You may have heard builders or engineers refer to ‘ductwork’ and be wondering what they’re talking about. Ductwork refers to the tubes or conduits that are used to move air into, around and out of a building. Most commonly found in ventilation, air cooling and heating systems, ductwork is commonplace in large industrial buildings but is also found in smaller business premises and in residential homes.
Ductwork – the basics
A duct, in its literal sense, is a passageway through which air is conveyed. In that sense, something as simple as a chimney could be described as a duct, although technically a chimney removes smoke rather than air. A water pipe, however, is not part of ductwork. Ductwork refers to the entire system of ducts in your house, which may be made from galvanized steel, aluminium, fibreglass or flexible plastic. Duct design refers to the sizing up, planning, and layout of ductwork. Ductwork is often hidden behind wall cavities and above ceilings, but sometimes the ductwork will be fully exposed. Sometimes it’s exposed for practical purposes and other times to create a chic industrial look.
Considerations for ductwork
Ductwork may be used to deliver cool air to or indeed to remove air or smoke in a ventilation system or to deliver warmed air in a heating system. It’s a major consideration for those renovating a building, especially a commercial premises or catering business that requires extensive ventilation and air conditioning systems. Ductwork needs to be planned and designed ahead of any build or renovation. Barriers to ductwork include structural elements such as beams which need to be worked around in order to create a flowing ductwork system.
Like anything, ductwork needs to be well-maintained, checked for faults and regularly cleaned. Dusty ductwork can result in an inefficient system, and sometimes ductwork can actually pose a health and safety risk thanks to the build-up of mould and even a fire risk. Many duct parts or ductwork supplies can be purchased online for considerably less than in a retail store, from online retailers such as https://www.dustspares.co.uk/.
As you can see, ductwork is quite simply the word for any system of tubes, pipes or conduits that move air around a building. Next time you are in a large warehouse or restaurant, look up and see if you can see the ductwork.