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What is the Variable Frequency Drive (VFD), How Does It Work, and Why Use It in Commercial HVAC Units?

Last Updated: August 27, 2019

A Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) is a motor controller commonly used for three-phase motors. Other names for Variable Frequency Drive include: Variable speed drive Adjustable speed drive Adjustable frequency drive Inverter AC drive Microdrive What makes VFDs unique is that they vary the frequency and voltage given to the electric motor based on its electrical …

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5 Emerging Trends That Are Reshaping the Commercial HVAC Industry

Last Updated: August 22, 2019

The Internet of Things (IoT) has touched just about every facet of our lives. But how is it affecting the way we do business? For one, it’s enabling companies to become more flexible. This is all thanks to software, online platforms, and interconnectivity like we’ve never seen before. It’s rapidly changing all industries, including commercial HVAC. …

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The Basics of Commercial HVAC Design: 10 Great Resources

Last Updated: July 9, 2019

Commercial HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) design is a discipline largely dictated by compliance and engineering. But, just because a commercial system meets all of the legal standards necessary doesn’t mean that it’s an efficient or cost-effective one. To make the delicate design process a bit easier, we’ve rounded up the top 10 resources …

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Top 25 Commercial HVAC Manufacturers

Last Updated: July 2, 2019

Commercial environments represent some of the most challenging HVAC deployment conditions that you can encounter. There is a constant balance between equipment capability, automation and a variety of potential unique requirements within each individual facility. Adding to this complexity are emerging requirements for cleaner and more efficient energy usage which can challenge existing industry practices …

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5 Ways HVAC Engineers Can Improve Efficiency

Last Updated: July 23, 2019

The design of HVAC systems for both commercial and residential applications has undergone constant development over the years as new trends and principles have emerged. Today, a desire for “green,” energy efficient, and flexible modern building plans has created an exciting opportunity for engineers to integrate various methodologies to create truly innovative offerings for clients. …

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Top Energy Conferences: 50 Must-Attend Events and Conferences for Energy Industry Professionals in 2019

Last Updated: November 11, 2019

Energy is in the news frequently, as regions of the country and world lack power after natural disasters, companies try to find more profitable ways to pursue renewable energy sources, and the industry takes steps to expand while considering the environmental impacts of their actions. Oil and natural gas, mining, and utility companies also work …

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7 Extreme Working Conditions Within the Energy Industry

Last Updated: September 20, 2019
Posted by: Matt Krysiak in Energy

The majority of us trudge through ice and snow in the winter and deal with humidity and high temperatures in the summer. However, the common person has limited exposure to harsh environments. What’s it like for workers who must toil in arctic climates or do offshore labor among gale winds? Realize the day-to-day of the …

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The Six Biggest Hydroelectric Plants in America

Last Updated: July 2, 2019
Posted by: Matt Krysiak in Energy

Hydroelectric plants are engineering wonders, providing us with electricity from water. Water rushes in and moves turbines, which propel a metal shaft within a generator. The generator then acts as a motor that produces electricity.