A year ago, Don Bowen, owner of Bowen Refrigeration, Heating, and Cooling, was the winner of The News’ “Do You Want to Grow Your Business?” contest. He won a free marketing analysis from HVACR business consultant Ruth King. Among the items King recommended for increasing residential and commercial service accounts was to start up a service agreement program. Bowen took the advice — and it has paid off.
The News recently published information on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ruling that it is legal for businesses to sell prepackaged split-system appliances to unlicensed customers, often referred to as do-it-yourselfers. The EPA received many comments about its decision to impose a stay on its regulation, which originally limited the sale of the appliances.
Space conditioning indoor air typically involves more than just cooling. Occupant comfort requires moisture removal and air exchange with the outdoor air for improved indoor air quality (IAQ). Each of these aspects requires additional air conditioning capacity, resulting in drained condensate water and exhausted indoor air. What if there was a way to reclaim this capacity to improve the efficiency of the mechanical cooling system?
If there are trends in transport refrigeration, they concern quietness and precision. Noise reduction comes in because trucks often bring products to supermarkets conveniently located in residential areas — but with deliveries needed first thing in the morning. Enhanced temperature control is designed to preserve products at optimum shipping temperatures while controlling costs. Thermo King focused on such factors in the development of its SB-100 trailer refrigeration unit.
One of the key features of the latest Food Code is a recommendation that each food establishment have an effective Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan tailored to its own operations. The HACCP plan identifies hazards that might contribute to food-borne illnesses, and establishes critical points in the food-handling process where controls can help ensure the safety of food. Refrigerated storage is one such critical point.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the release of six books that complete its Energy Design Guidelines for High Performance Schools, a series of publications developed to help school districts save millions of dollars on annual utility bills by designing energy-efficient schools specifically for their regional climates.
The importance of running a load calculation is not a new concept — but the load calculations are. And even the calculations are not entirely new. They are based on older load calculation methods, which we can now compute much more quickly than when they were first devised. Lynn Bellenger, P.E. (Pathfinder Engineers, Pittsford, NY), opened the ASHRAE seminar “Review of Load Calculations Procedure” with an overview: “How Did We Get Here.” It is probably the best way to understand and appreciate current load calculation methods.
If an ultrasonic leak detector works in outer space in the hands of an astronaut, can it do the job on the ground when operated by an HVACR service technician? Yes, said a Westminster, MD-based manufacturer whose small, handheld leak detector has been used in both applications.
Single- and three-phase alternating current (AC) motor speed can be controlled by controlling the frequency of the voltage coming to it. Motor speed has a lot to do with the capacity of refrigeration compressors in refrigeration applications today. This article covers a device the industry is using for three-phase motor speed and capacity control called a variable-frequency drive (VFD).
Just as successful supermarkets give customers what they want, suppliers of components for mechanical refrigeration for such stores are offering most anything a decision maker could possibly want. The recent Food Marketing Institute Educational Exposition stressed a wide range of options for cooling and freezing. All were linked by a commitment to energy conservation, from a basic coil to complex electrical distribution systems.