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Kelly Patterson

Kelly Tilyard is an avid fan of marketing HVAC and plumbing equipment and does it on a daily basis.
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Webinar: IR Heating and Air Curtain Design for Auto Garages and Fire Stations

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Dec 10, 2018 1:23:34 PM

It's time for another valuable webinar by Schwank on infrared heating and air curtain design.  This time, the folks at Schwank are focusing specifically on auto garages and fire stations, which come with their own unique set of challenges.

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Topics: infrared Heating, Air Curtains, Building Owner Tips, Design Engineer Tips, Webinars

Winter Webinar:  Designing Roof and Gutter De-Icing System

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Nov 28, 2018 3:42:34 PM

If you shudder when you think about ice building up on the roof and gutter of a commercial building, you are not alone.  Here in the Carolinas, ice can be a tricky foe in the winter months.

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Topics: Webinars, HVAC Design Tools, Design Engineer Tips, Manufacturer Information, General Knowledge

Does Your System Need Shaft Grounding Technology?

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Nov 16, 2018 9:40:40 AM

We are huge advocates of utilizing VFDs to control AC motors in most instances.  It isn't often that we need to run a pump motor at full speed, so we can reduce our energy consumption (lower costs) while being a little kinder to our motors by installing VFDs in our systems.  Rarely in life do we encounter anything that is flawless, however, and VFDs are no exception.  They do lower our operating costs and can increase system performance, but they also create shaft voltage. 

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Topics: HVAC Design Tools, Variable Frequency Drives, Energy Savings

5 of the Scariest Questions for Engineers

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Oct 31, 2018 8:10:00 AM

Halloween is here, the scariest night of the year!  We all know that HVAC and plumbing engineers are brave, strong, and essentially fearless.  After all, they design systems out of thin air, easily troubleshoot annoying problems that haunt other mortals, and relentlessly stick to their guns when specifications are called into question.  Engineers are basically the John Wayne of the professional world.  They just don't scare easily.

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Topics: Efficiency, Filtration, Energy Savings, Design Engineer Tips

Continuing Education:  11th Hour Credit Hour Seminars

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Oct 24, 2018 11:18:43 AM

Continuing education is a critical component of our jobs these days.  Technology is changing so rapidly, it's virtually (no pun intended) impossible to keep up with revised best practices, new equipment, and updated regulations. 

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Topics: Training, General Knowledge

5 Reasons to Attend the WEEC in Charlotte

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Oct 3, 2018 9:00:00 AM

energy (n):  Power derived from the utilization of physical or chemical resources, especially to provide light and heat or to work machines.

Our obsession with energy, how to harness it and how to use it efficiently is not a new thing.  After humans first warmed themselves with the sun, they eventually discovered fire.  Early humans used wood fires to cook food and keep warm.  Modern humans still do it in home fireplaces, wood-burning stoves and during camping adventures.

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Topics: Efficiency, Training, General Knowledge

Manufacturer News: Taco Wins 2019 AHR Expo Innovation Award

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Oct 1, 2018 11:25:05 AM

Innovation doesn't come easy these days. We're all so busy just getting things done day after day that it's tough to spend the extra time and thought energy into creating better technology, business practices and equipment. Innovation, however, is a critical piece in offering solutions that improve the customer experience.

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Topics: Efficiency, Building Owner Tips, General Knowledge, Customer Service, Pumps, Parts, Manufacturer Information

Control Valves Can Improve Hospital HVAC Systems

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Aug 28, 2018 11:21:52 AM

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.

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Topics: Energy Savings, Design Engineer Tips, General Knowledge, Efficiency

Manufacturer News: Upcoming Air Curtain Webinar

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Aug 23, 2018 10:32:29 AM

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.

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Topics: Webinars, Air Curtains, Energy Savings

Webinars: Shaft Grounding Best Practices

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Aug 8, 2018 2:08:03 PM

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

ctices.

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Topics: Webinars, Efficiency

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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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  • Helping our customers find solutions
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