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!

Staying Ahead of the Competition by Participating in Premier Trade Shows of Our Niche

Here at Alan Manufacturing we are continuing our tradition of commitment to excellence by attending the Service World Expo and Comfortech.

Although it is sometimes thought that conventional tradeshows and seminars are tedious and often rehash the same material, these two fall events that we will be presenting at are very different. Service World Expo and Comfortech offer unique advantages to their networks.

How Comfortech & the Service World Expo Will Provide a Competitive Edge to Alan Manufacturing:

Comfortech held over the 19th to 22nd of September, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, is labelled a contractors delight. It is learning intensive and features some of the most experienced individuals from the service contracting arena. Covering topics like connected homes, green technology, the economics of effective contracting and marketing strategies, its two key note speeches and six session tracks will contribute significantly to Alan Manufacturing’s 2017 goals and long term vision.

Organized by Service Nation Inc. in partnership with The ACHR News, Plumbing & Mechanical Magazine, and Reeves Journal, the Service World Expo will stretch over 26th and 27th of October. Boasting a novel format that focuses on fostering relationships between distributors and manufacturers, the event will turn the concept of a trade show on its head. Most seminars and conventions lose out the opportunity to capitalize on targeted leads who take the trouble to show up and declare their interest in the niche because the protocol dictating distributor (attendee) and manufacturer (exhibitor) interactions is restrictive.  However, the Service World Expo breaks barriers by allowing all participants and attendees to dine together, attend brainstorming sessions, exchange new ideas and perspectives and learn about new technological advancements. Educational content around team building is also disseminated. It is mingling that forges bonds of trust, helping both parties secure reliable partners to succeed with.

Alan Manufacturing Inc. hopes to emerge better connected and primed from its participation so that it can serve its varied clientele of residential, commercial and industrial HVAC dealers and distributors with even greater competence.

If you would like to learn more about Alan Manufacturing Inc. dampers, controllers and sensors, please contact us for a free quote.

Earth Day and Energy Efficient HVAC Systems

With April comes the yearly celebration of Earth Day – a time when we are reminded of the importance of choosing eco-friendly products. At the start of spring HVAC systems are often in-between seasons. Options like heat and/or air conditioning aren’t currently necessary to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature. With winter behind and spring coming into focus, now is the perfect time to review Earth Day’s effects on environmental and industrial attitudes in a combined effort to develop eco-friendly HVAC products.

Protecting the environment has been a priority for government policies, industries, and consumers since the first Earth Day celebration originated in 1970. Agencies like the EPA are a direct result of environmental activism. The EPA puts guidelines in place for energy efficiency, fewer airborne pollutants, and environmentally safe products–factors that are key to HVAC systems. Guesswork is taken out of performance standards with programs such as ENERGY STAR, alongside EPA’s system to determine energy efficient products. Equipment that earns ENERGY STAR ratings run more efficiently and reduce annual energy bills. Upgrading your existing systems, or installing new, will offer improved performance with substantial energy savings for both businesses and consumers.

Selecting proper HVAC equipment is crucial in order to maintain a comfortable environment. In many cases the advances in design have significantly and efficiently reduced energy use. Researchers continue to improve HVAC by using new technologies to replace the conventional mechanical systems. Fuel cell technologies offer higher levels of energy efficiency and reduce climate-changing emissions in heating and cooling systems.

The global energy-efficient HVAC market is continually growing and expected to continue on an upward trend. Today’s HVAC systems are utilizing greener technologies to bring heating and cooling systems up to current environmental standards. These kind of developments will help us maintain a much needed and stronger balance between energy consumers and our surrounding environments. For more information on the HVAC industry and accompanying products contact us today.

How to Maintain HVAC Systems During the Off-Season

Is it spring yet? For some parts of the country this has been a brutal winter and it may not be completely over yet! Even though it may seem like summer will never get here, we know this isn’t the case. And, as we head toward warmer weather this is the ideal time to start thinking about off season maintenance of heating systems.

The value of preventative maintenance cannot be overstated. The idea is to prevent problems from happening by performing maintenance on machinery while it is still working. Sounds like a no-brainer, but it is something many companies and consumers often overlook, especially on seasonal equipment like furnaces and boilers that are not required year round.

The reason PM isn’t a standard procedure on heating equipment is because we don’t think about it when we don’t need it. That is why it is important to consider performing necessary maintenance of heating equipment now so that it will be in good working order for when the temperatures drop again.

