Hospital HVAC systems work overtime. Every day of the year, around the clock, they must be working properly for patient comfort, maintaining air quality and keeping airborne disease transmission at bay. And, since HAIs (Hospital-acquired Infections) are a hot topic among hospital administrators and the news media, system designers and facilities managers are increasingly pressured to ensure that systems are chosen, installed and maintained with care.
Air curtains are a critical piece of commercial building design for certain applications but many building designers aren't sure what the best practices are for incorporating them.
At 11:00 am (EDT) on August 17, Electro Static Technology will offer a free training webinar (with PDH credits!) on shaft grounding best pra
The DOE compliance deadline for pumps is coming up on January 27, 2020. While it may seem like this date is far into the future, think about this: New Year's Day 2019 is only 166 days away. Time does fly, doesn't it?
As you probably know, BIM (Business information Modeling) embeds key product and asset data as well as 3D computer models that can be used by specifiers during the design and construction of commercial buildings. We're excited to announce that ADEY MagnaClean commercial filtration products are now available on the BIMStore.
"Mission critical" is defined as "an activity, device, service or system whose failure or disruption in normal business hours will result in the failure of business operations." When mission critical equipment is down, the bottom line of a business is severely impacted. In some applications, such as hospitals or other critical care facilities, there are even lives at stake.
Note: Schwank will offer a webinar for PDH credit on April 15, 2018 for engineers interested in learning more about infrared heating and air curtain design in these applications. The registration link is at the bottom of this blog.
Air and dirt are big-time attackers of closed-loop HVAC systems. Heating and cooling your system water can be more difficult with air and dirt causing problems and impeding the flow. Figuring out that your system is contaminated isn't too difficult, especially considering that few (if any) are 100% closed. One indication of a problem is noise in your pipes, terminal units and other equipment. Inadequate flow can cause problems like cavitation. You may hear moans, hammering sounds or even a high-pitch resonance. Increased operating costs could become problematic with a reduced ability to transfer energy. Systems with air and dirt contamination face corrosion and flow restriction and blockage. That's a problem.
In the U.S. in the 1970s, neighborhoods and highways looked much different than they do today. It wasn’t unusual to see people in the car in front of you chuck bottles and full bags of road-trip trash out of their windows. Highways were littered with the remnants of lunches and snacks from passengers who didn’t think twice about trying to find an actual trash receptacle.