Ventilation and COVID-19

At Aldes, healthy indoor air is not just what inspires us, it is what we deliver.  During these past few months of the COVID-19 crisis, we have all listened as infectious disease experts have attempted to provide answers to innumerable questions surrounding the transmission of the virus.

Many of those questions are from homeowners and building maintenance managers wondering how to reduce the spread of COVID-19 within a building or home using their HVAC system.

An abstract of a study published recently in the journal of Respiratory Medicine, The Lancet, links mechanical ventilation with a dramatic reduction in the time that droplets containing COVID-19 stay airborne in a room.  The more air exchange that an area gets, the less time particles remain in the air at mouth-level where they can be transmitted from person to person.  The study shows that in a well-ventilated space, the average time for half of the particles to fall is 30 seconds, whereas in the same space without ventilation, the time is over 5 minutes – that is 10 times longer!

Knowing this, to help keep yourself safe if you are in close proximity to someone who may have  COVID-19, it is very important to ensure that your ventilation system is operational and well-maintained.

If you have an HRV or ERV:

  • Ensure that the filters are clean.
  • Remove any blockages in the intake and exhaust grilles on the outside of the building.
  • Set the HRV to air exchange mode. High speed will bring in more outdoor air and move the air faster.
  • Do the “tissue test” at the air supply and exhaust grilles to ensure that air is flowing. Take a tissue and hold it up to the grille. It should quickly stick to the exhaust grilles and quickly blow away from air supply grilles.  If the tissue test shows no airflow at one or more grilles, contact a ventilation contractor.
  • Keep inside doors open at least slightly to allow air to flow freely in and out of the ventilation system.

Remember, the important thing is for the “bad” air to be replaced by fresher air.  Do not use ceiling fans or pedestal fans that recirculate air within the same room – in fact, these can be even worse than having no ventilation at all!

Finally, opening a window is always a great way to increase the air exchange when weather permits.

Aldes is at the forefront of Healthy Living – delivering fresh air to occupants of all buildings, for health, well-being and a better life for all of us.

Written by Chris Bender, Business Line Manager (ERV/HRV)

Charlie West Condos in Ontario to include 308 ALDES InspirAir® Compact

Charlie West Condos in Kitchener, Ontario to include 308 ALDES InspirAir® Compact ERV (Energy Recovery Ventilator) with EC motors providing high-efficiency ventilation and improve indoor comfort to residents.  With its impressive height reaching 26 storeys, Charlie West will create a sleek silhouette rising above Downtown Kitchener. The 245 chic condominium suites feature modern, high-end finishes and expansive windows that offer unrivaled views of Victoria Park with its majestic trees and lush landscaping.  Living there puts you directly on the new ION Light Rail Transit route. It’s a short walk from Google Canada’s new office and Kitchener’s Innovation District (home to global tech companies, startups and universities). The development is scheduled for completion in 2021.

Aldes InspirAIR® Compact Multi-Family Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERV) have been thoughtfully engineered for use in apartments, condos, and other multi-family dwellings. The ideal in-suite ventilation solution for high-rise construction, the E80-HRX and E130-HRX deliver exceptional performance in a compact, easy-to-install package. Both models include EC motors, Aldes’ exclusive EvacMAX™ on-demand boost for maximum ventilation, and FLEXControl, electronic calibration that eliminates the need for balancing dampers and improves overall efficiency.

Manufacturer’s representative O’Dell Associates, Inc. facilitated the sale of ALDES products at Charlie West.

Developer Momentum Partnership.

Aldes’ quiet, high-efficiency ventilation solutions are perfect for improving indoor air quality while saving energy and reducing operating costs. From automatic airflow controls to advanced heat and energy recovery ventilators, Aldes has the right product for your project. Aldes North America products can be found in buildings and high-performing homes across North America. To see other projects where Aldes products have recently been installed, visit our Featured Projects Map.

Enhancements to our Light Commercial Heat and Energy Recovery Ventilators

Deliver Healthy Air and Optimize Efficiency with Variable Speed Ventilation!