The Home Energy Center offers these guidelines for an effective PM checkup on heating systems:

• Clean the burner assembly
• Remove any soot buildup
• Check and clean the humidifier
• Examine the heat exchanger for cracks
• Perform combustion analysis and adjust the fuel-to-air ratio of the burner
• Ensure system is functioning properly and safety controls are working
• Check electrical connections and components and replace, repair, or tighten where necessary
• Inspect for proper airflow through the ducts and change air filters
• Check that pumps are working, are lubricated, and flow rates are appropriate
• Inspect motors, clean, and lubricate
• Examine belts for tightness and alignment and adjust as necessary
• Inspect blowers and clean and balance if necessary

Performing off season maintenance won’t just ensure your heating system will be ready for use on the first cold day, it also increases the efficiency of system leading to lower energy bills and extends the life of your equipment.

Remember that the off season (spring, summer, and early fall) is the ideal time to inspect and ensure your heating system will be ready to keep you warm next winter! Contact the experts at Alan Manufacturing for further information.

HVAC Industry Updates

With the days short and the nights long you might think that there isn’t much to report to HVAC industry leaders and consumers on, but this couldn’t be further from the truth! The industry is a dynamic commerce that everyone relies on most days throughout the year. As we finish out the winter months, HVAC systems keep us warm right up until the change in seasons.  In the spring and summer months we turn to HVAC systems to keep us comfortable and cool.

The ever growing industry is in demand for new structure increases,  along with a need for the components that make up the system. A new report from Frost & Sullivan finds that the global HVAC market is expected to grow $108.93 billion in 2020, up from the $80.67 billion in earned revenues in 2014. The growth trends are attributed to smart technologies and energy efficient requirements.

A recent AHR Expo survey found that 86% of respondents are confident that business will be good in 2016. This optimism spread to expected sales growth and a positive outlook for the industry. The best overall outlook for market segments in the coming year are listed as data and telecom centers, hospitals, and healthcare facilities.

The HVAC industry seems to be in good shape and is expected to get even better as the year progresses forward. With construction starts picking up, the housing market continuing to recover, and the economy strengthening, we expect to see positive growth in equipment sales and systems.

As specialists in manufacturing customized products for the HVAC industry, Alan Manufacturing will be there to support the industry’s growth with the highest quality, 100% U.S. made components.

Contact us today to learn more about our products and services.

Closing the Books on 2015

Yes, it’s that time of year again when we say goodbye to the past year and hello to the new one. We had a very busy and successful year that saw us traveling to trade fairs and expos and working on new product releases. We continue to build upon the ideal that we will use our outstanding capabilities to make products that our customers need and expand into new markets.

One of our biggest product launches this year was the C450 convertible powered floor/wall register. Ideal for hard-to-reach areas, this register operates under wireless control for regulation of air movement in the heating/cooling system. The grill is powered through line voltage or battery pack and is effective in helping to maintain a comfortable atmosphere. Additional gasket material reduces noise during use.

Attending Comfortech 2015 in September gave us the opportunity to meet with HVACR professionals to demonstrate our outstanding product lines for heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems. In January we exhibited at the 2015 AHR Expo and will be attending again this year.

The 2016 AHR Expo, the largest HVACR marketplace, is being held in Orlando, FL from January 25th to the 27th at the Orange County Convention Center. It will be nice to be in a warmer location this year (last year was in Chicago, brrr!). You can find us in Booth #2065 where we will be exhibiting our most recent product innovations including our newest ceiling diffuser product line!

We wish all of you the happiest of holidays and hope you will stop by our booth at the AHR Expo if you are attending to see the innovative products coming from Alan Manufacturing in 2016!

Contact us for additional information on any of the new products we are offering or for details on our manufacturing capabilities and services.

Prepare Now for Winter’s Coldest Weather

Preventative maintenance is an important element for keeping mechanical systems in good working order. Unfortunately, there are some maintenance jobs that are often overlooked, such as performing pre-season checks on heating systems and their components. In our area of expertise (ducts, dampers, and zone control systems) we understand the value of proper maintenance of all the components of heating systems to save energy and reduce costs.

In HVAC, improper ventilation and poorly working systems are leading causes for system malfunction and poor interior air quality. As winter approaches, now is the time to check heating system components to ensure their effectiveness to keep homes and businesses as energy efficient and healthy as possible during the coldest weather.

