Ductless heat pumps have taken the U.S. by storm with sales increasing by double digits over the last few years. That momentum is expected to continue; however, not every homeowner wants to look at wall-mounted units in their living spaces.
Today’s heat pumps offer a wide range of advanced features that satisfy consumers’ demands for supreme comfort and energy savings as well as contractors’ desires for easier installation and service. And, with consumers demanding even greater energy savings and comfort control, they are already hard at work on the next generation of heat pumps.
Members of The NEWS’ trainer panel examined compressor valves and determined the best methods for maintaining valves, diagnosing faulty ones, and implementing proper troubleshooting techniques when they go bad.
The National Comfort Institute Inc.’s (NCI) mission is to help its members implement HVAC and home-performance contracting through easy-to-use strategies. That mission was accomplished at its recent annual summit, where the focus was on the best practices involved with selling and installing air upgrades.
Facility managers face critical decisions when replacing aging induction units
March 20, 2017
As old induction units inevitably decline in efficiency, facility owners and managers are faced with critical decisions: upgrade to more modern induction units or embark on extensive, costly renovation projects to overhaul entire HVAC systems.
ClearSign Combustion Corp., a provider of industrial combustion technologies that help to reduce emissions and improve efficiency, announced it has a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with one of China’s largest providers of residential and commercial heating services to run a pilot test with the goal of demonstrating ClearSign’s Duplex technology as a candidate to achieve low emissions levels in the company’s boilers.
Part of Governor’s ‘Fighting for Florida’s Future’ tour
May 23, 2017
Florida Gov. Rick Scott visited RGF Environmental Group Inc. during his “Fighting for Florida’s Future” tour. A global manufacturer headquartered in Riviera Beach, Florida, RGF has created more than 50 new jobs over the past four years, currently employs more than 130 Floridians, and is actively seeking new hires to fill 25 new work stations.
Actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio joins as investor
May 19, 2017
Bluon Energy announced the addition of new investors and the addition of a board advisor to bolster the company’s awareness and sales. This comes at a time when existing HVACR refrigerants used by the majority of the U.S. and the world are becoming obsolete due to federal regulation and global phaseouts.
The Fluke 64 MAX IR Thermometer features auto capture, which allows technicians to set time and intervals to record up to 99 data points unattended. This feature facilitates the capture of elusive temperature events.
The KE2 Temp+Valve Control (KE2 Temp+VC) provides an entry-level electronic controller that serves the functions of a superheat controller — thermostat, defrost clock, and electronic expansion valve (EEV) — electric hot gas bypass controller, and electronic evaporator pressure controller while offering text/email alarm alerts as well as remote monitoring and control.
The Smart Frog air conditioner offers high-efficiency variable-speed performance in a small cabinet and provides up to 23-SEER cooling efficiency. Its variable-speed inverter capacity control delivers operation for load matching, dehumidification, and zoning performance.
The Direct Drive Dynamo centrifugal fans include models up to 24-inch wheel diameter and Gplus (Green Plus) electronically commutated motor (ECM) options up to 2 hp. The fans are SWSI, Class I, Arrangement 4 general purpose air-moving devices designed for supply or exhaust applications in commercial, institutional, and industrial HVAC systems.
The SENTRY is designed specifically as a compressed air monitor and alarm system. It senses the dew point, frost point, and pressure in industrial compressed air systems and activates two alarm functions giving visible and audible indications if the compressed-air dew point/frost point increases or pressure decreases beyond user-configurable set points.