The use of geothermal energy actually has a long history in the United States. And that history stretches from ordinary people to our nation’s leaders. Two of our past presidents enjoyed geothermal resources on holiday and, today, President George W. Bush is using geothermal heating and cooling at his Texas ranch.
In this Fort Worth suburb, Birdville High School is a large and impressive structure. But a big school can mean big heating and cooling bills. So instead of digging deep into taxpayer pockets, this public school dug deep into the ground, installing a geothermal heating and cooling system, to cut almost by half annual operating costs compared to a conventional HVAC system.
At the forum on “Water-to-Water Heat Pump Operating Problems,” held at the 2002 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), one of the problems, it was acknowledged, is that they need a volume of water flowing at all times.
People in Texas have a reputation for doing everything in a big way. Right now there’s a home under construction in The Woodlands, TX, that puts most others to shame. The 33,000-square-foot custom home will cost upwards of $7 million when it’s finished this fall. Obviously, a comprehensive HVAC system is needed for a house this size in order to keep its occupants comfortable. Designing and installing that system are Wayne E. Jones, CEO, and Robert L. Sparks, CFO, Geothermal Air Conditioning, Humble, TX.
On August 9, the HVACR industry produced its 130 millionth central air conditioner and celebrated the milestone at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Executives for several HVACR companies listed on the NYSE rang the closing bell to mark production of the unit.
The popular notion is that many HVACR programs are slowly heading towards extinction at a number of educational institutions. Many have heard of programs that are either shutting down due to lack of enrollment or struggling to stay afloat and recruit students. But Vatterott College, with 16 campuses in the Midwest, is starting to see a trend that runs contrary to the idea that HVACR training programs are dropping off the radar screen.
It is easy to be imprecise about the terms work, power, and energy relating to motors, as well as the units of measurement we use in connection with these terms, such as horsepower (HP), watts (W), and amps (A). It’s beneficial to have a precise understanding of the relationship between these units of measurement, since they can help you make sense of the related issues of efficiency and power system sizing.
Three representatives from the Oakland County School District met with The News to assess the progress made to date in establishing a new secondary HVACR program in the county. The three outlined what they've been doing to push the new program forward. They also outlined what important steps must still be taken, including educating the local HVACR industry and the community about the needs of area contractors.
Incomplete, inaccurate, vague, and subjective performance evaluations are common fare in many organizations. Unfortunately, they are also the incriminating evidence in any resulting wrongful termination or discrimination case.