Air-handling unit

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air-handling unit

[′er ¦hand·liŋ ‚yü·nət]
(mechanical engineering)
A packaged assembly of air-conditioning components (coils, filters, fan humidifier, and so forth) which provides for the treatment of air before it is distributed.
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Air-handling unit

Heating and/or cooling distribution that channels warm or cool air to different parts of a building. Equipment includes a blower or fan; heating and/or cooling coils; and related equipment such as controls, condensate drain pans, and air filters. It does not include ductwork, registers, grilles, boilers, or chillers. Conditioning may include particle filtering, adding or removing heat and moisture. A varying portion of the return air from the conditioned space may be recirculated and mixed with incoming air.
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air-handling unit; packaged fan equipment

An assembly of air-conditioning components (such as fans, cooling coils, filters, humidifiers, and dampers) integrated into a self-contained package and often installed as a single unit, which is connected to system of metal ductwork that distributes the conditioned air.
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Two additional coils sandwich the cooling coil of the laboratory air-handling unit. Warm outdoor air flows through the first coil, heating the water flowing within, then flows through the cooling coil, where it is cooled to the required dew-point temperature (usually 54[degrees]F [12[degrees]C] or less), then flows through the downstream coil, where it is warmed by the circulating water that was heated by the air when it flowed across the most upstream coil.
In a building served by a chilled beam system, the air-handling unit no longer provides primary load conditioning; it provides only the air required for beam activation and ventilation.