Air King unveils dual-speed Quiet Series exhaust fan
Air King, the West Chester, Pa.-based exhaust fan manufacturer, introduced a dual-speed exhaust fan designed for cost-effective, energy-efficient ventilation.
The Air King model AK100D dual-speed Quiet Series exhaust fan features a low profile grill design and a spring-loaded, back draft damper prevents drafts from entering back into the room through the ducting.
“Our AK100D dual-speed exhaust fan adds to our extensive line of ENERGY STAR qualified ventilation products, and provides a perfect ASHRAE 62.2 ventilation solution,” said Jeff Kenkelen, president, Air King.
The model AK100D unit is ETL listed for installation over a tub or shower on a GFCI circuit. It is available in contractor packs of four units.
An electronically balanced centrifugal blower wheel assures maximum ventilation with minimum sound. The low sound level and energy efficient operation of the model AK100D allows the unit to be both Energy Star qualified and California Title 24 compliant.
Lincoln Windows thrown by tornado
Merrill, Wis.-based Lincoln Windows continues to struggle following a destructive tornado that hit the company’s corporate offices and final assembly plant on April 10.
The Sunday evening twister, luckily, caused only one minor injury, but it left the operation in shambles, as photos and Youtube videos attest.
In an April 12 letter to customers, sales manager Steve Kahle said the company was in the process of transferring its computer system to its Timeline facility. "We greatly appreciate your patience, understanding and loyalty as we get our operations up and running again," he wrote.
EPA concerned about DIY use of spray foam insulation
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced plans to address the potential health risks to consumers of certain chemicals contained in spray foam insulation, sealing concrete and finishing floors. These chemicals, methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI), toluene diisocyanate (TDI) and other related compounds, are known to cause severe skin and breathing responses in workers who have been repeatedly exposed to them, according to the EPA. The chemicals have been documented as a leading cause of work-related asthma, and in severe cases, fatal reactions have occurred.
“There has been an increase in recent years in promoting the use of foams and sealants by do-it-yourself energy-conscious homeowners, and many people may now be unknowingly exposed to risks from these chemicals,” said Steve Owens, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.
Contractors and other professional workers who use these chemicals are regulated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which sets permissible workplace exposure limits. But there is very limited information available about the use and exposure patterns of consumers, who may be exposed to products containing uncured MDI and TDI. The EPA plans to carefully consider the potential risks from consumer exposure to these chemicals under the authority of the Toxic Substances Control Act.
Actions to address concerns associated with TDI, MDI and related compounds include issuing rules to call in data on any past allegations of significant adverse effects, obtain unpublished health and safety data from industry sources, require exposure monitoring studies for consumer products, and possibly ban or restrict consumer products containing uncured MDI or TDI. The EPA said it will continue to work with other federal agencies, the polyurethanes industry and others to ensure improved labeling and provide comprehensive product safety information for polyurethane products containing uncured compounds, especially in consumer products.