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 Forbes.com 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!

Alan Manufacturing’s Customized HVAC Damper/Duct Products at Comfortech 2015

Alan Manufacturing Inc. representatives, our customized damper and duct products will be amongst the “cool products, hot trends and solutions for [HVACR] success” that contractors will find on display at Comfortech 2015. Look for us in expo booth #573 at America’s Center Convention Complex in St. Louis, Missouri! This is the spot learn more about Alan Manufacturing and our customized damp/duct products at the prestigious event!

This year, Comfortech takes place September 15th-17th, with the exhibit hall open Wednesday, September 16th, from 12:30- 4:30P.M., and Thursday, September 17th, from 12 noon until 4P.M. We’re looking forward to meeting and networking with many of the 1,500 plus contractors and manufacturers in the HVACR industry who are expected to attend Comfortech this year. This conference and expo gives us the opportunity to showcase our heating, ventilating and air conditioning products in a face-to-face, relaxed and fun environment!

“Comfortech brings together the latest products, trends and business solutions for mechanical contractors involved in HVACR, hydronics and plumbing.” Presented by Contracting Business and CONTRACTOR magazines, this is a national event designed to “educate and inspire business transformation” for industry professionals. For more information about Comfortech 2015, visit the conference website. For further information on our company and products (both at the show and online) you can check out the Alan Manufacturing website, too. We look forward to seeing you in St. Louis!

The Benefits of Retrofits

There are several factors to consider when it comes to deciding if a retrofit is a good plan for your building. One of the main factors is budget. A retrofit can help buildings save money by reducing energy costs without having to replace everything. It could also help increase the value of the building and improve rent, sales and lease up rates. Additionally, a retrofit is much easier when compared to a full replacement because it require less labor and time, which means minimal downtime for the building.

Beyond cost savings a retrofit could help improve employee health and productivity. A recent article in GreenBiz found that energy-intensive buildings such as healthcare facilities, food services establishments, and prisons can benefit from deep energy retrofits, which add more sustainable features to improve energy efficiency. IN particular, prisons found that natural environments helped lower health complaints and other benefits. These same benefits can be applied to other spaces, including homes, offices, and other building types.

To find out more about the benefits of retrofitting and how we can help you, visit us online. We also post more industry news and company updates on our Twitter and LinkedIn pages.

The Growth of the Internet of Things in the HVAC Industry

You’ve probably seen articles about the Internet of Things or IoT. But what is it? The Internet of Things is a network of devices that can share information and complete tasks while consumers go about other activities. For example, sprinkler systems could access weather forecasts to optimize the watering schedule.

When machines have the ability to communicate with each other, the machines can improve the efficiency of the tasks. This energy efficiency is the top reason consumers want IoT integration according to ThroughTek. The report found that one in three Americans surveyed believe the connected home will be achievable within the next year and 60% believe it will happen within the next five years.

The energy efficiency of IoT is a key factor for millennials according to the report as Americans are looking for ways to reduce the average yearly bill of $3,000. This can be incredibly important to the HVAC industry as new products are created. There are already companies like Nest are already offering consumers connected “smart” devices such as the thermostat that can be controlled from a mobile device. At ALAN Manufacturing we are exploring the Internet of Things and researching how it can be incorporated into our products and we will continue to follow this trend update our customers.

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