When you need HVAC parts and supplies for your clients, you have several places to turn. However, when you opt for CE instead of a big box store, you can experience superior customer service while ensuring you get the correct high-quality part or supply the first time. Read more
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CE uses Carrier chillers and controls to provide cutting-edge solutions designed to maximize brewing operations, promote energy efficiency and cost-effectiveness
New York, NY – January 3, 2017 –In late 2015, Phil Markowski, Master Brewer and Director of Operations, Mike Wight of Two Roads Brewing Company in Stratford, CT were looking to expand their fast-growing brewery and needed the expertise of a leading-edge HVAC/R manufacturer to assist them. He contacted a local HVAC contractor who put him in touch with Gregg Mello in the Carrier Enterprise (CE) Connecticut office, who heads up the region’s Craft Beer Cooling division and is a knowledgeable and passionate craft-brewing enthusiast. Combining Two Roads’ expansion needs, Mello’s craft brewing expertise and Carrier’s specialized chiller equipment, CE was able to design a cutting-edge system that would exceed Two Roads’ expectations.
Two Roads Brewing Company started their brewery in 2012 with an 80 HP chiller system installed in a building built in the 1920s that was the former home of U.S. Baird Manufacturing Company, a metal-forming machinery manufacturer. With its funky, retro vibe and unique lifestyle philosophy Two Roads became very popular right from the start and grew quickly. In late 2015 the company realized their existing operation was at capacity, they began their first of two major expansions taking them from being a 75,000 barrel a year operation to 150,000 barrels to be produced for both Two Roads and other small craft beer artisans by the end of 2017.
The process of heating and cooling the wort, the liquid created in the beer brewing process, is critical to the success of craft beer and it is crucial that the chiller operates quickly and efficiently to lower the wort back to the ideal temperature. With his in-depth knowledge and passion for craft brewing, Gregg Mello worked closely with Markowski and Wight and a local HVAC contractor to design a system that would meet the goals of integrating the brewery’s existing chiller system, be easy to install with little infrastructure upgrades and would offer the highest energy efficiency with the best return on investment. After analyzing the current system and overall operational goals, Mello turned to Carrier Corporation to find the best chiller system that would provide non-ozone depleting refrigerant, simple installation, superior energy efficiency and powerful controls.
“It was important for the expansion to seamlessly integrate the existing chiller into the new system with minimal infrastructure upgrades. Since Carrier has such a wide line of chiller options, it was easy to find an affordable and sustainable chiller and control system and that would easily plug into the existing brewing operation for both phases of expansion,” said Gregg Mello, CE Sales Representative, Connecticut.
Mello designed the system using two Carrier Aqua Force air-cooled screw chillers from Carrier’s most energy-efficient chiller product portfolio. The system was designed to provide 100 tons per chiller of process cooling and to work in combination with the original 80-ton chiller to provide enough chilling for an 180,000 barrel production facility. Mello selected Carrier’s Model # 30XA162 with direct expansion flooded coolers designed especially for low temp operation. These units are each designed to make 27 deg leaving 33% propylene glycol mix with a flow rate of 425 gpm producing 100 tons of process cooling for Two Roads brewery.
In addition, the Aqua Force chillers were provided with low ambient kits for operation to -20 degree ambient, wye delta starters, suction line insulation, freeze protection, isolation valves, E coated micro channel type condenser coils, non fused disconnects, control transformers and the Carrier proprietary “low sound package” to ensure quiet operation and minimal disruption to the brewery tasting room. The chillers were easily integrated into the existing brewery infrastructure by utilizing a parallel arrangement to ensure that they can use the original system as a back up chiller for higher volume processing. The two Carrier units were conveniently installed outside the building on two large concrete pads housed adjacent to the existing cooling system.
Two Roads Brewing Company is also leading the charge in the craft brew industry with its commitment to energy efficiency and sustainability throughout their operations. For the expansion project, Mello specified an upgrade to the standard controls using BACnet communications greatly improving the brewery abilities to control and view their chiller plant. The two Carrier chillers were supplied with BACnet communications and CE retrofitted the existing chiller with a Carrier BACnet card. With the Carrier BACnet I-Vu control system and user interface, the brewery operations engineer will have the ability to view the chiller plant operation, alarms and modify settings on the Internet anywhere in the world.
