3 Trends for the Future of Process Chillers

Posted Wednesday, 09 May 2018 10:27 by Martin King in HVAC Business

 

We live in a time where things are constantly changing and upgrading for the better. It all goes so fast, sometimes it’s hard to keep up with technology. The world of engineering is not different. As time goes on, advances and growth in manufacturing equipment such as process chillers will keep coming. All of these fast-paced upgrades and changes are making us at Legacy wonder…what does the future of process chillers look like?

After doing some research and visiting a few sites, here are the top 3 areas we will most likely see changes in the near future to process chillers:

Energy Efficiency:

Nowadays, everyone is making significant efforts to improve energy efficiency. With this new trend it is no surprise that many companies will be focusing their efforts on creating process chillers that meet customer's needs, but use as little energy as possible. 

Since most process chillers are used for work applications, such as MRI's, lasers, and breweries, they tend to be used for much longer periods during the day, compared to non-process applications such as air conditioning. As energy costs start to rise, manufacturing companies will look for more energy efficient and environmentally responsible mechanical equipment.

Legacy Chiller Systems anticipates growing demand for innovations in design that are cost effective, flexible in application to differing customer needs, and easy to maintain.

Preventative Maintenance:

For HVACR contractors, building facility managers that are in charge of maintaining mechanical equipment face an ongoing challenge of finding good workers to do this type of work. There has been a significant shortage of HVACR technicians over the past few years, and the shortage is expected to grow moving into the future.

As service providers are getting pressed with too much work and not enough qualified workers, one of the first areas to cut costs in is maintenance. Cutting down on maintenance techs and routine scheduled equipment maintenance can of course cause huge problems downs the road. Skipping out on maintenance can cause much more expensive emergency services needed down the road. The next generation of process chillers (especially those used in important life or death scenarios such as MRI or CT systems) will have the capability to tell us when there is trouble coming. This advanced notice will give service providers the time needed to plan ahead, and potentially fix the problem before it turns into something major and more costly. This new technology can also help reduce yearly maintenance costs by as much as 30%.

Remote Access and Communication:

Just like the amazing advances we have seen in computer networks, critical process equipment must also be able to access the outside world securely. HVACR manufacturers should offer these technologies as optional or even as standard features on all equipment.

To learn more about process chillers, visit our website at www.legacychillers.com.

 

New Tax Law Benefits Chiller Industry

Posted Monday, 30 April 2018 10:54 by Martin King in HVAC Business

Everyone knows that a quality process chiller is not cheap! Unfortunately, these machines are a huge necessity in many industries.  Companies will look for more cost effective ways to keep their chillers running to full potential for as long as they can, rather than purchasing new equipment. Over time, choosing to hold off replacing a process chiller that is heading towards the end of its usable life can end up costing the owner more, if you consider money spent repairing an old machine vs. investing that same hard earned money in something new.


Thanks to the recently-enacted Jobs Act of 2017, which came into effect January 1, 2018, process chillers can now be immediately expensed as compared to needing to depreciate the capitol costs over as many as seven years.


What exactly does this mean?  For example…in the past if a business owner was to install a new process chiller unit for a total cost of $14,000 (equipment and labor for installation), the owner could only claim approximately $2,000 in depreciation expense each year over a 7-year period. With the new tax law the same owner can now deduct the entire $14,000 cost of the equipment immediately at the top marginal tax.  


Legacy Chillers is a quality manufacturer of process chillers.  We also assist current customers in need of equipment upgrades.  If you haven't already, please share this new information with your customers and clients to help them see how the new tax laws can save them money.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is NOT tax advice. Please verify the above information with your tax professional or CPA. For information about our products and how a Legacy Chiller can help your business, visit our website at www.legacychillers.com

The Manufacturing Comeback in America

Posted Tuesday, 06 March 2018 09:59 by Martin King in HVAC Business

It seems like almost every day there is news predicting the downfall of America's economy.

But most of us don't realize the ways which America is gaining rather than losing global influence. 
There are many great things happening in America and with our economy. The biggest growth can be found in the manufacturing industry. 

Many things have contributed to the recent rise in the American economy.  Lower energy prices, innovative information technologies, 
and advances in robotics all have influenced growth. The growth of material science is impacting the manufacturing revolution, and are predicted to make 
America's industrial sectors the most competitive in the world.

The Change:

One of the biggest changes we've seen is in the energy sector. The United States already has the second-largest shale gas reserves 

in the world. Recent developments of new technologies are predicted to grow the sector even more. Fracking, in which gas and oil is 
extracted from shale rocks by fracturing them, is driving an energy boom in the U.S. that will soon lower natural gas prices and give American manufacturers a unique competitive advantage.

Robotics: 

The use of robotics in manufacturing plants is also predicted to increase efficiency and precision in the manufacturing industry. 

As robotics continue to expand and grow in America, the cost to produce them is shrinking. 
As the use of robotics grows, a decline in job creation will naturally follow. Machines are likely to replace many workers, but America's dominance in computing and electronics
will create an edge in the automation of manufacturing processes.

