Month: August 2022

Top 5 best small window AC units

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small window air conditioner

Small window AC units are ideal for renters with compact rooms. They allow you to cool off without making a major investment in your living space.

Below, we’re sharing our top picks for small window ACs. Whether value or energy efficiency is your priority, we’ve got the ideal unit for you.

Note: These small window ACs are for traditional double-hung windows that slide up and down. If you have casement windows or left-to-right sliding windows, check out our article on the best casement window air conditioners

Best small window ACs

Best overall

midea easy cool

Midea Easy Cool

  • Cools fast
  • Reusable air filter

Best value

frigidaire ffra

Frigidaire FFRA

  • Lightweight
  • Extra-long cord

Best over-the-sill

soleus air exclusive

Soleus Air Exclusive

  • Space-saving
  • Controlled via app

Best for a studio apartment

midea u

Midea U Inverter

  • Extremely energy-efficient
  • Responds to voice commands

Top seller

lg window ac

LG window-mounted AC

  • Fits the smallest windows
  • Lots of feature options

What size window air conditioner do I need?

Before you start shopping for a small window AC, you need to know what size AC you’ll need. 

Physical size

First, check the size of your window. Measure the width and height of the opening within the window frame. Don’t purchase a unit that exceeds these dimensions. Most ACs list the maximum window size on the box.

It doesn’t matter if the unit is smaller than the width of your window. Most window air conditioners come with kits to seal off the extra space. 

Cooling capacity

British Thermal Units (BTU) is the measure for air conditioner capacity. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends at least 20 BTU for every one square foot of living space. 

To determine the BTU you’ll need to cool your space, multiply your square footage by 20. For example, if your room is 150 square feet, you need a small window AC unit with at least 3,000 BTU.

Square footage Recommended minimum BTU
100 2,000
150 3,000
200 4,000
300 6,000
400 8,000
600 12,000
800 16,000

Electrical voltage

Ensure the small window AC unit you choose runs on standard residential circuits (between 115 and 125 volts). Most ACs with cooling capacities of 15,000 BTUs and below will operate on a standard circuit. But if you need a more powerful system, check the voltage requirements.

The best small window ACs

Check out our top picks for small window ACs below. We’ve included specifications for the lowest BTU model version of each.

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. The higher the SEER, the more energy-efficient the air conditioner. Decibels refers to the noise level. The higher the number, the louder the unit.

Best overall small window AC

The Midea Easy Cool fits in windows 23-36 inches wide and at least 13 inches high. It has adjustable accordion panels on both sides to seal extra space. 

Installation is simple. The unit comes with all the equipment you need for mounting, except a screwdriver. (If you don’t already have one, we recommend this set.)

We like the Midea Easy Cool because it’s affordable (under $200 for lower BTU models) and effective. The controls are simple to understand, and the system operates fairly quietly.

With a reusable, easy to clean filter, you’ll save money and keep disposable filters out of the landfill. Plus, you’ll improve the air quality of your room.

The Midea Easy Cool is available on Amazon in 5,000-, 6,000-, 8,000-, 10,000-, and 12,000-BTU models.

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midea easy cool

15.98” x 15.35” x 12.05”

Best value small window AC

The Frigidaire FFRA is the least expensive of our small window AC picks. It provides solid efficiency at an affordable price point. 

We appreciate the Frigidaire FFRA’s extra-long electrical cord and straightforward control panel.

This air conditioner is intended for windows 23-36 inches wide and at least 13.25 inches high. It comes with a mounting kit and adjustable side panels to seal extra window space.

The Frigidaire FFRA is the most lightweight of the ACs we reviewed, at just 35 lbs. That’s less than half the weight of some of the other window ACs on our list. If you’re concerned about heavy lifting, this is the AC for you.

This Frigidaire window AC is available on Amazon in 5,000-, 6,000-, 8,000-, 10,000-, 12,000-, and 15,100-BTU models.

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frigidaire ffra

16” x 15.25” x 12”

Best over-the-sill small window AC

The Soleus Air Exclusive fits over your window sill. So, unlike the other models on our list, it doesn’t block your view. And it allows you to continue to open and close your window if and when you need to. 

