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HVAC Design:  Reinventing the Y-Strainer

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Apr 4, 2017 3:16:59 PM

Most of us don’t even really think much about Y-strainers when it comes to designing our piping systems.  We know where we need them.  We know why we need them.  And we put them in.  It is, after all, just a Y-strainer.

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Topics: Manufacturer Information, Design Engineer Tips

Manufacturer News: TACO Self-Sensing Pumps Overview

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Mar 10, 2017 11:02:11 AM

We sometimes get questions about why our customers should use self-sensing pumps.  There are many reasons, which you can read about in VFD Pumps vs. Self-Sensing Pumps: The Real Story. 

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Topics: Pumps, Manufacturer Information, Design Engineer Tips

Manufacturer News:  Benchmark Platinum Boiler Is AERCO's Most Advanced Boiler Yet

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Mar 8, 2017 10:17:50 AM

AERCO has some good news to share for engineers, facilities management and building owners. 

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Topics: Manufacturer Information, Boilers and Water Heaters, Design Engineer Tips

3-Way Control Valves Vs. Pressure Independent Valves

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Mar 3, 2017 10:58:57 AM

Griswold Controls has a series of application tips that can assist HVAC design engineers, building owners and contractors.

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Topics: Manufacturer Information, Products, Design Engineer Tips

Manufacturer News: What You Need to Know About Acorn Control Valves

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Dec 14, 2016 2:32:00 PM

We like to keep our readers informed.  There are a LOT of control valves out there and sometimes it can be tough to decide which valve will work best for certain projects.  We came across this blog post from our manufacturer Acorn that has solid information about Acorn Control Valves.  Click on the link below to read the Acorn blog post and let us know if you have any questions!

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Topics: Manufacturer Information

Manufacturer News:  Dadanco Has 3D Models on New Website

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Dec 12, 2016 2:38:47 PM

 

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Topics: General Knowledge, Manufacturer Information

Manufacturer News:  Metraflex Re-Engineered the Y Strainer November

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Nov 8, 2016 9:04:52 AM
We think the LPD Y-Strainer is so important that we thought we should re-post this blog, originally posted in March.  If you haven't heard about this innovative solution from Metraflex, you should read more. 
 
 It turns out that the old Y strainer has a brand new look for energy savings, lower pressure drops, larger screens and a better performance overall.  Take a look at this really terrific update from Metraflex, the new LPD Y-Strainer.
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Topics: Manufacturer Information

35 HVAC and Plumbing Manufacturers to Celebrate on World Manufacturing Day

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Oct 4, 2016 2:05:00 PM

For the vast majority of recordable time on earth, humans produced the items they needed by hand. Tools were crafted with slow and painstaking steps. In time, as humans gained more knowledge and experience, they developed methods to create the items more quickly, perhaps with more advanced tools.   It wasn’t until the Industrial Revolution, which began in England in the 18th century, that the world was introduced to machinery designed specifically for production purposes. The era of modern manufacturing was born.

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Topics: General Knowledge, Manufacturer Information

Manufacturer News: TACO Offers Training for Hydronic Heating and Cooling Installers

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Sep 29, 2016 11:45:07 AM

Re-posted from TACO Comfort Solutions

The Radiant Professionals Alliance (RPA) is pleased to announce a partnership with Taco Comfort Solutions to provide the first-ever RPA training and ASSE certification program for hydronic heating and cooling installers.

Taco Comfort Solutions will host the 24-hour training and certification testing, to the ASSE 19210 Professional Qualifications Standard for Hydronic Heating and Cooling Systems Installers, from Oct. 17 to 19 at its training facility in Cranston, R.I. Dates for additional offerings throughout the United States will be announced as they are finalized.

RPA Executive Director Mark Eatherton, an industry expert with 40 years' experience in the hydronics field, will teach participants about important hydronic heating and cooling systems concepts and installations. Training topics will include key definitions, system components and their proper installation, radiant systems, tubing, code requirements, system commissioning, documentation, and more. The training will end with the 100-question ASSE Hydronic Heating and Cooling Installer certification examination.

"The Hydronic Heating and Cooling Installer Training and Certification Program is one of the most comprehensive programs that's ever been developed and will properly prepare you for the certification exam," said Mark Chaffee, Vice President of Governmental Relations & Sustainability at Taco Comfort Solutions. "ASSE 19210 certification means differentiation from your competition and increased homeowner confidence in your ability to deliver a properly installed hydronic-based heating and cooling system."

A minimum of two years' experience in the installation and maintenance of piping systems is required for certification to ASSE 19210. The cost is $1,500 and includes the 24 hours of training, the examination, all class materials, and lunch each day.

To register or for more information, visit iapmolearn.org.

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Topics: Manufacturer Information, Training

Commercial HVAC Green Options and Money Saving Opportunities for Commercial Buildings

Posted by Joe Britt, PE on Aug 12, 2016 11:09:50 AM

Republished post from December 2015

Dedicated Outside Air Systems (DOAS) are quite common today in commercial HVAC building designs. A big reason for this are the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) requirements from standards such as ASHRAE 62.1. This new standard involves introducing more outside air into a building than ever before. Fresh air is generally good – occupants are happier, healthier, and more productive. But fresh air also carries moisture,especially in the Carolinas. Gone unchecked, high moisture content in the air, otherwise known as high humidity, can lead to physical discomfort and bacteria and mold growth. High humidity can cause other issues like surface sweating, condensate pooling, and electrical equipment issues.

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

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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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