Everything You Should Know About Volume Control Dampers

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While dampers aren’t the most exciting thing to chat about, selecting the right one for your system is essential. A good operating system has proper airflow and maximizes energy efficiency while saving costs. So how do you choose the right one for your system? Let us help! Here at Llyod Industries, we are committed to saving you money while making sure you have everything you need to always keep your unit running smoothly.

Who is Lloyd Industries?

Lloyd Industries has been an active manufacturer of access doors, fire and smoke dampers, and HVAC products for the past 35 years. Lloyd Industries has continued to lead the industry, providing approved fire dampers and other essential HVAC products. In addition, Lloyd Industries has committed to providing top-tier customer satisfaction from quality to price. 

What is Lloyd Industries up to now? 

Lloyd Industries continues to develop new products, keeping their customers in mind! They provide fire dampers and volume control dampers for popular venues, including The Venetian Macau Casino, the Baltimore Ravens M&T Bank Stadium, and the Philadelphia International Airport, to name a few!

Why Lloyd Industries Products?

Lloyd Industries products are top-of-the-line. Geared towards commercial real estate, they continue to keep up with demand. Lloyd Industries prides itself on keeping its products up to code and offering a wide variety of sizes to suit your needs. 

Lloyd Industries offers downloadable installation guides to walk you through each step as you install yourself. However, if you aren’t comfortable doing the installation yourself, check out our listing of local reps that can service your needs and inspect your system.

Lloyd Industries continues to create new products every day, provide top-tier customer service, and stay committed to providing safe and affordable products while staying relevant in the field.

3 Types of Dampers You Need

Backdraft dampers

Fire dampers

Volume control dampers

Backdraft Dampers & What to Do with Them

Backdraft dampers provide airflow in one direction while preventing reverse airflow in your HVAC or exhaust systems. If you are committed to the air quality in your building or home, backdraft dampers are the way to go. Install one of these dampers, and you’ll be keeping purified air in and preventing outside air from invading your space.

Fire Dampers & Why You Need Them

Fire Dampers are passive fire protection products used in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) ducts that prevent the spread of fire inside the ductwork. While the standard thought for fire safety includes smoke detectors, fire blankets, fire alarms, and extinguishers, fire dampers play a crucial role that’s often overlooked.

Volume Control Dampers & How to Choose the Right Fit

Volume control dampers are used to control airflow in air ducts. Volume control dampers are manufactured with galvanized steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. When choosing your volume control damper, the size and the area where it’s located are the most important things to know. Take the time to measure the area before purchasing.

Now that you know the size of the volume control damper you need, let’s explain why and how they work!

Why Are Volume Control Dampers Needed?

Great question! They are an essential part of your HVAC system used to regulate the temperature in your building while providing efficient heating and cooling. Without these dampers, the air is not evenly distributed, making your building’s temperature inconsistent. This can also drive up your bill as your system will end up working overtime to heat and cool the areas that aren’t getting proper airflow.

How Volume Control Dampers Work

Volume control dampers help adjust the airflow volume to other parts of your duct system. These dampers are fixed within the ducts themselves. They are either medium- or heavy-duty and can be manual or automatic.

For manual volume control dampers, the user twists a screw that controls airflow through that specific section of pipe. For motorized dampers, it works the same, just with motorized actuators. However, unlike an automatic fire damper, the motorized damper is still controlled by you.

Are Volume Control Dampers & Fire Dampers Both Needed?

The short answer is yes! Your volume control dampers, as we discussed, help to push the air from one area to another and ensure even distribution throughout your entire system. Fire dampers are meant to prevent fire and smoke from spreading throughout your building. While both serve a very different purpose, both dampers offer immense value.

3 of Our Favorite Fire Dampers

Static fire dampers

Dynamic fire dampers

Corridor fire & smoke dampers

Choosing the Right Static Fire Damper

Don’t be intimidated by our large selection of static fire dampers. Whether oval, round, rectangular, or square, we have numerous shapes and sizes that will fit your system’s needs. If you are still unsure of the best option, our top-of-the-line customer service is always available to help you and guide you in the right direction.

Don’t Break the Bank! Grab One of Our Dynamic Fire Dampers!

Our track record with our customers is one we pride ourselves most on! We manufacture reliable dynamic fire dampers at a reasonable cost to you. There are buildings worldwide that use our dynamic dampers and are safer because of it! If you need help choosing the best one for your system, reach out to one of our local reps to guide you in the right direction!

Protect Your Corridors! 

While you may be thinking of the larger spots in your building regarding fire safety, don’t forget to include your hallways, corridors, and smaller spaces. Our corridor fire and smoke dampers meet all the requirements for safety. Whether you choose our one-hour low leakage corridor fire smoke damper or our one-hour ultra-low leakage corridor fire damper, you can’t go wrong.

How to Install Your Dampers

Feel free to install these dampers yourself if you know your way around your HVAC system. We offer installation guides that you can download right on our website if you get stuck! If you don’t feel comfortable, we have local reps all over the country that would be happy to install your dampers, keep them up to code with routine maintenance checks, and make sure your building is up to code and running efficiently!

I know we said that dampers aren’t the most exciting things to talk about, but they are for us! We love helping our customers keep their buildings safe, up to code, and affordable. So don’t let yourself be stressed about choosing the best product for your HVAC system; that’s why you have us! From our local HVAC reps to our five-star customer service and top-of-the-line products, there’s a reason we have been in the business for 35 years!