Modine Offering Free Classes at 2015 AHR Expo

Modine is offering free classes at the upcoming 2015 AHR Expo in Chicago.  For more details and sign up, click here. Monday, January 26  10:30 to 11:30 a.m. – Dedicated Outside Air Systems Basics 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. – Advancements in Energy Recovery for DOAS 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. – Gas Fired Heating for Commercial…




Mammoth Launches New Water Source Heat Pump, Hydrobank MS

Mammoth, a subsidiary of CES Group, recently launched a new water source heat pump line, Hydrobank MS.  The Hydrobank capacity ranges from 1/2 to 6 tons and is available in vertical or horizontal cabinet configurations.  The single stage heat pump also has a ECM blower motor option available starting at the 15,000 BTU/hr model and…




Introduction to Thermally Active Building Systems

It’s called Thermally Active Building Systems (TABS) and it may be one of the most cost-effective and energy-efficient heating and cooling systems that you never heard of.  Think about the concept of a radiant floor. PEX piping is embedded in the floor to heat (and sometimes cool) by radiation and some convection.  TABS utilizes PEX pipe too,…




2015 AHR Expo Breaks Three Records

This year will mark the 67th annual AHR Expo, the largest event in North America for HVACR.  The Expo begins on January 26th and will be hosted at McCormick Place in Chicago.  International Exposition Company, which produces and manages the AHR Expo, announced today that three all-time records have been broken:   1. net square feet of…




Goodman to Build New Facility in Texas

Goodman, a member of the Daikin Group, recently announced plans to establish a new base in Houston, Texas.  The move will consolidate four different locations into one 3.7M sq ft facility that will house customer service, marketing, and manufacturing.  According to a Daikin press release, construction is to begin in the middle of 2016.  The new facility is…


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Carrier Releases “Cor”, a Smart Thermostat, at CES

At CES this week, Carrier unveiled a new smart thermostat called “Cor”.  It has a 3.5″ color touchscreen with user friendly icons.  According to a press release, Carrier’s marketing director wants this device to be “the heart of a smarter home”.  The name Cor means “heart” in Latin. Like all things smart, the homeowner has…




2015 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

An engineer friend of mine brought a competition to my attention today.  It’s called the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.  To briefly summarize the history and purpose of the competition – The first competition took place in 2002 and has been ongoing biannually.  Roughly 20 university-led teams compete to design, build, and operate a solar powered…


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