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

How to Combat Iron Oxide in Hydronic HVAC Systems

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Feb 7, 2019 2:07:02 PM

Air in a hydronic HVAC system can be a problem, specifically when it comes to the development of corrosive iron oxide.  When system components, like pump volutes or expansion tanks, made of cast iron or steel are mixed with oxygen and water, corrosive iron oxide is formed.  Commonly known as "black sludge," iron oxide includes magnetite.  Magnetite is a naturally occurring brownish-black or black material that is extremely fine and becomes a black, sticky mess inside hydronic systems.  Magnetite can get into valves and ECM motors.  It can also build up on the surfaces in a boiler or heat exchanger and act as an insulator to reduce heat transfer and system efficiency. 

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

Pressure Independent Valves in Greenhouses

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Feb 6, 2019 8:42:25 AM

Flower and vegetable greenhouses are not uncommon in NC and SC.  While growers in western climates are starting to focus on cannabis, here in the southeastern part of the country, we grow potted plants. 

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Topics: Valves, Building Owner Tips, Design Engineer Tips, General Knowledge, Manufacturer Information

10 HVAC and Plumbing Blog Posts You Should Read

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Dec 31, 2018 12:35:39 PM

We're so thrilled to be a part of a thriving commercial building industry in NC and SC.   2018 has brought many challenges and we've worked hard with engineers, building owners, and contractors to bring new (and old) HVAC and engineered plumbing projects to life.  A coming new year always inspires reflection and goal-setting.  In that spirit, we're sharing the top 10 blog posts of all time while we take some time offline to review topics that may be of new interest in 2019.  

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

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

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

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

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

3 Reasons Why Equipment Life Cycle Costs Matter

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Apr 3, 2018 9:35:35 AM

Design engineers work hard to design comfort systems that serve the goals of the building and, ultimately, achieve that ever-elusive dream of perfect comfort for building occupants. But after all the meetings are over and the bids are submitted, design is sometimes sacrificed for initial equipment costs. Or, a design is scrapped altogether because the building owner is frightened of initial costs. However, according to a recent article written by AEGIS, the lifetime cost breakdown of ownership of something as simple as an electric motor is boiled down to this:

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

Manufacturer News: Griswold Controls Application Tips

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Mar 7, 2018 3:14:30 PM

Our manufacturing partners are smart. That is, after all, one of the many reasons why we partner with them! Griswold Controls has compiled a huge list of very readable application tips that we think you might enjoy reading. Granted, they may not be as enjoyable as the latest book club selection, but these tips could be applicable to a current project or two of yours.

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Topics: HVAC Design Tools, Piping, Building Owner Tips, Design Engineer Tips, Training, General Knowledge, Manufacturer Information

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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. 

We are dedicated to:

  • Helping our customers find solutions
  • Innovative thinking
  • Serving as true partners in the HVAC & plumbing industry
  • Representing the latest high-performing equipment

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