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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: Building Owner Tips, Boilers and Water Heaters, 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: General Knowledge, Boilers and Water Heaters, 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

What Are the Best HVAC and Plumbing Parts to Keep On Hand?

Posted by Elizabeth Safran on Feb 22, 2017 11:07:55 AM

That’s a question we get pretty often here in the parts department.   These customers quickly become my personal favorites because they are planning ahead. I love customers who plan ahead! It means no one has to go crazy when a pump seal goes or an ignitor needs to be replaced in a boiler. All they have to do is replenish their spares and we can roll on – easy peasy.

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Topics: Pumps, Parts, Customer Service, Boilers and Water Heaters

Is Your Commercial Boiler Ready for Winter?

Posted by Joe Britt, PE on Dec 28, 2016 8:55:31 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, Building Owner Tips, Boilers and Water Heaters, Design Engineer Tips

6 Scary Things in Your HVAC Equipment Room

Posted by Andy Hayes on Oct 31, 2016 9:36:11 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, 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

Maximizing Existing Commercial HVAC Steam System Performance

Posted by Andy Hayes on Sep 16, 2016 9:03:44 AM

While steam may not be the first choice for heating a modern, efficient building, steam is still an excellent heating method. Steam is a mainstay in industrial processing and already exists in countless installations. Don’t write off that old existing steam system; there is a huge opportunity in getting the most out of it.

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

Manufacturer News:  Raypak Owner's Training for MVB

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Sep 13, 2016 9:12:51 AM

James Kastigar, District Sales Manager with Raypak, offers a general overview for the MVB including component locations and their functions.  The video is for MVB Models 503A-2004A. 

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Topics: Training, Boilers and Water Heaters

3 Reasons to Attend HVAC Equipment Mobile Tours

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Sep 9, 2016 8:52:37 AM

Sometimes, it’s a lot more comfortable to stay in your little work bubble and forget about those insidious corporate buzzwords: networking, professional development, training, face time, mission critical, best practices, sustainability. The list goes on and on and on. And certainly, the last thing on your mind is attending a vendor-sponsored function where you’re pretty sure someone will be at your elbow with a sales-pitch while you’re trying to eat a free sandwich.

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Topics: Training, Boilers and Water Heaters

Manufacturer News:  Raypak Owner's Training for XTherm

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Sep 7, 2016 10:10:31 AM

James Kastigar, District Sales Manager with Raypak, offers a brief training overview for Raypak's XTherm boiler. 

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Topics: Training, Boilers and Water Heaters

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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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