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Is bubble wrap duct insulation non-toxic?

I have an exposed duct in the utility room that just got repaired and wrapped with foil bubble wrap. There is now the smell of off-gassing plastic. Is that safe? What is the alternative?

Asked by Zak Sinclair
Posted Sun, 02/16/2014 - 23:47

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Zak,
Bubble wrap products provide very little insulating value, and most manufacturers and distributors of bubble wrap exaggerate or lie about the performance of the product.

What you actually need is duct insulation. Most brands of duct insulation consist of a layer of fiberglass covered by a protective jacket that acts as a vapor barrier. Here are some examples of duct insulation -- there are many brands available:

http://www.certainteed.com/products/insulation/mechanical-industrial/317380

http://commercial.owenscorning.com/products/hvac/softr-duct-wrap-frk/

http://www.jm.com/en/building-materials/hvac-insulation/duct-wrap/

Answered by Martin Holladay, GBA Advisor
Posted Mon, 02/17/2014 - 08:24

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