It appears as if the spigot of new R-22 available to HVACR contractors has been tightened even more in 2013. Users of the world’s most popular HCFC could expect close to 30 percent less of new R-22 this year than last, according to some reports.
Operating rooms, critical-care facilities, data centers, imaging centers — plus worker productivity — are, to some extent, dependent on the reliable operation of the HVAC system, particularly in warm weather.
Some contractors, in an effort to stay afloat, began to diversify the services they offered, allowing them to break into new markets and stay in business during that turbulent time — a trend that is still seen today as the bruised economy continues to recover.
Everywhere we turn, businesses are urging us to visit their Facebook pages, read their blogs, or follow them on Twitter. HVAC contractors are following that trend, having been thoroughly schooled by keynote speakers at just about every industry event on the importance of embracing social media or being left in the dust.
It might be late in the game, but Heating, Air-conditioning, Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) is going for the win, not the tie. On Jan. 25, HARDI filed a motion responding to the proposed regional standards settlement filed by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the American Public Gas Association (APGA). HARDI has no problem with the furnace aspect of the settlement, but still wants to fight the air conditioner standard.
Turbocor began as a research and development company in 1993 in Australia before moving to Montreal in 1999. In 2004, Danfoss formed a 50-50 venture called Danfoss Turbocor. The company has since relocated its headquarters to Tallahassee, Fla.
Consider the number of tablets that are now available from Apple, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Samsung, Microsoft, and Google. Add in the vast array of smartphones, netbooks, and laptops that are continually being introduced, and it’s no wonder that contractors may have a hard time deciding which mobile device(s) to choose for their field personnel.
The evolution of communication has brought the HVACR industry to the doorstep of video production. For some, this is a welcome step, but for others the thought of producing effective videos inspires a cold sweat.
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Model TP3 is a clip-on diagnostics bag designed to hold a meter and a variety of tools. When not in use, the bag can clip onto any of the company’s tool bag’s tape clip or D-Rings. It features 19 pockets of various sizes that will accommodate the most commonly used tools to diagnose and repair problems on service calls.
The a50 and z50 Heat Spy Inspector series thermal-imaging cameras have a measurement range of -4° to 356°F (-20° to 180°C) temperature accuracy of greater than ± 2 percent of reading or ± 2°C. The temperature scale is user-selectable to C, F, and K.
Self-contained, the YES IMS is an IAQ monitoring system with 10-channel sensor capacity including a relative humidity sensor, temperature sensor, up to seven additional gas sensors, and a remote gas sensor. The unit has a 2GB logging memory that will store over a year’s worth of readings when logging once per minute.
With the AK-PC 781 Multifunctional Pack Controller, it is easy to set up energy-efficient capacity control of refrigeration compressors and condensers with modular hardware and flexible software that extends as system requirements grow or change, the company said.
Designed for heavy-duty commercial and industrial use, the Series TA/TX/TXR two-stage gas-fired infrared tube heaters are available for natural gas or LPG, and comes in sizes from 10-70 feet and 40,000-220,000 Btuh.
A compact, 22-inch-wide slope front bin, Model 300-22, is available. It is designed to be used with the manufacturer’s 400-pound flake and Chewblet® ice machines and 700-pound Chewblet and Micro Chewblet ice machines. The bin is 40-inches tall and stores up to 300 pounds of ice.
A comprehensive set of tools delivered securely in the cloud, the Simulation 360 has a pay-as-you-go pricing model that enables any company to make simulation part of their everyday design and engineering processes. Designers, engineers, and analysts can more easily predict, optimize, and validate performance.
A slim-profile unit cooler for walk-in cooler applications is designed for foodservice operation. Targeting medium-temperature applications, the Slim Contour integrates an energy-efficient advanced air mover with a modular design, high-strength resin housing, and a refrigeration-duty optimized small-diameter coil design.