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Introduction to VAV Systems
If you work in large commercial offices or mixed-use buildings, you almost certainly work with VAV systems regularly. If you aren't familiar with VAV, this is a quick intro to the basics so that they won't seem so overwhelming. VAV stands for variable air volume; this means that the AHU (air handling unit) can vary […]Read more
What Causes Dirty Sock Syndrome?
I'm not sure who first started calling evaporator coil odors “dirty sock syndrome,” but I really wish they hadn't. Nowadays, every tech out there can't help but categorize every odor from the system as “dirty sock syndrome,” and customers just LOVE to hear that they have a “syndrome” named after a dirty locker room smell. […]Read more
Why is 3/8" Liquid Line So Common? Liquid Line Sizing
You may have noticed that 3/8 liquid lines are generally the norm in equipment 5 tons and under. We went to a job recently where the system had a 1/2″ liquid line, and it got me thinking about the ramifications of going larger or smaller on the liquid line. Liquid Line Basics The liquid line […]Read more