When the International Trade Fair for Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, and Ventilation (IKK) first started 22 years ago, it was most decidedly a refrigeration show. After all, that was what was needed to keep everything from foods to medical supplies useable over long periods of time.
Air conditioning was mainly a matter for human comfort, more popular in the U.S. than Europe. But today air conditioning is a major part of the hvacr equation in Europe.
Some union leaders like to compare the particular relationship that exists between labor and management to a marriage: Both parties are stuck with each other. If that’s true, then the SMWIA-SMACNA Labor-Management Partnership Conference, held recently at Walt Disney World, was marriage counseling.
The history and future of refrigerants filled up Dick Shaw’s seminar at the Air Conditioning Contractors of America’s (ACCA’s) 34th annual conference. Shaw, ACCA’s technical education consultant, presented a discussion on the topic, “Contractors, Are You Ready For the Next Refrigerant Transition?”
In her presentation on “Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy” at the “Energy: It’s Not All You Save” conference, Debra Rowe, Ph.D., emphasized the need to apply energy conservation and efficiency measures first to gain significant energy savings, then implement renewable energy sources to get the best possible benefit.
Sam Dowdy has been a contractor for 22 years. He has done a lot of insurance work in that time and dealt with a lot of insurance companies. It would be safe to call him an authority on insurance claims involving plumbing issues. That’s why the latest black mold hysteria has prompted Dowdy to come up with his own method of protecting his company in the event of a black mold lawsuit.
You probably wonder how you can know if a duct system is losing large amounts of energy. Although it is often difficult to be sure without testing, some telltale signs should help you convince your customer that testing would be a good idea.