Press Release Summary:
Suspended near ceiling, low-wattage AIRIUSÂ® Thermal Equalizer quietly and aerodynamically drives column of hot air from ceiling directly to cooler floor below, generating series of air currents that circulate air from ceiling to floor continuously. Process creates constant equalization of air temperature that allows thermostats to be lowered in winter and raised in summer. Some applications include warehouses, manufacturing facilities, retail stores, and hospitals.
Original Press Release:
Businesses Continue to Invest in Rising Energy Prices
With AIRIUS®, Hot Air Will Still Rise-But Your Energy Consumption Will Fall
Longmont, CO - September 28, 2007 - Just like the high cost of today's energy bills, it is no mystery that hot air rises. What many companies don't realize is that the hot air at the ceiling of their facilities is causing higher heating or cooling energy bills than necessary. Enter AIRIUS® LLC, a company dedicated to a sustainable environment that provides a new and effective solution to an old problem.
Unlike traditional industrial ceiling fans that use high levels of energy, the patented AIRIUS® Thermal Equalizer is an extremely compact, low-wattage energy-efficient air movement system. Suspended near the ceiling, the most commonly used AIRIUS model is a nearly silent air turbine that quietly and aerodynamically drives a column of hot air from the ceiling directly to the cooler floor below, mixing with the cooler air and generating a series of air currents that continue to circulate the air from ceiling to floor continuously. This process creates a constant equalization of air temperature in a process called thermal destratification, or thermal equalization, that allows thermostats to be lowered in the winter and raised in the summer-resulting in huge energy savings because of a substantial reduction in energy consumption.
A building with a 30-foot ceiling can experience a 15-30°F temperature differential from ceiling to floor, and even more with higher ceilings. Vast amounts of energy must be generated to maintain a comfortable 68°F at floor level where people work, while the ceiling temperature can measure a toasty 15-30 degrees higher. This results in a huge waste of energy-and money. The AIRIUS Thermal Equalizer provides an important solution, and within only 24 hours of use, floor-to-ceiling temperatures are regulated and maintained within 3°F. According to the Department of Energy, each degree of lowered thermostat equals a 3% energy savings, which can represent 25-35% or more savings in energy costs during the winter, for example.
"By eliminating the thermal differential that naturally occurs as hot air rises in buildings, significant energy savings are achieved," said Ray Avedon, president of AIRIUS LLC. "Some customers have even reported energy bill savings of up to 50%, though perhaps as important is the fact that they are also leaving behind on this earth a much smaller carbon footprint." According to Avedon, the average-size AIRIUS Thermal Equalizer uses about the same amount of energy as that expended by a 35-watt light bulb. When using the AIRIUS units in a standard 100,000 square-foot facility that typically utilizes an electrical energy source based on coal or natural gas, a ten-ton per year reduction in carbon emissions can be achieved.
Additional benefits of the AIRIUS Thermal Equalizer include its ability to dramatically improve the comfort level inside buildings-improving employee comfort, safety and productivity. It also supports the efficiency and life span of HVAC systems, which do not need to run as often due to the elimination of temperature differentials between floor and ceiling. In addition, since the AIRIUS Thermal Equalizer directs heat toward the floor, it provides an added bonus during the winter months with the concrete floors and walkways now serving as a heat storage bank and a free nighttime heat source. During the hot summer months, the temperatures of the floors and walkways are more balanced and cool with the AIRIUS system in place.
Any building with an office ceiling height of 8 feet and facilities up to 70 feet can benefit from the AIRIUS Thermal Equalizer. Ray Avedon indicated that the types of buildings and industries that can benefit from the use of the AIRIUS Thermal Equalizer are almost unlimited. Examples include warehouses and distribution centers, engineering and manufacturing facilities, showrooms, retail stores, shopping malls, laboratories, libraries, hospitals, military installations, concert and exhibition halls, meeting rooms, leisure centers, fire houses, aircraft hangars, greenhouses, museums, recreational facilities, sports halls, theatres, atriums, multi-level facilities, etc.
In addition, facilities that must maintain a constant and guaranteed temperature differential also benefit from the AIRIUS Thermal equalizer, such as those where temperature-sensitive products could otherwise spoil, or where close manufacturing tolerances apply, as in the case of high-tech machining. FDA-approved pharmaceutical warehouses, temperature-controlled food storage and beverage warehousing are additional types of facilities that can benefit from AIRIUS products.