Since the compressor piece of this AC sits outdoors, it’s whisper quiet. Plus, it’s simple to install right out of the box, requiring no tools or mounting equipment. However, it weighs 80 lbs., so you may need a friend to help lift it into place.

The Soleus Air Exclusive has many premium features like an automatic temperature sensor and voice control via Alexa and Google Assistant. You can control this small window AC from your phone using the SoleusAir app. These conveniences come at a cost – the Soleus Air Exclusive is more than double the price of some of the other picks on our list.

The one bummer about this unit is that you have to empty its water reservoir regularly to keep it running.

The Soleus Air Exclusive fits windows 24-48 inches wide. It will mount on window sills up to 11 inches wide. Though it doesn’t sit in the window, it requires an opening of at least 16 inches tall for installation.

It comes in 6,000- and 8,000-BTU models.

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soleus air exclusive

28.9” x 18.7” x 15”

Best small window AC for a studio apartment

The Midea U Inverter air conditioner is ultra-quiet because, like the Soleus Air Exclusive, the condenser portion of the unit sits outside the window. However, this U-shaped model mounts within the window rather than on the sill. Its unique form allows you to continue to open and close your window as needed. 

This small window AC is the most powerful of those we reviewed, making it ideal for open concept spaces like a studio apartment. It’s also the most energy-efficient. In fact, it won the Energy Star “Most Efficient” certification in 2022.

You can control this Midea AC from your phone using the MideaAir app. It’s also compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant for voice commands.

The Midea U Inverter fits windows 22-36 inches wide and at least 13.75 high. It comes with a window bracket for mounting and remote control. You’ll need a screwdriver, level, and measuring tape to install it.

This small window AC comes in 8,000-, 10,000-, and 12,000-BTU models.

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midea u

21.97” x 19.17” x 13.46”

Top-selling small window AC 

This LG window air conditioner is the top-selling small window AC on Amazon. It’s highly rated by customers and often goes on sale, making its low price even more attractive. 

This small window AC fits windows 21-25 inches wide. It requires a height clearance of 12 inches. It’s the smallest of all the small ACs on our list.

We like that LG offers a line with many options. For example, you can choose a less expensive unit with a knob to control the temperature if you just want something simple. Or you can pay a little bit more for digital controls.

We also appreciate that this AC comes with an installation kit that helps you lift this 40 lb. system into the window.

Amazon sells 5,000-, 6,000-, 8,000-, 10,000-, 12,000-, 18,000-, and 25,000-BTU models of this LG window AC.

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lg window ac

14.38″ x 17.31″ x 11.13″

The advantages of a window air conditioner

Window air conditioners are ideal for renters because they can go with you when you move. Window AC installation is easy, and so is removal. 

Small window ACs are an inexpensive way to make your place more comfortable. And many are quite energy-efficient so they won’t boost your electric bill significantly.

Even though they’re affordable, they’re effective. Window ACs can quickly cool a room.

Plus, you don’t have to sacrifice your view with some of the ACs on our list. Over-the-sill and U-shaped models let you continue to open and close your window as needed.

If your place has small windows, you can still enjoy all the benefits of a window AC with one of the models on our top small window AC list!

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Is Your AC Causing Abnormally High Energy Bills in Angleton, TX?

The summers being what they are in Angleton, TX, you’ll be running your AC almost non-stop. Though this will raise your monthly electrical bill, it shouldn’t go beyond a certain point. If your energy bills have been abnormally high even though your cooling schedule hasn’t changed, here’s why the issue may lie with your AC.

Obstacle to Airflow

Most AC systems run at a single speed, and if anything acts as an obstacle to airflow, it will cause the AC to struggle in maintaining that speed. The system will consume more energy to keep the cool air flowing, raising your monthly bill in the process. Counteract this by regularly changing your air filter and ensuring that nothing blocks the supply vents, like furniture.

Leaks

You could be experiencing either an air leak in the ductwork or a refrigerant leak in the piping. The first will cause the AC to cycle longer because little cool air is entering your home. As for the second, you have less refrigerant to transfer the heat from your home to the outside, which also leads to longer cycles and higher bills.

