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Increase Energy Savings, Improve Indoor Air Quality with NEW Line of Broan® Automatic Make-Up Air Dampers

Hartford, Wis., April 16, 2010 Broan®, America's largest manufacturer of residential ventilation products, has introduced a new line of Automatic Make-Up Air Dampers as part of its continued effort as the leading developer of the highest quality ventilation products for the home.

This high-performing, affordable line of Broan Automatic Make-Up Air Dampers is the first in the industry to provide synchronized operation for kitchen, bath and whole-house ventilation products for a variety of installations and applications. With a simple and intelligent design, each damper can be easily installed and without any special wiring.

"The Broan developed the Automatic Make-Up Air Damper was developed to assist homeowners in the struggle against rising energy costs and indoor air pollution," says Tom Heidel, marketing manager, IAQ products, Broan-NuTone®. "Barometric dampers currently used in the marketplace let unwanted air into the home during every heating and cooling cycle, not when you need it. This leads to significant energy penalties."

According to Heidel, when the ventilation fan or range hood is turned on, the damper opens and lets fresh air into the home. When turned off, the damper tightly closes and prevents unwanted air from entering the home during heating and cooling cycles. This provides synchronized operation for complete and effective bath and whole house ventilation.

The Broan Automatic Make-Up Air Damper is unique in that it only operates when necessary. By exclusively providing make-up air when a kitchen, bath or whole house ventilation product is running, the damper helps prevent homeowners from superfluous and expensive energy usage. The damper equalizes air intake and exhaust, establishing the ideal balance in air pressure levels for proper ventilation function and increased energy savings.

Available in three different models, the SMD6/8, MD6T/8T or MD6TR/8TR, the Broan Automatic Make-Up Air Dampers can synchronize with either the Broan SmartSense® ventilation system and/or select Broan and BEST® range hoods. The damper creates a balanced ventilation system that helps prevent negative pressure from interfering with the proper operation of combustion equipment in the home.

"As a means to decrease energy costs, more homeowners than ever are weatherizing their homes. Unfortunately, in today's 'tighter' homes, natural ventilation is drastically limited and fresh air is not able to flow in and out of the home causing an increase in indoor air pollutants and allergens," says Heidel. "The Broan Automatic Make-Up Air Damper helps provide superior IAQ by allowing outdoor air to enter the home while controlling energy costs."

 

Additional features of the SMD6/8:

  • Compatible with the Broan SmartSense ventilation system and/or select BEST range hoods using the LinkLogic® system (the INSTEON™ enabled Broan-NuTone technology that facilitates communication through existing power lines in the home)
  • Heavy duty galvanized steel construction
  • Includes 24VAC transformer and a LinkLogic enabled make-up air damper control module
  • Available sizes: 6-inch round (SMD6) and 8-inch round (SMD8) normally closed
  • LinkLogic system uses existing AC wiring to communicate between damper control and ventilation devices and requires no added wiring

Additional features of the MD6T/8T and MD6TR/8TR:

  • Compatible with select Broan and BEST range hoods 
  • Heavy duty galvanized steel construction
  • Includes 24VAC transformer
  • Available sizes: 6-inch round (MD6T) and 8-inch round (MD8T)
  • Two convenient models: MDT is designed for devices with a switched 120VAC output or dry contact and MDTR designed for devices with a switched 12VDC contact – includes low voltage relay module

 

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Broan® has introduced a new line of Automatic Make-Up Air Dampers to assist homeowners in the struggle against rising energy costs and indoor air pollution. This high-performing, affordable line of Broan Automatic Make-Up Air Dampers is the first in the industry to provide synchronized operation for kitchen, bath and whole-house ventilation products. With a simple and intelligent design, each damper can be easily installed and without any special wiring. The Broan Automatic Make-Up Air Dampers can synchronize with either the Broan SmartSense® ventilation system and/or select Broan and BEST® range hoods to create a balanced ventilation system in the home.

 

 

Best®, Broan® is a registered trademark of Broan-NuTone LLC, North America's leading manufacturer and distributor of residential ventilation products including range hoods, ventilation fans, heater/fan/light combination units, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Fresh Air Systems, built-in heaters, whole-house fans, attic ventilators and trash compactors. NuTone® is a registered trademark of NuTone Inc., a subsidiary of Broan-NuTone and North America's leading manufacturer and distributor of residential built-in convenience products including door chimes, central vacuum systems, paddle fans, stereo intercom systems, home theater speakers, medicine cabinets, ironing centers and ventilation fans. Broan-NuTone is proud to be an ENERGY STAR® partner

For more information about the full line of Broan-NuTone products, call 800-558-1711 (Broan), 888-336-3948 (NuTone), write Broan-NuTone, 926 W. State Street, Hartford, WI 53027 U.S.A. or visit www.BestRangehoods.comwww.Broan.com or www.NuTone.com.