One of the old sayings in the pubic relations field is “Do good
and then take credit for it.” HVACR contractors should take this to heart. When
you do something good for the community, make sure they know about it.
For New Yorkers bracing against high home energy costs this heating season, relief is available through the Home Performance with Energy Star® Program. Implemented by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the program aims to improve the energy efficiency, comfort, and safety of existing homes.
The previously distinct systems within buildings are converging on standard platforms, applications, and infrastructures. And the synergy created by that convergence is translating into lower construction costs along with increased efficiencies in operations and energy usage.
Bob gets a call about a new customer who has complained about their gas package unit smoking and smelling bad. In checking the unit, Btu Buddy suggests that Bob take off the vent cover and see if there could be a blockage at the fan outlet. Bob removes the cover and finds that the fan wheel is all torn up.
In the old days, a background check consisted of a couple phone calls to a former employer and a reference check. Modern background checks involve a comprehensive investigation. But the law draws some clear limitations on what can be considered valid criteria and what crosses the line into unfair discrimination.
Combined heat and power (CHP), also
known as cogeneration, is the simultaneous production of electricity and heat
from a single fuel source.
CHP is not a single technology, but an
integrated energy system that can be modified depending upon the needs of the
energy end user.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reports that it has eight
Regional Application Centers (RAC) located throughout the United States that
provide information about utilizing combined heat and power (CHP) technologies
as a near-term solution to energy challenges.
This month’s troubleshooting situation centers around a very
recently installed heating and cooling system, and a customer who has called to
complain that certain rooms in the house “just don’t seem to be getting enough
Many businesses face a new challenge that may take them by surprise: Keeping the heat-sensitive IT equipment in their server or telecom closet cool during cold-weather months, when the building is heated. The equipment is susceptible to malfunctioning or damage due to overheating, so keeping it cool is essential.