foam pieces are the easiest to install, and are much less messy. The fiberglass sleeves have a higher insulating rating. It’s up to you to decide on the type, which usually depends upon the ease of access and the area in which you live in. You will want to install a higher rated fiberglass sleeve if you live in a place that is really cold a majority of the year. The type of insulating duct sleeve is not so crucial. You can accomplish the job without having to add the expense of a professional plumbing and heating specialist.