Posted on: 8 May 2018
Fitting out a new office building can be a complex process to say the least, and one of the most important components of your new office (at least in Australia) will be the ducting that carries cool air from your air conditioning system to the various rooms and lobbies of your office during hot weather.
Though you might assume that you can't go wrong when choosing something as innocuous as air conditioning ductwork, not all ducts are made equal, and the wrong choice can lead to frequent maintenance and repairs that can become a significant drain on your company's assets. The material used to make your ductwork is particularly important to its long-term efficiency, and while many offices get by with ductwork made from fibreboard or galvanised steel, stainless steel ducting is considered the gold standard in the HVAC installation industry.
The unique properties make it an ideal material for constructing air conditioning ductwork, and one which can provide the following advantages to your new office's air conditioning system:
Stainless steel air conditioning ducts are prized for their exceptional durability. They are highly resistant to accidental physical damage from heavy impacts., a useful quality during renovations and routine duct cleaning work
Stainless steel ducts are also rustproof, and do not require galvanised coatings or other surface treatments to retain this immunity. Since conditioned air usually contains a high amount of water vapour, this makes stainless steel ducts far more durable long-term than galvanised steel ducts, which become vulnerable to corrosion once their protective zinc coatings degrade.
The smooth, sanitary interior surfaces of stainless steel ductwork prevents dust and detritus from accumulating in seams and ridges, giving bacteria and other pathogens no safe havens in which to breed and release dangerous contaminants into the air. Preventing dust accumulation is particularly important if you or your employees suffer from allergies or other respiratory ailments, as they can be severely aggravated by airborne particulate matter.
Stainless steel ducts are also non-absorbent, which prevents the problems with mould and rot often seen in fibreboard ducting systems as they age. Instead, accumulated moisture is wicked away by the airflow before it can become stagnant and contaminated, a particularly important quality when it comes to preventing the spread of Legionnaire's disease and other dangerous diseases spread by water vapor.
Easy to repair
If your stainless steel ductwork does become damaged, either during routine maintenance or renovation/modification of your existing system, dents, tears and leaks can be repaired relatively easily and swiftly using simple welding or plating processes. By contrast, damaged galvanised steel ductwork becomes vulnerable to rust after even minor repair work, and damaged fibreboard ducts cannot be effectively repaired at all and have to be replaced.
For more information, contact a company that specialises in stainless manufacturing.Share