A Standout Example of Duct Design...Or Lack Thereof
Every once in a while I come across someone's workmanship that leaves me in awe. I see it and realize that I am looking at something unique, a piece of work (in all senses of that phrase) so bold that it may never be surpassed. The one I'm about to show you is such a piece.
I've seen a lot of bad duct installations, but mostly it's just the usual suspects, the things that I see over and over: the ductopus, the ducts pushed up against the roof deck, the panned joist return... They all result from lack of real design, which is one result of the HVAC industry's massive race to the bottom that so many companies are all too willing to join.
But sometimes, one of those bad installations shows a flair for the dramatic. I discovered this one the other day as I was going through some of my old photos. Behold the duct system that I call, Two Jellyfish Mating:
I think I know what they were trying to accomplish here, but this particular configuration takes a lot more creativity than I have at my disposal. Bravo! Bravo to you, unknown duct installer! Although this duct system no longer exists, we celebrate the memory of it here in the Energy Vanguard Blog.
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Perhaps the Worst HVAC Duct Idea Ever — The Panned Joist Return