The EME3625MD, a new, 3-inch deep, stationary Ruskin louver, approved by Miami-Dade, for its wind-driven rain resistance, is designed for structures in high-velocity hurricane zones that require louvers with basic impact protection. EME3625MD louver Mechanically fastened to add to its strength, the vertical louver also offers improved air and water performance over Ruskin’s previous Miami-Dade approved model, the EME3625DFLMD, and is AMCA 540 (Missile D) and 550 listed. We designed the...
Johnson Controls, the globally renowned company for smart, healthy, and sustainable building solutions, has significantly upgraded the testing lab facilities at its residential HVAC manufacturing plant in Wichita, Kan. upgrading HVAC testing facility The nearly US$ 15 million investment includes the addition of seven test chambers, automated testing and model shop equipment, and a new building, which adds 2,000 more square footage space, bringing the plant’s total testing facilities to 1...
To kick off the hottest months of the year, Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US (METUS) launches its new website: MitsubishiComfort.com. The website serves as a hub for both homeowners and professionals to review information from METUS, a leading supplier of Ductless and Ducted Mini-split and Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) heat-pump and air-conditioning systems. For Homeowners and professional A combination of the company’s homeowner and professional websites, MitsubishiComfort is a comp...
GE Appliances (GEA), a Haier company, announced a new Vertical Terminal Air Conditioner (VTAC) poised to reinvent the design of Single Packaged Vertical Units (SPVU). The GE Zoneline Ultimate V10 was designed in collaboration with hotel and residential property owners and architects, to create a new way of installing the air conditioning chassis that makes installation 60% faster. GE Zoneline Ultimate V10 With additional features like ultra-quiet cooling, onboard diagnostics and SmartHQ WiFi c...
Interfacing with HVAC products is increasingly complex. The tiny 1-inch LCD display included on systems does not lend itself to complicated functions. Keeping the HVAC user interface simple limits control options to on/off, mode change or choosing a temperature. Thermostat controls company COTHERM has developed a smartphone app that can be used to control complex functions such as product settings during installation, programming or providing technical information about an HVAC product. Near f...
As our urban centers grow, so does our demand for key resources, such as energy. Currently, cities are accountable for over 60% of resource use and an estimated 70% of global carbon emissions. In the Middle East particularly, countries have experienced unprecedented population growth, increased economic activity and consequently, increases in energy consumption. Integration of sustainable systems Fortunately, industry leaders and governments are placing sustainability at the heart of regional...
South Korea’s first commercialized hydrogen electric boat has been unveiled at the 2021 Busan International Boat Show, winning the event’s Best Boat of the Year award. Developed by Vinssen, the Hydrogenia vessel is powered by a Danfoss Editron electric drivetrain and sub-system. In late 2020, the South Korean government announced an US$870 million initiative to encourage the development of eco-friendly shipping to reduce pollution caused by the country’s marine sector. The 2030 Green Ship-K Promotion Strategy, a central part of South Korea’s plans to achieve carbon-neutrality by 2050, specifically targets the advancement and wider use of low-carbon ship technology, including hydrogen fuel cells and propulsion systems. The initiative has set a goal of reducing the country’s shipping greenhouse gas emissions by 40% in the next 25 years and 70% by 2050. About Hydrogenia Hydrogenia is 32.8 ft long, has a maximum capacity of six people, and can operate at 10 knots for six hours Hydrogenia is 32.8 ft long, has a maximum capacity of six people, and can operate at 10 knots for six hours. The vessel’s futuristic design is based on the geometric shape and natural beauty of glaciers and rocks. It has undergone testing and demonstration at the Ulsan Hydrogen Realization Center, South Korea's only demonstration facility specialized in hydrogen piping supply. The vessel has also been presented to the country’s leader President Moon. Advantageous for shipbuilders Danfoss Editron’s electric drivetrain system includes an EMI machine, electrical inverters, and DC-DC converters. The company’s compact and lightweight technology enables space and weight savings, leaving more design freedom in small vessels such as Hydrogenia. The high efficiencies offered by Danfoss Editron’s system are also advantageous for shipbuilders as they deliver better operational performance. Benchmark to deliver marine projects Vinssen is planning to build a further 50 boats using similar hydrogen electric technology over the next year. The successful application of Danfoss Editron’s unique multiple-parallel inverters in a single machine will be used as a benchmark to deliver larger marine projects, such as ferries and tugboats. Carbon neutral by 2050 Steve Kim, Danfoss’ Head of North East Asia, commented: “The unveiling of the Hydrogenia boat demonstrates the pivotal role we play in marine electrification, both in hydrogen and battery-powered vessels. We will continue to help South Korea achieve its goal of being carbon neutral by 2050 by contributing to the ongoing electrification of the country’s transportation industry, with a focus on its shipbuilding sector." "Our multi-function inverter modules can be easily integrated with other energy sources, such as hydrogen fuel cells, without additional costs for research and development. Our standardized inverter technology also guarantees the fastest lead time from testing to commercialization.” High value-added industry Chil Han Lee, CEO of Vinssen, added: “President Moon was extremely interested in the commercialization of the Hydrogenia vessel. If the government's institutional and policy support for the commercialization of hydrogen electric boats continues, it will enable South Korea to lead the world in hydrogen ship technology that will grow into a high value-added industry.”
Ruskin launches new CFD7T-SR UL Classified ceiling radiation dampers for wood truss construction. Unlike other ceiling dampers designed and tested for wood truss applications, the CFD7T-SR is supplied as a Ruskin CFDR7T damper factory mounted on top of an R6 insulated steel plenum. Meeting the requirements Model CFD7T-SR meets the requirements for fire/radiation dampers established by: National Fire Protection Association NFPA Standards 80, 90A, 92A, 92B, and 101 ICC International Building Codes CSFM California State Fire Marshal Listing (3225-0245:0123) UL Classified ULC Listed: UL555C Listing R8039 UL Fire Resistance Directory Approved Ceiling Design Numbers: The CFD7T-SR is a UL Classified Ceiling Fire Damper listed for installation in wood truss floor/ceiling and roof/ceiling designs L528, L546, L558, L574, L585, L586, L592, P533, P545, P548, P572, and H502. These designs are also similar to the fire-resistance-rated ceiling construction described in the International Building Code. Model Application The CFD7T-SR is UL approved for installation with duct connection below the membrane penetration. CFD7T-SR is designed to accept a grille with an OBD up to a maximum of 3” in depth without volume control and 2 1/2” grilles with volume control.
