Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2016 Product of the Year Finalists
Air movement, dehumidification, humidification
Read about the five finalists in the Air Movement, Dehumidification, Humidification category for the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2016 Product of the Year program.
Quiet, portable fan
Designed with versatility in mind, Black Jack’s 6.5-ft frame fits through standard interior doorways and plugs into any 110 V power supply, drawing only 7 amps of power at top speed. Black Jack moves air up to 120 ft, yet it’s so quiet it won’t drown out nearby conversations. The fan is ideal for athletic facilities, warehouses, and general tight corners. Arriving fully assembled, Black Jack is a plug-and-play air-movement solution: just roll it off the pallet, plug it in, and cool down. Black Jack is also wet-rated so it can be hosed down for easy cleaning.
Big Ass Solutions, www.bigasssolutions.com
Direct room humidifier
The humiSonic Direct uses ultrasonic technology to atomize water in extremely fine droplets (as small as 1.0 micron) that are distributed and immediately absorbed in the air around the unit. Together with 10,000 operating hours guaranteed and 10% energy consumption, the humiSonic Direct offers maximum reliability and minimum maintenance, 90% energy savings compared to a steam humidifier, and almost instant complete absorption of the atomized droplets. The attention to details can be seen in certain technical and aesthetic features, such as the anti-drip design and thin jet or "blade" of air delivered from the front of the unit.
Low-maintenance humidification system
The DriSteem low-maintenance humidification system combines two DriSteem products—the Vapormist electric humidifier and the 200 series reverse-osmosis water treatment system—in a single package, working together to provide near-zero-maintenance steam humidification for indoor environments. The low-maintenance humidification system has been updated with the steam humidifier and water-treatment system assembled as a fully integrated system with single-point power and water-supply connections and integrated drain-water tempering. Since the system is completely unified, it can be specified simply as a humidification system—no need to alter plumbing or electrical sections of the project spec.
The DL Series is a hybrid humidifier that intelligently combines two adiabatic methods. The innovative design integrates low-pressure atomizing nozzles with evaporative media to benefit from instant response times found in high-pressure systems and the excellent efficiencies typically seen in evaporative units. This innovation allows for installation lengths to be as short as 24 in., making it perfect for retrofit applications where space is limited and saving thousands in air handling unit construction. The porous design minimizes pressure drop, lowering energy costs in fan operation. The ceramic media captures any unevaporated water on the media surface for additional humidification-reducing water consumption and improving water efficiency.
Nortec Humidity, www.humidity.com
Desiccant dehumidification system
Ascendant, a conventional cooling active desiccant dehumidification system, delivers and controls low-dewpoint air while minimizing regeneration energy. Ascendant allows design consultant compliance with ASHRAE/AIA guidelines. Ascendant offers improved cooling efficiency through higher suction temperatures. Energy and first-cost savings allow hospitals, for example, to operate continuously around the clock, improving hygiene by ensuring that the ASHRAE-required final filters remain dry. An optional SEMCO true 3 Å wheel decreases tons of cooling outdoor air by up to 60%. A true 3 Å wheel also limits contaminant carry-over to less than 0.045%.