Air Curtain FAQ & Troubleshooting Guide

FAQ

Mounting & Installation

How Do You Mount A Mars Air Curtain Over A Meat Track That Comes Out Through The Center Of The Door Opening?

Sometimes one unit can be installed over the door opening on top of the track, but very often there are obstructions and the unit would have to be installed much too high. Therefore, one unit on each side of the track would be more efficient because installation is then closer to the top of the door opening. The air curtain should be mounted 3” to 4” away from each side of the track to prevent interference with products being sent through.

How Long Does It Take To Install A Mars Air Curtain?

The average time required to install a unit is two hours. After the second or third installation, the time can usually be cut to one hour.

Do Mars Air Curtains Require A Cover When Mounted Outside?

No, they are not normally required as their design protects them from inclement weather. Weatherproof covers may be recommended when the units are exposed to harsh environments or excessive moisture. All unheated units are ETL/UL listed for outdoor use.

Is There Any Difference In The Sound Level If A Mars Air Curtain Is Installed Outside Or Inside?

Yes, if the level of sound is a problem mount the air curtain outside and the sound will be reduced.

How Far Above The Doorway Header Should The Air Curtain Be Mounted?

Mount air curtain ½” to 2” above the door opening whenever possible. The closer to the top of the door opening, the more effective the air curtain will be. Extended mounting brackets are available in various lengths so the air curtain can be mounted to clear an obstruction. If the unit is mounted higher, move it 3/8’’ away from the wall for every 1’’ it is moved above the door.

If There Is An Obstruction Over The Doorway, How Far Away From The Wall Can The Air Curtain Be Installed And Still Function Effectively?

Not more than 8” for refrigeration and 14” for insects. To seal off the ends, 12” to 18” panels made of sheet metal, plastic strips, or plywood can be installed on each side of the door opening to improve the efficiency of the air curtain. Sometimes the Mars Air Curtain outlet nozzle may be installed between the obstruction and the wall. Precaution is necessary to prevent the obstruction from deflecting the flow of air.

What Are The Normal Heights That An Electric Heated Mars Air Curtain Can Be Mounted?

Electric heated air curtains with ½ HP motors are normally used over customer entrance doorways in restaurants, supermarkets, department stores, personnel entrances, etc. and installed no more than 8’ above the floor. The colder the climate the higher the kW heater should be selected. If specifying electric heated models for use over warehouse doorways, use either HV or EP models. Higher kWs should be used in this case. Most electric heated models are supplied with motor control panels and wall mounted thermostats for ON/OFF/Fan Only control.

When More Than One Air Curtain Is Installed Over A Doorway, How Close Together Should They Be Mounted?

Units should be mounted next to each other; however, if the door opening is wider than the units, spacing up to 6” between units is acceptable. LPV25 models can be spaced up to 3” apart. For wider pass-thru openings, use the LoPro series.

What Happens If The Air Curtain Is Much Smaller Than The Door-Width Opening?

Whenever possible, avoid using an air curtain that is shorter than the entire width of the door opening. An undersized air curtain will create unprotected areas on each side, thereby reducing its efficiency level. An air curtain should cover the doorway completely. If necessary, it’s always better to use an air curtain that is slightly wider, than shorter, in covering the opening. Some manufacturers will provide their units with extreme side deflectors to help spread the air outward. Avoid using this type of design. The output airflow pattern becomes very irregular. Much of the airflow moves across the opening, causing considerable air velocity loss by the time it hits the floor.

When Would A Vertical Mount Be Feasible?

When installation is not possible over the top of the doorway some Mars Air Curtains may be vertically mounted on either side of the door, blowing across the door opening; this type of installation must be specified at time of order. The pan of the motor/fan assembly will be bolted to the air curtain housing instead of the standard wing nut mount hardware. All motors used in Mars Air Curtains contain thrust bearings and operate efficiently in any position. LoPro units cannot be vertically mounted.

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