Schneider Electric, the frontrunner in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, has announced the appointment of Antoine Sage as Chief Financial Officer UK & Ireland. Based in London, Antoine will take up his new post from 1st July 2021 and report to Kelly Becker, Zone President UK & Ireland. He will be responsible for a broad spectrum of central functions, including tax, treasury, credit control, financial accounting, and planning, as well as pensions, premises, and fleet. He replaces Trevor Lambeth, who is moving into a new role as VP of Finance Structural Efficiency. Authority Comments Commenting on the appointment, Kelly Becker said: "I would like to congratulate Antoine on his appointment and warmly welcome him to the UK & Ireland family. His strong business know-how in risk management, business process improvement and experience leading diverse and inclusive teams will be invaluable as we embark on the next stage of Schneider's transformational business growth.” Antoine has held several leadership positions within global functions, factories, Industrial Cluster, and VP Finance Kelly added, "I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Trevor for all his hard work helping navigate the UK&I through one of the most unprecedented periods of our generation." Antoine Sage commented: "I am delighted to be taking up this role at a pivotal time for the business. I look forward to continuing the great work done by Trevor to deliver robust financial performance and to ensure we are closely aligned with our colleagues across Europe." Experience Antoine joined Schneider Electric in 2005 following completing his Master's degree in Business Administration and Management from Grenoble Ecole de Management. Within finance, Antoine has held several leadership positions within global functions, factories, Industrial Cluster, and VP Finance for Secure Power covering Europe, France, and International Regions. Most recently, Antoine was VP of Strategy Europe Operations, where he was responsible for operationalizing Schneider's European strategic plan. Currently living and working in Paris, Antoine will be relocating to London, UK, with his family this summer.
Johnson Controls, the globally renowned company for smart, healthy and sustainable building solutions, has launched through its YORK brand a 10-year residential HVAC leasing program: Ultimate Home Comfort. This industry-first solution provides homeowners with a new, fully installed YORK high-efficiency HVAC system with no money down, as well as factory-backed 10-year parts and labor coverage, and 10 years of service repairs and annual maintenance – all for one, low monthly payment. Ultimate Home Comfort by YORK Ultimate Home Comfort delivers stress-free, year-round heating and cooling to homeowners Ultimate Home Comfort delivers stress-free, year-round heating and cooling to homeowners, with up to 53% energy savings (compared to older, 10 SEER systems), with a YORK high-efficiency HVAC system, which are part of Johnson Controls OpenBlue connected suite of technologies. For homeowners, the all-in-one program delivers ultimate peace of mind and predictable costs for 10 years. For contractors, this turnkey solution offers the opportunity to obtain double-digit profits, a 10-year change-out cycle, and up to 55% average gross margin on installs. One-of-a-kind leasing program “Ultimate Home Comfort by YORK is a one-of-a-kind leasing program that was designed with the simplicity and convenience that homeowners crave and the guaranteed business that contractors work years to achieve,” said Tim Brusseau, Director of Business Development for Ducted Systems at Johnson Controls. Tim Brusseau adds, “It’s an easy decision for both homeowners and contractors alike that provides peace of mind for everyone involved.” Easy, built-in sales process Unlike a traditional selling structure, greater sales compensation and recurring revenue is made possible through Ultimate Home Comfort’s easy, built-in sales process. The all-in-one solution is offered directly from YORK to contractors, not through a third party, and it ensures that customers are retained for at least 10 years. In addition, contractor employee turnover is reduced. There’s no cost to join the program for YORK Certified Comfort Experts or Liberties Plus contractors.
Carrier’s BluEdge service platform continues to expand offerings and geographical reach to support its customers globally. The best-in-class service program that was launched for truck trailer customers in North America last year, is now also available in Europe and Australia. Carrier Transicold is a part of Carrier Global Corporation, the foremost global provider of healthy, safe, and sustainable building, and cold chain solutions. Powerful Combination “We are very excited to continue the global rollout of BluEdge, integrated with the Lynx digital solutions,” said Bhasker Kaushal, Vice President of Strategy and Services, Carrier Refrigeration. “The powerful combination of the BluEdge service platform, with actionable intelligence from Lynx, helps maximize asset uptime and operational efficiencies." "Our customers are accelerating the adoption of connected equipment, remote monitoring, and advanced, analytics-based solutions that allow us to predict issues and proactively address maintenance needs. These uptime-focused solutions help ensure that food, pharmaceuticals, and biologics are moved and stored reliably and efficiently across the global cold chain.” BluEdge Service BluEdge obtains preferred pricing on genuine Carrier Transicold parts The BluEdge service offering launched by North America Truck Trailer has received positive feedback. Truck and trailer customers in Europe and Australia are now able to protect their fleets with BluEdge service plans. BluEdge is a three-tiered service model, with Core, Enhance, and Elite levels designed to allow customers to select the level of service tailored to their needs. The BluEdge service platform includes the ability to: Schedule inspections and timely preventive maintenance with Carrier dealers and service partner locations Obtain preferred pricing on genuine Carrier Transicold parts Avoid costly emergency callout repairs Select from a menu of (optional) features and digital offerings to increase asset utilization, minimize downtime and maximize fuel/ energy economy Additional Benefits BluEdge customers also have access to integration with the cloud-based Lynx digital platform that applies IoT analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to deliver real-time visibility and insights. These insights can be leveraged to better predict preventative maintenance opportunities and reduce operating costs for customers using the BluEdge service platform. The company plans to extend the BluEdge service platform to container refrigeration and commercial refrigeration customers in the future, offering comprehensive solutions for refrigeration systems over the rail, road, sea, and retail and warehouse spaces. Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) program CBM program uses predictive AI-driven algorithms to proactively service refrigeration equipment Carrier Refrigeration continues to innovate its predictive maintenance offerings. As an example, Carrier Commercial Refrigeration is rolling out a Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) program that uses predictive AI-driven algorithms to proactively service refrigeration equipment in retail food stores. The program is aimed at improving customer satisfaction levels by reducing equipment downtime. Last year’s pilot resulted in a 30% reduction in alarms related to equipment issues or breakdowns and a double-digit improvement in equipment uptime. Carrier plans to expand this program to 10,000 stores across Europe by the end of 2023 and to date has onboarded 1,500+ stores. Commitment “Carrier is committed to providing service that’s on the leading edge of technology, innovation, and customer satisfaction. Our BluEdge offerings will continue to evolve and expand to best meet the needs of our customers,” said Kaushal. The BluEdge service platform provides Carrier customers with superior service throughout the lifecycle of their Refrigeration equipment.
Ahead of the summer heat across the United Kingdom, REHUA, the globally renowned polymer specialist, has upgraded their smart heating control, in order to be able to seamlessly transfer between heating and cooling. NEA Smart 2.0 Allowing developers and contractors to provide efficient heating and cooling from a single solution, the NEA Smart 2.0 uses a series of algorithms to regulate temperature. These algorithms allow the device to learn occupant habits and data from multiple sensors in floors and walls, creating optimal conditions for occupants. Taking the present values for indoors and outdoors temperatures and their trends, as well as the learnt data, the intelligent algorithm in the smart control automates heating and cooling so end users do not need to control it themselves. Enhanced efficiency and comfort Efficiency and comfort for the end user is improved, as the required temperature is reached smoothly Alongside this, efficiency and comfort for the end user is improved, as the required temperature is reached smoothly, without putting maximum demand on the property’s heating or cooling source, including fan coil systems and heat pumps. Particularly for contractors and developers working on sealed new build projects, ensuring moisture levels are optimal is key to preventing damp and mould that could affect occupant health. So, in order to maintain good air quality between heating and cooling, the system uses a sensor to ensure the dew point in the space is not exceeded, and can control a dehumidifier to keep moisture levels down. IAQ and moisture control Franz Huelle, Head of Technical at REHAU Building Solutions said, “We are pleased to be able to offer a complete solution for heating and cooling both residential and commercial buildings. With air quality and moisture control key concerns within the building services industry, we have developed the technology to ensure these variables are constantly controlled.” He adds, “As conditions change, the NEA Smart 2.0 system can continuously learn and update settings to ensure the desired temperature is efficiently met without causing condensation or large energy bills.” Smart control for future proof buildings Franz Helle continues, “As we explored in our guide, ‘Warming the Next Generation’, smart controls are fast becoming one of the keys to creating efficient and future proof buildings. In order to make sure specifiers, developers and contractors stay ahead of the curve with smart technology, we are committed to constantly updating our own solutions to meet demand, as we have done here.”
