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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

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

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

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

Pump Talk:  Shaft Alignment for Base Mounted Flexible Coupled Pumps

Posted by Matt Rogers on Nov 19, 2018 10:34:00 AM

Pumps are serious business in the world of commercial building.  Engineers spend vast numbers of hours reviewing usage requirements so that the correct pumps are specified, purchased and installed for building and system needs.  However, you may hear months, or even years, later that the building owner is experiencing problems with that same pump you painstakingly selected. 

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

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: Energy Savings, HVAC Design Tools, Variable Frequency Drives

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: Design Engineer Tips, Energy Savings, Filtration, Efficiency

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

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: General Knowledge, Training

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: General Knowledge, Training, 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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