Aeroseal Duct Sealing in Medical Facilities

One of the most common questions asked about Aeroseal duct sealing, is “is it safe.” To answer that question, I can tell you about the non-toxic ingredients that make up the sealant (the same stuff you find in chewing gum and hair spray) or I can tell you about the extensive testing done on the product or about the government required MSDS (material safety data sheets) that find it safe for use. But I think the most significant way I can stress the safety factor of Aeroseal duct sealing is to tell you about the many prestigious hospitals and medical facilities that have used aeroseal at their own facilities.

For example, there’s Nemours Childrens Hospital in Jacksonville, Hospital that used Aeroseal duct sealing to solve air flow issues in their ventilation system. In doing so, they not only improved the performance of the 30-year-old building, but they also reduced the risk of nosocomial infections by sealing the leaks that could spread contagions from room to room.

Then there’s the Heart Institute at the University of Ottawa that first used the duct sealing technology to ensure that particles from their laboratory weren’t spreading via air duct leaks to other wings within the building. As a result, they noticed another significant benefit – a dramatic increase in energy savings. After duct sealing, the facility managers were able to effectively ventilate the entire facilities using just a fraction of the power they previously needed to run the large ventilation fans. Before Aeroseal duct sealing, the medical facility was  losing about 800 CFM (cubic feet per minute) of air through leaks in the duct work. Aeroseal brought that down to about 10 CFM.

By the way, in both of the cases referenced above, the duct sealing process was accomplished without disruption to the normal operating procedures of the facilities. Prior to engaging in the Aeroseal projects, administrators at both medial facilities conducted rigorous research and ultimately determined that the Aeroseal process posed no health concerns to either workers or patients and it was “business as usual” during the sealing process.

As word travels about the dramatic benefits that Aeroseal duct sealing can have on a building’s HVAC performance and energy savings, demand for the technology has spread as well. Earlier this year, Aeroseal was used at a new state-of-the-art medical facilities in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The multi-billion dollar medial complex was nearing completion when testing of the duct system showed that leaks throughout the HVAC risers were robbing the facility of nearly half the air being treated by its HVAC system. With most of the ductwork hidden behind newly constructed walls, contractors were faced with the possibility of having to rip down walls, repair the ductwork and begin rebuilding. Luckily, one of the engineers had heard about Aeroseal duct sealing technology and a call was placed to a U.S. team of Aeroseal experts. Just days after the duct sealing project was begun, leaks were sealed and the new facilities was ready for opening day – right on schedule.

So if you’re wondering about the health issues related to Aeroseal duct sealing, we’d be happy to send you the MSDS documents or the reports conducted at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where the technology was developed. Or you can take the word of the many medical facilities across the country and around the globe that are quite happy with the results they got from sealing their ductwork with Aeroseal.