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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

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

Service Tips from Griswold Water Systems: Cooling Tower Seasonal Start-up

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Feb 19, 2018 8:33:00 AM

This blog post was written by Mike Jakubowski of Griswold Water Systems.

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Topics: Cooling Towers, Building Owner Tips, Customer Service

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

Is Your VFD Smarter Than the Average Drive?

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Feb 1, 2018 4:10:15 PM

I like to think that we're all getting smarter. After all, we have smart phones, smart homes and even smart cars. Even our HVAC equipment is getting smarter. Visit a modern mechanical room these days and you'll see brightly lit touchscreens, ready to interact with users. It's probably no big surprise that users can now control VFDs through their very own smartphone.

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Topics: Energy Savings, Building Owner Tips, Design Engineer Tips, General Knowledge

Options for Continuing Education from Taco Comfort Solutions

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Jan 24, 2018 11:17:08 AM

We talk a lot about continuing education here at Heat Transfer Sales. We want engineers, building owners and contractors to know about the new technology available to them. Saving time, money and energy are easier than ever these days with efficient systems. While traditional equipment may still have its place, these days, commercial building equipment is smarter than ever.

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

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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
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  • Representing the latest high-performing equipment

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