About Carrier Enterprise | Carrier Enterprise (CE) is a subsidiary of the largest independent HVAC/R distribution company in the world, Watsco, Inc. CE proudly distributes the Carrier, Bryant, Payne, Gree, TopTech and Founten brands of HVAC equipment, as well as a full line of aftermarket parts, supplies, and accessories. CE has more than 200 locations throughout the Americas and a full-scale eCommerce site for easy online ordering anytime, anywhere. For more information, please visit www.carrierenterprise.com.
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We’re more than just a provider of HVAC supplies online; we’re also fully invested in serving our contractor clients and in making your job as easy and worry-free as possible. Our Part Finder Tool and innovative mobile app are designed to save you time and money and to make it easier than ever to serve your customers. Learning more about these handy tech tools and what they can do to improve your bottom line ensures you’ll be able to put them to use as you grow your business.
What CE’s Tech Tools Can Do For your HVAC Business
We’ve designed these tech tools to be easy to use and truly useful for our HVAC contractor clients. As longtime providers of quality heating and cooling parts, we know the challenges you face finding the right tool or piece for each job in a timely manner. The more time you spend searching through catalogs or huge price lists, the less time you have to dedicate to your business. We’ve crafted these HVAC parts distributors tech tools with you in mind, with the following goals:
The primary goal of our tech tools is to save you, the contractor, as much time as possible. Interrupting a job to track down a rep by phone, or worse, having to search through HVAC supplies online for detailed specs just isn’t an efficient way to do business. We’ve assembled everything you need, from the product details to full document suites and complete parts breakdowns, so you can access everything you need to make a decision without leaving the job site. We’ve made this massive amount of data accessible by our mobile app; simply tap your app and type what you need – it’s fast, easy and free.
Once you’ve made a selection, you can purchase the items from the app itself without having to switch over to another mode of communication or place a phone call. We hope that these innovative tools make it easier than ever to serve your customers and work as efficiently as possible.
We take great pride in our extensive lineup of HVAC parts and supplies, and make sure we stock a variety of price points. It’s about more than price, though; our dedication to stocking the best quality HVAC supplies from the biggest brands ensures that the work you do truly pleases the customer and that you are not stuck with a faulty piece that could damage your reputation.
Ordering a piece, tool or other HVAC supplies online and then discovering it won’t work wastes more than your time – it wastes money, too. You could be serving other customers instead of dealing with an item that is not compatible; checking the heating and cooling parts specs via our mobile app allows you to order with confidence.
The ability to find exactly what you need from any place, at any time, is like having a whole warehouse full of every imaginable HVAC part at your disposal. At CE, we’re dedicated to your success and to providing you with not only the best possible HVAC supplies online, but with the tools you need to succeed, too. Stop by our site and download the free CE HVAC Assist mobile app today to see how easy our innovative tech tools are to use and the many benefits they offer your business.
How do prospects see your business online? If you see your HVAC business listed on a site like Yelp or Angie’s List, but don’t go ahead and officially claim your business, you could be missing out. Online directories are highly ranked in Google, and that prospective customer may see a review site or directory before they ever find your website. Claiming your profiles ensures that prospective customers get accurate information and boost your organization’s SEO, too. It is crucial for HVAC contractors to show up well in local listings — prospective customers need to be able to find you easily.
Benefits of Claiming your Online Listings
- Improved Accuracy: If someone else created your listing, it could contain incorrect or outdated information or branding. Claiming your listing allows you to ensure that everything is correct and that the customer is pointed to the right place. Location, hours and services offered should all be up to date to serve your prospective or current customer.
- Review Response: The way you respond to reviews, even negative ones, gives a potential customer a good idea of what interacting with you will be like. Once you’ve claimed your profile, you can respond to reviews in a positive way.
- Boosted Engagement: Engage directly with prospects and customers on each directory site and you’ll boost your brand visibility and awareness, too.
- Reputation Management: Some negative posts or incorrect details are simple mistakes, but if someone is actively trying to harm your business, you’ll spot it right away.
- Improved Search Engine Visibility: Directory sites are ranked highly by search engines. You need to make sure you show up in each of these places if you want customers to find you.
