How to Install a Duct Fan Booster
Installing a duct fan booster can make the rooms in your house more comfortable. Duct lengths of 25 feet or more can experience reduced air flow. To solve this problem, you can install a fan booster. A duct fan booster is placed inside a duct, to improve air flow. It can also improve the energy efficiency of your house. It takes the same amount of energy or less, to run a duct fan booster as it does to power a 50 watt bulb. Since you are getting the air to your rooms quicker, the heating and air conditioning units do not have run as hard. Models can be self cleaning, motors are not exposed to heat, and have rubber mounting brackets that allow them to run in silence. If you wish to save your money, you can plan install a duct fan booster by yourself. Below are the steps to help you out.
Tools and Materials
- Duct fan booster
- Duct tape
- Metal screws
- Duct ties
- Duct hangers
- Razor knife
- Wire cutters
- Measuring tape
Step 1 – Preparation
There are some things you need to know before purchasing a duct fan booster. Know the size of your duct work. Boosters are made for different duct sizes. Inspect your ducts for tears that can leak out air. Also, check to see if the model of booster you are purchasing has an electrical cord to be plugged in. This will help you determine where you install it. Always turn off the power when working with electricity.
Step 2 – Where to Install
Place your duct fan booster in the direction of the room register. Measure 6 inches from your main duct line and multiply by 5, which would mean you install the unit at least 30 inches away from the main duct line.
Step 3 – Remove Section of Duct
Remove the section of duct you are placing the duct fan booster in. Use the wire cutters, the drill to remove screws (if any), and the razor knife to cut out the duct. Being able to work on the duct on a workbench or table will help you. Install the duct fan booster according to the manufacturer’s instructions. The fan will be mounted inside the duct with screws. Models will have an arrow showing the air flow direction. Make sure you install the booster in the direction the air will be flowing.
Step 4 – Replace the Duct
Put the duct back in place. If your model requires being plugged in, plug in the cord and seal the area around it with duct tape. Secure with metal screws or duct tape, depending on the type of duct you have. Be careful not to tear the duct and seal all edges with a good amount of duct tape. Make sure to hang the duct as level as possible using the duct hangers.
Step 5 – Turn on Unit
It's time to turn on the unit. Check for air leaks when the unit is running and then enjoy the improved air flow provided by your new duct fan booster.