  • 0-10V inputs to continuously adjust the speed of the H/ERV. No more over- or under-ventilating providing the optimal amount of fresh air for any occupancy situation.
  • Wire the H/ERV directly to the building electrical main using our terminal block – no more power cords with plugs that need a separate electrical box to be installed.

Aldes is pleased to announce our Light Commercial H/ERVs can now be wired for continuously variable ventilation using one or two 0-10V inputs (one for the supply motor and one for the exhaust motor) which works with both EC and AC motors.  Or, you can still wire the units with the 24V dry contacts as well as Aldes wall controls – both options are supported on the same H/ERV.

In addition, all the H/ERVs now have a terminal block for the power connection, instead of a power cord with plug.  This makes it easier and saves the electrician time wiring the system to the building’s power supply and complies with electrical codes in North America.

The new models have new part numbers, to distinguish them from the previous units.  The new model numbers are the same as the old ones, with the addition of “-N”. For example, the E650L-Fi-EC becomes E650L-Fi-EC-N.

In addition, the -Ri models for recirculation defrost are no longer available. To order H/ERVs with recirculation defrost, simply add the appropriate recirculation kit to the order:

P/N 683900: Recirculation defrost option for 650 models

P/N 683950: Recirculation defrost option for 1100 models

P/N 683960: Recirculation defrost option for 1800 models

The existing models with power cords will continue to be available until
June 30, 2020.
Please do not hesitate to contact Aldes with any questions.

Click here to view the Light Commercial Product Line

Increase Air Exchange in the Building

At ALDES North America, the health and well-being of our customers, associates, and communities is our top priority. We understand the concern and uncertainty many are experiencing surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are committed to being responsive to your needs as the situation evolves.

Ventilation and Air Renewal solutions play a vital role in helping protect the well-being and health of people in all indoor environments. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently provided guidance on increasing ventilation to minimize the impact COVID-19 could have in work environments. By following the recommended guidance, it reduces recycled air and increases elimination of possible harmful contaminants.

As most people are spending a lot of time at home these days, with schools and businesses closed, and living through shelter-in-place orders, everyone is more aware of the potential hazards that can come from unhealthy air conditions inside their own homes.

At Aldes, this is the core of our business. Providing ventilation solutions that renew and replace indoor air, control and balance airflow to prevent unwanted air from entering adjacent spaces, and allow compartmentalization of apartments, so tenants have full control over their environments. We recognize that indoor air quality in homes and business has always been important to ensure the safety and health of people.

For over 37 years, Aldes North America has resolved challenging indoor air quality issues by inventing products and adapting solutions to meet these challenges.  We continue our endeavor to provide superior solutions which is driven by the desire to provide healthy indoor environments for people at work and at home.

If you are interested in learning how to improve your building ventilation, contact us at 800.255.7749 (US) or 800.262.0916 (CAN) or at www.aldesna.com, or contact our reps in USA and Canada.

#HealthyLiving

IQ by ALDES – Finalist in the 2020 AHR Expo Innovation Awards Competition

Aldes North America is pleased to announce the AHR Expo and its co-sponsors, ASHRAE and AHRI recently recognized the IQ by ALDES as a Finalist in the Ventilation Category of the 2020 AHR Expo Innovation Awards Competition.

Innovation = Energy Savings

IQ by ALDES is an intelligent ERV/HRV-integrated vertical fan coil (VFC) for high-rise apartments, condominiums, assisted living, and hotels. The IQ-VFC takes all the benefits of a standard vertical fan coil and builds in the energy-efficient ventilation of an Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) or Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV). The result is a heating, cooling, and ventilation solution that works smarter, saves space, and reduces costs.

The IQ-VFC combines two traditionally separate systems into one compact and fully integrated heating, cooling, and ventilation solution. The built-in heat or energy recovery ventilator utilizes highly efficient EC motors to provide up to 120 CFM and multiple speeds. The low volume continuous can be easily programed in the field, with low-voltage accessories providing additional control over Indoor Air Quality. Designed to handle humidity even in extreme cold temperatures with Positive Protect™, the exhaust air is ducted directly from the bathroom, maximizing system efficiency and performance, while eliminating the need for additional fans or costly central systems. By building the H/ERV directly into the vertical fan coil chassis, the need for additional access panels or power supplies are eliminated.

