6 Trends in Custom AHU Manufacturing for 2024

After talking to so many AHU manufacturers in Chicago last month and continuing those conversations over the past few weeks, we thought we’d pick out some trends in what manufacturers are telling us are top of mind in the custom AHU industry. 

  • 1) Energy Efficiency and Sustainability
  • There is a growing demand for energy-efficient and sustainable AHUs to reduce energy consumption and carbon footprint. Manufacturers are focusing on developing units with higher energy recovery rates, better insulation, and integration with renewable energy sources.

2) Productivity and Human Resource Constraints

The labor market is tight, especially for high-qualified positions. Compensation costs are rising, and competition is forcing manufacturers to be as efficient as possible. The most effective solution is to bring in labour-saving technology and automate or at least streamline labor-intensive processes, which is something Kinetix Air can help with.

  • 3) Smart Technology Integration
    • Integrating smart technology and IoT (Internet of Things) in AHUs is becoming more common. This allows for real-time monitoring, predictive maintenance, and remote control of the units, improving efficiency and reducing operational costs.
  • 4) Customization and Flexibility
    • Customers are increasingly looking for customized solutions to meet their specific requirements. Manufacturers are offering modular designs and flexible configurations to cater to diverse needs, such as space constraints, specific airflow requirements, and integration with existing HVAC systems.
  • 5) Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Focus
    • With growing awareness about the importance of indoor air quality, there is a rising demand for AHUs that can effectively filter and purify air. Manufacturers are incorporating advanced filtration systems, UV-C lights, and other technologies to address concerns related to pollutants, allergens, and pathogens.
    • Regulatory Compliance: Compliance with stringent regulations and standards, such as ASHRAE standards, LEED certification, and local building codes, is becoming increasingly important. Manufacturers are ensuring that their products meet these requirements to remain competitive and meet customer expectations.
  • 6) Advancements in Material Technology
  • The use of advanced materials, such as corrosion-resistant coatings and lightweight composites, is becoming more common in AHU manufacturing. These materials enhance the durability and longevity of the units while reducing their overall weight.
  • Increased Focus on Service and Maintenance. Manufacturers are placing more emphasis on providing comprehensive service and maintenance packages to ensure the optimal performance and longevity of their AHUs. These packages include regular check-ups, part replacements, and software updates.

Wrap Up

Overall, custom AHU manufacturers in North America are adapting to the evolving market demands by focusing on energy efficiency, smart technology, customization, indoor air quality, regulatory compliance, material advancements, and service offerings​​.


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