Smart Technology for Significant Chiller Energy Savings

In the average building, chillers account for between 35 and 50 percent of energy expenditures. Even minor adjustments in chiller efficiency can significantly lower the overall overhead of your business. Chiller efficiency and its relationship to the Internet of Things will be on everyone’s mind this weekend at the AHR Expo 2017 in Las Vegas, NV.

Magnetic bearing chillers are a quantum leap in chiller technology. They can save a single business $4 million over the life of the chiller in energy costs. These new chillers don’t require oil, or mechanical seals and gears. This ensures a far longer lifespan. At the same time, it can dramatically increase efficiency of the chiller. The U.S. Naval Facility in Newport, Rhode Island saw an energy savings of 65 percent when switching over to these new chillers. What’s more, you don’t have to change out the gaskets, bearings or seals. In terms of total cost of ownership and downtime, magnetic bearing chillers are far superior even to the chillers being producers 10-15 years ago.

Fortunately, it’s not necessary to reinvent the wheel to increase the efficiency of your chillers. The Internet of Things automates efficiency with very little upfront cost. Daikin has just released two chillers (one scroll, one screw) capable of natively monitoring energy consumption at the equipment level. This provides facility managers with a robust, streamlined solution to reduce overall energy costs without any headaches.

In fact, 2017 is set to be the year of the smart building. Internet of Things-enabled chillers will play a vital role in keeping building maintenance costs down and reducing environmental impact without skimping on keeping the building cool. What’s more, IoT-enabled chillers take the burden of scheduling maintenance off of the facilities manager. In some cases, the chillers will be able to order their own replacement parts and maintenance equipment before you even know there’s a problem. When off-site maintenance crews show up, they won’t need you to tell them what’s wrong with the chiller. They’ll already have a host of metrics to help them make the right repairs, helping to save you money on man hours and reduce downtime.

While the Internet of Things will provide significant improvements in efficiency, those won’t matter much with dirty chiller tubes. The RAM-PRO-XL Contractor simultaneously cleans your chiller tubes while preventing corrosion after cleaning. You know how quickly your tubes can start oxidizing and corroding during cleaning. The RAM-PRO-XL Contractor Chiller Tube Cleaner’s TubeGuard system makes sure that won’t happen. The tablet-based system uses biodegradable cleaners without sacrificing anything in the way of power.

Combine the latest advancements in connected technology with robust maintenance tools for optimum performance in your chillers. And if you happen to be attending the AHR Expo this year, make sure to check out our exhibit at Central Hall – C4328.

Your Guide for Top Innovations and where to find them at AHR Expo 2017

Innovation will take center stage at the AHR Expo 2017. The Innovation Awards recipients this year represent the very forefront not just of HVAC, but of the trend toward automation, smart buildings and Internet of Things integration. This new industry trend, poised to explode in the coming year, can save your company and clients tens of thousands of dollars through efficiency and optimization.

Next week the industry will be introduced to Telkonet’s EcoSmart VRF Controller. This is one of the first devices offering control of variable refrigerant flow HVAC systems. The controller operates on the EcoSmart platform, one of the most flexible platforms in the HVAC industry. With VRF technology reducing energy costs by 30 to 40 percent, the time is right for smart controllers that will help to reduce those costs even further. Find it at exhibit C970.

KMC Commander from KMC Controls, Inc. is an enterprise-class IoT control platform for building and operations management. You can visualize your operations in real time and access them straight from your mobile device. This is for any larger enterprises looking to maximize efficiency, safety and comfort, while minimizing energy consumption, saving your company thousands of dollars per year. Check it out at exhibit C1552.

PMPost is an IoT-enabled particle sensor able to measure particles in 10, 2.5 and 1 micrometer. You can monitor your readings in real time through a web portal. Measure particles in your clean room or construction site with the most accurate and up-to-date information. You can see the PMPost at exhibit C1758.

The SMART Air Hood™ Balancing Instrument from Dwyer Instruments measures the airflow in HVAC systems, including grilles, diffusers and registers. It’s also the first in its industry to offer predictive airflow balancing. This sets the perfect flow setpoint for each individual diffuser, while maintaining the appropriate balance for the HVAC system as a whole. See this at exhibit C4124.

You don’t need to be fully connected to use the VG200W Wireless Digital Vacuum Gauge. It works just fine on its own or connected to a smart device utilizing the free VGLink application. Completely wireless, the device provides not just measurements, but also diagnostics, monitoring, testing verification and support, streamlining your maintenance process and preventing problems before they happen. Find it at exhibit C2322.

There will also be a variety of chillers, including those with game-changing magnetic bearing technology. With magnetic bearing technology you never have to change gaskets, bearings or seals ever again, because they don’t use oil. They also boast significant savings, such as the U.S. Naval Facility in Newport, Rhode Island that found a 65 percent energy savings when switching over to magnetic bearing technology.