The result is a heating, cooling, and ventilation solution that works smarter, saves space, and reduces costs.

Interested in learning more? Contact our sales engineers today!

ALDES InspirAIR® Compact ERV featured in Clippership Apartments on the Wharf

Clippership Apartments on the Wharf a new waterfront luxury apartments in East Boston, MA features over 400 ALDES InspirAIR® Compact ERV (Energy Recovery Ventilator) providing high-efficiency ventilation to residents. East Boston’s newest neighborhood features impressive indoor and outdoor spaces which include: amphitheater, water taxi, ClipArt Gallery, kayak center and pet washing station. Residents also enjoy uninterrupted views of Boston’s Harbor waterfront!

Aldes InspirAIR™ Compact Multi-Family Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERV) have been thoughtfully engineered for use in apartments, condos, and other multi-family dwellings. At a mere 9-1/4″ tall, the E130-HR-N fits easily into tight spaces. The bottom access panel allows for installation close to or above the ceiling.  The E130-HR-N’s airflow circuits can be calibrated electronically, eliminating the need for resistance-inducing balancing dampers and improving overall efficiency. Other key features include: High Latent Transfer (HLT) membrane heat exchanger, controller and filter options and easy-clean interior lining.

Manufacturer’s representative Buckley Associates, Inc. facilitated the sale of ALDES products at Clippership Wharf.

WSP is the mechanical engineer, and mechanical contractor is Sagamore Plumbing & Heating Project.

Developer Lendlease.

Redevelopment of historic wharf in East Boston, Clippership Wharf provides public access to the shoreline for the first time in more than 25 years and has been awarded LEED v4 Silver for Neighborhood Development. The development includes energy efficiency systems and renewable energy from roof-top photovoltaics.

Aldes’ quiet, high-efficiency ventilation solutions are perfect for improving indoor air quality while saving energy and reducing operating costs. From automatic airflow controls to advanced heat and energy recovery ventilators, Aldes has the right product for your project. Aldes North America products can be found in high-performing homes and buildings across North America. To see other projects where Aldes products have recently been installed, visit our Featured Projects Map.

To Better Serve Customers, Aldes is Transforming Our North American Operations

Success requires bold change. Aldes is excited to announce a new chapter for our operations in North America. On Jan. 1, 2020, American Aldes and Aldes Canada are becoming one entreprise: Aldes North America. The companies are combining their resources and expertise into a single, cohesive entity that will be even greater than the sum of its parts.

Transforming into Aldes North America will provide an improved customer experience for our partners with one cohesive sales and customer service team, providing decreased lead time and increased responsiveness. Through this transformation, Aldes’s growth is projected to triple by 2025.

The Road of Growth

During this process, we’ll be hiring additional talent, combining resources and expanding our footprint throughout North America. It’s all part of our mission to be the leader in providing superior-quality IAQ and energy-efficient HVAC solutions to the residential and commercial markets.

As one being, Aldes North America will combine the strengths of American Aldes and Aldes Canada. We will continue to be an industry leader in both residential and commercial air-to-air heat and energy recovery products. The transformation will open the market in Canada for airside products (automatic airflow controls, residential in-line fans and patented demand control devices for commercial applications) currently only offered in the U.S. The new company will offer a sustainable competitive advantage through continual innovation in products and solutions found in high-performing homes and buildings across North America.

What’s Next?

We’re excited about the rebranding. In the interim, however, it will be business as usual for the Aldes family. The friends, partners, customers and other stakeholders of American Aldes and Aldes Canada can expect a seamless transition. For more information on the transformation, visit https://aldes.us/ and https://www.aldes.ca/. The new Aldes North America website will launch in early 2020.

