Powered Aire Takes on ProMat!

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Powered Aire has wrapped up another successful showing at the biennial ProMat Show in Chicago! Exhibiting at the April 3-6, 2017 event was made even more special by the fact that Powered Aire received special recognition as a nominee for the MHI 2017 Innovation Awards, joining a select group of other progressive companies in the category of Best Innovation of an Existing Product. Powered Aire submitted its new, energy efficient and versatile ECo-Motor™ as a contender for this award.

As part of this recognition, Powered Aire’s name was listed on a billboard in the grand concourse of the McCormick Place convention center in Mike explainingChicago, where the ECo-Motor was also featured in a slideshow presentation. Additionally, a certificate identifying Powered Aire as candidate for the award was placed on the carpet in front of the company’s booth on the show floor.

Attendee traffic was brisk at Powered Aire’s booth, as staff members Mike Boyle, Cathy Boyle and Robin Zambrini kept busy greeting those interested in Powered Aire air curtains and its cold storage problem-solver Freezer Aire Curtain™.

Keynote speaker for this year’s show was basketball great Earvin “Magic” Johnson, an entrepreneur himself whose message to the material handling industry was to “over deliver” to keep customers coming back. And Powered Aire plans to continue doing just that!

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What’s Powered Aire Cookin’ up now?

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The wide, trailer doors slowly swing open, revealing the bright shine of stainless steel. It won’t be long before the tantalizing aroma of food begins wafting from the array of kitchen appliances positioned neatly inside this kitchen on wheels.

This mobile kitchen is the handiwork of Cruising Kitchens, a Texas-based manufacturer that specializes in “fabricating the most extravagant custom mobile kitchens & mobile business across the world today.”

This ‘cooking on the fly’ is ultra-convenient for events, parties and so forth, but the one attraction it doesn’t want to see is ‘wings’ of the flying variety, which confuse that big front door for a ‘welcome, eat here’ sign.

The decision was made to incorporate air curtains above the door opening to prevent the entry of flying insects, and it was only natural to choose Powered Aire’s stainless steel air curtains to complete the clean, stainless steel look and to satisfy sanitation requirements.

The trailer is outfitted with a long row of Powered Aire Low Profile MP air curtains which provide an invisible barrier of air to deflect flies and as an added bonus, other airborne contaminants such as dust and automobile fumes.

Powered Aire manufactures air curtains for the commercial, retail, industrial, overhead door, material handling, food service and cold storage industries.

What will Powered Aire cook up next!

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 (Photos courtesy of Cruising Kitchens, LLC)

Meet your new Flame!

Since we’re on the subject of heated air curtains (see previous post), let’s flametalk about gas for a moment. If you are familiar with the operation of your home gas furnace you will have an idea of how an Indirect Gas Heated Air Curtain works.

In this application, though, a gas unit heater is used in conjunction with the air curtain so that the heated air is drawn into the air curtain and then discharged from the nozzle down to the floor.

Hamill Indirect GasHere’s how it works. Within the gas unit heater there are tubular heat exchangers. The flames are inside of these exchangers, while the products of combustion are vented outside. The air going into the intake of the air curtain is drawn over the outside of the heat exchangers to pick up heat from them. This is why it is called indirect heating, because the flames do not directly heat the air – the flames heat the heat exchangers which in turn heat the air.


The Direct Gas Heated Air Curtain differs in that there is essentially no ‘middle man.’ The flame directly heats the air which is discharged by the air curtain. This results in the most efficient heating since no heated air is lost to the outside through the venting process. Most codes require that this unit be directly ducted to the outside.

Have a cold area you need to heat? Give it some gas with a Powered Aire Indirect-Gas or Direct-Gas Heated Air Curtain!

Turn up the heat!

If you live in the northern hemisphere you are probably experiencing winter right about now. Indeed, the leading authority on the state of the U.S. climate, the Farmer’s Almanac, “forewarns that exceptionally cold, if not downright frigid weather will predominate over parts of the Northern Plains, Great Lakes, Midwest, Ohio Valley, the Middle Atlantic, Northeast, and New England this winter.” It also predicts “shots of very cold weather will periodically reach as far south as Florida and the Gulf Coast.”


Considering that our comfort is sorely compromised at this time of year, it’s worthwhile to explore options for adding supplemental heat at door openings.

Heaters come in all shapes and sizes with various capabilities of producing heated air. The key phrase here is producing heated air. By traditional means, what happens to that heat is a foregone conclusion each and every time the door opens.

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Air curtains are designed to provide a two-prong solution to this problem. First, an air curtain installed over a door opening discharges a thermal barrier of air each time the door opens, thus working to prevent the infiltration of outside cold air as well as the loss of inside heated air. Second, a heated air curtain will add warmth, either activating each time the door opens or as a space heater linked to a thermostat set point. If a particular door opening is subject to an exceptionally brisk wind, negative air pressure, wind tunnel effect or other unique issue, the heated air curtain will temper any incoming air to make it more palatable. Comfort aside, an air curtain can also improve safety by keeping the area around the door dry.

