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Service Tips from Griswold Water Systems: Cooling Tower Seasonal Start-up

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Feb 19, 2018 8:33:00 AM

This blog post was written by Mike Jakubowski of Griswold Water Systems.

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Topics: Customer Service, Building Owner Tips, Cooling Towers

Manufacturer News: Schwank Webinar on Air Curtain Design

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Feb 16, 2018 10:39:45 AM

Schwank is offering a PDH webinar next week for design engineers. The webinar covers how the new Schwank air curtains can save energy by keeping conditioned air in buildings when doors open.

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Topics: Training, Air Curtains

Manufacturer News: AERCO Deserves the Gold at Olympic Hotel

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Feb 15, 2018 2:13:21 PM

So far, the US has won five gold medals in the PyeongChang Olympic games.  You probably knew that.  But, did you know that AERCO is supplying hot water to five out of the six main hotels at the 2018 XXIII Olympic Winter Games in South Korea? True story.

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Topics: Building Owner Tips, Boilers and Water Heaters, Design Engineer Tips, Energy Savings

Manufacturer News: Inside Griswold Controls' Test Lab

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Feb 12, 2018 10:35:23 AM

Take a sneak peak inside Griswold Controls' test lab! In 2017, Griswold re-engineered their lab space and are offering a sneak peak inside the place where their innovative valves undergo rigorous testing to ensure they'll work in the field.

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Topics: Manufacturer Information, Valves

Is Your VFD Smarter Than the Average Drive?

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Feb 1, 2018 4:10:15 PM

I like to think that we're all getting smarter. After all, we have smart phones, smart homes and even smart cars. Even our HVAC equipment is getting smarter. Visit a modern mechanical room these days and you'll see brightly lit touchscreens, ready to interact with users. It's probably no big surprise that users can now control VFDs through their very own smartphone.

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Topics: General Knowledge, Building Owner Tips, Design Engineer Tips, Energy Savings

Options for Continuing Education from Taco Comfort Solutions

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Jan 24, 2018 11:17:08 AM

We talk a lot about continuing education here at Heat Transfer Sales. We want engineers, building owners and contractors to know about the new technology available to them. Saving time, money and energy are easier than ever these days with efficient systems. While traditional equipment may still have its place, these days, commercial building equipment is smarter than ever.

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Topics: General Knowledge, Manufacturer Information, Training, Building Owner Tips, Design Engineer Tips

Why Every Commercial Building Needs a Combustion Analyzer

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Jan 18, 2018 8:47:49 AM

Building systems equipment is expensive. And when the temperatures dip below 40 degrees (F) or soar above 80 degrees (F), it’s important that your HVAC systems are running efficiently and safely for the comfort and health of all your building occupants.

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Topics: General Knowledge, Manufacturer Information, Building Owner Tips

5 Easy Ways for Engineers to Earn PDH Credits

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Jan 12, 2018 9:07:49 AM

I'm not saying you can get PDH credits for no effort, but there are some pretty easy (and often free) ways for professional engineers to earn PDH credits. These won't soak up too much of your time and, perhaps most important, you may learn something.

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Topics: General Knowledge, Design Engineer Tips, Green Building Design and Equipment, HVAC Design Tools

Does Your Boiler Design Hold Up in Winter?

Posted by Joe Britt, PE on Jan 5, 2018 9:31:55 AM

I’ve been in the commercial HVAC rep business for over 15 years now and have helped many people design and select boiler systems for their buildings. Yet, the sizing of these systems is most always derived from a load calculated by a mechanical engineer (which I am as well, by the way – see my other blog “Is Your Commercial Boiler System Oversized”). As we run into bitter-cold days here in the Carolinas, (what we in the engineering field call “Design Days”) I cannot help but wonder, how close were we in sizing these systems for actual conditions?

If you are a building owner or have designed systems for owners, on these really cold days, have you ever checked the boiler plant to see how it is running? On Design Days, which present the worst-case conditions your building should see throughout the year, is your boiler plant running at 100% capacity? If you have multiple boilers, are all of them firing at 100%? Are your variable speed pumps running at 60-Hz (100% speed)? And, if the answer is “Yes" or the answer is “No," is that a good thing? The point is to learn what we can about a system from this answer.

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Topics: General Knowledge, Building Owner Tips, Boilers and Water Heaters, Design Engineer Tips

Why Should You Attend the ASHRAE Winter Conference?

Posted by Andy Hayes on Jan 2, 2018 9:11:58 AM

 

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Topics: General Knowledge

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