If current smartphone usage trends are any indication, this type of consumer experience could soon move from the exception to the norm. With some forward-thinking contractors, it’s already the reality.
The IoT and communicating equipment is pushing the next level of diagnostics for HVACR technicians. Onboard and advanced diagnostics are becoming more commonplace as technicians continue to redefine their daily diagnostic and troubleshooting challenges.
Much as a doctor performs tests to gather clues about a patient’s ailment, service technicians use tools and procedures to accurately pinpoint why an HVACR system will not function properly. The principles guiding these troubleshooting steps are universal, even if their implementation is not.
New demand is pushing for enhanced tool capabilities and functions. Both the HVACR installer and service technician are experiencing a need for these enhanced tools, and manufacturers are working to provide just that.
Guest instructors Anthony Reikow, trainer for Bensalem, Pennsylvania-based B. J. Terroni Co., and Eric Grant, regional sales manager for Fernox, made a compelling case for “keeping it clean” when it comes to hydronic system performance and efficiency.
Some contractors take these jobs; after all, a couple hours’ pay is a couple hours’ pay. Some dabble, and some flat-out refuse the work. Often, it’s less of a deal than it might seem — both for the contractor, who probably realizes that upfront, and the customer, who probably doesn’t.
The Clifford H. "Ted" Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), announced scholarship awards totaling $65,000 to 39 students, including five military veteran program recipients, studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industry.
Johnson Controls developed the LEAN energy analysis technology over the past eight years and has used the tool to analyze retrofit opportunities in over 700 buildings. Berkeley Lab is working with Johnson Controls to automate and improve the LEAN energy analysis tool and create an open-source version of the tool for public use.
According to the report, the forms of the resilience challenge are potentially diverse — including climate change, disease pandemics, economic fluctuations, and terrorism. And communities, specifically urban areas that are expected to house nearly 70 percent of the earth’s population by 2050, were not designed to handle the impacts.
The building is located at 180 Technology Parkway in Peachtree Corners, and is approximately 10 miles north of ASHRAE’s current location. The 1970s-era building was selected from existing building stock with a goal of retrofitting it into a modern, high-performance building.
HERN is a network made up of manufacturers, wholesalers, publishers, credentialing bodies, soft skill providers, teaching aid providers, educators and trainers, educational institutions, and other industry-related organizations.
Designed for indoor, outdoor, remote, and washdown applications that require a closed-loop system to protect electronics, the product can be specified for industrial electrical and IT components that need dust protection.
The line is suitable for commercial buildings such as hospitals, shopping centers and malls, hotels and resorts, sports arenas, office buildings, and airports, or for systems that require chillers, cooling towers, distributive pumping, district heating and cooling, primary and secondary pumping, or process application.
The extended capacity product uses an integral, variable-speed drive and advanced magnetic bearing technology that features a single moving assembly suspended in a magnetic field that does not require lubrication.
The new release provides users a streamlined regulation workflow, enabling clear compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) 608 requirements for 2019 as well as California Air Resources Board (CARB) and F-Gas regulations.
Designed to significantly advance pumping systems for commercial buildings, this product has a permanent magnet motor; leading-edge hydraulic efficiencies; a series of advanced control modes; multi-pump functionality; and easy install, monitoring, and commissioning that boost system efficiency.
Ideal for walk-in coolers and freezers, this product provides restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, and other food service and retail establishments performance and configurability from a compact environmental footprint.
The AHR Expo is the largest event in the HVACR industry, offering educational sessions, award-winning products, and networking opportunities galore. It’s impossible for attendees to see everything, but you can check out some of the highlights in this issue of The NEWS.