Every year, new and improved products flood the HVACR market. These run the gamut from new A/C and heating systems to innovative tools and software. The products highlighted here are just a few of the items that are new and/or improved for the industry.
When Universal Technical Institute (UTI) moved into its new facilities in June 2004, it did not want to take any of the equipment left from its now-defunct HVACR program. That was good news to cross-town "rival" Refrigeration School Inc. (RSI).
What do homeowners do when they move into a new house and discover that their HVAC systems are not keeping them comfortable? When these homeowners learned of the benefits of geothermal systems, they replaced their equipment with a geothermal heat pump.
Valeriy Maisotsenko told colleague Tim Heaton about his dream of implementing a new cooling method. Heaton saw the potential and a company was put together. Within a year, the firm had a product that could cool below wet bulb temperature without adding humidity.
Those in Phoenix have been asked to cut back energy usage, such as turning up the temperature on their A/C, until the replacement transformer is on-line. Since people haven't suffered consequences, most have slipped back into comfortable temperatures of 78 degrees to 80 degrees.
Payless Insulation recently started manufacturing patented cotton insulated semi-flex air ducts called Superior Air Ducts. Bonded Logic makes the cotton in these new ducts only for Payless. Ihe product is said to be a new generation of environmentally friendly, sturdy, higher-efficiency ductwork.
ASHRAE Standard 62.2 is not without controversy. The ASHRAE committee responsible for drafting the standard, however, feels confident that it will provide solid information to the industry concerning all aspects of residential ventilation.
The Chiller Systems Group (CSG) is a network of independent contractors who service and repair large-tonnage chillers. Their latest and best-attended meeting was held in Scottsdale, Ariz., this past March, hosted by Metro Mechanical Inc., Phoenix.
A new cooling system was needed for the McCormack Building, and it was decided that a hybrid chiller plant would fit the building's needs. This allows the state to take advantage of less expensive gas utility rates to condition the building efficiently and economically.
In the spring of 2003, Ferris State University's ice arena suffered major breakdowns on two of its three reciprocating chillers used for making ice. A hockey tournament was scheduled for the first week of April, and a quick solution was needed.