2017 Summer Outlook

According to reports from AccuWeather, this summer is sure to leave Americans sizzling as most regions are expected to endure above-average temperatures.

Spring has sprung, and summer is on its way. While catching some rays and spending time at the beach is enjoyable for many, most still turn to their air conditioning systems for comfort during the hottest months of the year.

According to reports from AccuWeather, this summer is sure to leave Americans sizzling as most regions are expected to endure above-average temperatures.

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Optimizing Centrifugal Chiller Systems

Finding the holy grail of centrifugal chiller optimization for all operating conditions is hard, if not impossible. This article will talk about the requirements of most chiller systems and means of control for condenser optimization.

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Challenges In Aging Health Care Infrastructure

Changing laws, advanced technologies, and an aging population are just a few factors driving the cost consciousness of the healthcare industry today. Too often, operational dollars and funding for capital improvements represent the types of investments that do not move the needle quickly enough to affect the bottom line. This limits the design and construction of healthcare facilities to meet short-term needs with little planning toward the future. Further, disruptions within healthcare, and in any critical operation facility, are detrimental and often equate to disruption in revenue.

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Standard Conversations: Net Zero & 90.1

A funny thing happened on the way to the “Should ASHRAE Pursue A Net-Zero Standard?”  forum sponsored by ASHRAE TC 2.8 – Building Environmental Impacts & Sustainability. Well, not exactly —  the funny thing was the way to the forum itself. This Sunday session seemed like a two-mile hike from the front door, thanks to the expansive and at times byzantine design of Caesars Palace and its conference center. Perhaps this location was a clever way to weed out any net-zero dilettantes and get down to the roughly 60 people who completed the journey and filled the room.

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Ductless HVAC in High Demand

As contractors become better versed on the benefits of ductless technology, they play a key role in educating homeowners as to why duct-free technology may be a better solution in terms of efficiency and design flexibility.

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Demand for Frequency Drives on the Uptick

AC drives are an essential part of the HVAC marketplace, and the growth of the market looks to be exceptional over the next few years. According to MarketsandMarkets, the market is expected to grow from an estimated $15.72 billion in 2016 to $22.07 billion by 2021.

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Cutting Back on Energy Use in Data Centers

The scale of energy consumption may be more of a surprise, though, as estimates show that data center spaces can consume up to 100-200 times as much electricity as standard office spaces. With that large amount of power being used by a growing number of data centers, the pressure is on to implement energy-efficient design measures that can save money and reduce electricity use.

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