The US HVAC Industry in 2018: Every Reason to be Optimistic

The 2008 recession hit HVAC hard. But the recovery has been solid with more momentum expected in the coming months.

HVAC sales are largely comprised of new commercial and residential installations and change outs of legacy systems with maintenance doing its part.

Real estate experts believe that 2018 will see at least 1.33 million residential housing starts. Coupled with the fact that a record number of housing permits have been issued from the municipal offices in 2017, the scenario bodes well for HVAC businesses.

The commercial sector will see growth as well, given the larger order values and the more expensive equipment. The 2.4% rise in construction in the hotel space and the 1.1% increase in industrial buildings will make significant contributions towards the net revenue of the sector.

Last but not the least, the anticipation around movement triggered HVAC and sensor enhanced systems (or smart HVAC systems) will imbue many households – especially those headed by Millennials – with purchase intent, even if the existing set-ups are satisfactory.

Alan Manufacturing’s Promise to HVAC Businesses:

Every obstacle is followed by opportunity.

As the lingering effects of recession dissipate, HVAC players now have the chance to present themselves as innovators and reliable partners for families and organizations alike.

Partners who work behind the scenes to make lives that much easier.

Alan Manufacturing Inc. has been assisting some of the most renowned names in HVAC for 25 years. We have designed thousands of custom products and offer excellent retrofitting, upgrade, replacement, repair and maintenance services. Collaborating with us is a “breeze”!

Contact us to learn more about how we can help your HVAC business. You can also follow our blog, Twitter and LinkedIn for pertinent industry updates.


The HVACR Industry Kicks Off 2018 with the AHR Expo

The AHR Expo is the industry’s largest trade show for HVACR technology and innovation. This year, the show takes place at the McCormick Place in Chicago (2301 S King Dr, Chicago, IL 60616). Running from Monday, January 22nd-Wednesday, January 24th, AHR is scheduled to host more than 2,000 exhibitors, with approximately 65,000 industry professionals in attendance.

The International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition is a unique opportunity for the industry to come together to share new products, technologies, and innovations. The event also offers educational opportunities presented by a variety of leading companies and organizations.

At Alan, AHR is our favorite expo to exhibit and attend. With such a big trade show comes the prospect to network with an abundance of manufacturers and suppliers who represent every portion of our industry.

Demonstrations showcase an assortment of the latest and greatest technology in HVAC related products. See how systems are engineered for commercial businesses and how industrial contractors can work with labor-saving tools to generate bigger internal and external profits.

At Alan Manufacturing we specialize in manual cable control systems, dampers, ducts, fresh intake air filters and more.

To view our products before (and/or after) the show, visit our website or follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn for expo and industry update.

Or, if you have any further questions simply contact us today.

2017 HVAC Industry Overview

As 2018 is on the horizon, we’re taking a look back at 2017 and all that both our business and the industry has accomplished throughout the past year. Topics that came from hot industry discussions and present matters at hand include: the effectiveness of HVAC systems, smart homes and technology, environmental and climate, YouTube video takeovers, and most recently, National Manufacturing Day.

From the start of the year, we’ve had our sights set on the smart homes industry. For the past several years, this has been a rapidly expanding industry. One of the biggest advancements in the field has been controlled settings through mobile/smart devices. We’ve all seen the commercials where you can control your garage doors, security systems, or light switches from miles and miles away. Now, this is applicable in regards to smart HVAC systems too. As HVAC systems and controls advance, they also become more efficient. Homeowners are now able to govern much more than what was capable in the past. And from the bottom up, HVAC systems are now being tied into the mechanical systems of a building.

Other initiatives that we took on this year were nationally recognized days like Earth Day and National Manufacturing Day. At Alan, we play a role in the design, creation, and implementation of energy efficient HVAC systems in commercial buildings. Ducts with air leaks can create polluted indoor air. This year our team has been exploring ways to make assemblies like this more robust and leak free.

Over Manufacturing Day (the first Friday of every October) we were able to address manufacturing industry-related issues that touch on the HVAC industry and all other industries across manufacturing. As field members, it is our duty to spread the word on causes like the skills gap, STEM education, and reshoring.