New Materials:

The emergence of new materials that use nanotechnology and biotechnology will offer products and production unique to America. 

Applying the technology to carbon nanotubes and grapheme has allowed the growth of high-performance transistors and light composite materials, which 
can speed up the diagnosis of illnesses, detect contaminants, and provide accurate glucose monitoring.

Many large companies such as General Electric are already relocating operations from Asia to Silicon Valley to take advantage of America's information technology. 
Moving production back home will create savings in transport costs, and benefit from the lower energy costs at home.

At Legacy Chiller Systems, all of our parts and products are produced and manufactured in the USA.  

For more information about our process chillers, visit our website at legacychillers.com.

Choosing An HVAC System For Your Project

Posted Tuesday, 20 February 2018 13:01 by Martin King in HVAC Business

What is HVAC?
HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. HVAC systems help to control the indoor temperature for residential and commercial buildings.

Selecting an HVAC system is much more complicated than heading to your local mall to buy a new pair of jeans. In the world of HVAC, there is no such thing as 'One Size Fits All!'

HVAC systems can actually be quite complex. Finding the right type of system for your home or business is not easy.
When getting ready to purchase a new HVAC system, it's extremely important to make sure the system not only heats and cools effectively, but that it is also energy efficient. 

Choosing a system that uses a lot of energy will quickly cause a dent in your bank account!
 
HVAC systems come in many types and applications. The two types of HVAC systems are central or local.
 
Central HVAC Systems
 
In a central air conditioning and heating system, the necessary heating, cooling, and ventilation is provided from a central location in the building, such as from a boiler room. Central air works by pushing heated water or steam through piping or ductwork throughout the building to achieve heating and cooling.
 
Central air conditioning units use a compressor and a condenser unit that uses a refrigerant or coolant such as Freon. The refrigerant gets circulated through copper tubing, absorbs the heat, and then turns to vapor. Once the refrigerant is in vapor form, it travels to the compressor, and to the door where the heat is forced out.
 
Once the air is cool, it travels through the ductwork to cool the building. 
Once the cool air has made its way circulating through the building, the refrigerant has to pass through a device where it is converted to a low temperature liquid and returned to the indoor coil.
 
Local HVAV Systems
 
Local HVAC systems provide heating and cooling to individual areas or rooms. Unlike central HVAC systems, local systems do not circulate throughout entire structures. Local HVAC systems can be anything from wood or pellet stoves, window air conditioners, and space heaters. Electric baseboards can also be considered a local HVAC system, if the unit is installed into a single area.
 
There are a lot of factors that determine which HVAC system is right for you and your needs. You should always consult an HVAC professional before making any purchases. 

A qualified and certified HVAC contractor will determine the type of unit that is best for you, and will install the unit in the proper place so that it will meet your cooling and heating requirements.
 
No matter what your requirements are, Legacy Chiller Systems has the right process chiller for your HVAC needs!
 
Visit legacycillers.com for more information, and to get a free quote from one of our engineers.
 
 

The Importance of HVAC Maintenance

Posted Wednesday, 07 February 2018 11:33 by Martin King in HVAC Business

HVAC maintenance is so important for any business. Maintaining your HVAC system through commercial HVAC maintenance will greatly save the amount of energy your equipment uses.

A Commercial HVAC Maintenance Checklist will help you with the steps needed in order to keep your building's HVAC equipment in top shape, and lasting longer.
 
 
Preventative Commercial HVAC Maintenance
 
Not all businesses require the same needs from their HVAC systems. You should always have a 'customized' commercial HVAC maintenance plan.  These plans may be offered through your preferred contractor, and will provide the specific care your system needs to boost performance and run properly.
Scheduled maintenance should always be performed in the spring for cooling systems, and performed in the fall for heating systems.
This service should always be performed by a licensed commercial HVAC technician. Preventative maintenance on a building's HVAC system helps to keep it running smoothly and efficiently throughout each season.

The following steps will help to repair any existing issues and prevent future performance problems from occurring:

Outdoor Units:

-Make sure all coil and cabinets are inspected and cleaned
-Drain all pans, and make sure all condensate lines are cleared of obstructions
-Inspect the compressor
-Inspect all fan motor and blades
-Control box, switches, wiring, and safety controls should all be inspected
-Check and make sure the refrigerant level is measured and recharged if necessary

Indoor Units:

-Check and clean blower assembly
-Replace belts if needed
-Clean combustion blower housing
-Check and make sure evaporator coils, drip pans, and condensate lines are cleaned and cleared
-Inspected burner assembly
-Clean ignition system
-Test safety controls
-Check fluid system for dislocations and wear
-Inspect the control box.  Make sure all wiring, and connections are checked and tightened
-Replace air filter
-Duct system
 
Air Filters:
 
Air filters should be inspected every three to four weeks to ensure the filter has not become clogged with debris.
You should change your air filters every three to six months.
Stay on top of air filter checks and changes, as restricted airflow through the HVAC systems can hinder the performance and increase energy use.