Air Tower – Air Handling Unit (AHU)

Save money and square footage with compact air-handling units that deliver up to 20% more efficiency than traditional HVAC

AirFixture AHUs can be used to:

  • Slash building energy costs 
  • Increase useable square footage when coupled with raised access flooring
  • Boost occupancy satisfaction rates with better temperature control
  • Meet LEED and WELL IAQ standards with ease

AHU and Air Tower Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Air Handling Unit? – an AHU is a component of an HVAC system that is used to regulate and circulate air. It is generally a large metal box that contains the following parts:

  • Blower
  • Heating and cooling elements
  • Filter racks or chambers
  • Fans
  • Duct silencers
  • Dampers
  • Humidifiers
  • OA / RA mixing box

The primary function of the unit is to take in air from the outside, mix it with return air then condition it, and supply it to a certain area of a building as supply air. It can serve to regulate temperature, humidity, air movement and air cleanliness.

What is an Air Tower? – An air tower is a compact, vertically-oriented downblast air handling unit designed to minimize equipment and mechanical room space. Air tower units are specifically designed for use with UFAD (Underfloor Air Distribution) HVAC systems.

When to use an Air Tower? – Air towers can be used in all sizes of buildings.

Where are AHUs located in the building? – These air handling units can be located on the roof, in the basement or on the floors of the building.

Where are Air Towers located?: The Air Towers are typically located at the edges of the building core.

See if an Air Tower is Right for Your Project

Get specs and features, outlining air supply/return and building configurations.

Why Use AirFixture’s Air Tower Units?

Cut Building Energy Costs by up to 20%

Having a single outdated unit on the roof of your commercial building is killing efficiency and wasting money. Multi-story return ducts can create pressure imbalances in your building . Multiple AHU units placed throughout your building heat, cool, and condition different zones – leading to much higher efficiency.

Boost Profits by Trading Mechanical Space for Profitable Rentable Square Footage

Too much space dedicated to mechanical equipment is taking away from square footage that you could sell or rent out – compact AHU units coupled with raised access flooring reduces the amount of duct work needed. For every 12 floors in your commercial building you would open up 1 more floor for higher profits. 

Reduce Vacancy Rates by Keeping Occupants More Comfortable

Old and outdated HVAC systems are leading to excessive dust, pollen, smoke, and other toxic substances that can cause major health issues and discomfort for your occupants.  Bad air conditioning is a leading cause of tenant dissatisfaction. AHU’s take fresh air from the outside, condition it and heat or cool it – then discharge the used and dirty air to the outside of your building.

Increase Resale Value by Getting LEED Certified

Buyers will pay an average of 10-31% more for a LEED-certified property – AirFixture AHU’s are designed to easily meet these standards so you can get a higher ROI for your commercial building.

What our clients say about us

“Having worked with AirFixture at a past firm I know the care and thought they put behind their engineering support. They worked diligently with us to provide the most functional cost-effective design. When we were working towards our Construction Set Andy Bergman and his team had no problems reviewing several iterations of our design to ensure the end-user would be comfortable in both summer and winter conditions, and to ensure the Air Towers would meet the required sound performance so users would be comfortable from an overall environmental perspective. When we were in construction during COVID-19 in NYC, AirFixture did what it took to ensure we would have our units by or before the date they were promised to site, I could not have been happier in our choice of manufacturer.”

Christopher T. Varughese

Mechanical Designer