When we think of remote working our thoughts often jump to office workers taking laptops to the kitchen table or of Zoom calls interrupted by needy pets. Remote working, however, isn’t just confined to office jobs. Within the HVAC industry, engineers have been working remotely for large parts of the pandemic thanks to advancements in connected technology and automation of HVAC systems. So, just how has technology enabled remote work in the HVAC industry, and is the rise of the ‘work from home HVAC engineer’ here to stay? Full remote potential It’s important to note that the HVAC industry has been going through a digital transformation for many years now, with the pandemic only uncovering new uses for connected technology, such as remote work. The technology that underpins these remote capabilities has been implemented across multiple environments for several years already, but the requirement of social distancing and ‘work from home where possible’ in early 2020 provided the catalyst for the industry to begin realizing the full remote potential of this technology. The HVAC industry has been going through a digital transformation for many years now However, with the restrictions of the pandemic beginning to lift, what is the continued benefit to sustaining these capabilities longer term? There are multiple beneficiaries to these new remote capabilities, including Facilities Maintenance companies, their paying clients, the engineers themselves and crucially, the environment. Remote work solutions With the development of new, controls agnostic technology, even organizations with legacy machines and HVAC infrastructure can utilize new remote work solutions to reap the benefits of connected technology without any disruption to existing infrastructure or expensive start-up costs. These ‘work-from-home’ capabilities not only facilitate remote fixes, but also enable more accurate diagnostics and insights into root cause, meaning engineers are much more likely to be able to achieve a first-time-fix as they are able to arrive to site with the right tools, parts and skills to solve the problem. These newly enabled efficiencies can lead to a reduction in return visits, an increase in average jobs per day and an improvement in long term health and availability of HVAC equipment. Facilities management contractors Remote diagnostics is a win-win for customers, engineers and facilities management companies In addition, in the current environment where the volume of people in any given location is being closely monitored and kept to a minimum, organizations, such as food retailers, are benefiting more than ever from a reduction of site visits and the remote control and management of critical assets. This increase in engineer efficiency also leads to a cost incentive for both facilities management contractors and the HVAC system owners. Engineers who are able to diagnose faults without having to physically visit a site will inevitably be more cost-effective for their customers, and in turn also become more profitable. In other words – remote diagnostics is a win-win for customers, engineers and facilities management companies. Write-Back capabilities With HVAC systems now being effectively managed remotely, the advanced capability for engineers to diagnose and even fix faults remotely leads to more accurate and efficient fixes for machine faults, and ultimately presents an opportunity to dramatically reduce the industry’s carbon footprint through fewer trucks on the road for contractor visits. Machine health and performance can be continually optimized, all from a remote location Sophisticated digitized write-back capabilities (the technical term for remote fixes) – of which some already exist and others are being developed – will further help to reduce the number of journeys by cementing the ability of engineers to work from afar. Furthermore, by analyzing the data collected through IoT sensors, machine health and performance can be continually optimized, all from a remote location. This optimization, combined with accurate diagnostics and efficient fixes, can also contribute to environmentally beneficial outcomes. Technology-Enabled engineering Ensuring machines are running as efficiently as possible means they consume a significantly reduced amount of energy which not only enables a more sustainable and environmentally friendly approach to HVAC, but also delivers huge cost benefits for all involved parties. Working from home has been one of the standout consequences of the pandemic across almost every industry. This period has also seen significant leaps forward in digital innovation, and the HVAC sector is set to benefit from both more widespread use of connected technology and the evolution of digital insights. With the environmental, financial and operational benefits of technology-enabled engineering proving hard to ignore, the rise of the remote engineer is no doubt here to stay.
With ongoing efforts from governments across the globe to reduce carbon emissions and with an ever greater focus on sustainability, it is vital that the HVAC sector does its part in becoming more environmentally conscious. And, while there have been steps to become more sustainable, there is a huge amount that still needs to be done to make sure that many of the targets that have been set are attainable. In buildings, both large and small, industrial heating accounts for roughly two thirds of industrial energy demand and around a fifth of global energy consumption. Figures like this show the need to have efficient and environmentally-friendly HVAC equipment in place to make the crucial steps towards reducing the contributions these systems make to our carbon footprint. High energy consumption in construction sector A 2019 report by The International Environment Agency (IEA) showed that the buildings and construction sectors combined were responsible for over 30% of global energy consumption and nearly 40% of carbon emissions. This is indicative of the steps the sector needs to take to play its role in a more eco-friendly society, some of which are already underway. However, much more needs to be done if the UK is to reach its goal of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050. As we envisage what a post-COVID world might look like, businesses and governments are continuing to put sustainability and lower carbon emissions at the forefront of their planning and the HVAC sector is certainly no exception. But with change in the sector a daunting prospect, decision-makers often don’t know where to start. Smart Technology use in HVAC systems Smart HVAC uses sensors that integrate with a building’s automation system With the constant growth and greater deployment of smart technologies within the HVAC sector, this is certainly a way that systems can become more efficient. Smart HVAC uses sensors that integrate with a building’s automation system. These sensors then collect information about conditions throughout the building. Heat waves are now a far more common occurrence in the United Kingdom. The Met Office estimates they are up to 30 times more likely and will be a bi-annual occurrence by 2050. It is important that any uptake in HVAC usage doesn’t lead to a drastic increase in emission generation. This is one of the areas where smart systems will become crucial. Many scientists have been unequivocal in their sentiment that heat waves are a cause of greater emissions and expect temperature records in the UK and Europe to be broken more regularly, so sites will need to be equipped to handle these conditions. Regulating temperature with hand-held devices With wireless systems now much more commonplace, temperatures can be controlled easily from hand-held devices. With these new technologies, those managing the systems can also benefit from remote monitoring and maintenance, reducing the need to travel to the site for yet another environmental incentive. To accompany the smart systems, equipment including smart thermostats can be installed to maximize HVAC efficiency. Other smart systems available to businesses include smart furnaces and air conditioning units that are far easier to operate than their traditional counterparts. Reducing unnecessary ventilation While global temperatures continue to rise, air conditioning usage has increased and has contributed to greater levels of energy usage. A huge amount of needless emissions are generated by unnecessary ventilation, contributing heavily to heat loss and overall energy wastage. Recirculation of air is a traditionally lower energy cost method of retaining heat and keeping emissions low, however, we must be mindful of the risks associated with recirculating air. The risk of circulating diseases is negated somewhat with heat recovery ventilation, which both removes the risk of disease spreading and improves energy consumption. Efficiency performance of new AC units Air conditioning units in particular contribute significantly to a building’s energy consumption Air conditioning units in particular contribute significantly to a building’s