Dirt-Covered Coils

Heat transfer becomes difficult when the evaporator coil and condenser coil become dirty and grimy. Replacing the filter can keep the evaporator coil clean while cleaning around the compressor can do the same for the condenser coil. Your technician will clean these coils during regular maintenance appointments.

Old Age and Lack of Maintenance

Central ACs can last anywhere between 10 and 20 years before a brand-new installation becomes necessary. In the meantime, though, parts wear out, especially if they don’t get the yearly maintenance they’re supposed to. Your bills will reflect, to some degree, the resulting lack of efficiency.

Davis AC can repair your current AC and provide tune-ups every year, so give us a call today for service in Angleton. We guarantee your 100% satisfaction with the work our NATE-certified technicians do.

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10 Steps to Better HVAC Preventative Maintenance – A Checklist

Energy Star reports that commercial buildings waste 33% of their energy for various reasons. An HVAC maintenance checklist can help reduce energy waste. Some waste occurs due to building construction or lack of insulation, others due to ineffective maintenance. A commercial air conditioning system consumes more power than other building systems, not just in the summer months. Improving energy efficiency by just 10% reduces energy use, lowers energy bills, and slashes CO2 emissions. A win, win, and win!

Did you know?

Adding building automation systems and other advanced technologies can lower energy consumption. But even the most advanced systems cannot overcome the energy wasted by a poorly maintained HVAC system.

Developing an HVAC preventative maintenance program and diligently following each step keeps HVAC equipment at peak operating condition. The overall results will speak for themselves by the following benefits.

  • Lowered Energy Costs
  • Fewer Equipment Repairs
  • Extended Equipment Lifespan
  • Reduced Operating Costs
  • Improved Indoor Air Quality

Why is Preventative Maintenance so Important?

Preventative maintenance is when an HVAC technician proactively performs maintenance procedures to lessen the likelihood of equipment failure, reduce unexpected downtime, and prolong system life.

Implementing a regular HVAC preventative maintenance plan offers many advantages. It can reduce costly breakdowns by up to 95% and slash energy bills by up to 30%. Just like regular checkups keep humans healthy and living longer, regular HVAC maintenance can extend system life and ensure manufacturers cover repair claims submitted under warranty.

What Should an HVAC Preventative Maintenance Checklist Include?

Here are 10 maintenance tips to keep HVAC equipment running efficiently without unexpected failures and breakdowns.

