Interesting Fact: Duct Tape originally came in Green and was called DUCK tape. Back in World War II the military needed a waterproof tape that could be used to keep moisture out of ammunition cases. This is why the original Duct tape came only in army green. But why the soldiers called it “Duck” tape is unknown. It is commonly thought that because it was green and shed water, like a duck, the soldiers took to calling the tape “Duck” tape. When the soldiers came home after the war, they brought back “Duck” tape. Soon after the housing market started booming and some manufactures got the bright idea to start selling it as a means to connect heating and air conditioning ducts; this idea caught on among home manufacturers and they started using it in many of the new homes being built. To allow for this usage, the tapes primary colour was switched from green to silver so that it matched the ducts. Soon the tape was being referred to as “Duct” tape instead of “Duck” tape.
Now although they thought it was a good idea to use “Duct” tape to connect and seal heating and air conditioning ducts back in the day, we now know we should NEVER use it to seal ducts. In tests done by researches they have found that under typical duct conditions, duct tape becomes brittle and will fail quickly. It can also catch on fire or just smoulder and produce toxic smoke. So don’t use Duct tape!! If you are experiencing leaks in your ductwork, there is a very effective and safe product called Aeroseal.
Studies show that the average home loses 20-40% of treated air through duct leaks – that is a lot of wasted energy. Research also shows that in most cases, the single most effective thing you can do to reduce your home energy use is to effectively seal the leaks in your duct system. With the introduction of Aeroseal technology, fixing those leaks is now easier and more cost-effective than ever before. Aeroseal is safe, fast and easy. The entire job from start to finish usually takes less than a day to complete and the results are immediate. Aeroseal duct sealing also lasts a long time – most likely, for the life of your home. That means energy savings and indoor comfort you’ll enjoy year after year.
If you’d like to learn more about Aeroseal, please go to our sister website: Aeroseal Vancouver
Read the full story on how Duck Tape became Duct tape here: http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2010/02/duct-tape-was-originally-named-duck-tape-and-came-in-green-not-silver/