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The Benefits of Scoop and Rectangular Ventilation Takeoffs

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Before installing a ventilation takeoff, you must understand its installation process. You can use different methods to install a ventilation takeoff, including round and rectangular. Round ventilation takeoffs are attached to the ceiling using self-tapping screws and rectangular ones can be attached with metallic locks. If you want to install an angled ventilation takeoff, follow these steps to ensure proper fit. Here are the benefits of both kinds of ventilation takeoffs:

Airflow penalty

Scoop takesoffs reduce airflow in the branch ducts, but they have their place in the ventilation takeoff process. In one of my HVAC installations, a technician used a directional takeoff to solve an airflow problem. The takeoff has a metal scoop or an extractor fitting that protrudes into the air stream. This grabs air from the duct and carries it downstream. It has two benefits: it is cost-effective and it increases airflow.

An edge Mach number of 1.0 is equivalent to a nozzle pressure ratio of 3.0. The airflow turns over 7.7 degrees to the vent tube centerline in a nozzle with an edge Mach number of 1.0. The same principle applies to the airflow penalty during cruise flight. However, the amount of airflow is greater upstream than downstream, thereby increasing drag and increasing fuel demands. Thus, the sonic surface of the nozzle is crucial for proper airflow during takeoff and landing.


A recent study assessed the cost-effectiveness of mechanical ventilation, including the use of spontaneous breathing trial. The researchers used data from large prospective studies, randomized controlled trials, and a structured review of peer-reviewed literature. They conducted PubMed searches to identify recent cost data for healthcare and critical care. The results are available in the Supplemental Material. This study supports the value of spontaneous breathing trials, which can be helpful in evaluating the costs and benefits of mechanical ventilation.

The cost-effectiveness of branch ventilation takeoffs is often influenced by the size of the side openings in the branch duct. However, round takeoffs are also the most common, though they do have some air flow penalty because air does not like making a 90-degree turn. The next progression from round takeoffs are conical and square-to-round takeoffs, which provide a blend of cost-effectiveness and increased airflow.

The High-efficiency Takeoff is another option. It has an oversized duct opening, gasketed flange, and sealed connection. It also often comes with a pre-installed balancing damper. These ventilation takeoffs are priced at the higher end of the spectrum, but are well worth the extra money. Compared to a standard takeoff, they are significantly more efficient. You may be surprised at the difference in performance.

In conclusion, PAV is a cost-effective option for mechanical ventilation in the ICU. The input data in the study were derived from a variety of publications. Therefore, VAP incidence varied across individual hospitals and ICUs. Nonetheless, the study’s findings remain unchanged when different input data are used. The researchers then used a scenario analysis to test the effects of this variation. They found that PAV is still the most cost-effective option for mechanical ventilation in the ICU.

Directional takeoffs

Some directional takeoffs are better than others. Some takeoffs use a snap-in attachment and others use an adhesive foam gasket. The high-efficiency takeoff has a larger duct opening, which helps the airflow enter. A balancing damper is also often included in this style. This type of directional takeoff costs more than other types, but is well worth the price. It is also recommended for use where airflow performance is an important consideration.

Round and square-to-round takeoffs have their own advantages and disadvantages. Round takeoffs are generally the least expensive option, but may sacrifice airflow (air does not like to turn 90 degrees).

Scoop takeoffs are another type of directional takeoff, which restricts airflow to the next branch duct. While they are less effective at delivering proper airflow, they do have their place. I once had an HVAC technician resolve an airflow problem by using a straight collar downstream from the ductboard. The next day, he reinstalled the ductboard, and found the takeoff was the problem.


Ventilation takeoffs are duct sections that move air from the main duct pipe to a branch that services another room. You can use rectangular or round takeoffs. The rectangular ones usually have a metallic lock to secure them to the duct. Round ones can be attached with self-tapping screws. Before installing a ventilation takeoff, you must first measure the length of the ducts and the size of each branch.

Scoop takeoffs are an effective solution for a complaint about airflow. The customer’s complaint about airflow was addressed by this product when space was limited, but the conditions were right. After that, I gained a lifelong customer. A rectangular takeoff allows air to enter a room more easily than a round fitting. The rectangular branch duct has an oversized opening, whereas the 45-degree transition fitting has an opening 30-40 percent larger.