ICP is announcing the transition from Blue Fin Coating to a new Golden Fin Coating on the indoor and outdoor coils. The systems are susceptible to hostile environments and over time contaminants can corrode the heat exchangers or particles can accumulate within the coils, this causes the heat exchangers performance to degrade leading to capacity loss, high head pressure and eventual compressor failure.
In order to minimize heat exchanger corrosion or dust accumulation, a coating can be used to protect the metal from harsh environments.
Benefits of the Golden Fin Coating Coils are:
- Improved Wettability (ability to repel the water on the coils)
- The Golden Fin has a smaller contact angle compared to Blue Fin coating, so the condensation on the coil flows easier, increasing the heat exchange efficiency.
- Improved Anti-Corrosion Capablities, avoiding the fins of the to rust as easily
- This unique anti-corrosive golden coating on the fins of the condenser coil helps withstanding the salty air, rain and other corrosive elements, increasing the life span of the coil by minimizing corrosion
The New Golden Fin Coils will be implemented on all the Ductless units produced after January 01, 2018 (serial number V011810001) Model Families: DLFPHA, DLFSHA, DLFEHA, DLFSCA, DLFLCA, DLFSDA, DLFLDA, DLFSFA, DLFLFA, DLCPRA, DLCSRA, DLCERAA, DLCERAH, DLCLRA, DLCMRA
Note: The ductless systems are not advised to be used in coastal applications without a proper coating on the cabinet and other components of the system. Different options of coating are available with third party companies.
ICP has a new ‘HVAC Basics’ training course available for your use. The HVAC Basics course offers content that illustrates the basic functions of heating and cooling – and how a comfortable environment is created. If you are new to the industry, in a new role or simply want a quick refresher on the basics of HVAC, take advantage of this new My Learning Center online course, HVAC Basics.
Through learning how the body regulates temperature, what attributes to us feeling comfortable, and how comfort is created with heating and cooling products, this course gives you the foundation of how HVAC systems work. This course is eligible for ELITE FACTORY HOURS and NATE CEU credits.
To access My Learning Center:
Distributors: Log on to www.ICPExcellence.com > Learning Center > My Learning Center
Dealers: Log into the secure dealer portal on Go Site > Click My Learning Center at the top of the screen
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While HVAC contractors, distributors and manufacturers all enjoyed a rare year with no new federal regulations impacting the industry in 2017, it’s time to begin understanding the next set of major federal regulations scheduled to take effect. Fan Energy Rating (FER) will take effect in 2019, but preparations to meet these new standards have been underway for some time already.
What is FER?
In 2014, the US Department of Energy established the first national efficiency standards for furnace fans. FER specifies a maximum fan energy rating that varies based on the airflow provided by the furnace fan.
FER is expressed in terms of power consumption (W) per delivered airflow (1000 cfm) and incorporates energy consumption in three different modes: heating, cooling, and constant circulation.1 These new standards will require a whopping 46% watt reduction over a typical PSC furnace.
What is the purpose of these new regulations?
The FER standards are intended to reduce US energy consumption. Reduced energy consumption will in turn save consumers money on energy bills and cut carbon pollution.
A standard furnace fan for a 70,000 BTU-per-hour furnace consumes approximately 1,000 kilowatt-hours per year. The FER standards could reduce energy use by 46%.2
Additionally, since the furnace fan is a previously unregulated component of HVAC systems, it is also likely that these regulations could boost innovation.
When does FER take effect?
These regulations will take effect on July 3, 2019. Each furnace manufacturer must ensure their entire line of furnaces is in compliance by that date.
Why are we talking about regulations that won’t take effect for well over a year now?
Preparation has been a multi-year process. A significant portion of the Comfortmaker® furnace line (and those of every other manufacturer) are being re-engineered to meet these new regulations. Comfortmaker has been hard at work preparing their furnace line to meet these new regulations.
What does FER mean for HVAC distributors and contractors?
Comfortmaker will be rolling out new lines of more efficient furnaces designed to meet and exceed FER standards throughout the first half of 2019. Stay tuned to GoComfortmaker.com for a steady stream of product announcements.
Rest easy knowing that Comfortmaker will be ready for the FER regulations when they take effect.
Reproduced from GoComfortmaker website
|New Commercial Model Changes for 2018 DOE Compliance
As part of the “largest energy-saving standard in history,” the Department of Energy (DOE) has issued “new efficiency standards for more than 40 household and commercial products, including commercial air conditioners.”
As of January 1, 2018, new DOE minimum efficiency standards affecting commercial air conditioners or rooftop units went into effect.
The new efficiency standards are measured in IEER or Integrated Energy Efficiency Ratio. IEER is similar to SEER in residential equipment, but IEER is supposed to provide a more accurate efficiency rating because it is an average measurement over the entire cooling season, rather than simply the hottest few hours of the year.
Here is a summary chart of the 2018 DOE Minimum Efficiency Requirements for commercial equipment:
|2018 DOE Minimum Efficiency Table in IEER (Integrated Energy Efficiency Ratio)
|To meet the 2018 DOE Minimum Efficiency Requirements for commercial equipment, all Comfortmaker® RGS, RAS and RHS rooftops and select RGH and RAH rooftop units will be offered with two-speed as standard. Please refer to the Comfortmaker Commercial Rooftop Model Changes Chart below for complete details.
Any units manufactured BEFORE January, 1, 2018, can be sold and installed anytime in 2018 and beyond. Any units manufactured AFTER December 31, 2017 must be DOE compliant.
|Comfortmaker Commercial Rooftop Model Changes for 2018
NR=Two-speed is not required to be DOE compliant but will remain a FIOP.
|The Rooftop Energy Savings Calculator and Rooftop Mobile App have been updated to reflect these model changes. A new Equipment Selection Program and COPS Pricing and Configuration Tool are also in place to assist with equipment configuration and load calculations.
Times are changing, and the Comfortmaker commercial rooftop lineup is changing right along with them. All RGS, RAS and RHS rooftops and select RGH and RAH rooftop models offer two-speed as standard to meet increased DOE efficiency requirements. Comfortmaker is committed to continually improving its products while saving consumers money and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions.
| Published from http://www.gocomfortmaker.com/go/index.asp?id=3418
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