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Design-Build Project Success: Early Collaboration Between Engineers, Contractors, Resellers and Manufacturers is Key

Feb 23, 2017 12:00:00 PM

When an industrial HVAC system is installed, it is definitely a team operation, made up of journeymen (or installers), technicians, contractors, distributors, salespeople, managers and mechanical engineers. The process begins and ends with the mechanical engineer and there are certain things that can be done to ensure that everything is engineer-ready so the installation process runs smoothly.

Two common HVAC project designations are Design-Build and Plan-Spec. Design-Build projects usually have short sales cycles, no bidding process and fewer parties involved in the final decision-making. In contrast, Plan-Spec projects are comprised of a large number of decision-makers and require more collaboration between all parties involved in order to finalize project specifications. Typical Plan-Spec projects include larger, more complex HVAC systems for new construction or major renovations.

For the sake of this article, we’ll be discussing the Plan-Spec approach, the steps involved, and how best to ensure all your i’s are dotted and t’s crossed so you can eliminate any unnecessary delays for the engineer.

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Topics: Industrial HVAC, Preventative Maintenance, HVAC Equipment

Problem Solving 101: Why Custom HVAC Equipment is the Solution

Jan 27, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Custom HVAC equipment can be configured to include combinations of air handling components that will solve almost any industrial HVAC requirement. Custom Equipment is the perfect choice for institutional or industrial applications where high flow rates, very close control and poor air quality conditions exist.

Although more costly than many “out of the box” solutions, they have the longest lifespan and offer the most satisfaction, long-term. Customization of your HVAC air handling system ensures that your system will be the right size.

Oversized systems end up wasting energy due to its inefficiency. On the flip side, an undersized unit will run continually without ever reaching or sustaining optimal temperatures. Both result in higher energy bills. Over the lifespan of a customized piece of HVAC equipment, having a system that is matched correctly to its environment often offers cost savings due to lower operating cost.

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Topics: Industrial HVAC, Custom HVAC Equipment, HVAC Equipment

Why Do I Need A Preventative Maintenance Contract For My HVAC Equipment?

Dec 21, 2016 1:00:00 PM

A preventive maintenance agreement is a contract that covers routine maintenance of your industrial HVAC equipment. The technician will conduct a mechanical, control, environmental and energy audit of the building looking to uncover any HVAC operating inefficiencies.

The number of maintenance visits and services rendered will vary based on the particulars of your agreement. Typically, two visits are conducted each year—pre-summer and pre-winter, before peak HVAC operating seasons begins. However, depending on the age and type of your equipment, operating conditions, usage requirements, high complexity, or if your equipment is exposed to poor air quality conditions more visits may be necessary.

During the visit, the HVAC technician will inspect, clean and test your HVAC system to ensure all components, such as motors, heating coils, belts, the heater assembly and steam traps are working properly. If parts, such as belts look worn or filters are dirty, the technician will replace them. A well-maintained HVAC system offers many benefits, including:

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Topics: Industrial HVAC, Preventative Maintenance, HVAC Equipment

Improved HVAC Installation Adds Value to the Supply Chain

Dec 8, 2016 12:00:00 PM

As an HVAC contractor, you are always searching for new ways to improve efficiency and drive more profit to your business’ bottom line. One way to accomplish that is by reducing waste in your supply chain. When all participants in the supply chain work together to provide value with their processes, you can significantly increase your company’s profitability.

If you haven’t heard the term, “supply chain,” before and want to learn how it can drive value to your business, here’s a quick definition:

Companies that buy and sell products and services from one another make up a supply chain. They are linked through their transfer of information, materials and funds. Your company’s performance depends on the companies that supply you as well as the company buying products and services from you. Everyone is linked and the performance of one affects all.

In HVAC terms, a supply chain refers to the steps required for an HVAC contractor to get the product purchased, shipped, installed and working properly for their industrial HVAC customer. 

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Topics: Industrial HVAC, Industrial HVAC System, Supply Chain

Top 7 Industrial HVAC Contractor Profit-Killers

Nov 3, 2016 8:12:00 AM

Positive cash flow is the lifeblood of any business. A blog post in Forbes stated that “the primary reason 8 out of 10 new businesses fail is that they simply run out of money to pay the bills.” This problem is also one that impacts the HVAC industrial and commercial contractor. HVAC contractors frequently experience challenges with business growth and sustainability, so what approach separates successful HVAC contractors from those that fail? One of the keys to success is avoiding the following profit-killers:

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Topics: Industrial HVAC

Tips to Reduce Commercial and Industrial HVAC Energy Costs

Oct 20, 2016 8:57:00 AM

While industry is essential to the U.S. economy, it is also a major consumer of energy. When energy is lost due to industrial or commercial HVAC inefficiency, it can result in significant loss of money. 

Here are two tips to improve the efficiency of industrial and commercial HVAC systems and substantially reduce high energy costs. Even small improvements in efficiency can yield large energy savings while at the same time, lessening industry's carbon footprint.

#1 Ensure ventilation is adequate

Ventilation is the process (natural or mechanical) that either supplies or removes air from a space. Proper ventilation is important to running an energy-efficient operation. Improper ventilation can cost commercial or industrial sites thousands of dollars per year in wasted or lost energy.

