If you live in an area prone to earthquakes like Kenmore, it’s crucial to ensure your HVAC system is securely fastened in place. Not only can adequately installed and secured HVAC systems help protect the safety of your home during an earthquake, but they can also reduce damage to the system itself. So what’s involved in earthquake and seismic fastening for HVAC ductwork? Let’s take a look.
Earthquake and Seismic Fastening For HVAC: The Basics
Earthquake and seismic fastening involve securely attaching HVAC systems to walls or ceilings using a variety of specialized hardware.
This helps keep the system in place if there is an earthquake, reducing the risk of the system becoming damaged or dislodged. It also helps keep the system from becoming a hazard—if it falls during an earthquake, it could cause injury or further damage.
The type of hardware used for seismic fastening depends on the material being attached (e.g., wood, drywall, concrete) and the weight of the object being attached.
For example, heavier objects such as air conditioning units may require more secure installations than lighter objects such as vents or ductwork. In most cases, it’s best to consult a professional to determine which type of hardware will best suit your particular situation.
Why Should I Secure My HVAC System?
In addition to helping protect your home against earthquakes and other natural disasters, properly installed and secured HVAC systems can also help reduce energy costs.
If a system isn’t firmly attached, air leaks can occur around loose joints or gaps, leading to higher energy bills due to lost air—air that needs to be replaced by running fans longer than necessary or running extra cycles on your furnace or air conditioner.
The cost savings from having a properly secured system are significant enough that many homeowners install seismic-rated anchors even if they don’t live in areas known for earthquakes or other natural disasters.
Evergreen Seismic Provides Award-Winning Earthquake and Seismic Fastening
Evergreen Seismic is a leader in earthquake and seismic fastening solutions near Kenmore, proudly providing award-winning products to help maintain the safety of your building. Their comprehensive line of seismic fastening products is designed for both new construction and retrofit applications. Learn how we can keep your property safe—contact us today for your free consultation!
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