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Andy Hayes

A mechanical engineer with extensive hydronic and HVAC experience, Andy is a North Carolina transplant from Western New York.
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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

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

AHRI Announces Specification Change for Infrared Heaters

Posted by Andy Hayes on Dec 11, 2018 3:26:05 PM

By now, we all know the advantages of using infrared heating for those special areas in designs with large open areas like warehouses, distribution centers, and maintenance facilities.  Areas with multiple open doors and large open spaces are especially good candidates for infrared (IR) heating. 

The top benefits of IR heating are:

  • Like the sun, infrared heats objects via energy waves
  • IR is not dependent on heating the air to provide comfort
  • It is one of the simplest and most effective forms of heating
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Topics: Design Engineer Tips, infrared Heating

Introduction to Magnetic Bearing Technology

Posted by Andy Hayes on Nov 30, 2018 10:14:04 AM

Conventional commuter trains are generally limited to a top speed of 60 miles per hour.  The train speed is limited by the track condition, curvature, and elevation changes.  It takes a lot of energy to move that big, heavy equipment up and down the track.  Additionally, the train must overcome rolling resistance between the train wheels and the track to get to higher speeds.

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

Prevent Boiler Problems As Winter Approaches

Posted by Andy Hayes on Oct 26, 2018 8:46:00 AM

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

HVAC System Contamination: Solutions to a Dirty Problem

Posted by Andy Hayes on May 8, 2018 3:04:57 PM

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.

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Topics: Design Engineer Tips, Water Purification

Three System Benefits of High Efficiency Burners

Posted by Andy Hayes on Feb 27, 2018 3:51:53 PM

System design is a critical element of system efficiency. The hydronic heating system must be designed correctly to take full advantage of a high efficiency high turndown boiler. It makes sense that a high efficiency boiler will never perform at a high level in a system designed for an atmospheric boiler. The physics is just against performance.

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Topics: Boilers and Water Heaters, HVAC Design Tools, Burners

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

Are You Handling Exhaust and Condensate in Building Mechanical Rooms?

Posted by Andy Hayes on Dec 1, 2017 9:37:15 AM

As the days get colder you might get a chance to see science in action. Mornings are getting colder this time of year. One morning soon on your way to work, you’ll be stopped at a light and see a plume of visible ‘smoke’ coming out of the exhaust pipes on the cars in front of you. Assuming those cars are all running correctly and not burning oil, that faint white smoke is actually water vapor from condensing combustion gases. Let this ‘smoke’ be a vision cue for you to remember to think about exhaust.

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Topics: Boilers and Water Heaters

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

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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. 

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