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What You Need to Know About the R410a Shortage

You may have noticed that the price of R410a has recently increased, and you are probably wondering why. We are here to explain, but first, understand that the R410a price increase is an industry-wide issue. As you know, at CE we are always looking out for our customers, and as soon as we can lower the price of R410a, you can be assured that we will. Read more

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Parts & Supplies Spotlight: Yellow Jacket Flaring Tool #60278

Whenever we get our hands on a product that can save HVAC contractors time and money, we simply have to share it. Today, we are excited to show you the Yellow Jacket Deluxe Flaring Tool (model 60278). Designed to work flawlessly with new R-410A requirements, it takes the guesswork out of any flaring job. You can use the flaring tool with copper pipes ranging from 1/8” to 3/4” O.D. It works with a drill (the proper drill bit is included), or you can operate it manually. Read more

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5 Tips for Improving Indoor Air Quality

Many customers care about indoor air quality, but may not know the options available for improving it. “One of the hardest parts of selling products that clean up the indoor air for customers is initiating the conversation,” said Josh Pulis of Air Knight. After surveying the climate inside your customer’s home, and speaking with them about their issues, you can select from one (or more) of these five ways to improve their indoor air quality. Read more

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Matching HVAC Systems Has Never Been Easier

Building HVAC systems for your customer is a daunting process, to say the least. From researching each individual product, to testing compatibilities, to figuring out accessories, and so much more, it’s safe to say you are spending way more time and effort matching HVAC systems than you would like. Now, with the help of the AHRI System Builder from CE, you can streamline the process of building HVAC systems, allowing you to get more work done in less time.

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5 Best Practices for Ducting Design and Installation

A high efficiency HVAC system is dependent on properly designed and installed ductwork. Nate Zuck, CE’s Customer Assurance Manager, makes the perfect analogy when he compares an HVAC system to the blood flow in the human body. He says, “The HVAC equipment is the heart, yet it is useless without a good circulatory system.” In this case, the circulatory system would be the ductwork. Read more

CE Wins the 2017 Imagine Excellence Award for Best B2B Experience

Last week (April 3-5), more than 2,500 commerce experts, merchants, and developers from around the world gathered for the highly anticipated Imagine 2017 conference in Las Vegas. Hosted by MAGENTO—the top commerce platform in the world—Imagine 2017 was all about networking with like minds and learning from each other. While the valuable sessions and renowned speakers were certainly a highlight, the most exciting moment for us was when we were announced as the winner of the Imagine Excellence Award for Best B2B Experience. Read more

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Home Automation

Home automation connects the devices in your home and allows them to “talk” to each other, efficient and convenient operation. From simple lightbulbs and kitchen appliances to the systems you use to keep your home at the right temperature, here are just a few of the ways homeowners can benefit from automation:

Unsurpassed Home Comfort

The HVAC system is at the heart of home automation; the ability to comfort the home and provide instant response to requests makes it easy to create an ideal and custom setting for the occupants. Home automation HVAC also serves another important purpose – energy conservation. Automated systems like Carrier’s Cor uses pre-set preferences to automatically adjust for optimal energy efficiency each day. Forget to turn something on or off? Your home automation system can be reached via smart phone, too! The right HVAC parts and supplies to support home automation are just a click away.

Security

Any security camera or alarm that has Internet and wireless capabilities can also be wired into your home network. From smart doorbells that let you see who has arrived at your home (even if you are on vacation or at work) to cameras that give you an instant, real-time view of your home’s exterior and yard, your home security system can seamlessly integrate with your other automated devices. Home automation allows you to instantly increase the light and visibility in any area, or to turn lights on and off as needed – even when you are out of town – no timer required.

Safety

Safety at home isn’t all about physical security; your smoke detectors and CO2 alarms can be set up to alert you of problems or let you know when something is amiss, even when you are not home. The integrated security offered by home automation provides peace of mind and helps protect your largest asset.

Entertainment

Search the net, change the channel and play your favorite song – you once had to use multiple devices to run all of these things at the same time. Thanks to automated hubs like CE’s Cor, which use Alexa powered technology to respond to voice commands, you can adjust one, two or all of your favorite devices without leaving your chair.

Energy Efficiency

While peace of mind and convenience are two of the side benefits of home automation, its fundamental purpose and main benefit is energy efficiency. About 30% of your energy expenditures each month come from heating and cooling your home; switching to an automated thermostat can help get those expenses under control for good. While the biggest individual consumer of energy is your home HVAC, the appliances you use for preparing food, entertaining the family or protecting the home use power as well. Home automation provides unparalleled control over how much energy these systems use, even if you are not home.

