2013 AHR Expo Product Roundup: IAQ + Ventilation
Air Innovations Inc. (www.airinnovations.com) launched HEPAirX®, a packaged, ventilating room air purifier available as a window or through-wall model that features 99.97 percent or 95 percent HEPA air conditioning and heating. Product applications include clean rooms (for compound mixing or clean, temperature-controlled storage); in-plant offices (to protect occupants from airborne contaminants in a factory or parts during instrument cleaning); enclosures (for animal research cages or other sensitive equipment); and healthcare (for individual rooms such as bedrooms, offices, waiting rooms, and exam rooms).
Air Products and Controls Inc. (www.ap-c.com) showcased its line of contractor-friendly carbon monoxide (CO) alarms and combination smoke-and-CO alarms. Model APC-120V-CO-S combination alarm is a 120-V, hard-wired application with battery backup that protects even in the event of a power outage, while the Model APC-9V-CO-S combination alarm features single-station convenience with no wires and includes a 9-volt battery. Model APC-9V-CO is a CO alarm that features a red LED power indicator and includes a 9-volt battery.
Air Quality Doctor (www.theairqualitydoctor.com) exhibited a patented IAQ unit that combines five IAQ devices into one centralized system. The AQD300 is a fully automated system that includes air-to-air heat-recovery ventilator, whole-house mechanical dehumidification, and enthalpy-humidification system with free heating and cooling. The product also includes whole-house air filtration with a HEPA filter; ultraviolet lights; and a whole-house, bathroom-exhaust system. The components also have the capability to communicate with each other.
Aire Technologies Inc. (www.airetechnologies.com) displayed a fire/smoke damper and a smoke damper. Both dampers are available in three leakage classes: Class I (ultra-low leakage), Class II (low leakage), and Class III (leakage). The combination fire-and-smoke dampers are rated for 1½ hours or three hours. The smoke dampers are factory-installed in a sleeve and are available with an externally or internally mounted actuator.
Airia Brands Inc. (www.lifebreath.com) introduced a new core in its MAX Series heat-recovery ventilator, which recovers 85 percent of heat energy in residential applications. The patented aluminum core efficiently transfers heat from outgoing stale air to incoming fresh air, resulting in better IAQ and a more energy-efficient home.
American Coolair Corp. (www.coolair.com) displayed its MXF mixed-flow duct fans, which are a hybrid design that combines the volume-flow capabilities of an axial fan with the pressure capabilities of a centrifugal fan. They are designed to operate in all environments, including elevated temperatures and contaminated air. The company also highlighted its new Type VA Vanax fans, which are true-vane axial fans designed for a wide range of commercial and industrial applications.
Atco Rubber Products Inc. (www.atcoflex.com) announced that all of its products are available with Owens Corning™ EcoTouch® insulation for flexible duct.
Best Living Systems LLC (www.bestlivingsystems.com) showed its MERV 7 PerfectFit Filters™. These filters have a sturdy, internal frame that helps eliminate warping and removes cardboard from the mold equation, according to the company. The filter eliminates bio-nesting and blow-by, and meets ASHRAE rated standards. Disposable every 90 days, the company recommends the filters be changed four times a year. Contractors can purchase the filters in packs of four. Standard sizes are available, some unusual sizes available upon request.
Big Ass Fan Co. (www.bigassfans.com) introduced its Element line in which, during warm months, the additional air movement of the large-diameter fans creates a cooling sensation, while in winter, with a roof solar-thermal system heating a building, fans redirect warm air from the ceiling to the thermostat level.
BlueShield Technologies (www.blueshieldtechnologies.com) displayed its Bio-Defender Series air-filtration kit and evaporator coil and condenser kit. The Bio-Defender Series consists of an LED light module and OxiTitan antimicrobial spray. The LED light module has a frequency tuned to a specific wavelength that is not UV, does not emit ozone, and provides more than 50,000 hours of life, said the manufacturer. The antimicrobial spray liquid is applied to an HVAC filter or an evaporator coil and the LED light activates the coating, creating an electrostatically charged environment that traps and kills bacteria, viruses, fungal spores, and mold; removes odors; and disassembles toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs), according to the company. The OxiTitan spray forms a permanent bond and is said to be eco-friendly, non-toxic, odorless, and crystal clear.
