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10 Scary Things in Your HVAC Equipment Room

Posted by Andy Hayes on Oct 25, 2017 10:35:02 AM

It may be the scariest place in your building. More dreaded than the hut at Camp Crystal Lake, scarier than that little girl with the vacant eyes and lank hair, worse than any house of horrors. The groans, the slamming sounds, the darkness….

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

Webinar: Air Curtain Design and Application

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Oct 23, 2017 2:03:00 PM

You pass through air curtains all the time.  They're mounted above doorways to create an air seal in grocery stores, restaurants and bars, hotels, nightclubs and even in some homes.  This webinar will show design engineers how to help building owners save energy (and money!) by keeping conditioned air in the building when the doors are open.

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Topics: Design Engineer Tips, Air Curtains

How Predictive Maintenance Can Prevent Boiler Problems

Posted by Andy Hayes on Oct 18, 2017 2:32:11 PM

Let’s face it, we live in a world of instantaneous gratification. We want it now. We want it now and we don’t want to wait. We want it now and we don’t want to go any further than our finger tips to get it. In today’s IoT world, everything is immediate.

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

Why Oxygen Levels Matter in High Efficiency Boilers

Posted by Andy Hayes on Oct 10, 2017 8:56:33 AM

Oxygen matters.  Every living organism on earth needs it in one form or another.  While a high efficiency condensing boiler isn’t necessarily a living thing, it does work in a system that requires appropriate amounts of oxygen to operate at optimum levels.  In that way, high efficiency boilers are a lot like you and me.

So, how does it work?

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

Webinar:  DOE Commercial & Industrial Pump Regulations and Labeling

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Sep 27, 2017 10:02:05 AM

25% of currently available pumps will not be saleable as of January 27, 2020 due to new energy efficiency levels being implemented by the Department of Energy (DOE). This is big news for our industry and important for everyone from design engineers to contractors to building owners. TACO Comfort Solutions, PM Engineer and Plumbing & Mechanical Magazine are offering a free webinar in October to help professionals in the industry understand the new regulations.

This webinar will cover the scope of pumps affected by the new Commercial & Industrial Pump rules, the new rating system, test methods and performance requirements. It will also explore the industry’s efforts to implement a new Energy Rating labeling program, which is similar in look-and-feel to the Energy Star appliance labels and can easily be used by utility incentive programs to incentivize the purchase of high-efficiency pumps.
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Topics: Pumps, Training

5 Ways to Keep Pace with New Technology in Commercial Construction

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Sep 26, 2017 9:48:10 AM
Trends in construction can often be no different than fashion trends.  Materials of construction and even HVAC equipment selected can become obsolete over time as engineers and building owners shift to new (and, hopefully, improved) products that make sense as technology improves.  It's important to stay abreast of all the options available in commercial construction today.  After all, we don’t want today’s boilers and pumps to become the bell-bottoms of tomorrow!

How can design engineers keep up with the rapidly increasing pace of technology improvements and ensure that they’re being smart instead of trendy in selecting new equipment for commercial construction?

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Topics: Design Engineer Tips

12 Must-Have Tools for HVAC and Plumbing Design Engineers

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Sep 19, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Engineers have a lot on their plates.  As manufacturer's reps, it's our job to help make that burden a little easier by providing expert engineering design assistance, design tools and product comparisons.  We all want the best possible solution for building projects, whether it be a small commercial office building, a large hospital or several university campus buildings.  So, to make the job a little easier, here are a few free tools and apps you may find helpful for your next design project.

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Topics: Design Engineer Tips

Manufacturer News: Q-Link Variable Frequency Drive Now Shipping

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Sep 14, 2017 11:41:38 AM

Franklin Control Systems is now shipping the new Q-Link Variable Frequency Drive (and Heat Transfer Sales will have some in inventory!).  This is big news for HVAC design engineers and building owners who want a game-changing user experience.

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Topics: Manufacturer Information, Building Owner Tips, Design Engineer Tips, Variable Frequency Drives

Upcoming Webinars for HVAC Mechanical Engineers

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Sep 8, 2017 11:24:05 AM

We all know it's important to take some time to keep current on the latest tools, trends and equipment in the industry.  Here are two webinars coming up that may be of interest to design engineers:

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Topics: infrared Heating, HVAC Design Tools, Webinars

4 Considerations When Selecting A Commercial Condensing Boiler

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Aug 25, 2017 8:10:00 AM

You’ve already determined that hydronic heating is what you need.  And you probably agree that a high efficiency condensing boiler is a no-brainer.  You may have even decided that you want a top-of-the-line product backed by a name you can trust.  But what other things should you consider when selecting a high-efficiency boiler for your commercial applications? 

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

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At Heat Transfer Sales of the Carolinas, we are invested in the success of our customers.  And we believe in the products we represent.  We use our blog posts to educate and answer questions about hydronic HVAC and engineered plumbing equipment and the industry in general. 

We are dedicated to:

  • Helping our customers find solutions
  • Innovative thinking
  • Serving as true partners in the HVAC & plumbing industry
  • Representing the latest high-performing equipment

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