The world is getting smarter and smarter every year, and the HVAC industry isn’t blind to that. Mechanical rooms are starting to become more modern with large touchscreens. Facilities managers and building owners are carrying around tablets to check on their commercial HVAC equipment. Service technicians are troubleshooting problems with HVAC systems through an app on their smartphone. This is why the HVAC industry began to innovate a new user experience when it came to variable frequency drives (VFDs).
The advent of new products and innovation in the HVAC industry unfailingly starts with the AHR Expo in January. This past week in Atlanta, GA, was no exception. Attendees may have had sore feet, but their enthusiasm didn’t seem to waver on the showroom floor as they engaged manufacturers to show off their latest products.
We are huge advocates of utilizing VFDs to control AC motors in most instances. It isn't often that we need to run a pump motor at full speed, so we can reduce our energy consumption (lower costs) while being a little kinder to our motors by installing VFDs in our systems. Rarely in life do we encounter anything that is flawless, however, and VFDs are no exception. They do lower our operating costs and can increase system performance, but they also create shaft voltage.
Franklin Control Systems is now shipping the new Q-Link Variable Frequency Drive (and Heat Transfer Sales will have some in inventory!). This is big news for HVAC design engineers and building owners who want a game-changing user experience.