Broan-NuTone LLC (www.broan-nutone.com) introduced its latest Energy Star-qualified Broan and NuTone LoProfile Fans. Designed for retrofit applications and multifamily new construction, the LoProfile Fans can be installed between 2-by-4-inch wall studs. The fans include a 4-inch oval duct connector and a transition for 4-inch oval to 3-inch round ducts. The fan operates at 80 cfm.
Brune (www.swizz-style.com/brune) launched its B500 Professional portable humidifier. The unit is mobile by steerable casters. It has the option for direct water supply and a high-output capacity for areas up to 4,200 square feet. It uses normal tap water and provides for quiet operation via its five-step automatic fan. The B500 has a self-diagnosing system display for maintenance and troubleshooting malfunctions and, according to the company, the unit enables simple service and maintenance through its modular design. The UV sterilization and limescale-conversion cartridge reduces bacteria growth and avoids limescale deposits in the humidifier or on the property. The wireless sensor control has a range of up to 300 feet.
Canarm Ltd. (www.canarm.com) showcased its DFRC Series in-line duct fans, which are available in 4-, 5-, 6-, 8-, and 10-inch diameters. The series provides airflows up to 880 cfm and features a high-quality external rotor motor and backward inclined blade for effective airflow, even under higher static pressures. The company also welcomed its XBL belt-drive wall fans, which it says are ideal for factories, warehouses, gymnasiums, greenhouses, and more. It is available in 24-, 30-, 36-, 42-, and 48-inch blade diameters, features a heavy-gauge steel fan panel with deep-spun orifice and flared venturi to maximize efficiency, and has a durable baked-on, textured polyethylene powder-coat finish.
Carel Industries S.p.A. (www.carel.com) introduced optiMist, an evaporative cooling and humidifying system. OptiMist atomizes water in fine droplets which, while spontaneously evaporating, removes heat from the humid and cooled air. It uses a vane pump to pressurize the water, subsequently atomizing it through special nozzles. The optiMist ensures an overall energy savings in the air-handling unit of 69 kW for every 220 pounds per hour of evaporated water, with low consumption and pressure drop.
Dectron Inc. (www.dectron.com) displayed its eco-tron, a custom unit which can be used for refrigeration, energy recovery, desiccant humidification, air purification, and air-treatment solutions. It can be fully customized or semi-customized, one piece or modular, and comes in 500-250,000 cfm.
Delta Products Corp. (www.deltabreez.com) exhibited its BreezSmart ventilation fan, which features fully automated and adjustable ventilation for green construction. The SMT130M bathroom fan with motion sensor produces 130 cfm, while using 11.6 W. The company also highlighted its BreezSignature G2 series fans in a 110-cfm model, which features improved energy efficiency, adjustable motion, and humidity-sensing technology. The new BreezGreenBuilder G2 ventilation fan includes an LED lighting option and is designed for easy installation.
Desert Aire Corp. (www.desert-aire.com) introduced its enhanced Q-Pump™ water-source heat pump (WSHP) dedicated outdoor air systems (DOAS), which will lower energy consumption during the heat-pump mode of operation. The unit can now condition 0˚F entering air to 70˚ leaving air temperature without the use of any form of pre-heat, post-heat, or energy wheel (based on a 45˚ entering water temperature or greater). The company also announced that its Aura™ Series outdoor installation, air-cooled dehumidifiers are now available in 20-, 25-, and 30-ton sizes. This system allows engineers to separate the latent load of the building and deliver conditioned air to the space, which will optimize the performance of the building’s heating and cooling systems.
Ductmate Industries Inc. (www.ductmate.com) showcased PolyArmor™ polyester duct-liner insulation. The hypoallergenic polyester material is webbed into a thermal blanket with an FSK facing to resist damage during system installation and operation. Standard thickness and length sizes are 1-inch-(R-5) by-100-feet, 1.5-inches-(R-6) by-50-feet, and 2-inches-(R-8) by-50-feet.