At the most basic level, home automation extends scheduled programmability to temperature control and lighting, so that you can suit your energy usage to your usual daily schedule. With more flexible home automation systems, electrical outlets or even individual devices can also be automatically powered down during hours of the day when they’re not needed. As with isolated devices like thermostats and sprinkler systems, the scheduling can be further broken down to distinguish between weekends and even seasons of the year, in some cases.

Home automation is designed to put the items you already own to work for you and to give you unsurpassed capabilities when it comes to controlling your home’s energy consumption, even when you are on vacation or out of the house. Visit CE to learn more about conserving energy and taking control of the devices you use every day; our full line of home automation and control stations makes it easier than ever to get connected and stay connected.

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Beer Meets Innovation and Greatness Ensues

When Gregg Mello met Phil Markowski, it was a clear that a partnership was about to commence. Phil was in need of a high-tech, extremely efficient, extra-large glycol refrigeration system for the rapidly expanding Two Roads Brewing Company, and Gregg just happened to be the Craft Beer Cooling specialist and enthusiast at CE.

Why an Advanced Chiller for Beer is Necessary

Making delicious beer is an art, and at the root of it all—besides the ingredients, of course—is the temperature in which is it crafted. In fact, the glycol refrigeration system comes into play throughout the entire process. While milling, mashing, lautering, and boiling the wort all require heat, it is crucial that the chilller for beer steps up to the plate immediately to get the wort back to the ideal temperature. Basically, the heat source is the gas pedal, and the beer cooling system is the brake. Without it, a batch of beer could be ruined. Once the initial brewing process is complete, the beer must be kept chilled to stabilize it. This cold temperature must be maintained all the way through packaging and storage to ensure the beer’s highest quality.

Carrier Enterprise to the Rescue

CE is known for its innovative HVAC solutions, but their technologies don’t end with heating and cooling homes and office buildings—they are also quite proficient at glycol refrigeration systems for craft beer. So when Two Roads Brewing Company, located in Stratford, Connecticut, outgrew their current beer chiller system, they turned to a company with innovative solutions for their growing brewing demands: They turned to CE.

Phil Markowski, the master brewer at Two Roads Brewing Company, puts it simply when he says, “A reliable chilling system is paramount in the production of quality beer. Fast cooling is important, and our old system needed to be upgraded.”

Clearly, the beer that Two Roads Brewing Company crafts is delicious. Their Belgian-style lambic called Hexotic won the gold medal at this year’s Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO. So, as you can imagine, their growth is rapid and their need for a highly efficient chiller for beer was of the utmost importance. Luckily, Carrier’s 30XA high-efficiency, air-cooled screw chillers could meet both the size, efficiency, and processing needs of Two Roads. When it comes to brewing such large volumes, it can be challenging for ordinary equipment to cool down the wort fast enough. But with Carrier’s innovative technologies, the demanding task of crash cooling expansive volumes of beer was easily accomplished. CE was able to deliver a highly efficient glycol refrigeration system that could handle both the volume and the rapid cooling times required by Two Roads.

Increased Efficiency = Time and Money Saved

Two Roads Brewing Company is thrilled with their new Carrier beer cooling system. The increased efficiency means that there is less time needed to produce each batch of beer, so more beer can be crafted and more beer can be sold. Not only is the brewing process quicker, Phil Markowski, the master brewer, can save himself a lot of time because he can easily control or view the glycol refrigeration system via the internet. More than that, Carrier’s chiller for beer can seamlessly communicate with the other non-branded chiller for a smooth operation.

It’s safe to say that CE and Two Roads Brewing Company are glad they crossed paths. Thanks to the state-of-the-art, efficient technology by CE, Two Roads Brewing can keep up with their rapid growth. To learn more about how advanced heating and cooling solutions could benefit your company, contact CE. And to enjoy a really delicious brew with some friends, stop by Two Roads Brewing Company in Stratford, CT.

Carrier Air Conditioners, Where are They Now? – You Won’t Believe #3!

You know Carrier as your go-to source for HVAC supplies and equipment, but they handle a diverse group of projects ranging from the simple but important family home to the home of the Washington Redskins. From the playing field to one of the most revered locations in the world and on land or sea, Carrier air conditioners show up in some of the most interesting places on the planet.

FedExField: Home of the Washington Redskins

The Carrier Quad-Zone Ductless HVAC system is hard at work at one of the most popular NFL stadiums in the nation; FedExField, home of the Washington Redskins. The FedExField’s system is designed to boost energy efficiency and is part of the organization’s push for improved sustainability. In addition to conserving energy, the Carrier ductless system installed for the Redskins is designed to ensure comfort and reduce noise, allowing fans to converse and communicate more readily.