  1. Develop and follow a maintenance schedule. Not every building puts the same demands on its HVAC unit, and (almost) every HVAC system is designed differently. Therefore, a customized commercial HVAC preventative maintenance plan is required to deliver each system specific care to operate efficiently throughout the year.
  2. Put safety first. Follow prescribed Lock Out/Tag Out Procedures and wear proper personal protective equipment (PPE) before inspecting and repairing HVAC systems.
  3. Perform a visual inspection. HVAC equipment incorporates several moving parts, combustion assemblies, and electrical systems. Wear and tear, dirt and weather can impact the condition of these components and adversely affect operation. During a visual inspection, a technician checks that all parts in the system, including ducts, are clean, in good shape, and vented correctly. The technician should make a note of all findings or repair needs.
  4. Replace air filters. Running commercial HVAC equipment with clean air filters can lower energy consumption by up to 15%. Swap out air filters every three to six months per the manufacturer’s recommendations. Air filters may need more frequent replacing during periods of high use. Once replaced, inspect air filters every three to four weeks to ensure they remain unclogged. Restricted airflow through HVAC systems can hinder system performance.
  5. Check belt and pulley condition. In an HVAC system, belts and pulleys increase or reduce speed, increase or reduce torque, and transfer power from one shaft to another. This can cause wear and tear on HVAC system components. Inspect belts for wear or damage. Look for cracks, frayed spots, cuts, or unusual wear patterns, and examine belts for signs of excessive heat. Misaligned pulleys quickly wear out belts and bearings and can cause belts to slip or fall off.
  6. Clean condenser and evaporator coils. HVAC systems expose evaporator and condenser coils to circulating air as they operate. For evaporator coils, this air can contain dirt, fungi, and mold, which gets deposited on coils, and into drains as the system operates. Filtering the air does help, but leaky ducts and wrong air filter placement can let in debris. Similarly, condenser coils can get caked with dirt. It’s essential to clean evaporator and condenser coils twice yearly with a commercial coil cleaner system.
  7. Clean and check condensate drain lines. In most cooling applications, HVAC systems generate water, called condensate, as a by-product as they operate. The systems must properly move this water out of the building using condensate lines to prevent structural damage. If condensate lines become clogged, they can overflow and cause severe damage. While most modern systems have float switches to stop significant damage, they are not always perfect. Float switches should be checked too, and coils treated with mold and mildew inhibitors to limit the risk of odor.
  8. Inspect electrical connections. Loose electrical connections or damaged wires can lead to big problems and safety issues in commercial HVAC equipment. Check for loose connections and corroded or frayed wires and repair them as needed.
  9. Check thermostat operation. Commercial property owners report faulty thermostats are among the most common HVAC problems they see. Correctly tuned programmable thermostats ensure optimal energy savings. Begin by programming thermostats correctly. Then regularly check that they remain on the correct setting. Faulty wiring and other electromechanical issues may be an issue when thermostat programming and settings are correct, but the unit still functions improperly.
  10. Check for adequate airflow. Every HVAC system incorporates two separate duct systems: supply ductwork that delivers cooled or heated air within the building and return ductwork that takes air back to the HVAC system. Return ducts should have the same airflow as supply ducts for balanced operation in all but rare cases. Cooling and heating equipment performance declines, energy consumption rises, and system components wear more quickly with insufficient airflow. Inspect all vents. Ensure supply and return vents are fully open and furniture or other objects do not obstruct airflow into and out of these vents.

Next Steps

HVAC systems play a vital role in comfort, indoor air quality, and energy consumption, underscoring the need to keep these systems in peak condition. Download the Goodway HVAC Maintenance Checklist here for an easy way to track preventive maintenance. Goodway expert Sales Engineers can work with you to identify the best maintenance solutions for your specific HVAC system. Goodway offers chiller and boiler tube cleaners, heat exchanger cleaners, hose/pipe cleaners, descaler systems, air duct cleaners, industrial vacuums, commercial pressure washers, drain cleaners, coil cleaners, and other maintenance-related equipment to keep HVAC systems in tip-top shape. Click here to see all Goodway Technologies products.

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How Does Air Conditioning Work?

Updated Aug 18, 2022

You know your air conditioning system keeps your home or business cool in the hot summer months, but have you ever wondered how it works? One interesting fact you might not know is that your air conditioner and your refrigerator work primarily the same way. The difference is your refrigerator cools a small, insulated space, and an air conditioner keeps your home, office, or commercial space at a comfortable temperature.

Air conditioners are one part of a central heating and central cooling system that draws heat energy from outside of the home and transfers it.

Simply put, the air conditioner in both a house and business is a central heating and cooling system that provides cool air through the sheet metal ductwork by providing via a process that draws out the warm air inside, removing its heat, which is replaced by the cooler air.

The entire process of making the air in your property a comfortable temperature is based on a very simple scientific principle, and the rest is achieved by mechanical means. Let’s take a visual look at how air conditioning works to cool your home.

 

The Process of Cooling Your Home with an A/C

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Your air conditioning unit uses chemicals that convert from gas to liquid and back again quickly. These chemicals transfer the heat from the air inside your property to the outside air.

The AC unit has three key parts. These are the compressor, the condenser, and the evaporator. Your unit’s compressor and condenser are typically located in the outside part of the air conditioning system. Inside the house is where you will find the evaporator.

The cooling fluid reaches the compressor as a low-pressure gas. The compressor squeezes this gas/fluid, and the molecules in the liquid are packed closer together. The closer the compressor forces these molecules together, the higher the temperature and energy rise.

 

How Your Air Conditioner Removes Hot Air & Blows Cold Air

This working fluid exits the compressor as a high-pressure, hot gas, and it moves to the condenser. The outside unit of an air conditioning system has metal fins all around the housing. These fins work like the radiator on a vehicle, and they help dissipate heat more quickly.

