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Aluminium extrusions for heating and cooling installations

HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) systems are optimized by using aluminium in functionality, appearance, and lifetime. No matter the type of system, it enhances the features of the HVAC system‘s inside and outdoors elements.

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HVAC systems provide a comfortable environment, both when it comes to temperature and humidity, as well as clean air indoors. Naturally, the size and power of these systems vary depending on the size of the area they regulate. This can be in both domestic settings as well as in commercial spaces such as airports, offices, the industrial- and hospitality industry. The design differs depending on their application and the functions of the building or vehicle.

Aluminium and HVAC systems – a perfect fit


Good air quality and temperature in (large) workspaces ensures a pleasant and healthy workplace. Aluminium parts can be integrated in indoor (parts of the) HVAC systems in the form of heatsinks and/or housing for boilers, vents and more. However, some of these heating and cooling systems are located on the outside of buildings.

The right choice of material and possible surface treatment is essential to prevent corrosion and extend the life of a product. This is not the only benefit aluminium has to offer. It is a metal with many qualities which benefit HVAC systems perfectly. Benefits such as:

  • Corrosion resistance: especially during outdoor use, but also indoor when in contact with liquids and/or condensation
  • Good surface quality and appearance
  • Durability
  • Sustainability
  • Good strength to weight ratio

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Different types of HVAC systems


Heating Equipment

Heating equipment.JPGThe purpose of heating equipment is to generate warmth for specific areas. These systems can consist out of various devices such as heat pumps, furnaces, or boilers. The excellent ability aluminium offers regarding weight, corrosion resistance and more, leads to the frequent use of aluminium parts in this equipment. 

Ventilation Equipment
Ventilation equipment.JPGVentilation equipment helps maintain air quality in indoor areas. Aluminium is frequently used in these devices which vary from air handling units that form the central part of an airconditioning system and circulate the air, to air purifiers and filters that capture or neutralize pollution that is harmful to clean inside air, and (de)humidifiers which either add or extract moisture from air.

Cooling Equipment

Cooling equipment.JPGCooling equipment keeps temperature from exceeding limits depending on needs, safety and efficiency. Examples of such systems which include aluminium parts, are room air conditioners, chillers, cooling towers, and more. These types of systems all come with different mechanisms and purposes depending on the exact requirements of the area.

Support from start to finish with the principles of EcoDesign

New buildings today are designed with sustainability in mind. The building's climate system is an important part of sustainable building design, as heating and cooling systems are a major source of energy consumption. Due increasingly extensive environmental legislation, which among others, affects the recycling possibilities of products, you may look for ways to optimize your products.

We can support you in developing HVAC products and improve your design by applying the principles of EcoDesign. Principles which aid in developing greener solutions, with carbon footprints lower than the norm, longer durability and better performance. This way you are guaranteed to have a product to the latest sustainability standard. A product that can easily be disassembled, repaired, or replaced and finally recycled. At Hydro we offer help every step of the way, from the initial design to the final delivery.

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