How to Claim your Online Listings
Some directories and sites make it easy to claim your business – – just click a button and you’ll receive some information about verifying your listings. Other sites require a slightly different approach; the good news is once you claim your listing you won’t have to update it again unless something changes on your end.
Facebook: You may have a page and not know it—if someone has checked in to your business, then Facebook will make a page automatically – and anyone can potentially edit it. Log into your own profile and search for your business; you should be able to easily claim it.
Google+: Search the site to see if you already have a page on Google Maps or Google +; choose “Claim your listing” link to start the verification process. If your business doesn’t show up, Google My Business makes it easy to get started and claim your business online.
Yahoo!: You can just verify your business or purchase an enhanced listing; claim your existing business listing or create a new one by searching the site.
Bing: This search engine uses a similar system to Google, but the claiming process is simplified; just head to Bing Places and claim your business listing to ensure it is correct.
Angie’s List: Since Angie’s List removed the paywall earlier this year, your business listing here is more important than ever. Head to Angie’s List to look up your business and claim it for yourself and take control of your directory presence.
Yelp: Just search and claim your business on Yelp’s business finder page and you’ll be able to update service hours, offerings, locations and more in just minutes.
Claiming your online listings takes only a few minutes, but ensuring your customers can find your HVAC business easily can prevent you from missing out on your local market. At CE, we’re more than just a source for heating and cooling parts, our goal is to ensure the success of our HVAC contractors and to provide everything you need to succeed.
A heat pump makes an ideal alternative to a split system setup, particularly if your customer wants to cut down or eliminate oil or natural gas entirely. Learning more about your options and what to look for in a heat pump makes it easy to find the right match for a customer’s home.
Heat Pump Considerations
What is the Location?
A warm climate that gets cool, but not freezing, is an ideal choice for exclusively using a heat pump; your customers will be able to enjoy warm or cool air as needed year-round and comfort their homes with electricity – no oil or gas needed.
Homeowners in colder climates can still use heat pumps, particularly when paired with a furnace; energy efficient heat pumps can be used to affordably comfort the home in fall and spring when temperatures aren’t so extreme.
Both Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) and the Heating System Performance Factor (HSPF) matter when you measure the energy efficiency of a heat pump. These figures make a difference in the cost of operating your unit – and will have an impact on the performance and affordability of a heat pump over time.
Learning more about SEER and HSPF will help you make an informed decision about your heat pump. Both of these terms help measure the efficiency of a particular product – and you need to know both measurements to choose an effective heat pump for your home.
- SEER is the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio of a particular device and measures how well that product will cool your home.
- HSPF is the Heating Season Performance Factor and describes how well the heat pump you are considering will heat your home in the wintertime.
Your geographic location matters when you choose a heat pump; if you live in a very cold climate, the HSPF will be an important factor in your decision. For those in hot climates who will need to use the air conditioner more frequently, the SEER will have a bigger impact on your overall energy use and costs. A heat pump might not be the best choice at all if you live in a cold climate, because they simply don’t function efficiently enough to comfortably heat your home for an entire season.
Do you need a ductless system? A model like the Carrier Ductless Heat Pump makes it easy to get warm or cool air where you need it, without making extensive renovations or laying in new ductwork. If there is an addition or a room that was not formerly cooled or heated, a ductless system makes it easy to stay comfortable at home. If you are renovating a garage or other room, then a ductless system could be your best option for creating a comfortable space for your family.
Choosing the right system size is a must; it will ensure that the home is always comfortable and operating as efficiently as possible. Too big and the home will always feel too hot or too cold – too small and the unit will run all the time, wasting energy and costing a fortune. Your system size will depend on the size of your home, the amount of energy efficient options you have in place and even the design and layout of your home.
Consider the amount of noise (usually expressed in decibels) at which each heat pump operates. Depending on the location of the unit, a noisier model could negatively impact your customer’s home. Even big units can be quiet. Carrier Enterprise recently installed a ductless system for the Washington Redskins NFL stadium; even at peak times, it operates at just 27 decibels.
Choosing the right model for your customers ensures they are always comfortable and not overpaying for energy use. Contact us when you need your next heat pump. We can help you find the right heat pump for your needs, from a Carrier 1 Ton Heat Pump to an efficient ductless system, we’ve got you covered!
