As companies, retail businesses, and even individual homeowners continue to search for ways to both purify their indoor air and improve the energy efficiency and thermal performance of their buildings, the air curtain industry is well-posed for long-term economic growth. One recent market analysis found that the global air curtain market is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGRI of 4.5 percent over the forecast period of 2018-2024. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic put a renewed focus on the importance of purified air and improved indoor air quality, the appeal of air curtains and air doors was … Continue Reading
Though it might seem like just another cumbersome type of legislation, energy codes set forth by your local or state government are put in place to help business owners and homeowners save money while also reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with building energy usage. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the combination of residential and commercial buildings accounted for approximately 40 percent of all energy consumed in the country. Of that energy use, around 25 percent is used for heating in commercial buildings, and an estimated 48 percent of energy in residential spaces goes towards space heating … Continue Reading
With winter just around the corner, many business owners are fretting the high heating bills that inevitably add to the seemingly endless list of ever-growing business expenses. In fact, a recent study by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) found that “about 40% of energy costs for the average commercial building are spent on heating, cooling and ventilation. This equates to about 7.5% of total costs for the average office building, since 19% of total costs are energy costs.” As a total, small businesses spend over $60 billion every year in energy costs, almost half of that devoted to running … Continue Reading
The primary entrance to any business or commercial property is the first opportunity to make a positive impression on your customers and visitors. Attractive landscaping, innovative signage and branding, and neat building facades can all help to entice the interest of patrons entering your business. However, the actual entry point into your business acts as the first opportunity to help convert the curious shopper into a sale.
Many businesses have long relied on vestibules as the primary point of entry into their building. A vestibule acts as a small foyer leading into the main space such as a lobby. When … Continue Reading
What if you could drastically reduce your business energy bills, improve the comfort of your employees and patrons, and protect people inside your building from outside contaminants with a device that is almost completely hidden from sight? Business owners and managers understand that a comfortable and pleasing interior atmosphere is absolutely necessary to keep customers happy. If the inside of a business is too hot or cold, too noisy, or contaminated with dust, insects, or other airborne contaminants, many people will think twice before returning to that store in the future.
For that reason, hundreds of thousands of business owners … Continue Reading
The COVID-19 pandemic has obviously caused major disruptions and challenges to almost every aspect of our society. Besides the millions of infections, overrun hospitals and ICU units, and an unfortunately high death toll, this novel coronavirus has also taken a severe toll on businesses and the economy in general. Recent reports find that across America, over 100,000 small to medium-sized businesses have closed their doors for good, while another 7.5 million businesses are at a severe risk of having to shut down operations.
As the economy reopens, a large percentage of customers (and employees) are adamant in demanding safe and … Continue Reading
[This blog was originally published on August 21, 2018 and was updated on April 24, 2020]
What is an air curtain?
An air door or air curtain is a device used to prevent air or contaminants from moving from one open space to another. The most common use is a downward-facing blower fan mounted over an entrance to a building, or an opening between two spaces conditioned at different temperatures.
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) defines an air door as follows: “In its simplest application, an air curtain is a continuous broad stream of air … Continue Reading
According to the US Energy Information Administration, the average cost of energy in US households is about $1,411.80 a year. Almost half of the energy that we use in our homes goes towards space heating and cooling, meaning that most American households spend upwards of $700 each year to keep their home a pleasant indoor temperature. Unfortunately, inadequate insulation and a leaky building envelopes lead to a massive amount of unwanted heat loss and heat gain. Furthermore, data from the US Department of Energy finds that “heat gain and heat loss through windows are responsible for 25% – 30% … Continue Reading
For years industries with hazardous locations that wanted air curtains also known as fly fans had to have them custom manufactured. Air curtain manufacturers did not offer standard air curtains for hazard location applications. This was a huge barrier to companies that were looking for air curtains as custom manufactured air curtains are much more expensive that standard air curtains.
Recent advances in air curtain technology have allowed for the creation of standard lines of hazard location air curtains. Petroleum refineries, food processing and pharmaceutical plants, chemical facilities, and more all have hazardous locations. They can now take advantage of … Continue Reading
Shoppers appreciate the comforting flow of warm air when rushing into a store on a cold winter day. They often, however, overlook the other benefits that air curtain or air doors contribute to their overall comfort and health once inside the store. Air curtains or air doors also known as fly fans offer several economic and health advantages for business owners. Below, we provide a complete rundown on how supermarkets can benefit from installing and operating air curtains.