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Efficient, Flexible HVAC Solutions for Comfortable Government and Public Buildings
Efficient, Flexible HVAC Solutions for Comfortable Government and Public Buildings

Government and public buildings, including offices, museums, civic centers, and military bases as well as airport, train, and subway terminals, have diverse needs requiring flexible, reliable, efficient HVAC systems. Nortek Air Solutions has extensive experience providing innovative HVAC solutions for indoor public environments where temperature, humidity, sound, air quality, and low operating and maintenance costs are important.

Superior Indoor Environments

While building codes and regulations govern building environments, it’s the occupants that determine whether or not the indoor environmental quality of a public building is acceptable. Complaints about the building being too hot, cool, humid, stuffy, and/or noisy — or complaints arising due to downtime of the HVAC system — interfere with normal operations. Nortek Air Solutions offers innovative technologies to help meet the expectations of occupants in public buildings.

Our Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems, equipped with Energy Recovery Technology, are custom designed to meet your application requirements, offering high-efficiency operation, filtration options, energy recovery, and direct digital control (DDC) systems.

We’ve developed humidity control solutions to measure temperature and humidity in multiple locations throughout your building and adjust automatically. As a custom manufacturer of a wide range of air handling and packaged systems, we have the products and the control systems to provide air at the right humidity for your building spaces.

Since sound is such an important consideration in public buildings, we’ve developed innovative solutions for sound control and noise reduction — including our Coplanar Silencer® — to help minimize excess noise and distractions.

High Performance, High Efficiency, and Low Operating Costs

HVAC systems account for a significant amount of the energy consumed in public buildings, making them an obvious target for reducing operating costs. Reducing energy consumption from an HVAC system, while providing the ideal indoor building environment, represents the ultimate balance of economic and green objectives — such as LEED® Certification and reduced carbon footprint — for any public facility. Our efficiency innovations can help you save energy and lower operating costs, while contributing to LEED Certification.

  • FANWALL TECHNOLOGY® — Our patented fan array solution for air handlers that provides redundancy, quiet and vibration-free operation, optimized energy efficiency, and low-cost maintenance and service.
  • IDEC Units and Economizers take advantage of free cooling when outdoor conditions allow.
  • Energy Recovery Systems are favored by ASHRAE Std. 90.1 to use energy recovery whenever possible. We have the expertise and variety of options to help you with your energy recovery application.
  • Advanced controls can help maintain peak efficiency, such as System Optimization Controls for FANWALL® systems or the Mammoth® EPiC™ system unit controller for larger, packaged systems that can operate as stand-alone or be integrated with the building automation system of your choice.

If you need to replace an aging air handler or fan with a more efficient, more reliable solution, FANWALL® Systems and Knockdown Air Handlers are ideal for replacement and retrofit applications.

Reliable Solutions with Low Maintenance and Easy Service

To ensure a consistently comfortable and productive work environment in a public or government building, you need an HVAC system that’s reliable and easy to maintain. If a problem occurs, your maintenance team wants equipment with easy access to crucial component to ensure maximum uptime, peak performance, and a high-quality environment. Equipment from Nortek Air Solutions meets both requirements.

Our FANWALL systems use permanently lubricated motors and direct-drive fans with no belts, sheaves, or bearings that require routine maintenance or replacement. The fan arrays are constructed from smaller components than traditional air handlers, so repair or maintenance can usually be handled by one or two personnel without requiring mechanical lifts. And when a fan or motor failure does occur in a FANWALL system, the remaining operating fans can compensate to maintain airflow and static pressure until the failed component can be repaired or replaced.

We design our air handlers with ample indoor service access and walk-in vestibules to simplify service and maintenance on fans, coils, compressors, controls, and other critical components. We offer custom solutions with specialized anti-corrosive materials like aluminum and stainless steel for demanding applications. And we manufacture our own custom AHRI Certified™ coils, so we can deliver replacement parts under tight deadlines.

Unalaska Powerhouse — Rugged Air Handlers Custom Designed to Withstand Harsh Conditions - Unalaska, Aleutian Islands

The city of Unalaska in the Aleutian Islands used two Governair air handlers, custom designed to withstand 175 mph winds for their power plant expansion.

Read the case study.
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