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We’ve had a look at the different compressors and condensers used for central air conditioning, but what about the ducts? Simply put, a duct is the channel that carries cooled air from the air conditioning unit through your home, and can also remove warm or stale air. Ducts for central air conditioning can also be used for heating and filtering systems. Let’s look at some of the different types of ducts needed for air conditioning.
What is Flexible Duct:
Flexible ducting is a type of ducting pipe that could easily be bent in different angles. This product is made out of flexible materials like polyurethane (PU) and PVC, often with a steel spiral wire to provide even more flexibility. Some products have aluminum insulation layers and even fiberglass insulation added (insulated ducting), like the flexible acoustic ducting. There are many options on the market to fit the needs of production processes and other applications.
Gulf-O-Flex® – Insulated Flexible Ducts
Gulf-O-Flex® Insulated Flexible Ducts is a tough, flexible and low weight duct which is extensively employed in ventilation and air conditioning structures for residential, commercial and industrial applications. They are suitable for connecting supply air outlets to rigid duct work.
Gulf-O-Flex® – Uninsulated Flexible Ducts
Gulf-O-Flex® uninsulated flexible ducts are made of polyester film casing and reinforced with polyester spirally wound steel wire. The steel spring wire helix structure ensures that the duct is stable even when fully stretched and can withstand any mechanical abuse, thereby providing efficient air distribution.
When correctly installed the Gulf-O-Flex® uninsulated flexible ducts are proven to be highly efficient.
Benefits of using Flexible Ducting
The number one benefit of using those products is their flexibility. The hoses could be fitted inside walls and within other equipment. Like the extraction arm flex, cooker hood extraction and many more. The properties of antistatic and food grade options are almost impossible to replicate with other ducting products. Most flexible duct hoses can also withstand integral pressure levels, that will simply rip other products in half. It is important to mention to our team the amount of pressure in your system so that we can recommend an optimal solution.
Flexible ducting is used heavily in the manufacturing industries. Welding operations use flex duct hoses for fume extraction systems. Dyno shops use car exhaust extraction ducting to keep the CO2 levels in the shop in check. Even the food industry is benefiting of such products, mostly used to transport ingredients from one production line to others. Or be integrated into production machines and robots.
The antistatic qualities of some of the flexible ducting products make them ideal for transporting flammable gases. Those same products are used in dust extraction systems where combustible dust particles are being extracted to prevent the danger of ignition through electrostatic charges.
Semi flex is often used in kitchen extracts due to its ability to withstand higher temperatures than some other types of flexible ducting.
The flexible ducting category is probably one of the largest ones. It can easily trick an inexperienced man into buying the wrong product, or at least not the most suitable one. Don’t worry. If you are in doubt, call our helpful professionals at +971 6 743 4176. We can give you valuable tips to help you with selecting the best option. Above that, we can make sure to source the needed materials for you and ship them to your location.