Skyline Tower, Queens’ tallest building to include over 800 American Aldes ZRT-PDILs & CERB-CS-II

Skyline Tower (23-15 44th Drive Long Island, NY) a new 802 luxury LIC condominium residence, stands 778 feet tall making it the tallest building in New York outside of Manhattan. The 67-story residential tower amenities include a fitness center with a 75-foot swimming pool, a sauna and spa, a yoga room, laundry room, a children’s playroom, and multiple lounges for residents. Residents will also be able to enjoy uninterrupted views of Midtown Manhattan and the sunsets looking west, along with high-efficiency indoor air quality ventilation from American Aldes Parallel Damper In-line Zone Terminals (ZRT-PDIL) and Ceiling-Mount Constant Exhaust Register Box with Adjustable CAR-II (CERB-CS-II)

The patent-pending ZRT-PDIL are designed to introduce flexibility and dynamic demand control to central supply or exhaust ventilation systems without the need for individual fans or VAV (variable air volume) terminal units. Each ZRT-PDIL is a combination control damper and constant airflow regulators (CAR-II) preventing noise and excessive energy consumption caused by over-ventilation.

The CERB assembly provides a low-cost solution to balancing ventilation and exhaust systems, essentially eliminating the need for on-site balancing.

Project designed by Hill West Architects, developer United Construction & Development Group.

Cosentini Associates is the mechanical engineer and contractor, epic Mechanical Contractor, LLC

Manufacturer’s representative A.D.E. Systems facilitated the sale of Aldes products in Skyline Tower and many others in the Big Apple.

Construction is slated for completion by 2021 and move-ins to begin in 2020.

American Aldes’ quiet, high-efficiency ventilation solutions are perfect for improving indoor air quality while saving energy and reducing operating costs. From automatic airflow controls to advanced heat and energy recovery ventilators, American Aldes has the right product for your project. American Aldes products can be found in high-performing homes and buildings across United States. To see other projects where Aldes products have recently been installed, visit our Featured Projects Map.

Aldes ZRTs & CARs featured in Fifteen Hudson Yards

Fifteen Hudson Yards (553 West 30th Street New York, NY), an elegant 88-stories, 285-unit condominium residence designed to LEED Gold standards opened earlier this year in the Hudson Yard’s Eastern Yard. The neighborhood was recently named NYC’s first LEED Gold Neighborhood Development by the United States Green Building Council for its green infrastructure and responsible urban design. Among the world-class residence amenities include: an indoor 75-foot swimming pool, 3,500-square-foot fitness facility including spa and salon, collaborative work space, concierge services, and zoned ventilation with centralized heating and cooling systems that include American Aldes Zone Register Terminals (ZRTs) and Constant Airflow Regulators (CARs).

Aldes ZRTs & CARs are the preferred ventilation products for multifamily dwellings because they provide automatic on-demand and continuous healthy ventilation that delivers both energy and cost saving benefits, while creating a healthier indoor air quality environment.

Partnering with ADE Systems to secure the sale of ventilation products for Fifteen Hudson project, Aldes ZRTs offers flexibility and dynamic control to central exhaust and supply ventilation systems; while Aldes CARs reduce energy usage by automatically regulating airflow in duct systems to constant rates.

Aldes ZRTs and CARs have been installed in hundreds of apartments, condos, and other multifamily buildings across the United States and beyond. To see other projects where Aldes products have recently been installed, please visit our Featured Projects Map.

Energy Efficient Apartments in Manahawkin to Include 60 American Aldes ERV Units

 

Cornerstone at Grassy Hollow, a new energy efficient income restricted apartment community located in Manahawkin, New Jersey is scheduled to open mid-December 2019. Comprising 60 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartment homes. Cornerstone at Grassy Hollow features a diverse mix of amenities, including private entrances to each home, a children’s tot lot, basketball court, and a community clubhouse. Each high-performance apartment features American Aldes (E110-TF) Standard Residential Energy Recovery Ventilator providing the homeowner energy and cost savings with balanced indoor air quality ventilation.

The project led by the Walters Group raises the standard for sustainability in New Jersey by building affordable LEED certified Walters communities.