Ductsox Corp. (www.ductsox.com), a subsidiary of Rite-Hite Corp., expanded its SkeleCore™ in-duct, cylindrical-tensioning system into a new product line with the additions of the SkeleCore™ Fabric Tensioning System (FTS) and the SkeleCore™ Internal Hoop System (IHS). The SkeleCore FTS allows installing contractors to field-adjust the textile tautness and roundness with a turn of a wrench for wrinkle-free aesthetics. The system consists of cylindrical tensioning rings attached circumferentially to the fabric via sewn-in clips at the inlet, end cap, and connections; fabric-supporting internal rings spaced every 6 feet; and SkeleCore’s 3/4-inch-diameter lightweight-aluminum backbone tube. The SkeleCore IHS is shipped in 20-foot sections. The 360 degree hoops are spaced 5-feet apart and attached to the fabric at the 4-, 8- and 12-o’clock positions.
E Instruments Intl. LLC (www.e-inst.com) rolled out its AQ Expert, a portable IAQ monitor intended for use in hospitals, buildings, schools, labs, airports, clean rooms, and more. It provides monitoring and data logging for these spaces, has up to 11 customizable parameters, and allows for real-time continuous data logging. The PC software and USB hardware is included. It has a large internal memory and a lithium-ion rechargeable battery. Optional handheld probe can be used for testing. There is an active, internal sampling pump that offers wireless communications with computers and remote printers.
Ebac Industrial Products Inc. (www.ebacusa.com) introduced the DD700 and DD1200 desiccant dehumidifiers. Both use two EC fans, are variable speed, and feature an electronic thermostat.
ebm-papst Inc. (www.ebmpapst.us) showed the AxiTop diffuser, the ACmaxx, GreenTech EC company fans for ac power systems, a broad range of EC Centrifugal Fans, a series of Plenum Fans, and a large EC axial fan — the 1,250 mm W3GZ50. The AxiTop comes for 800 and 910 mm axial fans. The W3GZ50 offers a direct-drive motor and its blades produce more than 38,000 cfm.
Envirco (www.envirco.com) displayed the MAC 10 LE-DC fan-filter unit, which uses a proprietary baffling system and backward inclined fan to improve energy efficiency. The unit also features electronically commutated motor (ECM) technology with an internal microprocessor to increase performance and deliver long motor life. These fan filter units can be used in a variety of critical clean-air applications.
Flexiva Ventilation Systems (www.flexiva.com.tr) introduced the Isiltak, a connection device between the flexible duct and the main steel-ventilation duct, the connection points, fans, and air-handling units. The connection allows contractors to screw on the ductwork and lock it into place over the plastic without the assistance of cable ties or aluminum tape. It is soon to be UL listed, according to the company.
GE Measurement and Control Solutions (www.ge-mcs.com) highlighted its Ventostat® wall-mount CO, humidity, and temperature transmitters for demand-controlled ventilation, which prevent energy losses from over-ventilation while maintaining IAQ. The Telaire 8000 Ventostat Series is available in a number of configurations. The T8100 uses a single-channel sensor using patented ABC Logic for lifetime calibration. Single-channel sensors are used in spaces where there is not full-time occupation (most applications). The T8200 uses a dual-channel optical system and three-point calibration process for enhanced stability, accuracy, and reliability.
Healthway (www.healthway.com) featured its systems, including the 2000 SC self-contained air-cleaning system, 2000 IL inline air-cleaning system, 1200 SC self-contained air-cleaning system, and 700 CM cleaning-mount air-cleaning system. They feature Healthway’s patented DFS (disinfecting filtration system) technology, which is said to break through the cell structure of viruses, bacteria, mold, and fungi, trapping and killing them. The patented V-bank filter increases surface area and provides high dust-loading capacity. The company says it provides filtration of 99.99 percent down to a size of 0.002 microns.
Imperial Mfg. Group (www.imperialgroup.ca) showed its XPH Solace heat-recovery ventilator Series. The series is specified for residential usage and features the DuoTrol balancing system that, according to the company, reduces motor speed to balance the unit and help it consume less energy. It has a 6-inch-diameter collar system for simple installation and a range of controls to make operating the system simple for contractors and end users. It comes in XPH 1.5 and 2.0 models. The former is 49 pounds and the latter is 59 pounds. Both models have a crossflow heat exchanger and operate on 120 vac.