If you agree that chiller maintenance is a key to optimizing energy efficiency, come check out Goodway’s exhibit C4328. We’ll show you the next generation of chiller tube cleaning, RAM-PRO-XL. Our most advanced tube cleaner yet, this product will prevent corrosion even while the chiller is offline after cleaning. Combined with emerging Internet of Things technologies, your company can reap a significant savings on your overall energy costs.

Why Chiller Efficiency and Maintenance are Key Facility Investments

screen-shot-2016-12-19-at-11-21-30-amTypically, a chiller is the single largest consumer of power and most expensive piece of equipment in a building, so it’s logical to allocate time and budget towards energy efficiency and equipment maintenance.

Without routine chiller maintenance, energy usage can double in just a few years and components can fail early, causing service interruptions. Poor maintenance procedures also lead to declining equipment reliability, the service life of a chiller can be reduced by 25% to 50%, according to an article in Facilitiesnet.com.

“While many managers look to chiller retrofits, system add-ons, or even replacements to improve efficiency, many overlook the single most important factor in determining both chiller efficiency and reliability: maintenance,” according to the article.

Chiller system efficiency is also a worthwhile investment because for every $1 facility managers invest in chiller maintenance, they can “expect a return of $10 dollars in the form of reduced operating costs and fewer breakdown maintenance repairs,” the article notes.

There are several chiller tube cleaning methods. One method is chemical cleaning, where a chemical solution – an acid, in some cases – is circulated through the chiller to clean the tubes.

An alternative method is a mechanical approach. Some manual chiller tube cleaning methods involve pushing a brush through each tube, then flushing afterward. However, the residue left after the brush is pushed through may dry on the surface before flushing, and the subsequent water flush will not remove it.

Another mechanical cleaning system rotates a cleaning brush or buffing tool attached to a motorized flexible shaft through the chiller tube while water-flushing the tube at the same time. The advantages of this system are that the tubes are given a thorough scouring and the simultaneous water flush allows the tubes to be completely cleaned before they dry.

By performing regular maintenance of chiller systems, facilities can decrease energy costs, extend operational efficiency, reduce power loads as well as save money on labor, equipment, and other associated costs.

A maintenance program for chillers also helps a facility with its sustainable goals by extending the life of the HVAC system and reducing energy consumption.

The best time to do regular chiller maintenance is in the winter or early spring when the chiller systems are not in use. To prevent the buildup of scale and sediment you must maintain the chiller tubes according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Next Steps:

• Download our HVAC Preventive Maintenance Checklist.
• Learn how Goodway can help extend the efficiency and operation of chiller systems.

The 2016 Dealer Design Award Winner is… the TFC-200!

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When our customers told us they needed an effective solution for removing scale that was safer than dumping acid into cooling tower water, we were all ears. Shortly after, we introduced the TFC-200 Cooling Tower Fill Cleaner as a solution and 13 categories, 20 contractor reviews and 88 entries later, its unique features and ease of use has earned it a Bronze ranking in this year’s Dealer Design Awards from the NEWS.

A special combination of innovative chemical solutions, pump technology and unique turbo nozzles makes this machine the best in its category and one of the most efficient cooling tower cleaners on the market. This all-in-one-system uses 300 PSI of cleaning power to increase the water flow, deep clean tower fill and eliminate hiding places for Legionella, scale and other energy-robbing bacteria on contact. Plus, it was specially designed for use with ScaleBreak-Gel, our low viscosity acidic solution that provides a safer alternative with far less risks than using acids.

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  • Complete all-in-one system for cleaning lime scale and debris from fill
  • Equipped with two high-performance pumps for superior circulation
  • Includes all wand extensions and nozzles for cleaning hard-to-reach areas
  • Lowers health risks and eliminates growth of hazardous Legionella bacteria

Naturally, this powerful, yet safe award-winning equipment is available at Goodway. See our complete line of equipment to satisfy more of your unique cooling tower maintenance needs.

Quantifying Quality: The Rise of HVAC Air Monitoring

HVAC Focus More on Outdoor Air QualityMonitoring air quality is rapidly shifting from the realm of mere research to more practical applications as HVAC companies look for ways to ensure that both indoor and outdoor air quality levels aren’t negatively impacted by a new installation or repair. This rising priority should come as no surprise: Medical News Today notes that air pollution is now a leading stroke risk factor, while ACHR News points out that a large-scale bi-partisan energy bill could have serious impacts on how HVAC units are installed and evaluated. Bottom line? It’s not just what’s inside a heating or cooling unit that counts. To stay ahead, companies need a way to effectively quantify HVAC air quality.

