In a recent article which was published in RSES Journal, SMACNA’s Senior Project Manager Pat Brooks, PE, discusses the history of duct air leak testing and describes proper techniques and practical applications when leak testing is performed in accordance with SMACNA standards.
The “air tightness” of HVAC duct begins with the proper specification written by a design engineer. When proper methods of assembly and sealing are used, the total airflow should satisfy indoor air quality requirements. With the specification and well‐trained contractors installing the ductwork, accessories and other components, the owner can be assured of a quality system meeting the specifications for occupant comfort and safety.
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