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How to Detect Air Leaks In Your Facility

Written by Ryan Noble

November 23, 2016 at 12:56 PM

It's that time of year again, at least for us up north. An easy way to minimize heating costs during the winter season is to conduct an air leak audit on your facilities. As much as 40% savings (https://www.airbarrier.org) can be seen by sealing up those elusive leaks. The question is how do you go about locating them? Well, there are a few different methods that will allow you to visualize the air currents from leaks. Air pressure manipulation, Infrared technology, smoke, and using your hands to feel around the facility envelope are all methods being used today for leak detection.

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Topics: Tips n' Tricks, HVAC, Energy Efficiency

How To Read A Psychrometric Chart

Written by Ryan Noble

June 2, 2016 at 11:58 AM

Psychrometrics is the science of moist air thermodynamics (the effects of heat, work, and energy on a system) in relation to HVAC systems. A phychrometric chart is helpful for determining what combination of heating, cooling, humidifying, and dehumidifying sources should be used to reach optimal environmental conditions in facilities.

At the end of this post, I have an example of how to use a psychrometric chart to plot seasonal weather changes in relation to our desired "Comfort Zone." This will tell us what we need to do to offset the effects of outside weather conditions to bring us to our desired zone. First, lets take a look at the different parts.

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Topics: Tips n' Tricks, HVAC