In addition to higher energy bills, poor ventilation can lead to a host of other problems including:

  • Buildup of unhealthy contaminants such as smoke, dirt and fumes.
  • Mold growth that can cause health problems and/or structural damage in the building.
  • Difficulty opening doors and equipment.

To save energy costs, be sure to:

  • Shut off unneeded exhaust fans and reduce use where possible.
  • Seal ducts that run through unconditioned space.
  • Keep doors closed when air conditioning is running.
  • Properly insulate walls and ceilings.
  • Insulate air ducts, chilled water, hot water and steam pipes.
  • Check for damper leakage/ensure tight seals.

Ideally, intake and exhaust air in a commercial or industrial building will remain balanced as specified based on the building’s intended use. Generally speaking, a slight positive pressure is desired as it will keep cold drafts from entering a building. However, in a case such as a natatorium (pool room), negative pressure is required to keep chlorine gas from exhausting into other parts of the building where it can cause damage to structural materials and be breathed in by building occupants.

In order to achieve the desired building pressure you may need to install makeup air units. Makeup air units are commonly found in applications such as restaurant kitchen ventilation systems, manufacturing facilities, and paint booths. They can help maintain a specific pressure and improve energy costs. In our Direct Fired vs. Indirect Fired Heaters blog, we compare the pros and cons of each heating system so you can make the best choice for your application.

#2 Ensure HVAC equipment is well maintained

All commercial and/or industrial equipment requires regularly scheduled maintenance to operate at full efficiency. HVAC systems are not an exception. Regular maintenance on an HVAC system (usually performed before each cooling and heating season) will improve efficiency and prolong its life. Here are several HVAC maintenance tips for commercial and industrial buildings to lower energy costs:

  • Replace air filters regularly - Dirty filters cost more to use, overwork the equipment and result in lower indoor air quality and higher energy bills. HVAC filters should be looked at on a monthly basis, and either be cleaned or changed as needed. Replacing or cleaning dirty filters is one of the easiest ways to reduce wasted energy costs.
  • Clean and adjust dampers - Improper damper operation is one of the most common HVAC equipment problems that wastes energy. Dirty or unlubricated dampers can stick and prevent proper airflow. All movable surfaces should be cleaned and lubricated yearly.
  • Adjust temperatures when possible. Determine if the temperature of the hot air or hot water supply can be lowered. Keep in mind, just a two to three degree Fahrenheit adjustment can result in a three to five percent energy savings.
  • Check and calibrate thermostat regularly - Automatic thermostats can be programmed to take advantage of additional savings.
  • Turn off burners or hot water pumps in mild weather.
  • Repair, calibrate or replace controls when needed.

Scheduled maintenance on all industrial or commercial HVAC systems and equipment ensures energy is not wasted because of substandard, aging or flawed performance.

Conclusion

By investing in these easy-to-implement tips, industrial and/or commercial energy costs can be significantly reduced. When industrial sites improve air ventilation and keep equipment well maintained, energy losses can be controlled.

Our focus is designing energy efficient, long-lasting, high-performance equipment. The high-quality components, construction materials and serviceable designs we use help our products perform at their peak to reduce energy costs. To learn more about how you can reduce commercial and/or industrial HVAC energy costs, download our paper, 5 Keys to Effective Air and Energy Management.

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Topics: Air and Energy Management, Industrial HVAC

3 Ways to Make Industrial HVAC Equipment Last Longer

Oct 6, 2016 2:45:23 PM

When customers ask how long a piece of industrial HVAC equipment will last, there’s never a cut and dry answer to that question. Many variables need to be considered, such as the run-time hours per day the equipment will be used, how well the HVAC equipment will be maintained over the years and if major repairs or retrofits will be made. 

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Topics: Industrial HVAC, Industrial HVAC System

Direct Fired vs. Indirect Fired Heaters

Aug 25, 2016 12:00:00 PM

In planning a new HVAC project, one of the main criteria after determining your specific heating requirements is determining your heat source. The two most common sources are direct and indirect fired heaters.

Direct fired heaters are both more efficient and less expensive than indirect fired heaters. However, there are some cases where an indirect fired heater is the better choice. Having a thorough understanding of all of the differences between these two heater types will ensure you choose the optimal solution for each project.

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Topics: Air and Energy Management

6 Factors to Consider in Choosing Direct Evaporative Cooling

Aug 11, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Direct evaporative cooling is a technology that has been used since ancient times to help control temperature, evidenced by ancient Egypt frescos from around 2500 B.C. that show slaves fanning urns of water in order to cool the rooms used by royalty. In the 16th century, Leonardo Da Vinci sketched designs for the first mechanical evaporative cooler. Of course, much has changed with direct evaporative cooling since these times and it is important to have a thorough understanding of the function of direct evaporative cooling equipment before making the decision to incorporate one into your project.

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Topics: Air and Energy Management

Summer’s Impact On Industrial HVAC Systems

Jun 30, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Summer and hotter temperatures often times catch us off guard. Depending on the previous season, warmer temperatures can start ramping up a month or so before we’re ready. Depending on the location, temperatures can fluctuate before the steady heat of the summer kicks in.

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Topics: Industrial HVAC

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