Our YouTube Videos on HVAC systems, equipment, services, and installation continued to receive bountiful views over the past 12 months. Alan experts speak to RF Zone Control Systems, Gladiola Control Kits, Retrofit Damper Installation Instructions, Zone Motorized Dampers, Wireless Zone Motorized Dampers featuring Radial Blades, Zone Motorized Dampers featuring Gasket Seals, ALAN Zone Round Power-Open Power-Close Modulating, and ALAN Zone Rectangular Frame Power-Open Power-Close, all in easily understandable video forms. Our experts also stressed the importance of fresh intake air handlers this year. This kind of system adds to the effectiveness of your business HVAC system.

Over the years our team has successfully designed over 1,000 different products including, but not limited to: HVAC dampers, HVAC hardware, duct supports, zone control systems, and custom projects. We are considered a leading supplier in the HVAC industry, and continually monitor the industry progressions within our field.

For more information, like services, support, and tips, from a well-trusted HVAC industry source continue to follow us on our blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages.

Have an HVAC question? We can answer it for you! Contact us today.

From Alan Manufacturing, we’d like to thank all of our loyal customers for a successful 2017. We wish you, your companies, and your families a very happy holiday season and we’ll see you next year!

Alan Manufacturing Celebrates National Manufacturing Day Friday, October 6th!

National Manufacturing Day (NMD) is full of notoriety for modern-day manufacturing and is not just designed to highlight all those in the sector and their accomplishments, but also to inspire and help secure the next generation. Companies and various community organizations start well ahead in the planning of their participation, and one of the important steps in doing so is registering on the official site where events can be marked as public or invitation-only.

The annual recognition is of the utmost importance to the team here at Alan Manufacturing. For over 25 years, we have designed and manufactured HV/AC dampers, related hardware, duct supports and zone control systems as well as specialized items that meet the wide variety of needs of our valued customers. In celebrating this day, we not only acknowledge our contributions but the contributions of all of those around us–friends and partners alike in industry.

On Friday, Oct 6, 2017, NMD will highlight more than 2,100 American manufacturers, with many opening their doors to the public in order to showcase the manufacturing sector and, importantly, to inspire America’s youth to pursue careers in manufacturing and engineering. Alan Manufacturing understands how vital it is to motivate our younger generations to graduate in science, technology, engineering, and math, as these students are the ones who will power future American production and innovation. Our goal is to help in ensuring the whole industry will continue to not just survive but prosper in our great country. Alan Manufacturing is fully behind NMD initiatives including the bridging of the skills gap, the promotion of STEM subjects, the reshoring of industry back to the U.S. and more.

Be sure to keep in touch and up-to-date by following us on Twitter and LinkedIn. Also, drop by our website to enjoy our informational blogs and company updates! Should you be interested in our many services, contact us directly by calling (800) 435-2526 or by linking up with us.



Happy National Manufacturing Day 2017 from Alan Manufacturing!

Our YouTube Videos Help You Understand Your HVAC Equipment

At Alan Manufacturing, Inc., we serve a variety of businesses and industries that all rely on our standard HVAC products like dampers, related hardware, duct supports, zone control systems, and in certain situations, customized product.  If you’re in the residential, commercial, or industrial sectors, the first step in our business is understanding the importance of your equipment and how it works.

Working with ventilation, construction, retrofitting, replacement, repairs or maintenance? Literally, listen up.

In all of our industries, reading a bunch of jargon can take up the time and effort that we need to put towards other projects within a given day. That’s why Alan has a presence on YouTube to better showcase an assortment of our systems and products (and how they work).

Browse through our videos on the following equipment, systems, and/or installation:

Watching how a process is executed, completed, and works can help you to better understand your equipment.

These quick, informative videos intend to get you more information in a shorter amount of time. Easily learn all you need to know in a matter of a few minutes for your personal convenience.

When you’re involved in the above industries, it’s crucial to know about the latest products on the market. New technology is constantly available and Alan Manufacturing helps you to keep up-to-date on the information you need to succeed in your business and projects.

To learn more about the industry, what’s new and next on the horizon, we invite you to read our blog, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and connect with us on LinkedIn.

Didn’t find what you were looking for? Speak to an industry professional and contact us today. Our industry experts are standing by. We look forward to connecting with you and serving your needs in any way we can.

“Environmental and Climate Literacy” – Celebrate Earth Day 2017

Every April the world comes together to celebrate our planetary home and to remember that we all can make a direct impact 365 days a year by mindfully choosing eco-friendly products. We at Alan Manufacturing also do our part in designing and creating systems that are unparalleled in their energy efficiencies.

