Aeroseal Technology Invention. Advantages and Benefits.
Aeroseal’s aerosol ductwork sealing technology was invented and developed by the Energy Performance of Buildings Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 1994. The research was funded by US Environmental protection agency, US dept. of Energy, Electric Power Research Institute and California Institute of Energy and Environment.
The University of California was granted initial patents in 1996 and 1999.
This technology seals the duct leaks inside out by injecting a fog of aerosolized sealant particles into a pressurized duct system.
The particles are suspended within the air stream without depositing on the duct surfaces until they reach the leaks, where they leave the air stream, deposit at the leak edges, and seal the leaks. Aerosol particles are directed toward and deposit at the ductwork leaks because:
• All supply, return and exhaust grilles are temporarily sealed, so that all the airflow passes through the ductwork leaks;
• Small aerosol particles are kept suspended in the airflow by continuous air movement;
• As the air stream makes a sharp turn to exit through a leak, the particles collide with and adhere to the leak edges; and
• Using adhesive solid particles allows the built-up seal to span leaks as much as 5/8 inch wide.
What are the advantages of Aerosol Duct Sealing?
Aeroseal can solve such problems as:
• High energy bills
• Air flow and air balance issues in commercial buildings
• Uneven temperatures resulting in hot and cold rooms in residential homes
• Excessive humidity and dust
• Musty odors or fume smells and other ventilation problems
Commercialization of Duct Sealing Technology
Aeroseal has the exclusive license for residential and commercial application.
Benefits of Aeroseal Duct Sealing for Homeowners
Aeroseal can reduce duct leakage by up to 90%.
Aeroseal Sealing reduces the entry of:
• Excess humidity
• Automotive exhaust
• Radon gas
• Fumes from stored paints, solvents, pesticides, etc.
and improves the comfort level for homeowners and the overall performance of the HVAC system by:
• Cooling or heating the house more quickly
• Delivering more hot or cold air
• Distributing heating and cooling more uniformly throughout your house.
Residential Leaky Duct Sealing – National Impacts
Air duct systems, both residential and commercial, typically lose 25-40 percent of heating and cooling energy, accounting for billions added to utility bills.
An average American household spends $2000 a year on home energy bills. On average, 30 cents of every $1 spent on heating and cooling disappears into thin air due to leaky ducts. This duct leakage in homes costs consumers $25 billion each year on escaping energy. These leaks also force HVAC systems to work harder and ultimately wear out sooner. A home owner can save on average $600 to $850 a year on his or her heating and cooling costs thanks to a breakthrough Aeroseal technology.
Aeroseal's airborne adhesive particles are injected by Aeroseal technicians into a HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) duct system at low cost, low labor requirement and minimal disruption to building occupants.
Another related issue is duct leaks contribute to poor indoor air quality. Indoor air pollution is an EPA high-priority public risk with levels of pollutants indoors being up to 5 times higher than outdoor levels. According to the EPA, most people spend roughly 90% of their lives indoors. This makes indoor air pollution one of the five most urgent environmental problems facing the US with 1 in 15 Americans having allergies or asthma. In addition, the average home produces twice the greenhouse gases as the average car. In fact, 15% of all greenhouse gases are generated from the energy used in houses nationwide. Another issue to consider is that excess humidity levels can lead to costly repairs for homeowners.
What We Do
Aeroseal Duct Sealing is a patented breakthrough technology that tackles leaks from the inside out. Aeroseal software accurately measures the duct leakage in residential homes and commercial buildings. The Aeroseal process puts escaping air under pressure and causes polymer particles to stick first to the edges of a leak, then to each other until the leak is closed.
The Aeroseal process takes very little time to bring you big savings and comfort.
Before the Aeroseal technology is injected, technicians block furnaces, fans and grilles so that the adhesive particles will be directed towards cracks, leaks, and holes. The technicians then inject the aerosolized vinyl polymer particles, of two to 20 micrometers, into a pressurized duct system. The particles stay suspended in the air stream until they reach the leaks, where they are deposited and build up at the leak edges until the leaks are sealed. Specialized software allows both the technician and customer to view the process in real time.
The technology was developed within the Indoor Environment Program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, whose IAQ scientists tested it. The research was funded by US Environmental protection agency, US dept. of Energy, Electric Power Research Institute and California Institute of Energy and Environment.
The University of California was granted initial patents in 1996 and 1999, and Aeroseal holds an exclusive license to the technology.
While energy savings vary based on climate, utility rates, and your heating and cooling system, the other goals of even temperatures in all rooms, improved indoor air quality, and reduction of odors and fumes will be achieved regardless of those conditions. In commercial building applications, Aeroseal also solves air flow and ventilation problems in addition to energy savings.
Seal & Verify Where do we start?
Before the Aerosealing process of the duct system starts, all registers are closed with foam plugs.
A small access hole is cut into the supply or return air plenum and a temporary collar is attached. The air conditioning indoor coil, fan, and furnace are temporarily blocked with a foam plug to avoid the entrance of any sealing particles into this equipment.
Once the preparation is over, the patented Aeroseal machine is connected to the duct system with a flexible plastic tube.
The exclusive Aeroseal duct sealing system injects adhesive particles into the air duct system. The particles travel through the air duct system seeking holes and cracks that are located throughout the ductwork. The adhesive duct sealing particles attach directly onto the edges of any hole and crack, effectively sealing it without coating the inside of the ductwork.
Duct Sealing Certification
Upon completion of the sealing process, the results are verified and provided to the customer.
Duct Sealing Warranty
We solidly stand behind our product which is UL-tested and the result of years of government lab research.
Aeroseal warrants to the Sublicensee that the Aeroseal Sealant Products sold by Aeroseal shall be of like grade and quality to and in accordance with Aeroseal’s published Data Sheet for such Aeroseal Sealant Products. In addition, subject to limitation and provisions of Patent Sub-license Agreement, Aeroseal warrants to the Sublicensee dealer that, when properly applied in accordance with the Technical Manual and other training materials, the duct seals created according to Licensed Services will be free of defects for a period of 10-years in residential applications and for a period of 3-years in commercial
After the ductwork sealing process is complete, it’s time for the technician to measure the seal.
The Aeroseal software will generate a sealing certificate and a tightness certification.The sealing certificate shows duct leakage amounts before and after sealing, as well a graph of the sealing process, plus overall heating or cooling capacity improvement. The tightness certification, affixed to your duct system, shows the tightness of the duct system after completion of the sealing process.