KE Fibertec NA Inc. (www.kefibertec.com) displayed its CradleVent® fabric duct system that is certified as a manufacturing-to-recycling ventilation duct. It was approved as cradle-to-cradle certified by the Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency (EPEA) Institute in Hamburg, Germany. Once it is no longer usable, the manufacturer takes the fabric product back for disassembly and recycling, so as not to waste any materials. Initially the textile-based ventilation duct will be available in white Trevira CS fabric. The company has plans for more colors to follow.
Koch Filter Corp. (www.kochfilter.com) welcomed the Koch ICF Series of industrial cartridge filters for gas turbines and environmental dust collection. They feature high-efficiency MERV 11-15 media, high-moisture resistance, multiple media options for different environments, durable construction, replaces OEM filters, multiple core and end-cap options, and uniform pleat seating.
LG Electronics USA Inc. (www.lghvac.com) exhibited the Dynamic V8 VL Series air cleaner, which features a long filter life that can reduce a wide range of particulate and gas-phase contaminants, including: ultra-fine particulates, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), odors, and biological contaminants. With near-HEPA filter performance, the air cleaner is designed for variable-refrigerant flow (VRF) systems and does not emit ion or ozone pollutants. The MERV 15-plus rated air cleaner was designed with a flat-loading curve to prevent degradation of airflow as the filter gets dirty. This also means that the maintenance cycle of the V8 is typically measured in years, not months.
MacroAir Technologies Inc. (www.macroairfans.com) featured its AirElite fan line. The line is designed for high-end or customer-facing applications. AirElite integrates its ½-hp motor, electronics, and controls within a housing compartment. The fans are said to have a low-profile installation, high carrier frequency, and customizable colors.
Modine Mfg. Co. (www.modine.com) showed the Atherion® 7½-15 ton packaged rooftop-ventilation unit, which offers MERV 16 filtration, up to 100 percent outside-air ventilation, and factory-installed Modine Controls System. The unit integrates PF™ micro-channel condenser technology and provides a high-efficiency gas-heating option with Conservicore® technology.
NanoFiltration Technologies LP (www.nanofiltrationtechnologies.com) exhibited its winged fiber media for aerosol filtration products. This new patented winged fiber provides the surface area of microfibers with the strength, flexibility, and processability of standard fibers, the company says. The fiber is macro in size but provides nanofiber performance through its unique geometric design. The fibers are produced using standard bi-component, spunbond technology. In addition, the winged fibers are hydroentangled, washed, and electrostatically charged. The resulting media provides high particle-capture efficiencies, low pressure drop, and expanded dust-holding capacity. The company, in conjunction with HEPA Corp., also featured the new LEAF™ (low energy air filtration) series HEPA filters that utilize the new winged-fiber media. The HEPA filters are said to have a minimum 99.97 percent efficiency at 0.30 microns and are available in aluminum separator pack style with all standard frame options — aluminum, stainless steel, galvanized, and wood.
Ostberg Americas Inc. (www.ostberg.com) showcased its HERU Heat & Energy Recovery Unit. Designed for supply and exhaust air ventilation combined with energy recovery, it is equipped with fine mesh filters — with a MERV rating of 13 — for both exhaust and supply air.
Patterson Fan Co. Inc. (www.pattersonfan.com) released the High-5 High Volume Ceiling Fan. After nearly two years in development, the modular fan has multiple speeds which allow for cooling in the summer and destratification in winter. It comes with a five-year unconditional warranty and is available in sizes of 18 and 24 feet.
Primex Mfg. Ltd. (www.primexfits.com) introduced The Terminator, a rigid, molded plastic housing created to terminate HVAC ductwork. It attaches quickly to a stud or a joist and leaves a level, circular opening that fits ducting and grilles without adjustments or shimming.
