Sustainable HVAC

7 Sustainable Solutions for HVAC Applications

Today is Earth day – a day that seems to become more important with every year that passes. How we treat our environment today directly affects the outcomes of tomorrow. Many companies are doing their part to help make their business practices and processes more sustainable. A great way to start is to improve upon the energy efficiency of their own facilities, and that’s where Flow Tech comes in.

Below is a sampling of some of the sustainable solutions we can provide to improve your building’s energy performance.

1. ABB Variable Frequency Drives

ABB’s ACH580 Variable Frequency Drives

ABB variable frequency drives (VFDs) provide energy savings, building comfort, simplicity and reliability – all key factors to a high performing building. In the simplest terms, ABB VFDs help regulate the performance of electric motors, pumps or fans to ensure they operate in the most efficient and reliable manner. You can find ABB VFDs in buildings ranging from office towers to hospitals, schools to data centers, and across many applications – including air handlers, water pumps, cooling towers and chillers.

2. Aircuity Facility Monitoring

Aircuity facility monitoring system
Sales Engineer, Tom Proietti explaining Aircuity’s functionality.

Aircuity provides safe and reliable demand control ventilation to a building and its occupants through a series of sensors that measure critical indoor environmental parameters. By measuring these parameters it can provide intelligent input to building ventilation systems. Aircuity can save significant energy in energy-intensive buildings and critical environments, such as labs and vivariums. In a typical project, it can save 101 metric tons of carbon annually – the same as 31 American households. Reducing baseline energy use is a critical piece in achieving net zero energy consumption.

3. Blender Products Air Mixers

Blender Products Channel Blender
The Channel Blender

Blender Products air mixers are a great solution for buildings that require high ventilation rates, have an increased need for outdoor air or have stratification problems. Essentially, Blender Products Channel Blender can evenly mix outdoor air with returning air to maintain breathable air at a comfortable temperature in a smaller footprint than traditional air mixers. They save energy by eliminating the risk of freeze stat trips and frozen coils, and allow full utilization of economizer systems.

4. Heat Pipe Technology Energy Recovery Systems

Heat Pipe Technology demo system.
Heat Pipe Technology demo system from the factory.

Heat pipes are thermal transfer devices capable of transferring heat and energy several hundred times faster than conventional methods. Passive systems allow efficient energy recovery with minimal maintenance and can be fitted with simple control systems to condition the air only when needed. This air-to-air energy recovery solution maximizes equipment efficiency and energy savings,

5. Phoenix Controls Airflow Management & Control

Phoenix Control valve.
Phoenix Control valve serving Uconn Health’s Pharmacy.

As building airflow control systems become more complex, their maintenance costs rise. Phoenix Controls delivers the value of an energy-efficient critical room control system that requires virtually no maintenance for the entire life of the building. Phoenix Controls’ product lines are designed specifically for facilities with high-risk safety requirements. These applications accommodate changes in airflow demand, reduce HVAC renovation costs, maintaining environmental integrity, and can help you earn points to achieve your project’s LEED™ certification goals.

6. TAMCO Dampers

TAMCO exhaust damper.
TAMCO exhaust damper.

TAMCO dampers regulate the flow of air inside a duct, chimney, VAV box, air handler or other air-handling equipment. Dampers may be used to cut off central air conditioning (heating or cooling) to an unused room or to regulate it for room-by-room temperature and climate control. Great attention has been devoted to the design of these aluminum dampers, in order to develop products which are durable, maintenance-free, energy efficient, and unparalleled in performance.

7. Thermowheel Energy Recovery

Thermowheel demo unit.
Thermowheel demo unit from the factory.

Thermowheel is extremely effective in transferring total energy (heat and moisture, up to 90%) – between two air streams. In the summer outside air is hot and humid – inside air is cool and dry. Thermowheel rotates through the opposing air streams and transfers energy contained in return air to the supply air, making it cooler and dryer. The cooled, dry air is now the supply air that enters the cooling coils – and lowers the need for cooling capacity. In the winter the opposite occurs. Outside air is cold and dry – inside air is warm and somewhat humid. The wheel transfers energy in the return air to the supply air, making it warm and wetter, reducing need for heating capacity. In both cases, Thermowheel Energy Recovery Ventilation enhances indoor air quality (IAQ), while dramatically lowering energy costs.

As you can see Flow Tech provides a variety of sustainable solutions for your facility’s HVAC needs. The technology and systems featured in this blog post are only some of the equipment and engineered products we provide. We invite you to check out our full list of product offerings. Please contact us, call us, 860.291.8886 or visit our website for more information. You can always stay up-to-date on our latest news by following us on social media: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.

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