energy consumption, equating to 10% of the UK’s electricity consumption and as such it is important that we bear in mind ways to counteract the emissions this creates. Global energy demand for air conditioning units is expected to triple by 2050, as temperatures continue to rise year on year. The efficiency performance of new air conditioning units will be the key, when it comes to ensuring that escalating demand does not equate to greater emissions. Another issue for suppliers and manufacturers to address is differing rates of consumption for AC units in different countries, with units sold in Japan and the EU typically more efficient than those found in China and the US. Modularization Modular HVACs have also become increasingly popular in recent years. Modular HVACs are responsible for heating, cooling and distributing air through an entire building, with their increase in popularity largely down to their greater levels of energy efficiency, cost effectiveness, flexibility and substantial ease of installation and maintenance. Modular HVACs can be tailored specifically for workspaces and they often allow work to be done on the systems without disturbing the workforce, achieved primarily through rooftop placement. Commercial workspaces are larger and often require differing needs to residential properties and can cater to a wide range of the specific requirements of work and commercial spaces. As we strive for lower carbon emissions, it seems that this trend will continue and will become a key area in reducing emissions that HVACs have traditionally generated. System maintenance and training To meet government and industry requirements, many new buildings will require HVAC systems that can be maintained simply in order to perform in a more energy efficient way. Many companies are looking at ways to become climate neutral and significantly reduce their footprint Many companies are looking at ways to become climate neutral and significantly reduce their footprint. Companies are following the likes of German-based company, Wilo Group, who have announced they are committing to sustainable manufacturing by developing a new carbon neutral plant and HQ in the next few years. Lowering carbon footprint As we continue to move towards an ever more environmentally conscious society, it will be of paramount importance for companies, governments and the public to think about ways in which we can lower carbon emissions. Smart technologies will certainly be at the forefront of this, negating many needless journeys and making it easier for industries to adjust settings and tackle issues remotely. Greater levels of training will help equip us with the tools to make sure we are best placed to reduce emissions and be more sustainable as a result. While the steps outlined above do show some progress and measures we can take, there is far more that we can do as a sector to significantly reduce HVAC’s carbon footprint and once we have moved beyond the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, this will surely be at the front of industry leader minds.
Do HVAC systems help with the spread of COVID-19? No one is entirely sure, but it seems very likely. Especially in the case of enclosed indoor spaces. As soon as the COVID-19 pandemic began, fingers pointed to air-conditioning systems as culprits, and scientists now believe a super-spreader event traced back to a restaurant in Guangzhou, in China, which could have started with an asymptomatic person who just happened to cough close to an HVAC fan. Scientists also believe something similar happened on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which made headlines over the world, in February 2020. Especially because cruise ships have elaborate inter-connected HVAC systems, which could have aided the coronavirus as it ripped through the cruise population. HVAC systems Role in COVID-19 spread And because air-conditioning units typically function indoors, and because the coronavirus (COVID-19 virus) can float about for a little while on respiratory droplets in the air, it should be no surprise at all that HVAC units have come under scrutiny. In response to this, over the last year, the REHVA (European Federation of Heating and Ventilation Engineers) group actually set out guidelines on what to do, in order to make HVAC units safer. Actually, they went further than that, because on the contrary, properly configured air-conditioning units can actually help to fight the coronavirus, rather than aid its spread. How AC units can limit viral transmission By making sure there is a fast and constant exchange of air, AC units can actually wash away virus particles Despite the apparent doom that HVAC units can kick start super-spreader events, the answer is not to do away with air-conditioning systems. In fact, REHVA recommends the opposite. Instead, what we actually need to do is to reconfigure our AC units so that they can stop coronavirus particles from loitering about in the air, and then settling down. When virus particles ‘settle’ on a surface, they can be infectious for a time. The technical term for this is a ‘fomite’ and an area that is infectious to touch. By adjusting the settings on AC units to increase the amount of outside air they pull in, and the rate to which this fresh air is distributed indoors, we can make indoor environments much safer. By making sure there is a fast and constant exchange of air, AC units can actually wash away virus particles and prevent fomites from occurring. What about just opening the windows? Before modern HVAC units, there was, of course, the humble open window. And sure, open windows is a great way to make sure that air from the inside is quickly and constantly being exchanged with the air from outside. But as we all know, opening the windows is seldom the ideal choice. For example, it isn’t desirable in cold or in air-polluted or noise-polluted spaces. Open windows can even be a hazard if there is a risk of injury or falling. If you can work in an environment with open windows in a way that’s feasible and manageable, that’s great. They will likely offer similar protection against lingering coronavirus particles. But even if you can, the evidence suggests that a properly configured HVAC system is still safer (not to mention more comfortable, given their ability to regulate temperature) than the age-old open window option. AC units with high-efficiency particulate air filters Arguably the most proficient AC units today are those equipped with high-efficiency particulate air (or HEPA) filters. Although, you will struggle to find any outside of surgical theatres and airplanes, where getting the right amount of air exchange is primarily a health and safety issue and not just an issue of comfort. But as the pandemic has revealed to us, having better optimized HVAC units in public indoor spaces is a health and safety issue. With that being said, could HEPA filters become the norm throughout major public indoor spaces? HEPA filters HEPA filters are so reliable because they are made up of thousands of layers that trap all types of particles HEPA filters are so reliable because they are made up of thousands of layers that trap all types of particles, from dust to viruses. And they operate with an astonishing speed, being able to completely turn over a room’s air up to 30 times per hour. It would almost certainly make sense for HEPA filters to at least be considered for widespread use, but there are some technical issues to work out before their deployment becomes feasible. Cost aside, these filters can cause ‘dragging’ when attached to traditional AC units, among other issues. But if we are serious about tackling all forms of viruses, including influenza which hospitalizes and kills thousands every year, perhaps the widespread deployment of HEPA filters should be at least thought about in our approach to the ‘new normal’. Protecting people with proper air conditioning Whatever the fate of the HEPA filters, we do not have to sit around and wait for a revolution in the HVAC units to keep the general public safe. We can do that right now by equipping and configuring our current systems to properly exchange the rate of air in indoor spaces — to blow away lingering particles and keep surfaces free from fomites. Fortunately for us, the COVID-19 virus finds it hard to spread outdoors. But that means almost all of the spreading must happen indoors. So, it is crucial that we do all we can from an HVAC perspective to limit the spread of the coronavirus, and indeed all the other infections (including flu), which collectively can infect and hospitalize thousands of people every year. New infectious diseases emerge, and old ones come and go all the time. With the guidelines that REHVA has put together and some vigilance, our actions could indirectly save many people from falling ill every year. In summary, it’s not rocket science. To make an indoor area safer from the coronavirus, turn your AC unit up. Blow away the germs and stop them from settling down with a frequent exchange of air at all times.
