Better Temperature Measurements
I am in the midst of testing the accuracy and repeatability of different types of airflow measurements for techs in search of the most practical methods for different applications. A commonly taught method for measuring airflow is the temperature rise method, where you use a heat source that produces a set number of BTU/h, such […]
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An Evaporator Coil With No Fins?
Let's use a bit of imagination for a minute. Imagine you have two totally identical 3-ton systems. One of them is completely normal, and the other has no fins at all on the evaporator coil. They both have the same charge, airflow, and compressor capacity. What will be different in terms of readings and performance […]
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Air Velocity Quick Tips
Recommended Duct Velocities (FPM) Duct Type Residential Commercial / Institutional Industrial Main Ducts 700 – 900 1000 – 1300 1200 – 1800 Branch Ducts 500 – 700 600 – 900 800 – 1000   As service technicians, we are often expected to understand a bit about design to diagnose a problem fully. Duct velocity has many […]
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How to Use a Manufacturer Fan Table and Why They are Important
Many installers and service technicians know how to read and use a manufacturer fan table, but this is a quick review with a few extra tips for newer techs. It’s also a good reminder to senior technicians about how this easy-to-use practice can also be easily abused. At installation, properly setting up airflow is imperative to the […]
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ACFM, SCFM, & Baseball dents
This is a VERY in-depth look at ACFM vs. SCFM and why it matters to airflow measurement from Steven Mazzoni. Thanks, Steve! Imagine your job is to figure out how fast baseballs were traveling before they hit a sheet-rock wall. The only method you have is to measure the depth of the dent left in […]
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Static Pressure, Manometers, and Magnehelics
When you start talking airflow, it can get pretty in-depth pretty quickly. There is a big gap between what is useful for the average tech to apply every day and the whole story, so let's start with the simplest part to understand, static pressure. Static pressure is simply the force exerted in all directions within […]
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Air is Squishy – Measuring Airflow w/ Bill Spohn
Measuring airflow is easy. Measuring airflow accurately is quite a bit more difficult. In many cases, when we as technicians measure airflow, we are trying to get to the almighty CFM (cubic feet per minute) volume measurement. You can take CFM readings fairly easily with a hood, like the Testo 420, but even a hood […]
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