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What Is Pressure Drop for Terminal Units?

Posted by Mark Mahon on October 5, 2021 at 10:22 AM

An Essential Design Consideration for Mechanical Engineers

Pressure drop – the difference in pressure between two points in a fluid-carrying system – is one of the most critical design considerations for air distribution equipment in the HVAC industry. The problem with pressure drop for terminal units is that there are a number of metrics that are often confused with one another despite referring to different performance variables. These include static pressure drop, velocity pressure drop, pressure drop associated with acoustics and pressure drop associated with accessories.

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Topics: Pressure Drop, Terminals, HVAC Fundamentals, HVAC, Engineering, Design Engineering

What Are Manual and Automatic Balancing Valves?

Posted by Elizabeth Turner on September 21, 2021 at 9:08 AM

Exploring Pressure-Dependent and Pressure-Independent Fluid Control

Water-to-air heat exchangers are commonly used throughout commercial HVAC systems. The amount of fluid flowing through a coil directly influences the temperature exchanged to the air, which ultimately impacts the thermal comfort of those in the space. Both the type and size of piping package components are important to ensure that the overall system is running efficiently and to optimize thermal comfort.

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Topics: Terminals, HVAC Fundamentals, HVAC, Engineering, Design 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

What is a Fan Column?

Posted by Price Industries on July 27, 2021 at 1:38 PM

A Flexible, Localized Air Handling Solution

The fan column is a vertical fan unit designed to discharge air into a raised access floor plenum. The unit may be likened to an air handler as it mixes filtered, cooled return air with pre-treated outside air typically from a dedicated outdoor air system (DOAS) to achieve the design supply air temperature, then discharge the mixed air into the raised access floor plenum.

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Topics: Underfloor, HVAC Fundamentals, Engineering, Design Engineering, Tech Tip

What is Smudging?

Posted by Price Industries on July 13, 2021 at 11:26 AM

Dirt Deposits around Ceiling Diffusers

Smudging is more commonly known among First Nations as a ceremonial burning of one or more medicines gathered from the earth. In the world of HVAC, smudging is a term used to describe dirt being deposited on the ceiling around a supply diffuser, a common problem in all types of buildings.

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Topics: GRD, Diffusers, HVAC Fundamentals, HVAC, Engineering, Design Engineering, Tech Tip

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