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Indoor temperature has a significant impact on the comfort and performance of a building’s occupants, whether in a commercial, residential or leisure environment.

Modern HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) units control the interior climate – and effective, high-quality duct insulation helps maintain desired airflow temperature throughout the building.

As the air in the ducts travels throughout the complete building, it passes many levels without heating or cooling available, causing an unwanted temperature rise or drop.

Quality insulation products prevent energy loss should cold air start to heat up, or hot air begin to cool down, when travelling from the unit to its destination. They help retain indoor comfort, without using excess energy to reheat or cool the air.  

Learn more about ventilation insulation – and how ROCKWOOL solutions can boost the energy efficiency of your systems and buildings.

Why do we need ventilation duct insulation?

HVAC units are designed to maximise comfort in large, modern constructions, including:

  • Industrial – energy plants, warehouses, data centres and other buildings where ventilation units are installed
  • Commercial – sports centres, offices and leisure
  • Residential – apartment blocks
  • Essential services – hospitals and airports

This can require a great deal of energy. But effective use of insulation results in lower consumption levels, leading to a more cost-efficient and environmentally sustainable constructions1.

Our duct insulation products can be used for rectangular and circular ventilation ducts operating within a temperature range of 12°C to 250°C, or 0°C for Teclit Lamella Matts. They reduce the energy required to keep hot and cold air flowing at the optimum temperature.

As ducts are spread throughout buildings and transport hot air, this can also pose a fire risk. Insulating ventilation ducts with fire resilient stone wool improves fire safety.

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Insulation of ventilation ducts can lead to significant savings.

Generally, insulating HVAC applications can deliver a return on investment within three years – helping create a far more cost-efficient building.

The amount of insulation required depends on the size and shape of your ventilation ducts, the ideal temperature and other environmental factors. Speak to one of our experts at your local ROCKWOOL office for personalised help and advice. 

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Due to optimal co-operation with production departments, we can guarantee the highest quality available. We understand our clients and markets and know which performance and requirements must be met.

Rob Kooiker

ROCKWOOL Group Product Manager

Sustainability and energy efficiency

Our products are fully recyclable and can easily be removed and recycled or reused when a building reaches the end of its life. This prevents excess landfill4.

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Financial support

Local tax incentives and schemes may be available to encourage the installation of insulation for energy efficiency purposes. Contact your local office for further information.

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FAQs

FAQs

Does ductwork need to be insulated?

Yes, ductwork needs to be insulated to maintain the optimum temperature, as air makes its way from the HVAC unit to living or working areas. Ductwork insulation using stone wool also improves fire safety and reduces noise pollution.

Should you insulate HVAC systems?

HVAC systems are designed to provide thermal comfort and good air quality – but they can produce unwanted noise and generate high levels of heat. By effectively insulating them, the systems can be protected from external elements and disruption to building occupants can be reduced.

 

Is ROCKWOOL insulation fire resilient?

Stone wool insulation is fire resilient and can slow the spread of fire – perhaps making the difference between a fire in a building and a building on fire. In addition, stone wool doesn’t contribute to the emission of significant quantities of toxic smoke.