Indoor Issues

Managing indoor air quality is now the focus of startups like Airviz, a Carnegie Mellon University spinoff — its “Speck” device is designed to report the parts per million of certain 2.5-micron size particles which could pose a threat to human health. In a recent MIT Technology Review piece, for example, author Simson Garfinkel describes the Speck detecting a rise of PM2.5 particles in his home, such as those released by cooking oil, which are in turn linked to diseases like asthma, autism and even ADHD. In fact, the WHO says that four million deaths worldwide are caused by poor indoor air quality conditions; conditions that quickly reached worrisome levels when Garfinkel’s family was simply frying eggs.

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The Dangers of Deferred HVAC Maintenance

CTV1501_Cooling_Tower_Vacuum_In_useCompanies are on the hook to cut costs; staff, services and technology all fall under the ax of balanced books. In an effort to minimize day-to-day impacts, many businesses are turning to deferred maintenance —putting off required repairs or upgrades on HVAC systems and cooling towers until they’re absolutely necessary or the unit fails. The problem? As noted by a HealthCareCAN report, this is a “short term solution with long-term consequences unless additional resources are provided at a later date.” Best case? Cooling towers fail and you’re out time and money. Worst case? Killer infections. Here’s a look at the pitfalls of deferred maintenance for HVAC units.

Big Savings, Big Problems?

At first glance deferred maintenance seems like a reasonable solution to an immediate need: If HVAC and other systems are still performing within expected parameters it’s easy to put off maintenance until the “next budget.” If the same scenario exists a year later deferring again only makes sense, right?

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Down The Drain? HVAC Systems Suffer Stubborn Water Woes

Water is a constant for HVAC systems. In winter, heating systems produce water as air condenses in the cold, while in summer the need for quick cooling of large air volumes produces a significant amount of moisture build-up. Despite this ongoing relationship with condensed and collected water, however, a recent ACHR News article notes that most HVAC systems aren’t up to the challenge of proper drainage—putting both system efficiency and human health at risk.

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The Emerging Role of Analytics in HVAC Maintenance

What’s the best way for an HVAC contractor to create long-term business relationships? Start with a great sale but follow it up with even better service. This is the goal of preventative maintenance, a 75-year-old technique designed to curb existing problems and preemptively tackle emerging issues with HVAC units.

For contractors, the big benefits came in the form of lucrative maintenance agreements and customer loyalty but now there’s a shift in the market: Residential and commercial HVAC owners see the benefit of smartphone-enabled apps and other technology and start to wonder why HVAC can’t keep up. As noted by Contracting Business there’s progress on the horizon thanks to new industry development: Analytics maintenance.

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Facility Managers Now Key To Strategic Decision Making—Can They Also Cut Costs?

Who’s responsible for strategic decision making in your organization? C-suite executives are often first-to-mind: CEOs, CFOs, and CIOs are tasked with making big choices on daily basis—choices which could have long-term consequences for employees and the bottom line alike.

But according to EHS Today, a recent study by the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) tells a slightly different story: While 38 percent of those asked said C-suite execs were driving workplace strategy decisions, 30 percent pointed to facility managers (FMs) as key players in workplace decisions. Why the shift, and how can FMs help bolster the bottom line?

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We’re Heating Things Up This Winter at AHR Expo 2016!

AHR Expo 2016 GoodwayThings are heating up in the HVAC industry and we’ve got a front row seat. Kick off the new year with us in the sunny city of Orlando, Florida, at AHR Expo 2016, the world’s largest HVACR marketplace! From January 25-27, 2016, come see the most advanced products and innovative technology of the year, gain insight from over 2,000 exhibitors and seize the moment to network with more than 60,000 HVACR professionals all under one roof.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get an exclusive look at hundreds of new and innovative products that can help your business operate more quickly and efficiently, like our state-of-the-art TFC-200 that prevents growth of Legionella bacteria and our award-winning RAM-PRO-XL®, which received a coveted Gold Dealer Design Award, as well as earning honorable mention in the tools & instruments category for the 2014 AHR Innovation Awards.

Our award-winning RAM-PRO-XL features:

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  • Integrated TubeGuard® technology to help obliterate biofilm and protect tubes from corrosion
  • Complete all-in-one system for cleaning limescale and debris from the tower fill
  • Chain drive system for a smoother, more effective performance in challenging situations

 

Our Legionella-fighting TFC-200 features:

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  • A compact, all-in one system, that can be used virtually anywhere
  • 36” Stainless Steel extension wands for those hard-to-reach areas
  • 25” chemical resistant hose protecting from harsh, aggressive chemicals

Even better, we’ll be unveiling a very special surprise that will be a complete game-changer for the HVAC industry! We’re especially excited because this forthcoming year will also mark 50 years of Goodway providing innovative HVAC solutions that simplify maintenance tasks for people around the world. Come celebrate this tremendous milestone with us! Several other fun activities like contests, giveaways, product demos and an exclusive Cocktail party will also be occurring as this magical moment in trade show history unfolds.

This time around, all of the excitement will be taking place at booth #3444, so be sure to stop by and say hello!

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