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!


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!