Whether you’re building a new home or refurbishing an older one, considering which approach to take regarding HVAC is both a functional and aesthetic decision. Even though copper vent caps have seen increased usage in new construction projects, some may not be sure why that is, as galvanized steel has arguably been the industry standard for decades.
- Copper is Aesthetically Pleasing
Meaningful and functional changes that you make to your house will only increase its value. In this case, thanks to copper’s staying power in regards to durability and corrosion prevention, it will continue to provide practical and aesthetic value well beyond any other material.
- Copper is Corrosion Resistant
One of the big advantages that copper has over galvanized steel is that where the latter eventually breaks and leaks, copper will continue to retain its integrity long after other thin metals fail due to its anti-corrosive properties.
- Copper is a Good Middle Option Between Plastic and Steel
For the budget-minded consumer who would also like to increase their home’s value and ventilation efficiency, copper is typically less expensive than steel, though it is more expensive than plastic. Consider your home improvement budget as well as your personal needs before selecting copper HVAC parts.
- Copper is Lightweight and Durable
Compared to other metals, copper is not only lightweight, but also highly durable. A copper roof cap:
- Can withstand up to 1,000 PSI
- Is lead-free
- Won’t crack under extreme outdoor conditions
Though copper roof caps may develop a greenish patina over time, their overall integrity will remain long after copper and other metals have given up the ghost.
- Copper is More Green than Other Materials
Every time a batch of plastic parts is produced, the emissions that are produced add to the greenhouse effect. Since copper is a naturally occurring metal, no negative impact to the environment occurs with the production of FAMCO copper HVAC parts. If you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint, using copper may be a way to do it.
Other Considerations Regarding Copper HVAC Parts
If you’re still considering whether or not copper fixtures are right for you, studies have also shown that mold microbes tend to not grow on copper surfaces. Older homes may smell of mold due to water damage or a defect in their HVAC system, but the research suggests that homes outfitted with copper fixtures rarely have this problem.
How FAMCO Can Help You Make an Informed Decision Regarding Copper
FAMCO has been providing quality HVAC solutions since 1989. Even though copper is a fairly new entrant into the construction industry, its benefits cannot be denied. There are instances where a different material may be preferable for your needs, but the whole point of making a good choice regarding building materials is to protect your investment and safety.
Whether you live in a town with year-round sunshine or a cold, gray winterscape, FAMCO can help you make an informed decision. Contact us today and we can help you pick the best HVAC materials for you!