It’s shaping up to be a long, hot summer for HVAC contractors and their customers. Disruptions in the nationwide supply chain that began during the COVID-19 pandemic still have not been resolved. Shutdowns last summer played havoc with the supply of parts, and suppliers are still playing catch up, as raw materials remain scarce. Furthermore, prices are going up among some components and key raw materials. Waiting times for parts can run into weeks or even months. Supply shortages of HVAC equipment Summer weather increases the demand for HVAC equipment, especially in hotter climates. A spike in air conditioner demand is generally welcomed by most contractors, but supply shortages make it difficult to deliver on customer needs. Managing a backlog of impatient customers is a new challenge for many HVAC companies. The shortages impact materials, such as steel, aluminum, copper and plastics, whose costs are expected to rise in coming months. Among metals, the price hikes could be 20 to 30%, while prices of plastics could almost triple. Copper futures recently reached an all-time high, and steel price indexes are also at record levels. Shortages of electrical components Shortages have been reported of copper and electrical components, such as motors and compressors Shortages have been reported of copper and electrical components, such as motors and compressors, which are specific to the units that use them. There is also a shortage of microchips that are components in high-efficiency systems and furnaces, and resins used in the evaporator coil pans are scarce. Some HVAC supply firms have had difficulty obtaining evaporator coils used in air conditioners. Specialty items such as control boards have a wait time of up to two to three weeks, or longer. Shortages projected till end of 2021 The shortages are projected to continue until the end of 2021. Even as small shipments trickle in, they are often sold quickly. The situation is unfamiliar to the HVAC trade, which has traditionally not had issues with equipment availability. Shortages in the HVAC market are a reflection of broader supply and cost challenges of the construction market. Prices for goods used in residential construction have increased almost 10% over the past 12 months, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Higher transportation costs impact supply chain Higher transportation costs are impacting both the supply chain and HVAC contractors. Personnel shortages continue to plague many HVAC companies, too, and a technician shortage is also contributing to longer wait times in some areas. A scarcity of labor has been a 20-year challenge for the HVAC industry, but it is reaching new levels as days go by. Order in advance and stockpiling equipment Alternatively, HVAC contractors may seek to switch brands to help ease availability issues One approach contractors are taking to the problem is to order equipment in advance and stockpile it for when they need it. One Denver contractor reportedly ordered almost a million dollars of equipment in advance. Alternatively, HVAC contractors may seek to switch brands to help ease availability issues. Identifying a manufacturer that has stock available can ease the inconvenience of customers having to wait for new equipment. need for regular HVAC maintenance Another approach is to educate homeowners about the importance of maintenance, such as changing filters, which can avoid a need for larger repairs involving equipment that is in short supply. Maintenance service is doable because it doesn’t require new equipment, replacements or add-ons that can be hard to come by. Unfortunately, among consumers, maintenance may have been delayed or ignored during the pandemic, which is aggravating the urgency of the current situation.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is an emerging tool for a long list of applications, including the ability to analyze and ensure optimum performance of an HVAC system. Emerson’s Sensi Predict smart HVAC solution is an example of how AI can boost the capabilities of HVAC. It has been recognized with a Silver Edison Award in the Innovative Services – AI category. Sensi Predict smart HVAC solution Sensi Predict combines inputs from 10 sensors in an HVAC system and analyzes the performance of heating and cooling systems in real time. Intelligent monitoring alerts home owners and their contractors, when HVAC systems are not operating at full efficiency. The alerts, which can be accessed on a smartphone, can predict and prevent problems, ensure corrective maintenance, lower utility costs, and prolong the life of an HVAC system. Fault detection and diagnostics are a new frontier in HVAC technology, delivering a seamless and simple user experience. Sensi Predict HVAC system configuration Here is how the Sensi Predict system is configured: Sensors monitor the temperature of the air flowing from the HVAC system into the home, and also the return air temperature, coming from the home back into the system. Sensors also monitor temperatures in the liquid and vapor lines in the refrigerant loop, and the indoor and outdoor control lines, communicating back and forth from the thermostat to the outdoor unit. Other sensors monitor the current draw and indoor voltage of indoor units, and current and voltage to the outdoor units. Data from the sensors is used to analyze how well the HVAC is operating, including detailed monthly performance checks, with results issued to the home owner and the contractor. If a warning is detected, an alert will be sent in real time. 24/7 monitoring The 24/7 monitoring is summarized in a personalized home owner portal and monthly performance reports The 24/7 monitoring is summarized in a personalized home owner portal and monthly performance reports that include any alerts, loss of performance, runtime and estimated cost and filter status. Actionable alerts tell when a problem is detected, sent via an email with a straightforward explanation and recommended action. “Our heating and cooling systems are critical to the health and comfort of our families and the environment, yet we have little visibility into how they perform on a day-to-day basis,” said Jamie Froedge, Executive President of Emerson’s Commercial and Residential Solutions business. The Sensi Predict systems seek to provide additional visibility. Sharing real-time system insights The Edison Awards highlight top-tier new product innovation, service development and human-centered design. Named after inventor, Thomas Alva Edison, the awards recognize and honor global innovation. The award to Emerson’s Sensi Predict system recognizes it as a 21st-century solution to the maintenance of home heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, sharing real-time system insights, in order to help home owners monitor performance and prevent unexpected problems. Maximize system lifetime and minimize energy costs “We are honored to be recognized for this innovative technology that provides both awareness and peace of mind, when it comes to an essential component of the home,” said Jamie Froedge. Sensi Predict also provides benefits related to installation, by validating a quality install and eliminating call backs. Over time, it maximizes system lifetime and minimizes energy costs. service and maintenance information In terms of maintenance, the system provides information to ensure that all contractor truck rolls generate revenue and decrease the average time on site. The 24/7 monitoring limits home visits to only when needed and increases transparency to the customer of suggested repairs and upgrades. Home owners can access the Sensi Predict Homeowner Portal on the official website for detailed information, based on real-time data about how their system is functioning and its performance history, energy usages and costs and predicted maintenance needs.
