Measuring static pressure

Like blood pressure in humans, static pressure impacts HVAC systems, positively or negatively, depending on what that pressure is. We all know that high or low pressure is bad for human health. The same is true when it comes to building static pressure as well. Taking a building’s static pressure lets you “see” the HVAC …
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Energy Savings Formula

When you want to achieve the highest energy efficiency possible, HVAC equipment must be tuned properly, gas pressure and input most likely need to be increased. It’s also important to make sure the necessary airflow is available before any adjustments are made. But the question is, how can you easily calculate or estimate the potential …
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What if you could offer your customers a system efficiency option of 57%, 78%, or 93%? No, this is NOT equipment-rated efficiency. It’s the operating system’s field-measured efficiency after installation and verification in a home. Here’s a sample proposal of the future. Field Measured System Efficiency Constant advancements in our ability to field measure the …
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When I was a kid, I didn’t know what my beliefs were, so I had a habit of constantly asking why. I questioned my mom and dad repeatedly on the things I didn’t understand. They patiently answered my questions and encouraged me to keep asking. If you’re a parent, you’ve no doubt experienced this with …
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Picture yourself troubleshooting the following CO call and think about the pattern that’s followed. Remember, you’re going to be the hero on this call! The Call Long-time customers of yours, the Smith family, have recently moved into a new home. The previous homeowners replaced their old furnace with a direct-vent 90% efficient condensing furnace before …
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There is so much more to installing a static pressure testing port than meets the eye. It involves drilling – a scary thing for both your service technicians and homeowner customers. The art of installing these ports involves more than the hardware and technology required to do it. There is a psychology to it. It …
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You might find it difficult to relate HVAC and colonoscopy customer service. Let’s take a look at how the medical profession has recognized today’s consumer’s need to be more informed and comfortable about not only the services being delivered, but the expected outcome of those services as well. We’ll then examine how the HVAC industry …
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The Thermostatic Expansion Valve (TEV) has become the refrigerant metering device of choice for most HVACR manufacturers in the past decade. Over time, countless valves have been needlessly replaced because of low airflow affecting their operation. A basic understanding of TEV operation helps tie the effects of low airflow to proper operation of the valve. …
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It is often taught that to diagnose a restrictive air filter is as simple as a visual inspection to see if it’s plugged. Then, if the filter is dirty, replace it. Once this obvious defect is fixed, everything is assumed to work correctly. Could there be more to it? What if the new air filter …
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  In Boone North Carolina last week an 11 year old boy was found dead in a hotel room from carbon monoxide poisoning. Just two months prior to this, an elderly couple was found dead in this exact same room, yet no action was taken. This incident has been getting national media attention similar to …
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