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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

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: HVAC Design Tools, Boilers and Water Heaters, Burners

Manufacturer News: AERCO Deserves the Gold at Olympic Hotel

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Feb 15, 2018 2:13:21 PM

So far, the US has won five gold medals in the PyeongChang Olympic games.  You probably knew that.  But, did you know that AERCO is supplying hot water to five out of the six main hotels at the 2018 XXIII Olympic Winter Games in South Korea? True story.

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Topics: Energy Savings, Building Owner Tips, Design Engineer Tips, Boilers and Water Heaters

Does Your Boiler Design Hold Up in Winter?

Posted by Joe Britt, PE on Jan 5, 2018 9:31:55 AM

I’ve been in the commercial HVAC rep business for over 15 years now and have helped many people design and select boiler systems for their buildings. Yet, the sizing of these systems is most always derived from a load calculated by a mechanical engineer (which I am as well, by the way – see my other blog “Is Your Commercial Boiler System Oversized”). As we run into bitter-cold days here in the Carolinas, (what we in the engineering field call “Design Days”) I cannot help but wonder, how close were we in sizing these systems for actual conditions?

If you are a building owner or have designed systems for owners, on these really cold days, have you ever checked the boiler plant to see how it is running? On Design Days, which present the worst-case conditions your building should see throughout the year, is your boiler plant running at 100% capacity? If you have multiple boilers, are all of them firing at 100%? Are your variable speed pumps running at 60-Hz (100% speed)? And, if the answer is “Yes" or the answer is “No," is that a good thing? The point is to learn what we can about a system from this answer.

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

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

How Predictive Maintenance Can Prevent Boiler Problems

Posted by Andy Hayes on Oct 18, 2017 2:32:11 PM

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

Why Oxygen Levels Matter in High Efficiency Boilers

Posted by Andy Hayes on Oct 10, 2017 8:56:33 AM

Oxygen matters.  Every living organism on earth needs it in one form or another.  While a high efficiency condensing boiler isn’t necessarily a living thing, it does work in a system that requires appropriate amounts of oxygen to operate at optimum levels.  In that way, high efficiency boilers are a lot like you and me.

So, how does it work?

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Topics: Boilers and Water Heaters, Design Engineer Tips, Energy Savings

4 Considerations When Selecting A Commercial Condensing Boiler

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Aug 25, 2017 8:10:00 AM

You’ve already determined that hydronic heating is what you need.  And you probably agree that a high efficiency condensing boiler is a no-brainer.  You may have even decided that you want a top-of-the-line product backed by a name you can trust.  But what other things should you consider when selecting a high-efficiency boiler for your commercial applications? 

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Topics: Boilers and Water Heaters, Building Owner Tips, Design Engineer Tips

Get Connected:  HVAC Systems and the Internet

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Mar 28, 2017 8:34:19 AM

You may find a scruffy old-timer still out there who longs for the old days when equipment in mechanical rooms was a mass of gurgling, lurching, belt-driven noise.  But today, most equipment technicians and engineers prefer the sleek hum of equipment with reduced voltage starters, variable frequency drives and, most recently, Bluetooth connectivity to the Internet.  These days, mechanical rooms more closely resemble the polished deck of the Starship Enterprise over the lackluster metal of a turn-of-the-century factory.

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Topics: Boilers and Water Heaters, Design Engineer Tips, General Knowledge

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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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