What do customers want from their HVAC company? It’s a challenging question, and the answers reveal a path to a more successful and customer-centric company. There are numerous articles written that offer consumers advice on choosing an HVAC company. In the simplest terms, wouldn’t it be possible to ‘reverse engineer’ that advice to provide a roadmap to guide HVAC companies in how to succeed? Addressing consumer concerns Often, consumers’ concerns surround whether a company is a reputable and/or a well-managed business. Answering questions about basic requirements, such as insurance should be easy. Another element of consumer-oriented advice on choosing an HVAC company is to find one that is qualified to do the job. For example, able to work on the specific type of equipment a consumer has, whether central air conditioning, humidifiers, heating sources, or whatever. From the perspective of the HVAC contractor, this advice points to a need for constant training and updating of skills related to various equipment types. Seeking HVAC specialists Customers may be looking for specialty service, specific to a certain type of equipment or type of installation Consumers are also advised to seek out specialists in the work they need doing, whether a repair, a new installation or related to a specific type of equipment. Contractors must both understand their own strengths and weaknesses and be able to communicate them clearly to put customers at ease. Consumers will also be looking for contractors, who are experienced in repairing the brand or type of system they have. Customers may be looking for specialty service, specific to a certain type of equipment or type of installation. Contractors should constantly evaluate their skills-sets, their strengths and weaknesses, and provide full transparency to enable customers to make the most informed decisions. Better to walk away from a job than to overextend or misrepresent a contractor’s skillset. Such overreach never ends well and can damage a contractor’s broader reputation. HVAC contractors come in all sizes Customers will also be looking to evaluate the size and stability of the HVAC company that they work with. HVAC contractors come in all sizes, of course, and the size of a company does not necessarily reflect on the quality of work. However, stability and a good reputation are essential, especially for a smaller company or one-man shop. Consumers are often advised to ask for references, especially if dealing with a smaller contractor. HVAC businesses can be proactive in this regard by keeping references handy and even collecting customer testimonials to share with prospective customers. Positive reviews a key indicator Online reviews, hopefully all positive, are another element that can help to put prospective customers’ minds at ease. Ideally, if an HVAC contractor is doing a good job, positive reviews, testimonials and references will happen organically. Consumers are often advised to ask for certifications to document an installer’s skillset, so keeping up with the related paperwork will ensure that a customer is comfortable with any contractor’s skill level. Specific HVAC contractor license requirements Specific contractor license requirements vary by state and even at the local level Specific contractor license requirements vary by state and even at the local level. Required license numbers should be displayed on websites and promotional materials, and most states have an online directory listing of licensed contractors. Be attentive to other requirements, too, such as the special EPA certifications required to use refrigerant. Consumers expect their HVAC contractors to guide their buying decision, whether determining the correct size HVAC unit to serve a specific home size, analyzing flow rates, or recommending systems to meet specific needs. Striking a balance between simplicity and technical detail Delivering on these expectations requires a delicate balance between simplicity and technical detail. The customer needs to be comfortable that the installer knows his stuff but does not want to be overwhelmed by arcane technical discussions or puzzling acronyms. Best by far is to keep it simple (and be willing to provide additional detail – described in layman’s terms – if the customer has questions). Membership in local trade associations can provide additional credibility to a contractor, and provide additional sales and networking opportunities, too. Importance of warranties Warranties are another critical issue for consumers. Everyone offers manufacturers’ warranties, but there is an opportunity for HVAC contractors to offer even more, whether an extended warranty, inclusion of labor, as well as parts, work guarantee on repairs, and/or an extended maintenance contract. Availability 24/7 could enable a contractor to take work away from a competitor Customers should be warned that maintenance or repairs performed by an unqualified company may void the manufacturer warranty. Availability in an emergency or on short notice is another way HVAC companies can differentiate themselves among consumers. Availability 24/7 could enable a contractor to take work away from a competitor who is closed for the weekend. Emphasizing on customer services Customer service also requires a personal touch, so an ability to communicate well with potential customers can generate extra business. Emphasize listening skills and make sure customers know they are being heard. In all dealings with customers, be straightforward and honest in order to build long-term trust. To grow a successful HVAC business, prepare proactively to answer the questions customers are most likely to ask.
Maintaining safe levels of air quality in multi-story car parks is crucial for the safety of those using them. Carbon Dioxide caused by vehicle exhausts and other emissions can lead to poor and potentially dangerous levels of toxicity without good ventilation. Additionally, should a fire break out, the smoke and fumes need to be drawn from each floor quickly. Energy-efficient ventilation system The owner of a multi-story car park in the center of Belgrade, Serbia, turned to Electro Pneumatic Solutions (EPS), a sales partner of Invertek Drives, to design and install a new and energy-efficient ventilation system. Four fans were being used in the three-story building. These were two 11kW rated and two 18.5kW. EPS selected the Optidrive E3 IP20 variable frequency drive (VFD) to control them for the application. The E3 was ideal with specific built-in parameters for fan control. Two 15kW (20HP), 30A, 380V – 480V, 3PH drives were selected for the 11kW rated fans, while two 18.5kW (25HP), 39A, 380V – 480V, 3PH drives were used for the 17.2kW fans. Reduce energy consumption “One of the client’s requirements was to reduce energy consumption while ensuring high levels of ventilation. The Optidrive VFDs are ideal for this as they provide accurate speed control, either through the built-in parameters or manually through the digital button control,” said Marko Nikolic, Head of Sales at EPS. “The fan rotation speed in ventilation mode is relatively low and is activated according to the set time intervals. To achieve the most energy-efficient operation the drives were set to fan mode and optimized for the application.” Built-in fire mode Optidrive E3’s built-in fire mode is capable of quickly increasing the fans to maximum rotation The Optidrive E3’s built-in fire mode is capable of quickly increasing the fans to maximum rotation. It ignores internal protections to keep the fans at maximum speed for a long as possible. “The fire mode makes it a perfect drive for fan control, particularly in facilities such as multi-story car parks. Should a fire break out the mode overrides all other safety protections to maximize fan rotation and draw smoke from the building as fast as possible,” added Marko. Bluetooth set-up The set-up, commissioning, and changing of parameters on the Optidrive E3 can also be easily undertaken through its Bluetooth and NFC connectivity. Connected to Invertek’s Optitools mobile app via the Optistick Smart means replication of parameters to other drives is effortless where multiple drives are being set up. The Optidrive E3 is available in IP20 and IP66 enclosures and four frame sizes, making it ideal for a wide range of applications and environments.