When the fluid leaves the condenser, it is much cooler. It’s also changed from a gas to liquid because of the high pressure. The fluid makes its way into the evaporator through a minuscule, narrow hole and when the liquid reaches the other side of this passage, its pressure drops. When this happens, the fluid begins to evaporate to gas.

As this occurs, the heat is extracted from the surrounding air. This heat is required to separate the molecules of the liquid into a gas. The metal fins on the evaporator also help exchange thermal energy with the surrounding air.

When the refrigerant leaves the evaporator, it is once again a low-pressure, chilled gas. The process starts all over when it goes back to the compressor. There is a fan that’s connected to the evaporator, and it circulates air around the inside of the property and across the fins of the evaporator.

The air conditioner sucks air into the ducts through a vent. This air is used to cool gas in the evaporator, and as the heat is removed from the air, it’s cooled. Ducts then blow air back into the house.

This process continues until the inside air of your home or business reaches the desired temperature. When the thermostat senses that the interior temperature is at the desired level, it shuts the air conditioner off. When the room heats up again, the thermostat turns the air conditioner back on until the preferred ambient temperature is achieved again.

 

Trust in Howard Air for All of Your Phoenix Area A/C Needs

The great news is that you don’t have to know how an air conditioning system works to enjoy its effects! At Howard Air, we can help you if your system is going out, you want to upgrade to a new air conditioner, or if you’ve got any questions. We understand air conditioning, and we are here to provide our valued customers with exceptional service, quality repairs, and professional installations. Click here to email us or call (623) 201-5153 to speak with a representative immediately.

 

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NYC Disaster Recovery: Is Your Business Ready for the Next Big Storm?

In NYC, disaster recovery is on our minds this time of year For business owners in the New York City area who lived through Superstorm Sandy, this can be an anxious time of year. Many of us are keeping an eye on the forecast and worrying every time a tropical depression forms. There’s a good … Continued

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When Are Repairs No Longer An Option?

The fact that you are researching new air conditioners in the middle of August doesn’t bode well. But, thankfully, you aren’t without help.

Needing an air conditioning replacement in Miami, FL is something that needs to be taken care of as quickly as possible. After all, no one wants to be with a good cooling system during the hottest parts of summer.

But maybe you are hesitating about booking a replacement because you are trying to keep things going with repairs. Expert repairs are a great way to help your AC unit last, but it still won’t last forever.

Here are some signs that it is time to give up on repairs and just get that new AC unit installed.

5 Signs That AC Repairs Aren’t Worth It

Debating between yet another system repair and a system replacement? That repair may not be worth it if you are encountering any of the following trouble.

1. The repairs have become a yearly occurrence

Repairs are normal but they shouldn’t be frequent. If you are starting to notice that you need AC repairs on a yearly basis or, even, worse, more than once a year, you really need to get your AC replaced. This unit is on its way to a breakdown and your money is better spent on a better one.

2. The repairs could pay for half of a new system

Speaking of money, how much are you spending on your AC repairs? If the cost of your repair could pay for half or more of the price of a new air conditioner, then you are better off investing in a new system. Otherwise, your money is going to waste on a system that isn’t paying you back for what you give it.

You can always reference our information on the average price of getting a new air conditioning unit on our website too.

3. Your AC unit is getting towards 15 years old

How old is your air conditioner? If you have a system that is only a few years old, you can likely get by with a repair. However, if your AC is over 10 years old and creeping towards, or even passing 15 years old, you’ll be better off with a repair. After a certain age, the system is on borrowed time and absorbs more energy and funds than it ends up being worth.

4. The system is never able to cool the house properly

Your air conditioner needs to be able to cool your home. But if your system has gotten maintenance and repairs and it is still unable to cool the house reliably or properly, then you should work on starting the replacement process. What you have at this point is an overpriced fan.

5. Energy bills make the AC too expensive to run

Last but not least, don’t forget your energy bills! If running your AC creates an energy bill so expensive that you can’t afford to use the system, then you are better off investing in a new unit instead. We even offer financing options to make the new system easier to get.

