Air Handling Units

An Air Handling Unit (AHU) provides conditioned air, connecting to the ductwork within a building to distribute to the required spaces and return to the AHU. Based on a modular design, the AHU can be provided to fit bespoke spaces and applications.

The common components found within the unit include fans, heating/chilled coils, filters, attenuators and dampers. Found in applications varying from commercial offices, residential tower blocks and retail.

Air Handling Unit

The AHU output is controlled using a control valve linked to temperature sensors in the system. As the energy output from the AHU is of a parabolic shape, an equal percentage (EQ%) control characteristic is provided by the control valve, which in turn will provide a linear response (see graph below). 

Recommended Solutions

Crane Fluid Systems has a number of applicable solutions available for this type of terminal. See examples below.

PICV has become the preferred solution for many designers and installers in recent years. However, the option of using the traditional DPCV method is still available and can suit certain applications.

Option 1

Pressure Independent Control Valve (PICV)

  • PICV
    Stand Alone

    • Easy to set up
    • Straightforward commissioning
    • No need for separate Commissioning Set and 2 Port Control Valve
    • Size available up to DN150
  • Dominator
    w/ PICV

    • Can be remotely fitted away from the terminal
    • Reduced space constraints
    • Extended levers available for chilled systems
    • Sizes available up to DN25

AHU with PICV


Option 2

Differential Pressure Control Valve (DPCV)

  • DPCV
    Stand Alone

    • Range of controllable dPs Available
    • Available with Companion Valve
    • Sizes available up to DN150
  • Dominator
    w/ Comm. Set

    • Available with either static Commissioning Set or Motobalance
    • Available with Strainer
    • Extended levers available for chilled systems

AHU with typical valve arrangement