Hawkes Place is a property like no other. Situated in Sevenoaks, Kent, one homeowner has created a truly unique building where every room is connected through home automation devices. Designed and built by Tony Gotts as a personal project, the three-bedroom, one-storey property was the first smart home he had built. The unique design sees each room completely curved, with no square corners in sight. With the entire house automated, including audio, lighting, heating, blinds, and front door access, the property has been built to a high standard to create a truly remarkable home. Controlled entrance system To support the installation, Mr. Gotts called upon the experience of the electrical contractor, Luke Kavanagh of Lake Home, who suggested one single supplier cover all of the home’s automation needs. To transform his property into a smart home, the owner wanted to connect the heating, lighting, blinds, and audio, while also incorporating a controlled entrance system. In addition, each room of the house required its own touch screen control system. Hawkes Place was the first property with which the owner had utilized home automation systems to this extent, and therefore an easy-to-use all-encompassing system was required. Door entry system Every room in the property had at least one element of smart technology installed Electrical contractor, Luke Kavanagh, recommended Legrand’s User Interface range, including its MyHOME Up system, coupled with its Bticino door entry and Nuvo audio systems. “As soon as I understood the brief, I immediately recommended the Legrand suite of smart home products,” Luke comments. “I contacted Chris Janes at Legrand, who drove out to Kent to discuss the different options with the homeowner in person. This was really useful as it enabled the owner to see exactly what was possible for the size of the property.” Every room in the property had at least one element of smart technology installed. Throughout the house, the heating, lights – both inside and outdoor – and blinds are all controlled by the MyHOME Up system, providing the end-user with full control at all times. The accessibility of the house was also enhanced, thanks to the use of a Bticino door entry system. Audio distribution system Additionally, the Legrand Nuvo multi-zone audio distribution system was installed throughout the property. Allowing audio to be managed and controlled in numerous rooms, users can connect music and audio streaming services and play in all areas of the home. For this project, one major advantage is the ability to bring together control of door access, as well as the lighting, heating, and blinds, on mobile phone apps. In addition to this, 7-inch touch screen panels were installed into every room, allowing complete control. For the installer, Legrand’s MyHOME Up system served two key benefits: its ease of installation and the functionality for the end-user. Once connected to the BUS system and the app is installed, the devices will set-up automatically. Intense training courses The app allows the installer to easily access multiple devices when starting up the system Luke comments: “Coming from an electrical background, the simplicity of Legrand’s systems means we are able to support project managers transform properties into smart homes. I don’t have expertise in IT, and I find that other similar systems require technical knowledge in order to complete the installation, which often includes expensive and intense training courses.” One of the key benefits of a MyHOME Up installation is that the innovative app supports the connection of all devices and is easy to control for both the installer and end-user. The app allows the installer to easily access multiple devices when starting up the system, thanks to the self-learning procedure, while the user can then manage their home automation scenes at any time. Confidently creating scenes Luke continues: “The whole installation process was very easy, not just from my point of view but the end user’s as well. The customer has gone from being a smart home novice to confidently creating scenes which improve day-to-day living habits. Since the installation was completed, we have already successfully recommended the system on another three projects.” In addition to installation and account support, Legrand also offers free training courses. The MyHOME Up range can be installed after just one day’s training, and installer Luke Kavanagh utilized this free service before installing the system. Luke adds: “I had previously undertaken a number of Legrand’s training sessions, including a session in Belgium, as well as for MyHOME Up. It is a really good program, and makes the system incredibly easy to install for anyone in the profession.” Creating smart scenes YouGov’s Smart Homes 2018 Report indicated that almost one-quarter of Britons own one or more smart home devices The course explains the role of smart devices in the home, and shows how creating smart scenes and actions can help end-users decrease their energy usage and waste. Free to attend, the training program is ideal for contractors and system integrators and takes place at Legrand’s state-of-the-art training center in Birmingham. Home automation is not new. In fact, YouGov’s Smart Homes 2018 Report indicated that almost one-quarter of Britons own one or more smart home devices, excluding smart meters, while one in ten have two or more. High customer satisfaction While adoption is becoming more common, electrical installers and contractors are tasked with the challenge of understanding this often-complex technology, to enable them to enhance their services to customers. Taking advantage of training from manufacturers, like Legrand, can make the installation much easier, while also providing high customer satisfaction. Luke Kavanagh concludes: “This project is an excellent example of how a simple, slick and extremely efficient home automation system can be installed. The Legrand products are very easy to install and the customers are always left smiling, testing new combinations each day. While not all systems are the same, I would recommend taking advantage of any available training because it not only equips you with the ability to install effortlessly, but it also provides the knowledge to answer any customer questions.”
It would be great if there was always a clear-cut sign to show that one needs something like furnace repair in Loveland, CO, wouldn’t it? Well, there actually are quite a few such signs, but they may not be quite as clear as one would like. The clearest need for furnace repair would probably be a completely broken down furnace, right? Well, sure—but obviously one doesn’t want to wait for the furnace to break down entirely before they have it repaired! That’s where the tips are going to come in handy. And the “good” news is that these are problems that one is already aware of. One may not realize that they alone are enough to justify system repairs or, at the very least, a call to have the system evaluated. Therefore, keep the system functioning properly and safely by scheduling prompt furnace repairs the moment that one has cause to suspect there is a problem. Unheated Furnace Air The air coming from the furnace doesn’t seem hot enough. Oh well, it’s pretty cold out. The house will heat up eventually, even if it takes a little longer than usual. One should stop making excuses for problems like this. Regardless of how cold it may be outside, the furnace should be capable of heating the air in the home effectively. If it doesn’t seem like the air is hot enough, there could be quite a few problems at play. It’s possible, for instance, that one has leaky ducts that are pulling unheated air from unheated areas of the house (like between walls) into the system. One could also have a problem with the thermostat or with fuel delivery/combustion mechanisms. Furnace Running in Short Cycles A very dirty filter can actually create so much airflow resistance that the system winds up overheating It is called short cycling because a heater is not supposed to run in short cycles. Short cycling is a problem. One wants a heater to run in full, even cycles. So if one notices short cycling in their home, one may need repairs. There is one situation that one should rule out before scheduling repairs. That is a dirty air filter. A very dirty filter can actually create so much airflow resistance that the system winds up overheating, causing it to shut down to avoid damages. Then it starts up again, only to cycle back down before long. If the filter isn’t dirty, then one is likely to have a problem that is going to require professional service. Increasing Energy Bills There is very little that is truly “free” in this life, and heating a home is no exception. One has to pay for comfort. That doesn’t mean that one should accept overpaying for comfort, though. If the energy bills are too high, it could definitely be a result of a compromised system in need of repair.
Very few homeowners ignore the need for keeping temperatures in their homes at comfortable levels. One isn’t going to overlook the need for an effective heater when it is freezing cold outside, right? Of course not. That need is obvious. Not all needs are quite as obvious, though, even if they are equally important. For instance, the need for great indoor air quality in one’s home. Make IAQ services part of on-going HVAC services in Loveland. The problem with indoor air quality is that there are just so many different ways in which it may suffer. Fortunately, the IAQ professionals on the company’s team ensure that, no matter what is wrong with the indoor air quality, one will have the right solutions in place. Humidity Issues The company is sure that some people have little experience with portable humidifier and dehumidifier units Humidity is a tough nut to crack. Too little humidity in the home is certainly not desirable and can have a number of unpleasant consequences. These can include dry, itchy skin, nosebleeds, increased instances of illness, and more. However, too much humidity is not great, either. If the air in the home is too humid, then one may run into musty odors, issues with warping wooden floorboards, wood rot, and even the promotion of mold growth. The company is sure that some people have little experience with portable humidifier and dehumidifier units. However, if one is serious about optimizing humidity in the home, these are not what one should choose. One should want whole-house solutions to humidity problems, and that means that wanting a whole-house humidifier and/or dehumidifier installed in the residence. And that means hiring a professional to do the right job. Airborne Pollutants Perhaps the most common issue that homeowners encounter with their indoor air quality is that of airborne pollutants. Dust, dirt, pet dander, pollen, and other debris can get into the air in the home. Also about breathing all of those pollutants into the lungs. But, what can one do about it, right? It’s not like one is going to ditch Fido just because he sheds. The company suggests that there may be a way to completely eliminate the risk of airborne pollutants making their way into the home. However, one can remove the pollutants from the air that they breathe quite effectively with the right equipment in place. Whole-house air filtration systems, for example, or more advanced air cleaning systems, may be used to clean the air that fills the home. Biological Pollutants It may sound scary and the company is not trying to alarm the people. However, it has to be said. Biological pollutants in the home pose a health threat. With UV germicidal lights, one can destroy biological pollutants like viruses, mold spores, and bacteria that are putting health at risk.