Rugged Research Vessels in Louisiana

Designed to get tools, supplies, equipment and personnel to offshore oil platforms, these heavy duty vessels convey needed items to and from remote locations. Carrier outfitted the first of four HOSMAX 300 Offshore Support Vessels with VRF HVAC systems designed to protect goods and products and maintain comfortable settings for crew and personnel. Carrier’s Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology was an ideal match for the strenuous needs and rugged conditions experienced by these oversized ships. Carrier HVAC systems allowed for customization to meet the needs of the builder, allowing them to make changes as needed both during construction and once the vessel is pressed into service.

The Sistine Chapel

Carrier is usually called on to ensure that conditions are just right in both homes and commercial settings, but their work at the Vatican is about more than just comfort. According to Antonio Paolucci, director of the Vatican Museums, creating a comfortable setting for 20,000+ visitors per day was only the beginning; the technology used had to be able to make the area comfortable for visitors without harming the irreplaceable artwork within.

“Our aim now is not restoration, but conservation. This is why we have chosen Carrier, because a masterpiece like the Sistine Chapel needs a comparable masterpiece of technology,” he said.

This project required a team of engineers from all over the world to come up with a custom solution designed to create the perfect setting for both visitors and artwork, and ensure that these precious pieces are protected and can be enjoyed for generations to come.

In Homes Around the World

Of all the places Carrier systems show up, we’re proudest of the impact we have on individual homes of all shapes, sizes and ages. Kristin Hyde, CE’s Digital Marketing Manager, moved into her 1920s home shortly after her wedding; three years later, the decades-old Carrier HVAC system is still powering along, providing comfort to her growing family.

“This unit is very special to me because it is a Carrier unit. I am so proud to show off this equipment because I am an ambassador to the brand, and I am proud that it is still working wonderfully after all these years. This really speaks to the legacy of Carrier and its commitment to building quality product.” says Kristin.

Hyde’s experience is not unique – it is not uncommon to hear of Carrier units still cooling homes decades after their initial installation.

Two Roads Brewery

Temperature can make or break a brew – something master beer brewer Phil Markowski knows a bit about. As the driving force behind the Stratford CT based Two Roads Brewing company, Markowski knew he needed an expert when it came to scaling up the business and maintaining the perfect temperature in the company’s chillers. Carrier’s 30XA high efficiency screw chillers were just what the growing craft brewery needed to scale up and deal with the demands of a successful and growing brand.

These are just a few of the many exciting places Carrier equipment and technology has been; their commitment to customer service and satisfaction ensures they stay on the cutting edge of technology and are constantly coming up with newer, better ways to keep things comfortable. Contact us to learn more about what we can do for your business.

Carrier Enterprise at Redskins Stadium | Quad-Zone Ductless HVAC System

Carrier Enterprise at Redskins Stadium

Carrier Enterprise and the Washington Redskins teamed up to provide added comfort and convenience to fans and players visiting FedExField. As part of the Redskins organization’s dedication to green initiatives and improving the fan experience, the team recently upgraded to the Carrier Quad-Zone ductless HVAC system.

About Redskins FedExField

Like all NFL stadiums, FedExField is designed to be comfortable and safe for both fans and players; the Redskins organization’s home stadium has taken things one step further and focused on sustainability as well. The new ductless Carrier system joins other recent updates and innovations designed to improve the stadium’s eco-friendliness and sustainability. Recent FedExField updates and recognition include:

Carrier Quad-Zone Ductless System

The Carrier Ductless Quad-Zone HVAC system was chosen for FedExField to provide an improved visitor experience and to further the team’s comfort initiatives. Some benefits of the newly installed system include:

  • Greatly reduced noise levels; the ductless system has a noise level of only 27 decibels; normal conversation is generally around 60 decibels. The decreased noise should allow fans to converse, compare strategy and socialize between plays.
  • Unique inverter technology; this Carrier system ensures that the stadium is comforted while maximizing efficiency and allowing for savings of both energy and money.
  • Green operation; the new ductless system ensures that the stadium operates at maximum efficiency, without sacrificing comfort or creating noise.
  • Maximum comfort; for staff, players and fans, the new system can keep the stadium comfortable in even extreme conditions.

About Carrier Enterprise

CE is one of the best known suppliers of HVAC tools, systems and equipment in the nation. With a focus not only on providing supplies for both residential and commercial customers, but on leading the industry in innovation and new technology, CE provides equipment for large organizations like the Redskins and individual homeowners, too.

While the Quad-Zone ductless system is able to help the Redskins organization comfort an entire stadium full of fans, Carrier technology is equally at home in the office or personal residence.

To learn more about the benefits of working with Carrier Enterprise or for more information about bringing the technology used in FedExField into your own home or office, contact us. We’re here for all your HVAC and home comfort needs.