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.

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.

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.

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.

HVAC System Misconception: Do I Need to Seal My Duct Work?

There are many misconceptions when it comes to HVAC systems, their maintenance, and their repairs.  One of the biggest misconceptions is that if you have zone control dampers, you do not need to seal the duct work.  This is not the case; both new and older ductwork needs to be sealed and maintained to keep the system working optimally.

Oftentimes, when people put control dampers in, they think that that’s all, and nothing else needs to be done.  However, while you are spending the money to make the system more efficient, you are wasting money in the end if the duct work isn’t properly sealed.  Zoning your duct work does indeed make a home or business more comfortable and efficient, but if it isn’t sealed properly, you could potentially be losing air, making the zoning obsolete.  Just because you have properly zoned your duct work doesn’t mean it’s working as it should.

How do you ensure proper functionality? Make sure that your joints are sealed—there are now new, highly improved sealing tapes that last longer and seal more effectively than they did years ago.  There are many different types, some even made out of aluminum.  A good sealing tape will ensure the joints are sealed well—however, don’t forget to check it regularly.

Additionally, when you are sealing the joints and putting in a zone control system, be sure to have a bypass relief damper.  When the joints are sealed and there is nowhere for the air to escape to, it can go back into the furnace, and cause a blowout.  For this reason, a damper—which releases the air—is very important.

If you follow these simple steps when zoning, you will get the most out of your system and avoid problems, both small and large.