Do any of these signs sound familiar? If so, then it is time to let your AC go and get a system replacement. You can always come to our team to have your air conditioner assessed and have an expert figure out whether you need a repair or a replacement, too.

Come to the team at Air On Demand for your next AC service in Miami.

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A Beginners Guide To Heat Exchangers

The term “heat exchangers” means little to many people unless you are in the business of HVAC, process heating or cooling, or other industrial applications. However, whatever your level of understanding of heat exchangers, one thing is always true.

Maintaining the operating temperatures of office environments or industrial fluids is vital to comfort and manufacturing alike.

Many businesses require specific environmental conditions for the work they do, others need to maintain fluid temperatures for process-based manufacturing and production. This is where heat exchangers come in and their ability to cool or heat rooms or processing systems as required to maintain environmental conditions and operational efficiencies.

Heat transfer equipment can perform several essential functions in both heating and cooling. Sometimes, these systems can capture heat and direct it elsewhere, like to outside air to dispose of it, or to other applications where it is needed to increase efficiency and save money. Other heat exchangers keep machinery or chemicals used in processing within safe operating temperatures.

It’s vital for building operations, plant, and facilities managers to understand the different types of heat exchangers available for their needs to help them select the right system for their application. Understanding how to properly maintain it to ensure maximum lifespan and efficiency is equally important.

What is a Heat Exchanger?

Heat exchangers transfer thermal energy from one medium to another (liquid, vapor, or gas).

Two main types of heat exchangers exist:

  • Direct heat exchangers: Both mediums come in direct contact with each other in these systems. For example, a cooling tower cools water via direct contact with air.
  • Indirect heat exchangers: These systems heat and cool through divided media.

One of the most common scenarios in facilities and processing operations is situations that require heating or cooling. Heat exchangers are commonly used in refrigeration, air conditioning, power plants, chemical processing systems, manufacturing, waste heat recovery units, and food processing applications.

How do Heat Exchangers Work?

Heat exchangers rely on the equalization principle to transfer heat between mediums and fluids. Heat transfer occurs when:

  • Heat transfers from a hot to a cold medium.
  • A temperature difference exists between mediums.
  • Heat lost from the hot medium equals heat gained by the cold medium.

What Types of Heat Exchangers Exist?

Many technologies can remove heat from materials. However, when referring to “Heat Exchangers,” most people equate them to one of two categories.

  • Shell-and-tube heat exchangers or;
  • Plate-and-frame style heat exchangers.

What is the Difference Between a Shell and Tube Heat Exchanger, and a Plate and Frame Heat Exchanger?

Graphic of Shell and Tube Heat Exchanger

Example of Fluid Flow in a Shell and Tube Heat Exchanger

A shell-and-tube heat exchanger allows two working fluids to exchange heat via thermal contact between tubes housed within a cylindrical shell. The fluid temperatures inside the shell and tube differ; this temperature difference drives temperature exchange.

Some simple examples of shell and tube heat exchangers include boilers, which heat water via tubes that contain combusted materials. Another includes a chiller that uses chilled refrigerant to transfer heat from the water to chill it for use in HVAC or process cooling applications.

On the other hand, a plate-and-frame heat exchanger uses a series of corrugated plates assembled between a frame and pressure plates to retain pressure and transfer heat. Hot fluid flows in one direction through alternating chambers, while cold fluid flows through other alternating chambers. Heat transfer occurs as the hot and cold fluids move through these chambers.

Though both types are readily available, we will center our discussion on plate-and-frame heat exchangers, as they are among the most common heat exchangers in use today.

Graphic of Plate and Frame Heat Exchanger

Example of Fluid Flow in a Plate and Frame Heat Exchanger

Plate-and-frame heat exchangers perform liquid-to-liquid exchange at low to medium pressures. Another option is a gasket-free plate-and-frame heat exchanger, which operates safely at high temperatures and pressures.

Plate-and-frame heat exchangers accomplish heat exchange and resist fouling through a design that comprises corrugated plates on a frame. Fluids travel within the heat exchanger as hot fluid flows down one plate and cold fluid flows up the other plate.

