We’ve finally reached autumn, in name at least. Even though many parts of the country are still experiencing summer-like temperatures, it’s definitely not too soon for schools and other commercial facilities to get their heating systems ready for colder weather. Steam boilers in particular need regular maintenance in order to avoid unscheduled shutdowns, the majority of which are caused by human error, our sources agree.
Commercial hydronic heating systems have seen tremendous progress in the past decade in the way that they are designed and controlled. Most of these systems have done a great job of maintaining only what is needed to satisfy the needs of the system by reducing temperatures within the system. Some issues, however, occur within these systems that need to be addressed in order to properly deal with the individual design needs of cast iron boilers.
Pure, odorless air is so important in Givaudan’s new flavor laboratory here in East Hanover that sensory evaluators are prohibited from using cologne, deodorant, and scented soap. The HVAC system, which introduces 100% outside air, must also eliminate all odors and particulates, as well as dehumidify in the summer and humidify in the winter.
What began as an idea two years ago is now becoming a major force in the HVACR industry. AirTime 500™, a membership of independent HVACR residential replacement/service contractors, will mark a milestone early next year, according to cofounder Jim Abrams.
This article is the second part in a four-part series on industry certification. In this installment, The News investigates the possibility of the industry adopting one nationally recognized HVACR certification, and how North American Technician Excellence (NATE) continues to improve its testing and gain support.
OK, you’ve exhausted all of the existing air from an interior space; now how do you replace it? You bring in makeup air from another source. For the purpose of an HVAC discussion, your source will be mechanical equipment — makeup air units.
On Aug. 25, three Staten Island Luxaire dealers helped grant a wish to a child on Staten Island through a partnership with ABCO Refrigeration, the Make-A-Wish Foundation®, and the Staten Island Yankees, a Class A minor league baseball club.
When HVACR contractors get together, one of the goals is to network with peers and find better ways to run their businesses. When AirTime 500 members get together, as they recently did for their annual St. Louis meeting, they like to have some fun with idea sharing, making the results very rewarding.
“What do you sell?” Before you answer, here are some things you do not sell. You don’t sell furnaces or air conditioners. You don’t sell service. You don’t sell the company. You don’t sell peace of mind. You don’t sell comfort or security, and you don’t sell yourself. The answer is benefits.
In a few years, it may be common to see gardens growing on top of urban buildings across the United States, providing relatively unusual greenery in the typical sea of concrete and blacktop. Many of these scenes are common in Europe and have been coming over to North America. For building owners and managers, the benefits include energy savings that can add up to hundreds and thousands of dollars each year.