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.

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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!

The Importance of STEM Education

With American manufacturing back and projected to keep growing, one of the major topics in the industry is the skilled worker shortage.  It seems that where there weren’t many jobs a decade ago, there are now plenty of good manufacturing jobs, but not enough skilled people to fill them.

One of the major focuses right now in our country STEM education.  Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) form the basis of any well rounded education and career-training, and yet, many American children and teens are lacking these fundamentals.  According to this article, advanced manufacturers are desperately looking to fill positions with people who have the right STEM skills.  And a recent report suggested that greater support and training in STEM areas could help fill positions throughout the country.

The federal government, seeing the obvious need for a greater push toward SEM education among young Americans, is doing its part as well. In a recent article on the subject, it was said that “efforts include preparing and recruiting 100,000 new STEM teachers and opening opportunities to get more younger students interested in STEM.”  According to the White House’s deputy director for technology and innovation, “We have open jobs. We could be hiring more people if we had workers.”

So it stands to reason that if there aren’t enough skilled young people, and that young people with STEM skills are what employers want and need, then we, as a country, should be pushing our kids toward this.  One way is for parents to ingrain in children the importance of these skills for everyday life, as well as for their futures. Another is for both parents and educators to show the fun side of science and math—after all, robots, space ships, and video games all rely on these fundamentals.

As a manufacturer, we see the need every day, and we also see the career practicality. Each of our new employees is given a math test, and those who do well advance more quickly and inevitably earn more money.

While change isn’t easy and it doesn’t happen overnight, we can all help move the next generation in the right direction.