What are the Advantages of Plate Heat Exchangers?

Plate heat exchangers offer key advantages.

  • Precise heat transfer. Users can add or compress heat plates to accommodate a specific heating and cooling situation.
  • Low capital costs. Plate heat exchangers are inexpensive to add and install and have limited maintenance, cleaning, and operating costs.
  • High reliability. Plate heat exchangers experience less fouling, stress, wear, and corrosion.
  • These systems consume the least energy and produce the most significant effect.
  • Easy to expand. Adjustable plates on existing frames make it easy to expand capacity.

Gasketed plate heat exchangers differ slightly from traditional plate heat exchangers. These systems use gaskets to seal plates together, which keeps cold and hot fluids from mixing and protects against leaks.

Gasketed plate heat exchangers also may use brazing or laser welding as an alternative to traditional gasket seals. This allows technicians to stack plates alternatively to counter current flow. The design lets two fluids flow in opposite directions without mixing while heat transfers from one medium to the other through plates.

Gasketed plate heat exchangers are easy to clean, making them particularly useful in food and pharmaceutical processing or other areas that require high sanitation. It’s a straightforward process to remove plates for cleaning, expansion or replacement.

Next Steps

Heat exchangers play an essential role in cooling or heating rooms or processing systems as required to maintain environmental conditions and operational efficiencies. Once facility managers understand their purpose, they can determine the best ways to apply plated heat exchangers in their facility or processing operation. A Goodway Sales Engineer can help guide you with heat exchanger selection and, once the systems are in place, help you maintain the heat exchangers over their lifespan with Goodway Descaling Systems and Solutions.

The first step is to choose and implement the right heat exchange solution for your needs. Maintaining the heat exchanger over time is critical. Otherwise, it will lose its heat exchange abilities and end up costing most to operate. Part II in this two-part blog series will address how to maintain various types of heat exchangers to maximize their lifespan.

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How To Save Money On Restaurant Refrigeration Equipment

It’s the middle of your dinner rush, with a packed house, and one of your line cooks reaches into a low boy to grab ingredients, only to find everything warm. What do you do? Get to the nearest Restaurant Depot to replace it? Not the smartest move: treating your restaurant refrigeration equipment like disposable items … Continued

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Is Poor Indoor Air Quality Costing You More to Cool Your Home in Pasco County, FL?

The air quality inside your Pasco County, FL home is a significant consideration. Poor indoor air quality can affect your respiratory system and drive up the energy consumed by your HVAC system. The following are indoor air quality issues that increase your utility bills.

Dirty Indoor Air

Indoor pollutants can come from several sources, including cleaning supplies and chemical-based products, tobacco smoke, particles released by furniture and carpets, dust mites and pet dander. These pollutants can stick to your air conditioning system’s coils, reducing their ability to cool your home. This causes your AC system to work harder and consume more energy, creating an increase in energy bills.

High Humidity

High humidity levels can cause condensation in the air ducts, which also reduces the ability of your AC system to cool your home. Condensation in these air ducts can lead to drips and leaky ductwork.

Leaky ducts allow the cooled and heated air in your system to escape. This lost air causes your air conditioner to work harder. The extra running increases energy consumption and causes a significant spike in your monthly utility bills.

If you are experiencing problems with your ductwork, we can help you clean and seal your system’s ducts. This will help ensure your home’s HVAC system operates more effectively and efficiently.

Air Filters

Air filters are the first line of defense against indoor pollutants. The type of filter that you use can have a dramatic impact on the efficiency of your AC system.

A good air filter is critical to maintaining indoor air quality. However, ensuring your home is not too dusty is crucial to your system’s filters functioning at peak quality. Extremely dusty conditions can clog your air filters.

If your home’s air conditioning system works harder than it needs to because of a clogged filter, it will consume more energy to clean the air circulating in your home effectively. This leads to increased energy bills.

Contact Senica Air Conditioning today if you are in need of quality AC installation services. We guarantee 100% satisfaction and will ensure that you enjoy good indoor air quality in your Pasco County, FL home.

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