Air curtains are not a one-size-fits-all piece of equipment. The unit needs to be as wide as the door opening and there are various types of heat to select from, including electric, hot water/steam, indirect gas and direct gas.


You get a human, and that is a good thing

The adage “doing more with less” is not-so-conveniently taking over a very human contribution to the business world, that being customer service. Automation in place of a real human with the power to unravel, decipher and correct concerns, discrepancies and general requests for information is a poor substitute for the real thing.

Even in an age of impersonal communication like e-mailing and texting, the consumer ultimately wants a real person to talk to when they pick up the telephone.

Here at Powered Aire, we are still “keeping it real.” You will not get an automated message when you dial our number, and you will be connected with a real person within the department that can assist you the best. Worst case scenario you might have to leave a voice message if the person you are trying to reach is assisting another client, but you will get a callback.

Members of Powered Aire’s inside sales team are the “gurus” of air curtain quoting, parts and application recommendations.


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Dave Howard is the go-to person for parts. Having your air curtain’s serial number ready when you call is a big help. The serial number is located on a small silver sticker on the right side end cap when facing the front of the air curtain. Dave can also help you with your quotes and orders!

Lindsey Kekich and Emilee DeMuth are happy to take your calls for general information, take quote requests from our manufacturer’s reps in the field or direct calls to our network of reps throughout the country.

Feel free to give us a call!

888-321-2473 or the direct line for parts: 724-985-4183

Or e-mail






New Rules for Vestibules

updated-entryway-2Does anyone give a second thought about walking through the set of double doors at entrances to commercial buildings? Well, let’s see…

…The developer might, because that vestibule sitting between the two sets of doors added costs to the construction plans.

…The business owner might, because that vestibule space consumes valuable floor space that could be used for, you guessed it, selling products!

…The nearby cashier might, because despite its intent to provide a buffer between the exterior and interior temperatures, wind continues to blow through when both sets of vestibule doors open at the same time.

…The facility maintenance person might, because now there are double sets of doors to keep in safe, working order.

… The Insurance Companies might, because there are many lawsuits associated with doors hitting customers.

That was then – This is now…

In 2013, the movers and shakers behind the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) stopped in their tracks and said, hey, wait a minute. Do we really need vestibules across the board, in all commercial construction projects, in nearly every climate zone in this country? As a result of this inquiry, the IECC Vestibule Exception was born.


There had already been some provisions for vestibule exception in place, such as buildings in Climate Zones 1 and 2, representing the extreme lower portion of the U.S. and outlaying islands; doors not intended to be used by the public; doors opening directly from a sleeping or dwelling unit; doors that open from a space less than 3,000 square feet in area; and at revolving doors.

To put this in perspective, a large, leading office supply store could be upwards of 12,000 to 23,000 square feet in area, while chain discount stores average between 8,000 and 11,500 square feet in area.

While air curtains are utilized in vestibules as added protection against the elements (and even with revolving doors), the IECC decreed that air curtains do have a more singular role in maintaining climate control at customer entryways. Therefore, that body agreed that effective with the 2015 Code, air curtains can be installed as an alternative to a vestibule when the following requirements are met:

  1. Doors that have an air curtain with a minimum velocity of 2 m/s at the floor
  2. That have been tested in accordance with ANSI/AMCA 220
  3. Installed in accordance to the manufacturer’s instructions
  4. Manual or automatic controls shall be provided that will operate the air curtain with the opening and closing of the door.
  5. Air curtains and their controls shall comply with Section C408.2.3


Powered Aire’s Commitment

To meet this new industry need, Powered Aire put its R&D into high gear and introduced a series of air curtains designed specifically for vestibule exception. Both the ETA (exposed model) and CHA (in-ceiling model) have been tested in accordance with ANSI/AMCA and meet the criteria for this application.

Additionally, both models are the first in the industry to be AMCA approved in their electrically heated versions!




Got BIM?

Easy chair, take it easy, easy does it…all have a common theme, the ability or capability to appreciate something with the least amount of effort as possible. Now Powered Aire has switched into ‘easy’ mode with the launch of its BIM files.

Sure, a word consisting of three capital letters sounds important, and in this case it really is. BIM stands for Building Information Modeling, and it involves the creation of digital models of equipment, buildings and other multi-dimensional objects.


Powered Aire’s BIM files consist of three-dimensional designs of its air curtain product line. Architects, engineers and other facility designers can pull the BIM file of a particular air curtain model directly from the company’s BIM listings and incorporate them into drawings and specifications simply with the click of the mouse button. Now, that’s easy!

Need BIM? We have it!