23 April 2019
4 Benefits of Standard Air Handling Units
By Ana Cross
23 April 2019
Energy efficiency is becoming even more important across pretty much everything we do, buy, and consume. This is especially true of Air Handling Units (AHUs), with the implications of poor Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and stricter regulations such as Ecodesign placing renewed emphasis on minimising running costs, without sacrificing practicality.
When specifying an AHU, the first consideration that needs to be made is whether the project needs you to take the bespoke design route, or opt for a more standard offering. While a bespoke AHU is capable of delivering results tailored to site-specific circumstances, standard units can offer a number of benefits. Here are just a few:
1. A Swift Solution
Due to having a fixed set of features, standard AHUs can be produced for significantly shorter lead times for customers. The length of a project, from design to completion, will determine whether a standard product initially specified is still suitable and compliant, or if it needs changing to another size or to a completely bespoke solution. For a quick turnaround of your mechanical AHU project with general comfort ventilation requirements, the standard PURA units are a perfect fit.
2. Spec, Build, Repeat
Opting for a standard solution essentially means that one product ordered today will be the same as one ordered tomorrow. The combination of features, performance and footprint are fixed for each size of the product range, which makes them ideally suited for projects which require equipment of the same specification, such as schools or office blocks. Nevertheless, ‘standard’ doesn’t equate to average, as the PURA units are built to high standards of quality and airtightness, fitted with the latest technology that promotes good IAQ and maximises energy efficiency.
3. Simple Specification
With a standard solution, you are presented with a set of features which meet with general requirements for mechanical ventilation, well ahead of a project taking place. Performance, footprint and pricing information can be easily obtained from a manufacturer’s product brochure ahead of specification, and standard products such as the PURA range are supported by BIM models, making the specification process even simpler.
4. Stay in Control
What’s great is that the use of advanced controls has been streamlined for the PURA units without compromising on its future operation and capabilities. The Kinairtico Controller in Air Design’s PURA range is an IAQ and energy recovery management device, offering various modes of operation according to pre-set parameters. These can be set and re-set for standalone, scheduled operation, or fully interfaced with a building’s Building Management System (BMS). Its sensors are able to detect alterations in occupancy levels, and adjust the ventilation of the occupied space accordingly. Its intuitive design, including a built-in screen, ensures it is easy to operate.
Whether a bespoke or a standard offering is more suitable depends on the project itself, and it’s important to be aware that what may start as a standard solution may become bespoke should circumstances dictate it. To discuss which solution is appropriate for you, please visit: