Icon Building Group of Kildeer, Illinois has been implementing Carrier equipment in their homes for several years via Tempco Heating and Cooling. While high-efficiency ECM motors and condensing furnaces are standard requirements in an Icon home, some projects require system designs that go above and beyond a standard installation.
Lot 1 at Icon’s Elm Estates subdivision is a shining example of great residential design and equipment installation execution. The 9,435 SF home, which consists of an entirely custom design by Icon to meet the homeowner’s exacting specifications, features three levels of high-end finishes and planning innovation. Rather than being an afterthought, the home’s mechanical space is a destination in and of itself, with systems for water treatment and heating, A/V and HVAC working in harmony. This room features two Carrier air distribution systems, as well as IAQ products, serving the lower two levels of the house. TEC had the unique opportunity to see “behind the walls” as the project was underway. From the basement mechanical room to the attic system serving the upper-level bedrooms, this well thought out HVAC layout is sure to provide homeowner comfort from the move-in day for years to come.
TEC is the Midwest’s largest supplier of HVAC equipment,
with solutions for a full range of building types, from multifamily to large,
single-family custom work, as well as commercial projects.
On September 24th, TEC hosted 11 customers at the new Renewaire LEED Gold factory in Waunakee, WI for a day of learning about ventilation and the effects it has in every environment. The event kicked off the evening before downtown Madison with a sushi dinner and ended with a fantastic view of the Capitol building.
The next morning Renewaire’s V.P. of Sales and Marketing/Member of ASHRAE 62.1 committee Nick Agopian, started the day off with some frightening statistics about why ventilation is not only necessary, but essential in the health, productivity, and retention of employees. Studies have shown that doubling the suggested rate of outside air from 20 CFM/p.p. to 40 on average only caused a $32/p.p. /yr. rise in operating costs. While raising their productivity 10%, for an average monetary improvement of $6,500/p.p.
While most of us spend 90% indoors, which does not account for the time spent in our vehicles, investing in increased ventilation is worth every penny. Further studies have shown that a payback of less than 2 years is possible along with an internal rate of return (IRR) of 70%. These are the statistics the CFO will want to hear to make the use of ERVs and higher ventilation rates a no brainer.
The day’s agenda was packed and included sessions about ERV fundamentals, codes and standards, application and installation issues, competitive technologies, controls and new products. During the factory tour, we learned how lean manufacturing and cellular assembly stations worked. This allows Renewaire to have the lowest lead times in the industry with very little inventory.
The V.P. of Engineering Neil Werner made sure to explain that in order to achieve their LEED Gold status they had to implement all of the ideas they speak of. The factory uses about $11/hour to run the plant and office. Using energy recovery in all areas helps, but natural lighting is everywhere. There are special parking spots for hybrid and electric vehicles. The office spaces smelled and felt cleaner and more enjoyable.
There was even a guest speaker who demonstrated that most engineers were calculating their DOAS loads incorrectly.
All attendees received 5.75 hours of PDH credit and felt that their time was well spent given the knowledge they gained will go a long way to help designing and specifying ERV in the future. We encourage you to ask your TEC salesperson when the next event will be held so you too can have a day of learning.
During the freezing winter days that gripped the Midwest earlier this year Mistwood Golf Dome in Bolingbrook, IL was having issues heating the sitting area behind the hitting zone where patrons gathered with refreshments.
The Mistwood Golf Dome is held up by two large make up air units (direct fired gas heat) and the first floor was heated with in-floor hydronic radiant heating systems. However, it was still getting cold in both this area and the second level of the hitting areas.
They came to Greg Tomsick of TEC (a Bolingbrook resident) for a solution. He recommended 13 Schwank Electric Infrared Heaters since the ceiling was too low for tubular infrared system and a hydronic heating system that was already in place couldn’t keep up with the demanding cold weather.
Greg worked with MDC Mechanical based out of Sugar Grove, IL to do the installation, and both agreed that the Schwank Electric Infrared Heaters were the perfect product for this type of application.
Since completing the installation, Mistwood Golf Dome has been one satisfied customer, all while enjoying a comfortable 72 degrees in their seating area!
How do you get a 24’x8’x6’ PoolPak SWHP190SR dehumidification unit through a 6’ wide door?
Hugh Flack was brought on as Facility Director at the school in 2017 and when he found that the existing PoolPak unit was due for replacement he contacted TEC. Jay DeStefano, Territory Manager and John Peloza, Product Manager met with the school and its Engineer, Wold Architects & Engineers, to help with the project. TEC was able to replicate the original unit with improvements such as variable frequency drives and premium efficiency fan motors. Wold also improved air distribution and quality with new duct work.
A problem arose when they were trying to figure out how they were going to get this huge piece of equipment through a 6′ wide door. The answer was piece by piece using PoolPak’s Build on Site program. PoolPak is unique with this offering. The unit was built at the factory and packed onto skids. A factory crew of four builders was sent to the job site to assemble the unit in four days. This crew was followed up by a factory startup technician and a TEC factory trained technician. The project timeline was tight, as most school summer projects tend to be. The general contractor, Irving Construction Company and the mechanical contractor C. Acitelli Heating & Piping Contractors worked together to get the pool back in operation on time.
TEC is the representative for PoolPak in Northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana. Please contact your Territory Manager for more information.
On November 18th & 19th, TEC and Magic Aire hosted a booth at the Illinois Association of School Administrators & Illinois Association of School Boards 2016 Joint Annual Conference Exhibition. The booth exhibit featured the unique self-contained unit ventilator which incorporates packaged cooling and heating into a single unit, thus eliminating the added cost and maintenance for adding a remote condenser for cooling.
The unit has the highest part-load efficiency ratings in the industry due to a true variable speed compressor, as opposed to a 2-stage compressor like that of competitors. The sound is also a full 7 dB lower than older Magic Aire units. Models range from 2 to 5 tons and can include water, steam, electric heat or hot gas reheat. Models for 2017 include air and water source heat pumps.
School board members, facilities managers and engineers visited our booth and had the opportunity to appreciate this quiet and efficient unit.
TEC has been active in the IAQ industry for years, constantly penetrating the latest in IAQ technology to bring to our network of contractors. Our searching has produced great results; bringing us to a novel partnership with Respicaire.
Respicaire is an IAQ manufacturer based in Toronto, Canada. Respicaire produces products that cleanse, sanitize, and purify indoor air. They offer a full line of IAQ products including filtration, UV lights, PCO based air purifiers, oxidation based air purifiers, and the brand new best in class Oxy 4 air purifier.
Due to their diverse line, Respicaire is a one stop shop and a great solution for any type of air purification challenge. Respicaire products not only work well and are easy to install, but they also have a unique LCD readout allowing the contractor to upload contact information, and providing replacement bulb information at the homeowner’s fingertips.
TEC’s IAQ strategy is to have the right product for any application. Respicaire’s product offering fits perfectly by having many different technologies under one brand. In particular, we are very excited about the new Oxy 4 product which that offers removal, cleansing, elimination, and treatment of particulates, microbials, pathogens, gases, and odors.
340 On The Park was looking to reduce their rising costs of chilled water from the local utility by installing and operating their own chiller plant on the top floor of the building. They hired consultant Cyclone Energy Group to provide design, cost analysis, feasibility, and energy modeling services. TEC worked closely with Cyclone Energy to provide the owner with several options:
Option #1: Carrier Air Cooled Scroll Chillers
Option #2: Carrier 19XRV Centrifugal Water Cooled Chillers And Tower Tech Cooling Towers
Option #3: Carrier 23XRV Ultra High Efficient Water Cooled Screw Chillers in Series – Counter flow Arrangement and Tower Tech Cooling Towers
TEC and Carel have announced that Carel’s website www.humidifynow.com now features an engineering portal for you to design, select and obtain literature and submittals for all of your jobs that require humidification.
This portal can also print submittals and IOM manuals at the touch of a button. And it also has specifications for use when using Carel as a basis of design.
To access, simply navigate to www.humidifynow.com and log in. Then click on Create a Consulting Engineering Account to begin using the portal.
Revit Modeling On Www.Humidifynow.Com
Carel Group, has also recently announced the release of BIM/REVIT Models now available on www.humidifynow.com. You can now access, download and use, as a basis of design in your drawings, graphics of units that are realistic and accurate.
Along with specifications (Word format) and performance data (Excel format) this additional feature makes it simple for you to use Carel as a basis of design on your jobs.
TEC’s sales staff is available to visit your organization to conduct a Lunch & Learn session, sign you and your team up, and demonstrate the use of the portal.
Loyola Cudahy Library, Chicago, IL – Completed 2/2/16
After a remodel of the Loyola Cudahy Library, the ductwork needed to be sealed in order to comply with code. To accomplish this, Aeroseal Solutions, Inc of McHenry, IL performed the Aeroseal duct sealing method in order to reduce the leakage.
Initial Leakage: 656 cfm
Final Leakage: 16.8 cfm
RESULT: 97.4% Reduction in Leakage
97.6% reduction in duct leakage97.1% reduction in duct leakage
96.9% reduction in duct leakage 98.4% reduction in duct leakage
Modern boiler applications call for technology that is innovative, flexible and adaptable. KN Series cast iron boilers were purposefully engineered to live up to today’s toughest applications and challenges, providing versatility in boiler system configuration and installation without sacrificing the bottom line.
In this day and age, the word ‘hybrid’ gets thrown around often. But what about the terms ‘base load’ or ‘mixed-boiler? Within the commercial boiler market, the concept behind these configurations is simple, lower the upfront equipment cost of a complete condensing boiler plant by incorporating new units into an existing and less expensive non-condensing boiler plant.
With a hybrid boiler system that combines KN Series condensing boilers within an existing, non-condensing boiler plant, operators are able to meet total BTU requirements while optimizing overall system performance, increasing boiler efficiency under various climate, seasonal and load conditions. By operating during most of the heating season, the condensing KN Series units provide the bulk of the high-efficiency BTU output when loop temperatures are low, while the existing and less-efficient non-condensing units act as supplemental boilers when outdoor temperatures fall and boiler loop temperatures increase. Continue reading “Applications, Advantages & Highlights of KN Boilers”