RenewAire LLC (www.renewaire.com) displayed the 90-Series energy-recovery ventilators. The unit may be mounted in any orientation and in heated or unheated locations. The airflow range is 40-110 cfm. The EV90 has a painted case, low-voltage controls, and line cord. The GR90 has a galvanized case, line voltage, and no line cord. The company also showed its CA Outdoor Series commercial energy-recovery ventilators. Its ventilation type is static plate, heat, and humidity transfer. It has insulated sheet-metal cabinets with energy-exchange cores and filters. A blower is not included and must be specified to meet the job requirements. Three models are available. Depending on the model, the typical airflow range is 500-2,220 cfm up to 1,000-4,400 cfm.
Reversomatic Mfg. Ltd. (www.reversomatic.com) exhibited its Deluxe Series self-balancing HRV/ERV. The product boasts a patent-pending design featuring automatic electronic air balancing. Three models are available: an HRV with an aluminum core, an HRV with a polypropylene core, and an ERV with an enthalpy core.
Rosenberg USA Inc. (www.rosenbergusa.com) launched its explosion-proof evaporator fans for use in areas where there is danger of explosive atmospheres. They are available in sizes of 400 mm, 450 mm, and 500 mm, offering airflow from 3,000-6,500 cfm. Rosenberg also introduced its ECOFIT motorized, backward-curved impellers, which deliver low noise and highly efficient air cooling in uninterruptible power supply (UPS), variable-frequency drive, and other rectifier or inverter units. Both ac and electronically commutated (EC) models are available. These fans are ideal for air conditioning, supplemental cooling, rack, or in-row equipment cooling. They feature a rated life expectancy L10 with a minimum 50,000 hours of operation at air temperatures up to 158˚F. IP44 protection is standard.
Rotobrush Intl. LLC (www.rotobrush.com) showcased its aiR+ XP duct-brush system, which features a more powerful vacuum than its predecessor, the aiR+. The aiR+ XP’s brush system rotates at 450 rpm to loosen debris from the inside walls of air ducts before vacuuming up the debris. It is safe to use in every type of duct application, including flexible ductwork.
Seiho Intl. Inc. (www.seiho.com) introduced the JSP Adjustable Plastic Grille, a square plate that can be pressed in for adjusting the airflow at four different positions, three in the open position, and one closed. It offers architectural styling for low-flow supply and exhaust applications, is designed for ceiling and wall mounting, and is ideal for use in high-humidity indoor installations, such as bathrooms, showers, and dish-washing areas. It also introduced the KX aluminum vent cap, which is ideal for residential ventilation applications such as storage rooms, attics, basements, and bathroom and kitchen exhaust. Insect screens can be added as an option.
SenseAir AB (www.senseair.com) launched a high-performance platinum coating, EQC (eternal quality coating). The coating is used in the measurement cell and increases optic performance using the infrared-gas measurement method. EQC is designed to reduce the environmental load of the manufacturing process, while improving accuracy and stability under varying temperature and humidity conditions, and in polluted air. The company also highlighted its new CO₂ Engine® K33 LP low-power module, which is designed for high-volume production with full traceability by sensor serial number on all manufacturing processes and key components.
Seresco Technologies Inc. (www.serescodehumidifiers.com) showed Protocol NP Series, a commercial dehumidifier series that utilizes glycol. Also new is the PDH program, a one-hour tutorial on total natatorium design for engineers that need professional development hour (PDH), state continuing-education credits.
Smart Fog Inc. (www.smartfog.com) displayed its TS100 Aerodynamic HVAC In-Duct NonWetting Humidifier, which features mathematically generated algorithms that maintain constant relative humidity 24/7 with no fluctuations. Its flexible and modular design means the system can adapt to any duct and does not require drains, droplet screens, or specialized insulation.
Steril-Aire Inc. (www.steril-aire.com) featured its new Fast Install Tower (FIT), which provides a quick, easy installation of Steril-Aire single-ended UVC Emitter™ lengths from 12-42 inches. FIT is designed for medium-to-large air-handling units typically found in commercial and industrial applications, and is an optimal solution for those installations with space constraints, staggered banks, and facilities where HVAC downtime is a critical concern.
