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Are Drain Pans Needed for a Chilled Beam System?

Posted by Price Industries on August 30, 2022 at 8:48 AM

Measures to Mitigate Condensation Concerns

More than ever before, engineers, contractors and building owners are choosing chilled beams for their projects. This energy-efficient technology uses the heat transfer capabilities of air and water to provide heating and cooling in a space. But the concept of installing a water coil within the housing of the chilled beam raises some very important questions: will there be condensation, and are drain pans required?

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Topics: Beams, Condensate, HVAC Fundamentals, HVAC, Engineering, Design Engineering

What Is an Active Chilled Beam Cabinet?

Posted by Price Industries on June 7, 2022 at 9:29 AM

Combining the Benefits of Chilled Beams and Displacement Ventilation

Chilled beam systems use the heat transfer capabilities of water to provide sensible cooling to a space. As we’ve discussed previously on the blog, when the system is in cooling mode, the induction process facilitated by the chilled beam nozzles causes warmer room air to mix with the colder primary air, providing the space with supply air with temperatures at 62°F to 66°F – much warmer than the 55°F supply air provided by conventional cooling systems.

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Topics: Beams, Displacement, HVAC Fundamentals, HVAC, Engineering

What Is a Passive Chilled Beam?

Posted by Price Industries on May 10, 2022 at 9:29 AM

Using Natural Convection to Provide Energy-Efficient Comfort

Chilled beam technology is often separated into two categories: active and passive. As we explored in a previous blog post, active chilled beams take in primary air from an air handler, which is then pressurized and released through a series of nozzles. Passive chilled beams, however, do not have any supply air ducted to them and operate utilizing natural convection. This energy-efficient cooling device is often coupled with other air systems such as underfloor air, displacement ventilation and active chilled beams.

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Topics: Beams, HVAC Fundamentals, HVAC, Engineering

How Does an Active Chilled Beam Work?

Posted by Price Industries on August 26, 2021 at 8:30 AM

The Induction Process and the Science Behind Chilled Beams

Although perceived as an up-and-coming technology, chilled beams have been around for years. This system offers many benefits, including energy savings over the lifespan of a project, reduced duct sizing, lower noise levels and minimal required maintenance.

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Topics: Beams, HVAC Fundamentals, HVAC, Engineering

How To Optimize Hydronic Systems

Posted by Price Industries on August 10, 2021 at 10:30 AM

Reducing overall energy consumption with Chilled Beams

In modern buildings, the heating, cooling, and ventilation systems consume a large portion of the total energy use. This creates an obvious target when looking for areas where improvements and optimizations can reduce annual energy consumption. Costs associated with these improvements can be reduced year over year. Within the HVAC system, the largest consumer of energy will typically be fan energy. Using hydronic systems to transport heating or cooling energy throughout a building is a great way to dramatically reduce the overall energy consumption of the entire HVAC system.

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Topics: Beams, System Efficiency, HVAC Fundamentals, HVAC, Engineering, Design Engineering, Tech Tip

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