Fort Collins Heating has heating systems that can heat the homes more efficiently. Times are tough for a lot of people right now, and a little bit of improved efficiency can go a long way. And even if a person’s finances are fine, why pay more than they should have to for their home comfort? Doesn’t make much sense, does it? Follow the tips given below to keep costs in check and enjoy more affordable heating in Loveland, CO. Use ceiling fans If one has ceiling fans and is not using them in the winter, then they are not using the ceiling fans properly. But before saying “okay” and just pulling that chain, one should stop to make sure that the ceiling fans are rotating in the right direction. If a person is not aware—and it’s not that uncommon—there is a switch on the body of the fan that allows switching its directional rotation. In the winter, one wants the ceiling fan to be spinning clockwise. Remember, these fans aren’t doing anything to actively cool the air in the summer. They just circulate air, helping to feel more comfortable. And by reversing their direction in the winter, one can do the same. Hot air rises, so heat can get trapped up at the ceiling in the home. By running fans in a clockwise direction, one can force that heated air back down into the living space. Change air filter Pets, general cleanliness, and even the outdoor environment can all influence conditions in the home A person will change the air filter when they complete the heating tune-up. But that’s a once-a-year service, right? And once a year is not frequent enough when it comes to changing the air filter. It varies as to how frequently these filters need to be changed. Pets, general cleanliness, and even the outdoor environment can all influence conditions in the home—conditions that will, in turn, influence how frequently one needs to change the air filter. Remember, the purpose of an air filter is not really to protect the indoor air quality throughout the entire home. It is there to protect the HVAC system itself. A dirty air filter creates excessive airflow resistance, boosting energy usage and operating costs. Plus, it can lead to issues that further impede energy efficiency. Scheduling Heater Maintenance There should be no getting around this one. A properly functioning heater is an efficient heater. And the only way in which to keep the heater in the best operating condition possible is by scheduling routine, professional maintenance. The maintenance program makes keeping up with routine maintenance easier than ever—and it offers a whole bunch of additional benefits.
A lot of homeowners think that heat pumps are no match for the cold winter nights in Indianapolis and across Central Indiana but that isn’t true. Not only are heat pumps able to stand up to Indiana winters, but heat pumps are also an extremely cost-effective and energy-efficient HVAC solution. If one is interested in changing the heating system to an energy-efficient heat pump, Chapman offers professional heat pump maintenance, repair, and installation services in Indianapolis and the surrounding areas that will improve the overall comfort of the home. Why is a Heat Pump Ideal? There are several reasons why heat pump systems are great for Indianapolis area homes. If any of the following benefits could positively impact the home, one should consider heat pump installations services: energy and Electrical savings Heat pumps use electricity and one can see significant energy savings from operating a heat pump Marion County has one of the lowest electric rates in the country, according to Chapman owner Jeff Chapman. Instead of using fossil fuels to heat homes, heat pumps use electricity to move heat from the outdoors and into the Indianapolis home, according to EnergyStar.gov. Because heat pumps use electricity and the rates are low in the county, one can see significant energy savings from operating a heat pump. According to Chapman, if one puts a pennies worth of electricity into an electric baseboard or portable heater, they will get a pennies worth of heat. But if one uses a pennies worth of electricity to run a compressor and heat pump, they may get 3.5 to 4 cents worth back. cost savings on Installation One may save up to 50 percent on the electrical costs with the installation of a heat pump compared to electric resistance heating systems, including baseboard heaters and furnaces. Although one will spend more on electrical costs compared to a gas furnace, they will save overall on energy bills by not using fossil fuels. Efficient with weather Central Indiana can be cold and snowy in the winter, but not as extreme as its northern neighbors. The average higher temperature during the winter months is in the mid-to-high-30s. Heat pumps operate most efficiently above 40 degrees but are still the most efficient heating source down to 30 degrees Fahrenheit. When temperatures dip to 25 to 30 degrees or lower, it could be a problem. When this happens, one will need the assistance of a secondary heating source to go along with the heat pump. Two popular options include electric heat strips or gas furnaces. However, for the majority of winter, one will be just fine running a cost-effective heat pump. heating and air conditioning Heat pumps also provide air conditioning in the spring and summer due to a built-in reversing valve Unlike traditional HVAC systems, heat pumps also provide air conditioning in the spring and summer due to a built-in reversing valve that reverses the flow of refrigerants in the system. Depending on the season, the heat pump can either produce heating or cooling, whenever needed. Quiet operation Many heating and cooling systems are extremely loud. High-quality heat pumps, though, operate both quietly and efficiently. With the installation of a heat pump, one will be able to heat or cool Indianapolis home more quietly than ever. Safer than gas Gas furnaces offer many advantages to homeowners, but they do come with an inherent safety concern, as there’s always the possibility of a gas leak. Because heat pumps use electricity to run, one wouldn’t have to worry about a gas leak, which makes them a safer option. Financing Options from Chapman The company understands that purchasing new HVAC equipment, like a heat pump, is a significant investment for an Indianapolis home. That’s why they have partnered with Wells Fargo to offer 72 months of special financing on a new Bryant system with approved credit. With a Wells Fargo card, one can buy the system immediately and pay over time. Heat Pump Services If one is interested in learning about the advantages of having a new heat pump installed in Marion County or Central Indiana home, including increased energy-efficiency and quiet operation, they should call the professional HVAC experts at Chapman. If the current heating system breaks down at the worst possible time, the experts at Chapman offer 24/7 emergency services to ensure that if a heat pump replacement, repair, or maintenance services are needed after normal business hours, it’ll be covered. The professional heat pump technicians can help by performing high-quality heat pump maintenance, repair, and installation services to improve the overall comfort of an Indianapolis home.
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The practice of working from home soared during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and many observers see a likely continuation of the trend, as infection risks gradually subside. Both environments – home and office – depend on HVAC systems to keep occupants comfortable (and safe!). Therefore, the industry stands to be impacted whichever way the trend plays out. We asked our Expert Panel Roundtable: How will remote working affect residential and commercial HVAC?
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects embedded with sensors, software and other technologies to facilitate connecting and exchanging data with other devices and systems over the internet. Use of the IoT is expanding among both business and residential applications. However, there are hurdles to overcome, including security, privacy and networking challenges. As more HVAC devices embrace the IoT, we asked our Expert Panel Roundtable: What is the impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) on the HVAC market?
The pandemic of 2020 presented unique challenges to the HVAC market, and in many instances, responding to those challenges relied on technical innovation. It’s safe to say that the pandemic accelerated several technology trends, redirected others, and overall raised the stakes in the industry’s ongoing challenge to meet customer needs across a wide spectrum. But what comes now? We asked our Expert Panel Roundtable to weigh in on this question: What technologies and trends will define the HVAC industry in 2021?
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