The changing seasons make it easy to provide valuable information to new and existing customers – they’ll feel the cold weather and want to make sure their systems are running at maximum efficiency. Sharing some steps homeowners can take to get ready for the season helps position you as an expert, and ensures your customers know where to go when they need help.
4 Ways to Get Ready for Winter
Change Those Filters
It seems obvious to the HVAC pro, but for the rest of us, a reminder to change the filters in our home ensures that this routine maintenance task actually gets done. Reminding customers to change filters gives you something to talk about on social media and allows you to engage without asking for anything. Plus, if your customer gets a peek at those nasty, used-all-summer filters, they may be prompted to give you a call anyway!
Get an Inspection
The cold weather is an excellent reminder that the heating system will soon be in use. If you offer a maintenance plan, using a blog piece or even an ad pointing out the importance of a fall inspection is a must. For the homeowner, an inspection provides much-needed peace of mind that their home heating system will be ready to use and reliable. For the HVAC contractor, an inspection gives you the chance to make sure that your client has everything they need and to catch little problems before they become big problems. If you do discover a problem, you’ll have time to get the HVAC parts and supplies you need before your customer spends a single cold night at home.
Check for Drafts
Heating your home accounts for about 30% of your entire energy costs during the month, so drafts can get expensive in a hurry. For homeowners, spotting the ways warm air could escape the home helps keep that home comfortable and energy efficient. For HVAC contractors, prompting customers to proactively check for drafts is an easy engagement point and presents you as the expert you are.
Get an Indoor Air Checkup
Those clean filters only go so far; if you have allergies or are concerned about indoor air quality, it might be time for a tune-up. Customers who get a pre-season tune-up won’t have to wait in line when the cold arrives and can have peace of mind that even family members with allergies can breathe with ease. For contractors, having a supply of compressor parts and ductwork supplies on hand allows for instant response to customer demand.
The changing seasons are a tangible reminder of the need to comfort the home and care for the equipment within. For contractors, the new season provides a valuable opportunity to boost brand awareness, make contact and ensure that your customers know that you’re there for them when they need you most. At CE, we’re committed to offering you the best heating and cooling parts on the market – making it easier than ever to build your business, one successful season at a time.
Spring is well underway in most parts of the country — and with the beauty of the blooms comes stuffy noses, headaches and sneezing. For some people, the beauty of spring turns ugly when their allergies flare up and they are confined to the indoors. Unfortunately, the indoors can also be a problem for them too. The pollen and allergens that are prevalent outside come into their home through the ventilation system and get trapped in the HVAC filter. Help your customers overcome their allergies to the spring blooms by reminding them to change their air filters at the first sign of spring and frequently over the next few months, as the temperatures rise and they are opening their windows and allowing the fresh breezes to blow through.
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While America may be the land of the beautiful, a recent report on air quality paints a less than beautiful picture of the air we breathe. Last week the American Lung Association released its 2016 State of Air report. The findings reveal more than 50% of Americans live in areas with unhealthy levels of particle pollution, tiny solid and liquid particles floating around the air we breath, or ozone pollution, harmful gasses that react to sunlight. While there is little we can do to protect ourselves from the “fresh air” outside, you can help your customers “clean the air” with indoor air quality solutions. Browse now >>
When we hear the phrase “Earth Day” many things come to mind… Planting trees, cleaning a park, the effects of global warming, dangerous air pollution levels. What Earth Day means to each of us makes the day a meaningful celebration. (new paragraph) The first Earth Day was in 1970. After seeing the damage done by a 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, a national “teach-in” that focused on educating the public about the environment was formed.
For CE Earth Day reminds us of our committed to helping contractors initiate or participate in Go Green initiatives within their organizations though the W-360 program. W-360 is a nationwide recycling and sustainability service for customers and facilities in CE family.
CE customers can promote a healthy environment by offering high efficiency equipment, indoor air quality solutions, and smart technologies to their clients. Register for your new account today at www.carrierenterprise.com!
Tuesday’s Tip: Many installers often find right-sizing an HVAC system to be a difficult task. Here are some great tips to keep in mind when building a high performance system.
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