Components such as ducts and dampers need to be inspected for leaks, up-to-date code standards, and debris. Air ducts that are not sealed properly cause energy loss and lead to higher costs. Dampers can also be areas of heat loss if they are not seated properly and do not seal well. The DoE finds that 20% of the air in a home heating system can be lost because of leaks. Tightly sealed dampers and insulated ducts prevent heat loss and reduce energy bills.

HVAC systems can also act as a collection source for contaminants that have the potential to affect the health of a home’s occupants or employees working in commercial buildings. Contaminants found within ductwork can include mold, dust, bacteria, or fungi. Cleaning ducts and dampers within heating systems do more than just remove potential contaminants to improve air quality. Removing dirt that builds up during normal use allows the system to work more efficiently to maintain temperatures. HVAC cleaning improves airflow and increases energy efficiency.

Efficiency and effectiveness of heating systems is dependent on many factors. Now is the ideal time to make sure ventilation is running properly and ducts and dampers are clean and up to date.

Please contact us and follow us on LinkedIn for the latest news in the HVAC industry! Together we can help get you ready for the winter ahead.

Don’t Get Boxed In—Learn About the Benefits of Customization

In HVAC system designing, it is often believed that choices are limited only to those components that are currently available in manufacturer’s catalogs or inventories. For many ordinary manufacturers that is true, that the only options they offer are what is found in their current stock. At Alan Manufacturing we are the extraordinary manufacturer whose capabilities allow us to provide specialty items and custom components.

As ventilation requirements and standards evolve, the ability to customize components becomes extremely important. HVAC systems are required to meet specifications for new construction and components for retrofitting, upgrading, replacing, repairing, and maintaining systems must also be able to meet code requirements. To do this it may be necessary to reconfigure components with new designs and out-of-the-box ideas.

Our 25+ years of manufacturing experience has given us the expertise to deliver custom, one-of-a-kind products to meet the specialized needs of our customers. We have designed and manufactured over 1,000 different products for customers located throughout North America. It is this flexibility and highly efficient manufacturing operation that enables us to be the leading supplier of custom HVAC equipment.

Featuring an inventory containing all standard HVAC dampers, related hardware, duct supports, and zone control systems, we also offer in-house tooling capabilities that enable us to build the tooling required to manufacture customized and specialized items.

As the specialists in customized damper and duct products, we continually monitor changes throughout the industry to respond to new requirements and changing environmental conditions. The engineers and HVAC specialists at Alan Manufacturing regularly work on new product designs to address these changes with the goal of outstanding interior air quality.

If you have an idea for an HVAC damper, duct system, or zone control system and can’t find what you want, give us a call! Our custom manufacturing capabilities will deliver the specialized items you need! Contact Alan Manufacturing at 1-800-435-2526, or through our website today to get the process started!

Celebrate U.S. Manufacturing Every Day, Not Just One Friday in October!

Each year, the U.S. celebrates “National Manufacturing Day” on the first Friday of October. With the number of manufacturing jobs being added across the country, and with “reshoring” on the rise, the manufacturing industry has earned the right to celebrate. This year, “National Manufacturing Day” is officially set for Friday, October 2nd, but at Alan Manufacturing Inc. we believe the success of U.S. manufacturing industries should be celebrated all the time – not just one Friday in October!

There are many positive reasons to celebrate, but take a look at the two that stand out to us most this year!

  • Reshoring: its many benefits for U.S. manufacturing industries

The benefits of “reshoring,” or companies that have been moving their manufacturing operations back to the U.S. after outsourcing overseas, are being felt in just about every manufacturing industry. According to a recent report, “Offshoring is fading and reshoring is making gains.” The same report shares, “The reshoring trend is being driven by a combination of factors [including economic uncertainty in China] […] the continuing challenge of managing long-distance supply chains; the ready availability of abundant low-cost energy in the United States… and the significantly higher productivity of the U.S. labor force.”

Which brings us to our second reason to celebrate this year!

  • More manufacturing jobs

In recent months, there are more manufacturing jobs being added here in the, meaning the manufacturing sector is growing. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says more than 15,000 net new workers were added to manufacturers’ payrolls in the month of July. It’s also important to note that the pace of job growth is quickening. The July increase in jobs was the fastest pace in six months.

There are many more reasons why U.S. manufacturing should be celebrated every day of the year, and as a proud producer of custom damper/duct products, we’d be happy to tell you more! Reach out to us at Alan Manufacturing through our website, or call us at 800-435-2526. We look forward to hearing from you soon! In the meantime, enjoy “Manufacturing Day” on October 2nd and every day on!