What is the purpose of a make up air unit?
Make-up air is designed to “make up” the air in your interior space that has been removed due to process exhaust fans. This type of HVAC solution pulls in fresh, tempered air from outside your building to replace existing air that cannot be recirculated.
What is a make up air kit?
A make up air kit – also called a make up air unit or makeup air system – includes a range hood damper and air pressure sensor that controls the flow of outside air into your home. It attaches to your ducting, and a pressure switch signals to the damper to release and bring fresh air into your home.
Does make up air need to be heated?
Heated makeup air systems temper the outside air, preheating it before in enters your HVAC system. This improves both the comfort and the safety of those inside. For areas where is gets very hot, a makeup air unit with cooling is also available.
How does HVAC get fresh air?
Outside air enters the system through a roof or sidewall vent inlet that collects air from a clean outside location. The air is pulled into the system through a filter, and then a duct connected to the return plenum. Smaller systems usually use the suction side of the air handler fan to pull in the outside air.
How much fresh air is required?
One of the best rules of thumb for residential fresh air requirements is 100 cfm for every 600 to 900 sq. ft. of living space.
How does a fresh air intake work?
The air is filtered just before it enters the air handler and mixed with the return air and then dispersed evenly throughout the building through the supply duct system. Fresh air enters the duct before the air handler fan which reduces the volume of return air being pulled from inside the home.
What is treated fresh air unit?
Treated Fresh Air Units (TFA) are also known as Fresh Air Handling Units (FAHU). Unlike Air Handling Units that are used to recirculate the air in an enclosed space, TFAs cater to large, fresh airflow and recovery needs by treating outdoor air using filters and condition it some degree using a cooling system.
What is combustion air?
Combustion Air – (1) Air that is supplied to combustion appliances to be used in the combustion of fuels and the process of venting combustion gases. Inadequate combustion air can lead to dangerous problems. (2) The duct work installed to bring fresh, outside air to the furnace and/or hot water heater.
Do I need a makeup air for my range hood?
The real requirement is that makeup air must be provided if it’s needed. If an exhaust fan rated over 300 cfm is installed, makeup air might be needed and a calculation will need to be done.
What are Air range hoods makeup?
The air that enters cracks in a home’s envelope to replace air that is exhausted is called “makeup air.” Two trends affecting makeup air are causing increasing problems for homeowners: homes are getting tighter, and range-hood fans are getting more powerful. So where does a powerful range-hood fan get its makeup air?
What is return air?
Return air is related to forced air type home heating systems. In the rooms (except for bathrooms and kitchens), there should be a return duct for the “return air.” This is air that completes the circulation and returns cool air back to the furnace in return ducts.
What is a make up air damper?
When range hoods exhaust air out of your home, negative air pressure is created unless the exhausted air is replaced by fresh outdoor air. Zephyr’s Make-Up Air Damper is designed to balance the air pressure in your home by automatically opening to allow fresh air in while the range hood is operating.
Is it good to let fresh air in your house?
When you open up the home, the resulting air movement can help to remove dust mites that haven’t been sucked up by your vacuum cleaner. Since it’s not always convenient to vacuum your linen, shaking out your sheets and letting fresh air breeze through them always helps to reduce and eliminate dust mites.
Does HVAC pull air from outside?
In short, no. Though in split system air conditioners design, commonly heat pumps, part of your system is located outside your home, it does not take in outside air. Its main operational purpose of cooling the air in your home is not achieved by moving cool air inside, but by moving unwanted heat out.