Makeup Air

Makeup Air: A Crucial Component for Balanced Indoor Environments

Makeup air is a fundamental concept in HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) systems, serving as a critical element in maintaining indoor air quality, comfort, and safety. In essence, makeup air refers to the replacement of exhausted air with fresh outdoor air to uphold a balanced airflow within a building.

Importance of Makeup Air:

As modern buildings become more energy-efficient and airtight, the need for controlled ventilation becomes even more pronounced. When exhaust systems, such as range hoods, bathroom fans, or industrial equipment, expel air from a space, a negative pressure imbalance can occur. This negative pressure can lead to several issues, including backdrafting of combustion appliances, decreased indoor air quality, and compromised thermal comfort due to drafts.

Applications and Benefits:

Makeup air systems are integral in a range of settings, from residential kitchens to commercial kitchens, industrial facilities, and large-scale commercial spaces. They help prevent backdrafting, ensuring that combustion appliances like water heaters and furnaces operate safely and efficiently. Makeup air systems also aid in controlling humidity levels, preventing the buildup of odors, and maintaining a consistent indoor environment.

Balancing Airflow:

Effective makeup air systems work by introducing fresh outdoor air into the building to replace the air that has been exhausted. This balancing act not only maintains stable air pressure but also prevents negative impacts on occupant health and comfort. In commercial settings, makeup air systems contribute to the proper functioning of exhaust systems, enhancing energy efficiency by recapturing conditioned air that might otherwise be wasted.

Considerations and Design:

Designing a makeup air system requires a thorough understanding of the building’s layout, occupancy, and ventilation requirements. Factors such as the rate of exhaust, air quality standards, and local building codes influence the system’s capacity and configuration. Makeup air systems may incorporate various components, including outdoor air intakes, filters, heating or cooling elements, and controls to regulate airflow and temperature.

Energy Efficiency and Sustainability:

While makeup air systems introduce outdoor air, energy efficiency remains a concern. Heat recovery mechanisms, such as heat exchangers, can capture and transfer the energy from the exhaust air to the incoming outdoor air, minimizing energy loss and enhancing overall system efficiency.

In Conclusion:

Makeup air is a cornerstone of maintaining indoor environmental quality, safety, and occupant comfort. It’s a testament to the intricate balance required in modern building design and operation, where efficient ventilation, energy conservation, and optimal indoor conditions converge to create spaces that are healthy, efficient, and conducive to well-being.

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Average customer rating is 4.8/5 based on 37 reviews

What Our Customers Say

These guys are great! We had a difficult install - there was no way to vent the hood through the roof - we had to go through the pantry and under a staircase to reach an exterior wall. The first contractor would show up, then say we had the wrong parts. He even insisted we purchase a smaller diameter fan and duct which was not recommended for our stove and insisted the salesperson we purchased our appliances from sold us the wrong parts. The second vent "specialist" said it would fit but the 10" opening on the hood would have to be reduced in the shop in order for the ductwork to make the turn from the cabinet into the pantry. They eventually ghosted us. We finally called Vent Craft. Rick and his crew came out and looked it over, said it was difficult but could be done. When we told him which of his competitors bailed on us he was even more motivated. Rick started immediately, brought out 2 more crews and had the hood installed, the inline fan installed, a hole cut in the brick and ducted outside in under 3 hours. We were even able to use the original fan we were told wouldn't work. They didn't have to downsize the ductwork either - apparently when you really know what you're doing, you can make a duct turn in a lot of ways. Our vent hood sat in the garage for 6 months because we didn't call the right people until we called Vent Craft. Highly recommend!
Keith K.
Jordan Johnson
2023-06-14
Awesome company and they do great work and provide great service! Highly recommend for all your venting needs.
Keith Kiser
2023-02-09
These guys are great! We had a difficult install - there was no way to vent the hood through the roof - we had to go through the pantry and under a staircase to reach an exterior wall. The first contractor would show up, then say we had the wrong parts. He even insisted we purchase a smaller diameter fan and duct which was not recommended for our stove and insisted the salesperson we purchased our appliances from sold us the wrong parts. The second vent "specialist" said it would fit but the 10" opening on the hood would have to be reduced in the shop in order for the ductwork to make the turn from the cabinet into the pantry. They eventually ghosted us. We finally called Vent Craft. Rick and his crew came out and looked it over, said it was difficult but could be done. When we told him which of his competitors bailed on us he was even more motivated. Rick started immediately, brought out 2 more crews and had the hood installed, the inline fan installed, a hole cut in the brick and ducted outside in under 3 hours. We were even able to use the original fan we were told wouldn't work.They didn't have to downsize the ductwork either - apparently when you really know what you're doing, you can make a duct turn in a lot of ways. Our vent hood sat in the garage for 6 months because we didn't call the right people until we called Vent Craft. Highly recommend!
andre simon
2021-09-21
I recently remodeled and luxury kitchen and purchased high-end subzero wolf appliances. I was given Vent a craft as a company to help me with connecting and realigning a new valve and they sent a team of four men extremely friendly and professional and most importantly very knowledgeable and they had everything done in 30 minutes that seemed very complex. They returned a few days later from my work that I called the man to install the actual event and they were able to drill through extremely thick quartzite against the wall and install a separate independent blower in the attic. Michelle in the office and Felipe managing the crew as well as Rick as their leader did an amazing job.
Jane Crowe
2021-06-23
GREAT
Sherwin Dimas
2021-03-11
Professional people, inspected my vents outside my house. I had one replaced and they did a great job, and also fair price.
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