Fabric Duct Cuts Installation Time on Small to Medium Projects

Zip-A-Duct is a modular, pre-engineered fabric duct product allowing HVAC contractors to quickly design an air distribution project in-house and then purchase the fabric air dispersion system from thousands of traditional HVAC wholesale distributors throughout the U.S.

Zip-A-Duct is a modular, pre-engineered fabric duct product allowing HVAC contractors to quickly design an air distribution project in-house and then purchase the fabric air dispersion system from thousands of traditional HVAC wholesale distributors throughout the U.S.

Designed for smaller to medium-sized, non-plan/spec ventilation projects, Zip-A-Duct is a time-saving, cost-cutting solution that’s applicable to 90 percent of retrofit and new construction ventilation projects. Applications include retail, restaurants, athletic training facilities, offices, industry, warehouses, temporary structures, grow-ops and any other commercial/industrial/institutional open-architecture ceiling applications requiring exposed HVAC ductwork.

Zip-A-Duct zips together onsite and cuts installation time up to 80-percent and materials/labor cost up to 50-percent versus spiral or rectangular metal duct alternatives.

Zip-A-Duct is constructed of polyester-woven fabric available in 8- to 36-inch-diameter components that are quickly installed with zippered connections aesthetically concealed under flaps for a smooth streamlined appearance. Components include custom elbows, custom lengths, a T-fittings, inlets, endcaps and eccentric reducers. Colors include white, gray, black and blue.

Air volume ranges from 385 to 9,200 CFM, depending on duct diameter. Air is distributed along the length through linear vents consisting of laser-cut orifices ranging from 1/8- to 1-inch-diameter.

Zip-A-Duct is suspended from aircraft cable supported along the length with vertical cables and quid-adjust connectors. Once the cable is stretched and supported from the structure, the fabric sections and fittings clip onto the cable along the length and then zip together.

Optional, internal 360-degree shape-retaining hoops are included to maintain a 100 percent inflated appearance even during idle supply air handler periods. The hoops consist of flexible fiberglass rods connected with pre-attached stainless steel couplings. Each rod is concealed inside its own interior fabric holding sleeve that’s undetectable from the duct’s streamlined exterior and minimizes friction losses inside the duct. The sleeve design is the HVAC industry’s first with easy-access external entry points at 12 and 6 o’clock that allow easy removal for laundering.

Other Zip-A-Duct benefits are:

  • Quicker response time than plan/spec fabric duct distribution channels.
  • Linear orifices provide a more uniform air dispersion versus metal duct registers.
  • Quick lead times can meet most project deadlines.
  • A 2-CFM/square-foot airflow through the fabric’s factory-designed permeability prevents surface condensation formation.
  • Air balancing is built into the design, therefore not required onsite.
  • 10-year, non-prorated warranty.

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