Author: usacoil

Outside Air Loads

HVAC and process heating/cooling must deal with the added tonnage created by using fresh air from outside. Most times, the requirement for fresh air is mandatory and can go from 10% all the way to 100 % of the system air flow. There are numerous rules and regulations written to eliminate air flow quality problems, including bacteria and other micro-organisms, that can cause health problems....

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Sentry Guard

Florida is known for its beautiful beaches, great weather, pristine communities, and senior traffic heading to the “Early Bird Specials”. For many, it’s considered to be paradise! The state has continued to grow every year since 1950, and its continued growth seems assured.   During the winter months in the northern and central portions of the state, old man winter still comes knocking from time to time...

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In a perfect world, most cooling coils should operate efficiently for twenty years or more. Lack of proper maintenance, inappropriate applications, corrosion, and less-than-stellar modern-day construction all affect the life expectancy of cooling coils. There are three major reasons for premature cooling coil replacement as follows:   Increased air resistance due to the plugging of the coil surface. What causes this plugging? There is an increase...

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Corrosion in Tube

There are many reasons why hot water coils in your system can under-perform. Some reasons are from the time of the design, and many other instances can also occur after the coils have been installed. Here are 10 common reasons why hot water heating coils can fail:   Air stratification issues - The air flow across the surface of the coil is not being evenly...

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Hot Water Coil

Water Cooling and Heating Coils   Water is the most widely used heat transfer medium because it’s readily available and low in cost. Water can be used as a heat transfer medium if the temperature range is between 15 degrees Fahrenheit (when mixed with glycol) when cooling and a high of 210 degrees Fahrenheit when heating.   Chilled Water Coils   When maintaining an acceptable living or working condition in...

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Basic Horizontal Unit

Many fan coil unit installations are in condos, apartments, townhouses, hotels, and other types of lodging. Most systems are two or four pipe heating/cooling systems and usually use chilled water for cooling and hot water for heating. These units can be permanent or temporary residences occupied by an owner, tenant, or paying customer, which may mean they are more demanding.   There are 3 types of units...

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Coil Delivery

Replacement coils are different than most parts of an air conditioning or heating system. Replacement coils are not in stock and will need to be fabricated. You can select thermostats, valves, fan parts, and even compressors in stock, but rarely an HVAC coil. Today, there are a lot of alternatives available to replace coils, but how many have a successful history and a precise system to...

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Santa

  Around Christmas and New Year’s is always the busiest time of the year for all of us. It’s truly the best time of year to share with those we care about; enjoying shopping, family time, and holiday parties. The down side is that vacations and time off over these holidays leaves most companies with skeleton crews to monitor building HVAC systems. USA Coil wants to...

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Evaporator Coil

  Evaporator coils are a mystery to many technicians and engineers in the HVAC industry. Evaporator coils don’t have any movable parts, and a coil can have many different capacities based on what it’s fed from the refrigerant side of the closed refrigeration loop.   If a self-contained unit is used to provide air conditioning in a space, the evaporator coil will have been engineered to match the...

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Replacement Coils

Coil replacement has been a part of the HVAC aftermarket for as long as finned tube coils have been used to create heat transfer. The coils installed in the 50’s and 60’s were heavier duty than today’s coils and were almost always spiral fin type with a tension wound fin onto copper tubes.  The plate fin didn’t become prevalent until the mid-60’s. By the end...

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