The Benefits of Manual Damper Control Systems

Proper damper control is extremely important in regulating the flow of air inside a duct. In many applications, HVAC contractors are able to install an automatic motorized system. Unfortunately, not all installations can accommodate an automatic damper, or, it isn’t the best application. In cases such as these, manual cable drive systems are the perfect solution.

Interest in manual cable drive systems is becoming increasingly popular. During construction, they install quickly and easily reducing time and cost. Manual drive systems work with round, oval, or rectangular shaped components. We can even custom build the damper tube or attach it to your fitting. Unlike motorized control systems, there is no need to build accessibility into the project. Manual control systems won’t ever need replacing.

Featuring a flexible cable and wire that can be routed around electrical conduit, piping, or any other obstruction, the rotary-to-linear mechanical actuator assembly sets the damper in position for preciseness and dependability. The cable can be as long as needed for easy control. We are also working on developing a central control center for the cables where damper adjustment will be as easy as turning a knob!

Manual control is the ideal option for consumers who want to have more control over airflow and a motorized system isn’t practical. Motors are often placed on the outside of the ducts making them inaccessible and difficult to control or replace.

An ALAN Manufacturing Cable Damper System includes:

  • An assembled ALAN Actuator and push/pull sleeved cable providing rotary actuation with a simple turning motion
  • Standard 42” of sleeved cable with end units for easy attachment to the adjustment lever of the damper blade (can be made available in longer custom lengths)
  • Cable mounting support to mount the cable to the casing of the damper

Contact us today to learn more about your manual cable control system opportunities. To stay in the loop on the latest HVAC industry and in-house updates, continue to read our blog, find us on Twitter, and connect with us on LinkedIn.

We look forward to speaking with you soon!

Fresh Air Intake Handlers Contribute to Sustainable Goals Beyond April

What is The Canopy Project?


The Canopy Project


“Our planet is losing 15 billion trees each year. Earth Day Network works to reforest the earth and build sustainable communities.”


Earth Day is the world’s largest environmental movement. This April, we’re amidst projects to contribute to sustainable communities. In modern interiors, whether commercial, industrial, private, or even in our immediate homes, each space runs the risk of stale air and air circulation. The results occur when insulation is so strict that fresh air can’t run through the system. Poor ventilation and humidity can lead to a number of dangers including polluted indoor air, mold, reconstruction needs,  health risks, and more.


Having a top-of-line HVAC system will help you dramatically reduce these risks. Keeping our home and work space air systems running efficiently and up to par ultimately contributes to long-term sustainable communities. HVAC systems are used to regulate temperature and offer ideal work and living spaces.


Fresh air handling units are an easy and affordable solution. The units offer controlled volumes of clean air for enclosed environments. The fresh air works to dilute old air, contributing as a functional component of your HVAC system.


As an added piece of the HVAC system, fresh air intake handlers bring in clean, fresh air, without acting as an external stressor on your HVAC system.


Each handler dictates the amount of fresh air being distributed. Dampers, regulating the flow of air, pull from cubic feet per minute (cfpm) based upon your current system set up. The positive pressure that is created from the air handler keeps external drafts from polluting indoor air.


Industrial and manufacturing companies specifically benefit from fresh air intake air handlers because they service “combustion appliances,” providing them enough oxygen to support burning needs for ovens, furnaces, boilers, manufacturing, machining, stamping, and more.


Alan Manufacturing is a trusted manufacturer in the HVAC industry, producing custom dampers and accessories like the fresh air intake handlers that are compatible with your system.


To learn more about our services, products, and industry updates, continue to follow our blog, find us on Twitter, and connect with us on LinkedIn.


To speak with a representative simply contact us today.

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.