What Makes High-Quality Steel?
The first step in creating energy-efficient HVAC systems is sourcing high-quality steel components. This means steel ductwork, roof curbs, piping, filters and everything else! But what differentiates low-quality steel from high-quality steel?
Raw Materials: The quality of raw materials – iron ore and alloys like chromium and nickel – form the building blocks of high quality steel. Specifically, the purity and consistency of these raw materials.
Manufacturing Process: this includes the entire process from melting and refining to casting and final heat treatment. The manufacturing process removes remaining impurities that may have been in the raw materials.
Quality Control and Testing: Various tests, such as tensile strength, hardness and impact resistance, are performed to verify that the steel meets the required specifications.
How Does High-Quality Steel Support Energy-Efficient HVAC Systems?
Manufacturing energy-efficient HVAC systems is more complex than standard equipment. A critical component of these green products is the quality of steel. Here’s why:
High-Quality HVAC Steel Is…Corrosion Resistant
Corrosion can reduce the efficiency of HVAC systems by obstructing airflow, reducing heat transfer efficiency, and leading to leaks. High-quality steel components are treated to resist corrosion and rust, ensuring longer-lasting performance and system efficiency.
High-Quality HVAC Steel Is…Durable
Quality steel components are more durable and have a longer lifespan compared to lower-grade materials. This means fewer replacements and repairs, leading to reduced energy consumption associated with manufacturing, transportation and installation of new components
High-Quality HVAC Steel Is…An Improved Thermal Conductor
This is crucial for components like heat exchangers, which play a vital role in heat transfer within HVAC systems. Efficient heat transfer allows HVAC systems to operate more effectively and reduce the energy needed to maintain comfortable temperatures.
High-Quality HVAC Steel Is…Precision Made
Properly sealed HVAC systems experience reduced air leakage, which can lead to energy loss and decreased efficiency. Quality steel components are manufactured with precision and accuracy, resulting in tighter fits and better-sealed connections.
High-Quality HVAC Steel Is…Recyclable
Steel is highly recyclable, making it an environmentally friendly choice. At the end of its useful life, steel components can be repurposed, contributing to sustainability efforts and reducing the environmental impact of HVAC systems.
Common Questions about HVAC Steel Components
What are the most common specs requested for HVAC steel?
Popular flat-rolled HVAC steel products are 36”, 48” 60” and 72” coils. Another popular HVAC size for spiral pipes are 5.394” and 5.5”. And our steel experts can order any custom width you need.
What range of steel gauges are used for HVAC ductwork?
Generally, gauges range from 16 on the thick side and 26 on the thin size.
Is steel HVAC more expensive than flat-rolled HVAC?
This depends on your unique specifications and the type of flat-rolled steel in play. Contact our Pacesetter team to provide a specific quote for your project.
Why is stainless steel used in HVAC?
For a few reasons! It’s heat resistant, strong, hygienic, low maintenance and just looks good!
What can HVAC products does Pacesetter supply steel for?
We supply steel for a wide variety of HVAC products. Our steel is trusted for ductwork (rectangular/spiral), blowers, roof curbs, fans, ventilation/louver products, dust collection, heating and AC units, furnace pipe, boilers, air filters and dampers.
Get A Quote Today!
If you need high-quality steel for your next HVAC project, contact our experts today. We’ll discuss your project needs and provide you with the best quote. We offer a variety of steel processing services, including slitting, blanking, cut-to-length, and toll processing services. And we emboss, prepaint and perforate steel to your exact specifications. Pacesetter is your steel expert.