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How Do We Celebrate Fix a Leak Week?

Posted by Andy Hayes on Mar 18, 2019 10:26:23 AM

Water is our business, so we take every opportunity to remind colleagues and friends of its importance. March 18-22 is National Fix a Leak week. An entire week is set aside to celebrate water by reminding us not to waste it. Those little drips add up to a significant amount of money and wasted resources. Keep in mind how much energy goes into moving water and how much water goes into making energy. Save water and you save energy. It can be easy being green!!

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Topics: General Knowledge, Building Owner Tips, Design Engineer Tips, Water

Webinar: Venting Requirements for Infrared Heaters

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Mar 14, 2019 2:01:58 PM

Infrared heating is the go-to choice for many applications, including industrial, commercial, aerospace, military, outdoor and patio, and stadiums and sports venues. One key advantage to infrared heat is the ability to provide comfort without the additional energy requirements of heating all the air. This becomes especially important in spaces that have a high air change rate per hour, like loading docks, maintenance facilities, and even stadiums.

But how important is ventilation for these systems?  This webinar will help you understand ventilation requirements for infrared heaters while offering you the opportunity to earn one PDH credit.

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Topics: infrared Heating, Webinars, Efficiency, PDH Credits

HTS Now a Part of the Hoffman Family of Companies

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Mar 5, 2019 9:16:25 AM

Typically, we try not to write too much about our company in our blog posts.  It's a "me, me, me" world, but we work hard to focus on what specifying engineers, building owners and contractors need from us.  Sometimes, however, we need to pass along information about us that may be important to you.

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Topics: General Knowledge, About us

Upcoming Webinar:  Designing Optimal Comfort for Restaurant Patios

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Feb 13, 2019 8:45:00 AM

Spring is just around the corner.  Restaurants everywhere will be opening up patios so that customers can indulge in outdoor dining to enjoy the weather.  Unfortunately, outdoor dining isn't always as pleasant as it might seem when diners have to battle unseasonably chilly weather and bugs.  Fortunately for restaurant owners and design engineers, you can create a space that allows for the most enjoyable outdoor dining conditions.

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Topics: Air Curtains, infrared Heating, Webinars, PDH Credits

System Benefits of High Efficiency Burners

Posted by Andy Hayes on Feb 11, 2019 9:18:00 AM

The idea of replacing the boilers in an existing central energy plant can be daunting. This is very high capacity, very large, and very pricey equipment. The renovation can take a long time and require extensive modifications to the existing mechanical room.  The logistics of getting the old equipment out and getting the new in is a full project by itself.

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

How to Combat Iron Oxide in Hydronic HVAC Systems

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Feb 7, 2019 2:07:02 PM

Air in a hydronic HVAC system can be a problem, specifically when it comes to the development of corrosive iron oxide.  When system components, like pump volutes or expansion tanks, made of cast iron or steel are mixed with oxygen and water, corrosive iron oxide is formed.  Commonly known as "black sludge," iron oxide includes magnetite.  Magnetite is a naturally occurring brownish-black or black material that is extremely fine and becomes a black, sticky mess inside hydronic systems.  Magnetite can get into valves and ECM motors.  It can also build up on the surfaces in a boiler or heat exchanger and act as an insulator to reduce heat transfer and system efficiency. 

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Topics: General Knowledge, Building Owner Tips, Design Engineer Tips, Filtration, Efficiency

Pressure Independent Valves in Greenhouses

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Feb 6, 2019 8:42:25 AM

Flower and vegetable greenhouses are not uncommon in NC and SC.  While growers in western climates are starting to focus on cannabis, here in the southeastern part of the country, we grow potted plants. 

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

AHR Expo 2019 Wrap-Up

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Jan 23, 2019 8:32:39 AM

The advent of new products and innovation in the HVAC industry unfailingly starts with the AHR Expo in January.  This past week in Atlanta, GA, was no exception.  Attendees may have had sore feet, but their enthusiasm didn’t seem to waver on the showroom floor as they engaged manufacturers to show off their latest products.

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Topics: General Knowledge, Manufacturer Information, Products, Design Engineer Tips, Energy Savings, Variable Frequency Drives, Efficiency

Upcoming Webinar:  Air Curtains for Retail, Industrial and Commercial Refrigeration

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Jan 18, 2019 2:18:20 PM

Air curtains can save building owners a lot in both energy and infrastructure costs in retail, industrial and commercial refrigeration applications.  But designing air curtains for maximum savings can be a challenge if you don't do it every day. 

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Topics: Air Curtains, Webinars, PDH Credits

10 HVAC and Plumbing Blog Posts You Should Read

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Dec 31, 2018 12:35:39 PM

We're so thrilled to be a part of a thriving commercial building industry in NC and SC.   2018 has brought many challenges and we've worked hard with engineers, building owners, and contractors to bring new (and old) HVAC and engineered plumbing projects to life.  A coming new year always inspires reflection and goal-setting.  In that spirit, we're sharing the top 10 blog posts of all time while we take some time offline to review topics that may be of new interest in 2019.  

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Topics: General Knowledge, Building Owner Tips, Design Engineer Tips, Efficiency

Why we blog

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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