Strobic Air Corp. (www.choosetristack.com) introduced the Smart System control panel to complement the company’s Tri-Stack Critical Life Safety Exhaust Systems. The Smart System maintains safe ventilation levels while minimizing facility energy costs. The product measures fan performance, allowing it to safely control fan speed while never dropping below a minimum outlet velocity and stack height. It also reduces sound levels in off-peak loading and logs performance data for more than five years.
Titus (www.titus-hvac.com) showcased the Temperature and Ambience Optimizer, a type of chilled beam displacement ventilation unit for buildings where air quality is a concern. The unit has a hybrid design that blends attributes and features of multiple systems into one, employing displacement, chilled beam, and radiation principles. Designed for use in educational facilities and theaters, TAO allows the supply of 100 percent outside air, operates at a near-minimum ventilation rate for classrooms, and reduces energy consumption by using cooling and heating coils. It also helps reduce energy consumption by taking advantage of the low-temperature, high-efficiency boilers, and maximizes the economizer operation of the HVAC system. Some of the features include customizable cabinets in a variety of wood finishes and colors.
Trane (www.trane.com), a brand of Ingersoll Rand, showed the Trane Intelligent Variable Air systems, which are efficient systems for a building’s HVAC needs, saving energy, installation costs, and time, the company said. Customers can monitor efficiency with user-friendly dashboards that help to maintain peak performance for the life of the system. Also shown were Trane® high-efficiency terminal devices. They offer flexible configurations. The terminal devices with electrically commutated motors (ECM) and single-zone variable air volume (VAV) capabilities deliver reduced maintenance costs; greater efficiency; and improved acoustics, comfort, and IAQ, said the manufacturer.
Triatomic Environmental Inc. (www.freshaireuv.com) introduced its Mini UV, a UV light for ductless mini-split a/c systems. The design of the Mini UV features miniature-shielded UV lamps that are 9-inches long and 3/8 inch in diameter — small enough to fit in tight spaces, granting mini splits the ability to use a light disinfection system.
Universal Air Filter (www.uaf.com) highlighted a high-efficiency pleated media for applications requiring MERV 11-15 ratings and low-pressure drop.
UV Resources (www.uvresources.com) introduced the X-Plus extended UV-C lamp base, which can be mounted from the exterior of any HVAC system, air handler, plenum, or duct. The NEMA-rated fixture expands the number of surface and airstream applications that can benefit from UV-C energy. The inexpensive, single-ended fixture accommodates lamps up to 60 inches in length and offers important safety features that can include a shatterproof lamp, lockable access cover, and two power interlocks that limit UV exposure and prevent electrical shock. Suitable for new or retrofit applications, the lightweight and adaptable X-Plus fixture can be easily installed in most light commercial, commercial, industrial, and high-security applications.
Van-Packer Co. Inc. (www.vpstack.com) showed Model GZ two-hour, fire-rated, zero-clearance grease duct. It can be used for the removal of smoke and grease-laden vapor from commercial, industrial, institutional, and similar cooking applications where continuous operating temperatures are 500˚F (260˚C) or less, and for intermittent temperatures not exceeding 2,000˚F (1,093˚C). The grease ducts are intended to be part of a complete grease-duct system which connects the hood or grease extractor with the outdoors by means of an exhauster or blower system.
Vents-US (www.ventsus.com) featured a hanging bucket fan that redirects conditioned air at the ceiling to where it is needed at the floor. The product is available in three sizes and is effective in many commercial, educational, or industrial buildings with ceilings of 15-30 feet. The company also exhibited new custom covers called fan cozies to enhance the look of building interiors. Vents-US claims available colors and prints are almost endless and logos can also be added.
Wine Guardian (www.wineguardian.com) launched a newly designed humidifier to assist in the preservation and protection of residential and commercial wine collections. Available as integrated or freestanding models, Wine Guardian humidifiers include digital controls; evaporative drip-pad systems; built-in fans; and commercial grade and lightweight, corrosion-resistant components. The freestanding humidifier also can be used with competitive wine-cooling systems.
Ziehl-Abegg AG (www.ziehl-abegg.us) showed its ZAplus, described as an intelligent fan system using multifunctional air-static blades.
Publication date: 2/18/2013