Originally published October 2013, updated February 2017
Insulating the ductwork in your LaGrange, Georgia, home will conserve energy, so you save money on utility costs. One type of material currently used to insulate ductwork is radiant bubble wrap. This kind of insulation is a relatively new material, introduced to the construction industry within the past few years. HVAC experts are split with regard to opinions about this product. Some experts believe that bubble wrap duct insulation is an effective way to insulate the ductwork and conserve energy. However, other pros are of the opinion that the material is not effective.
Bubble Wrap Duct Insulation Defined
Bubble wrap insulation looks like a sheet of bubble wrap sandwiched between two panels of reflective material similar to foil. The premise behind this type of insulating material is that the reflective surface provides more heat resistance. However, this is where experts’ opinions differ. Some claim that the material provides a radiant barrier that is ineffective for insulating ducts. Other experts state that with proper installation, bubble wrap insulation is a beneficial and inexpensive way to save a few dollars each month on utility costs.
Advantages of Bubble Wrap Insulation
Bubble wrap insulation is easy to install, lightweight and versatile. This material will handle temperatures up to 180 degrees and as low as 60 degrees below zero. According to EcoFoil, a manufacturer of bubble wrap insulation, benefits of the material include:
- It handles extreme hot and cold temperatures.
- It is flexible and lightweight.
- It is easy to install
- It is safe to handle
- No special equipment or clothing is necessary during installation
- It reflects 97 percent of radiant heat
- It can be nailed, stapled or glued
- It is waterproof and non-Absorbent
- Easier to install than some other forms of insulation
Manufacturers of bubble wrap insulating material state that the material must be installed properly for you to reap the benefits. Spacers must be installed to create a layer of air between the insulation and the duct. Without this cushion of air, the insulation is not nearly as effective. If you choose to insulate your ducts with radiant bubble wrap, be sure to install the material according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Consult the Experts
Airforce Heating and Air is a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer providing LaGrange, GA, businesses and homeowners with top quality heating and air conditioning service and sales. If you would like more information about the best way to insulate your ducts, please give us a call at 706-407-4885. Our technician will inspect your ductwork and HVAC system, and help you to determine the best way to reduce your system’s energy use.