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5 Benefits Of Louvers And Air Handling Systems

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What is a louver? What does a louver system do? What are the value-added benefits that tag along with it? Americlad has answers.

Drainable or non-drainable, louvers have been around for a long time. But in this day and age, they are no longer just wooden slats used to allow air and light into a room. Rather, they’re advanced and sustainable systems that have become a modern necessity for commercial and industrial buildings. Overall, a louver system, which can be integrated with air handler systems, is ultimately designed to improve the energy efficiency of buildings, provide weather protection, and even contribute to the aesthetic quality of a structure. 

That said, with the right louver and air handling system, architectural structures can achieve significant cost savings as a result of lowered energy consumption and maintenance costs. In addition, gain the opportunity for several other benefits that traditionally come with this property value upgrade. 


What Is A Louver & What Do They Do?

A louver is a vital component of an architecture or mechanical system that allows the passage of air while preventing unwanted elements, such as water, debris, and dirt, from entering a building. Louvers are typically installed in walls, doors, or windows and are designed to regulate airflow, contributing to the overall ventilation strategy of a building. They serve multiple purposes, including ventilation, improved aesthetics, storm protection, and noise reduction, making them a critical component in developing healthy, sustainable commercial buildings.

When selecting a louver system, it is essential to understand building intent, regional climate, and local building codes to ensure optimal performance. A drainable louver system is typically preferred over a non-drainable system as it allows water to flow back out from the louvers, rather than accumulating and potentially damaging the building’s structure. In addition, louvers are critical in air handler systems, protecting the equipment from water damage and preventing things like dirt and debris from clogging the system. To achieve proper indoor air quality levels and maximize HVAC system efficiency, it is important to specify AMCA-certified drainable and wind-driven rain louvers with low-pressure drop, ensuring superior water resistance performance while permitting ample airflow. Thus keeping the building both functional and comfortable.

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Types of Louvers

There are several types of louvers, each designed for specific requirements:

Fixed Louvers: Fixed louvers have stationary blades and are used when the airflow does not need to be adjusted. They are ideal for areas where protection from rain, debris, and insects is necessary.

Adjustable Louvers: These louvers are designed to provide control of air volume, allowing the user to change the airflow as required. They are perfect for use in air handler systems, where occupant comfort needs to be regulated.

Acoustical Louvers: These louvers are designed to provide airflow control and sound attenuation, making them ideal for environments where noise reduction is essential. They are perfect for use in recording studios and other acoustic environments.

Blast Louvers: Blast louvers are designed to withstand high pressure and blast loads, making them suitable for industrial and power generation applications. They are typically constructed from sturdy materials and fully welded.

Wind-Driven Rain Louvers: Wind-driven rain louvers are made to minimize water intrusion, even when the wind blows rain directly into the louver. They are available in both drainable and non-drainable forms, depending on the specific environment.

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The Top 5 Benefits of A Louver System

The use of louvers in commercial and industrial properties has been a game-changer in terms of functionality, aesthetics, and protection. Whether you are considering drainable vs non-drainable louvers or integrating them into air handler systems, louvers offer numerous benefits.

1. Improved Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and Energy Efficiency – Installing a louver system in air handler systems enables a steady flow of fresh air, removing pollutants, allergens, and odors. This feature contributes to improving the indoor air quality in commercial and industrial properties, enhancing the well-being and comfort of occupants. Properly sized louvers promote natural ventilation, reducing the need for mechanical HVAC systems. This reduction leads to lower utility costs and increased energy efficiency for commercial properties.

2. Support Green & Sustainable Building Practices –  Leveraging a louver size can help you align with sustainable building practices by reducing your property’s carbon footprint and contributing to environmental conservation efforts. Better yet, energy-efficient ventilation systems can earn your commercial space certifications, such as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), demonstrating your commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility.

3. Enhanced Privacy and Security – With a louver system, you can enjoy enhanced privacy and security by preventing trespassers and protecting against theft or vandalism. Louvers make it virtually impossible for anyone to climb over and access your property, acting as both a physical barrier and an innovative psychological deterrent.

4. Ample Weather Protection – In areas prone to hurricanes and other stormy weather, a louver system can help protect your building against water penetration and wind-driven rain that can compromise indoor air quality, damage ceilings, filters, and electrical equipment, and threaten occupant health and safety. In summary, louvers not only promote healthy airflow, but do so while preventing heavy winds from causing damage to your property.

5. Improved Building Health – Louver systems protect against water penetration and wind-driven rain, which can cause severe damage to indoor air quality. Along with this, a louver system can help maintain a healthy indoor environment by providing a steady flow of fresh air that reduces pollutants, allergens, and odors. In short, proper ventilation is critical for maintaining healthy indoor air quality and preventing the formation of harmful mold and bacteria. With a louver system, you can guarantee a more productive work environment that is as comfortable as it is safe.

6. Aesthetic Appeal (Bonus Benefit) – Aside from functional benefits, louvers are also great for aesthetic purposes. They’re an excellent way to add style and sophistication to your building’s façade. By installing a louver system, you increase your building’s attractiveness and appeal to employees, tenants, investors, and even potential business partners.

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Elevate with Americlad’s High-Performance Louver Systems

Louvers are a paramount feature of air handling systems that offer numerous benefits to buildings of all types. A well-designed louver system guarantees optimal airflow, weather protection, and aesthetics, all of which can be attained with Americlad’s high-performance louvers are an excellent choice. 

Overall, Americlad louvers provide a sustainable and long-lasting solution for air filtration and ventilation. Also a member of the AMCA, Americlad’s louvers undergo rigorous testing for quality and performance. That, coupled with decades of expertise in engineering, you can be confident that you’ll not just gain the many benefits that louvers provide, but ultimately the concierge installation experiences you deserve – custom, efficient, and hassle-free.

Experience the durability, ease of installation, and flexibility of Americlad’s high-performance louvers for your air handler systems. Contact Americlad for a quote today.  



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