Are states and municipalities starting to get the message about duct sealing’s many benefits?
Maybe. I’m hopeful that will be the message at a panel discussion next week during the National Air Duct Cleaners Association’s 2017 annual conference near Orlando, Florida. Tim Eorgan, Hardcast-Carlisle HVAC Products’ specified products manager, will join other panelists involved in duct sealing for a talk on how sealing is impacted by changes in HVAC construction building codes. Also scheduled to appear are Neal Walsh of Aeroseal LLC; Cole Stanton from Fiberlock Technologies Inc.; and Scott Witherow of Design Polymerics.
The session will take place at 3 p.m. March 22 at Walt Disney World's Contemporary Resort.
As I wrote in an article last year, government officials have been a bit slow to recognize the benefits of sealing. While they are becoming more commonplace, duct sealing is still not top-of-mind among the people who write building codes and establish tax incentives for performing the service.
If you’re involved in duct cleaning or duct sealing, you should become an advocate for your industry. If you meet with state or local building officials, talk to them about what you do and why it’s important. Come armed with studies that demonstrate its value and how much energy and money can be saved. If you’re good at your job, you should already have the material handy for prospective clients when you’re selling such services.
The higher profile that duct sealing has among code officials, the better it will be for the whole HVAC market and ductwork fabrication industry. Are you doing your part?
Full details on the conference are here.