This is not limited to just the outside air. One of the issues we are currently working to rectify is in regards to positive pressure units. It has been seemingly inevitable that, over time, ducts will end up with air leaks, which results in a lack of proper pressure build-up. These days, modern homes are almost hermetically sealed so as to be well insulated enough to meet the requirements of new environmentally-friendly laws and regulations. The consequence can be that these tightly sealed homes will have poor ventilation due to the aforementioned leaks and pressure losses. (This is what can result in polluted indoor air.) Since Alan Manufacturing plays a part in these HVAC systems with metal sheet manufacturing, we’re currently exploring ways to make the assemblies more robust and, ideally, leak free. This will result in both cleaner indoor air and higher levels of efficiency- a win-win for all involved.

Over the years Alan Manufacturing, Inc. has designed over 1,000 different products including HVAC dampers, related hardware, duct supports and zone control systems as well as specialized items that not only meet the needs of our valued customers but those of Mother Earth as well.

Be sure to keep in touch and up-to-date by following us on Twitter and LinkedIn. Also, drop by our website to enjoy our informational blogs and company updates! If you have any questions please contact us today.

Happy Earth Day 2017 from Alan Manufacturing!

Smart Homes and the HVAC Industry

Here at Alan Manufacturing, our aim is to create a strong presence in the smart homes industry. Smart homes are rapidly expanding across the country, allowing homeowners to control and adjust things like air conditioning or heat while away from home. They are able to do this through apps on a smart phone, making regulating the home easier than ever before. We are currently compiling an inventory of Wi-Fi enabled systems to assist with these smart home requirements.

Intelligent HVAC systems have already altered the way things have been done in the past. Now, the HVAC industry is one of the fastest growing technologically advancing industries. As HVAC systems and controls advance, they also become more efficient. Homeowners are now able to govern much more than just their security systems with their smart phones.

Integrated HVAC systems are a growing trend as they are being incorporated into new buildings. This means HVAC systems are now being tied into the mechanical systems of a building. Today, owners can control and monitor lights, water, and even security, all from one panel in a central location. It’s convenient and works with an easy to use platform.

HVAC goes mobile with smart solutions that allow homeowners to use apps that let them to control their HVAC systems and they can also alert them to preventative maintenance. With all these new improvements and advancements, HVAC technicians will need to be trained even more to understand how these systems work and to be able to assist homeowners. Any homeowner who is looking into getting a new HVAC system should take a look at, and get familiar with the newest, most innovative products on the market.

To stay abreast of all the changes in the HVAC industry and keep informed on new products, or simply to stay in touch with us, read our blog, follow us on Twitter, connect with us on LinkedIn, or like us on Facebook.

Fresh Air Intake Handlers: How they Add to the Effectiveness of HVAC Systems

Almost 90% of the homes in the US and a large number of construction and industrial sites depend on HVAC systems of varying volumes and capacities to regulate the temperature and offer optimal living (or working) conditions to its dwellers and users.

HVACs are a boon of modern technology. They allow us to maintain a sacred sanctuary in our homes and offices – irrespective of the weather outside.

But there is a downside to their conveniences. Often the air can start to feel stale, unclean or humid. Diseases like common cold thrive in areas that are closely contained and sealed. If a space requires the operation of combustion appliances, HVAC systems might suck out the air in the rooms leaving them sputtering for oxygen.

An easy and affordable solution to these problems is the introduction of fresh air handling units. These units are responsible for adding controlled volumes of clean air to confined areas, diluting the staleness and supporting the HVAC set-up.

Impact of Fresh Air Intake Handlers on HVAC Enabled Sites:

First and foremost, Fresh Air Intake handlers replenish the supply of air in sealed off areas without exerting undue pressure on HVAC systems. They possess volume controllers and dampers that suck in only a given cubic feet per minute (cfpm) of fresh air based on the ability of the heating and ventilation set-up to handle it.

Second, they build up positive pressure within a room or a site. Since the pressure inside is greater than that outside, stray drafts do not wander in with pollutants and suspended particles. This is particularly useful when a location houses tools and equipment that should not come in contact with contaminated air.

Last but not the least, Fresh Air Intake Handlers improve the efficiency of combustion appliances by providing them with adequate oxygen to support the burning. For industrial purposes, this can make the difference between profitability and losses.

