Contractors who rely on supermarket work as a steady form of income may want to take note of some statistics emerging from that sector. Store owners want to know everything possible about their customers. Each year, the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) surveys those buyers to find out what they want. And some of what they want relates directly to the mechanical refrigeration equipment.
Service contractors who install and work on ice machines, freezers, and coolers have some good news: Manufacturers of such products are continuing to produce more models, often to fine-tune their already expansive product lines.
Smart energy efficiency programs require key players involved with store power consumption (such as those involved with refrigeration and air conditioning, as well as lighting) to “take control of changing energy markets.” That was the thrust of a joint presentation by John Seaburg of Energy & Environmental Services and Scott Moore of Albertson’s Inc., during this year’s Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Expo.
Supermarkets can’t just be efficient; they have to be superefficient. Proper service, maintenance, and design play key roles. Employees need to buy into energy management plans. That was the theme of the Food Management Institute’s (FMI’s) 23rd Annual Energy & Technical Services Conference.
Complete Comfort/Supreme Air Heating and Cooling has developed an interactive computer kiosk station, designed for home builders, to help them explain HVAC upgrades and options to prospective home buyers.
Nate and Ace are installing a new cooling system. They have followed the manufacturer’s instructions that came with the equipment. As required by the instructions, they have evacuated the system to 500 microns. The system is precharged with enough refrigerant for installation with a 15-foot line set. If the installation line set exceeds the precharged amount, they were instructed to add 1.2 ounces of refrigerant for every foot the line set exceeds the 15-foot limit.
This winter is expected to be chillier than last winter and home heating bills are expected to be higher than a year ago, according to the September “Short-Term Energy Outlook” from the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Energy Information Administration (EIA).
The HVACR department at RETS Tech Center has enjoyed the kind of success most programs only dream about. Bob Feathers, department head and instructor for the program, says that recruitment isn’t a major issue for the post-secondary program.
The Motion Picture & Television Fund Hospital recently ordered six natural gas-driven cogeneration modules from Tecogen (Waltham, MA) to complement a Tecochill® natural gas-driven cooling system that was shipped earlier this summer.