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The benefits of air handling units

Construction Tech Review | Thursday, March 18, 2021

AHU can maximize air quality standards and lead to a better and safer working environment.

FREMONT, CA: Used as part of an air-conditioning, ventilation, and heating system, an Air Handling Unit's purpose is to re-condition air from the outside and circulate it as fresh air in the building. These units are typically found in medium to large industrial and commercial buildings. An AHU will take air from the outside and condition it by cleaning it, cooling, or heating it depending on the user's requirements. This air is then forced around the building by a series of ductwork and vents, with most systems comprising additional ductwork and vents to extract the stale air back to the AHU, where it is expelled by a fan back into the atmosphere. Here are some of the benefits of air handling units.Air handling

One of the main benefits of installing an Air Handling Unit is a much more comfortable working environment for the staff and visitors. While air conditioning units will either heat or cool the workspace relying on the outside temperature, an AHU will clean the air entering the building and even adjust the humidity. With so many new buildings becoming increasingly insulated to mitigate heat escaping and thus lower energy costs, the building's air is more likely to become stale and linger for longer. This stale air then becomes a danger to the staff and visitors and the fabric of the building itself, with the stale air potentially resulting in mold growth and problems with condensation. Mould is a dangerous contaminant as it can cause allergic reactions in staff and visitors and damage the building's fabric on the inside and out, which could need professional removal or repair.

Firms will need to think carefully about the requirements before purchasing an AHU, as buying a unit that has been developed specifically for a certain use will assist in speeding up the deployment process and be more reliable. The AHU location is another essential factor to consider, as an AHU in a factory will have different needs than in an office building, so an AHU that has been tailored for a specific application will be able to perform much more efficiently. The AHU size is also vital to make sure that the unit can comfortably supply fresh air to the size of the room.

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