HVAC engineering Articles

  • Minimizing Refrigerant Emissions in HVAC Systems

    Managing the operation and maintenance of a facility's air conditioning equipment has always been a major responsibility, as chillers often represent the single largest electrical load in a facility. Since the annual cost of operating chillers is a major ...


    By IHS Markit

  • How to Extend the Life of Your HVAC System

    How to Extend the Life of Your HVAC System  The Heating, Ventilation, and Air Cooling or HVAC system that you’ve installed in your house ensures comfort and clean air indoors for the entire family. It’s also probably one of the costliest systems in your home. So it only makes sense that you’d want to get the most out of it before it starts to show any wear, and prolong its ...


    By Filter Buy

  • UVC: Florida hospital puts HVAC maintenance under a new light

    HVAC system downtime during coil cleaning can compromise humidity and temperature control, potentially leading to air quality or comfort problems. Florida Hospital has found that high-output ultraviolet-C lights installed in the AHUs reduce or eliminate coil- cleaning programs — yielding ongoing energy savings, a reduction in HVAC system maintenance, and the elimination of cleaning ...


    By E-CO

  • HVAC technicians turn to RYDALL CC for its indoor/outdoor capabilities and non-corrosiveness case study

    The service technicians at a major HVAC company decided to put RYDALL CC  to the test against the coil cleaners they had been using for years.  These seasoned technicians were skeptical, but agreed to the test it when they learned that RYDALL CC  can be used both indoors and outdoors, will not harm roofing materials and is biodegradable! RYDALL CC  approach ...

  • Reducing noise levels through engineering controls

      It"s fairly easy to control personal exposure to noise by limiting exposure time or using hearing protectors like ear plugs or ear muffs.  Engineering controls are usually applied to the machinery that produces noise. Imagine a 200 foot x 175 foot manufacturing facility with a 30 foot high ceiling.  In this building are a variety of cut-off saws, grinders, millers and other ...

  • Florida Engineering Society - Mold Article - Understanding Mold in the Indoor Environment

    Untitled Document We can solve the mold problem. Understanding the basic ecology of fungi will lead us down the correct path. Yes, it will take some effort to change the way ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Critical review on hospital surgical room and mechanical system designs

    The design of HVAC systems for surgical operating rooms requires specific guidance for the design engineer in order to insure that thermal comfort and sepsis control are maintained at all times in order to protect the occupants of the room. Operating room ventilation has been through significant design improvements from the beginning of the 20th century until now. Researchers have found that the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Hail damage assessment case study

    Service performed: Hail damage assessment Summary: Following a series of hailstorms that occurred in the Midwest U.S., EFI Global engineers quickly responded to conduct hail damage assessments for numerous commercial and residential buildings. Inspections of composition shingle roof coverings to determine the extent of hail damage included the use of random ...


    By EFI Global, Inc.

  • Challenges of Fuel Gas Purification for Cogeneration Under Stringent Regulatory Requirements

    ABSRTRACTInland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA), a municipal water district based in Chino, CA is currently executing a cogeneration power project, titled Renewable Energy Efficiency Project (REEP) at the Regional Plant No.5 (RP-5), which showcases a variety of innovative technologies for the power production. The project involved many innovative technologies, most of which are still in the ...

  • California Air Resources Board (CARB) places higher restrictions on air pollution

    As part of the California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) the Air Resources Board (ARB) has approved an early action measure to reduce high-global warming potential (GWP) greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions by establishing new legislation and defining requirements related to improved monitoring of AC/HVAC systems, enforcement of regulations, reporting of refrigerant usage, and recovery, ...


    By Verisae

  • Six Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality Now

    Air quality is an important issue to anyone’s health, and many people don’t realize that their health issues and illnesses could be significantly diminished if their air quality was improved. There is much scientific evidence to suggest that the indoor air can be more polluted than the air outdoors, even in industrialized areas. When people spend eight or more hours a day in the same building, ...

  • UVC lights enhance IAQ, reduce AHU operating costs

    Southern California Air Conditioning Distributors (SCACD), the world's largest Carrier distributor, wanted to investigate additional indoor air quality (IAQ) improvement meth- ods in its 30-year-old administra- tive facility located here.  According to Bruce Fuhrmann, com mere iaf manager for SC ACD, he knew from visual inspections that there were typical accumulations of dirt and mold ...


    By E-CO

  • Operating Room - UVC lights provide infection control, green benefits

    Muskogee Community Hospital (Muskogee, OK) is using germicidal UVC (ultraviolet C) Emitters™ from Steril-Aire as part of an innovative infection control measure. The devices were installed in the air handling units and in custom-designed, ceilingmounted units in the surgical and procedural suites, marking the first time a hospital has used UVC technology in this way. Steril-Aire devices ...


    By E-CO

  • Do You Smell Something Burning?

    For safety and insurance purposes, most if not all mechanical codes have requirements with regards to fire safety for materials used in a building’s HVAC systems. For instance, the State of Ohio (USA) MechanicalCode states in the section on “Air Filters” that: ...

  • QUA’s Q-SEP Modules Successfully Fit Requirements at Mumbai International Airport

    Overview As a part of a massive expansion plan for Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport located in Mumbai, India, a wastewater recycle project was contracted in 2011 to cater to the growing requirements of the expanded airport. Due to increasingly strict environmental regulations, the treatment of raw sewage wastewater is required before it is allowed to flow ...


    By QUA Group LLC

  • UnderDuct contributes to LEED design at library (FRP)

    Application Spotlight Location: Eastern Avenue Library, Davenport, IA UnderDuct Details: Over 1500-linear feet of UnderDuct from 36" diameter down to 8" diameter Project Details (from Davenport Library Press Release): A successful public and private collaboration raised $8.2-million toward construction of Eastern Avenue Branch ...


    By Monoxivent

  • Total Exhaust Biosafety Cabinet Upgrade at Research Facility Provides Significant Energy Savings

    When Harvard’s Biology Research Infrastructure (BRI) facility opened in 2006, they required four biological safety cabinets to provide primary containment during animal procedures. In the selection process, workspace containment and isolation requirements, operation modes for non-use periods and maintenance, building integration, and the energy burden to the building system were all ...


    By The Baker Company

  • Prevent hospital acquired infections during construction projects

    The issue of hospital acquired infections is a serious problem. According to several sources, three to four million hospital-acquired infections occur annually, with up to 80,000 fatalities. The costs of these infections are estimated to be between $4 billion and $5 billion per year (Air-Treatment Systems for Controlling Hospital acquired Infections, HPAC Engineering, April 2, 2008).Healthcare ...

  • Daddi Long Legs - Case Study

    A local taxi dispatch at an airport in New York was experiencing a major problem with seagulls. The birds were being fed by tourists and locals alike and roosting on the light fixtures afterward. This started to become a problem as bird strikes increased at the airport. A bird strike is the collision of a bird and aircraft, ...


    By Bird Barrier

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