Alan Manufacturing Inc. is a trusted name in the HVAC sector and has been producing custom dampers and accessories like vent trays that help Air Intake Handlers function effectively.

If you want to learn more about its inventory, please connect with Alan Manufacturing at 800.435.2526.

Alan Manufacturing’s 2017 Agenda

Over the past two and half decades, Alan Manufacturing has lived up to the promise of best in class HVAC dampers, related hardware, duct supports, zone control systems and specialized items to serve OEMs, wholesalers, distributors, dealers, and contractors.

2016 was a year of steady expansion in which our team set new goals to accommodate our long-term vision. We made sure to account for old and new trends like the phasing out of HFC refrigerants and the emergence of intelligent, integrated and mobile supported HVAC systems

In 2017 you will see us implement an agenda that will cover both consumer facing as well as administrative shifts. This will enable Alan to continue to cement our brand as an industry leader.

Capabilities Expansion:

Today, Alan Manufacturing is geared to invest in the construction of a new building for storage and distribution that will comply with regulatory mandates and possess advantages like motorized loading docks to allow faster shipping of consignments.

We will also be a part of the World Service Expo, slated to go live on September 7th, 2017. Annual trade show attendance offers brand exposure, powerful intelligence from service experts and further networking opportunities. Through each presentation and exhibition that the event organizes Alan Manufacturing will emerge with a better understanding of how we can continue to extend an even more productive and rewarding experience to our clientele.

Marketing Revamp & Strategic Upgrades:

On a proactive and public note, we offer education and priming through extensive and instructive YouTube videos.

This year Alan will also work towards making our presence in the Smart Homes industry, an area that is rapidly expanding. One new and big development in the field is the requirement of HVAC system control settings through smart devices. We intend to focus on compiling an inventory of Wi-Fi enabled systems that can help users do exactly that.

As we know, homeowners and HVAC buyers continue to face issues with positive pressure units. The Alan Manufacturing team will also be dedicating extended time to this over the coming year. Because the ducts often end up with leaks, they do not allow pressure to build. As a result, tightly sealed homes with polluted air cause detrimental side effects defeating the whole purpose of ventilation. Since Alan works on the metal sheeting for these set-ups, we’re looking to explore ways in which to make the assembly (especially the dampers) more robust.

How will these projects fare? What does HVAC have in store for users and vendors? For the latest updates, please follow Alan Manufacturing’s Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages.

Happy New Year from the team here at Alan Manufacturing! We look forward to working with you and your needs throughout 2017!

A Look Back at the Past Year

It’s the end of another year. It seems like just yesterday we were wrapping up 2015, but now it’s time to take a look back at 2016 and review the important topics that we shared with you over the past year.

As a leading supplier in the HVAC industry, we continually monitor the progress within our field. The demand for HVAC is steady throughout the year and throughout the nation. From heating to air conditioning, the HVAC industry is responsible for providing comfortable interior spaces. Reports at the beginning of the year had expected the market to grow as construction and building expanded. Optimism in the industry was, and still is, high as we head into 2017.

An area we frequent is HVAC maintenance. For optimal functioning of heating and cooling systems maintaining them properly is extremely important. The off-season is the ideal time to give systems a thorough once-over. This past spring we provided tips on how to maintain heating systems. These preventative maintenance guidelines ensured that your heating systems are in tip-top shape for the cold weather we have now.

In April we touched on the importance of Earth Day and energy efficiency. For over 40 years the EPA has been working to protect the environment and people. Programs such as ENERGY STAR® offer guidelines for products with reduced energy use that are more eco-friendly. The newest HVAC equipment uses much less energy than in the past without sacrificing comfort. Energy efficiency is a smart choice for reducing energy bills and the fuel needed to maintain a comfortable environment.

We finished out the year by attending two of the industry’s leading trade shows–Service World Expo and Comfortech. Both shows offered us the opportunity to meet with professional service contractors and explore the latest technologies. We enjoyed networking at the events and exchanging new ideas and perspectives with other industry leaders.

We’d like to thank all of you for a successful 2016 and are looking forward to serving you throughout 2017. From all of us at Alan Manufacturing, we wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!

Should you encounter any HVAC issues throughout the winter or holiday season, keep an eye on our Twitter and LinkedIn for your needed HVAC support and tips!