MicroClean 95™ Whole Home Air Cleaner by Respicaire

The Respicaire MicroClean 95® is a new generation of Hybrid Polarized Media Air Cleaners that combine two processes to maximize air cleaning efficiency. The MicroClean 95® works on the simple principle of electro-magnetic attraction to remove harmful, airborne particulates from your indoor air. This includes particles as small as .001 microns.

Why MicroClean 95 Air Cleaner?

  • 50% of the US market DEPENDS on the 1” application
  • Product with Health Benefits – helps with Respiratory issues, Allergies and Asthma
  • 95% efficiency at 0.3 micron supported by AHRAE Test – MERV 10/11 & up
  • Removes Micro-Particulates – smoke, lung damaging dust, pollen, animal dander, airborne mold, bacteria, spores & more
  • Green Energy – costs less than $5.00 per year to operate 24/7
  • Easy Servicing – replace the internal pads every 3-4 months
  • Quiet Performance with the polarized media for high efficiency performance

Additional Features and Benefits

  • Equipment Friendly – low static pressure – 0.15 w.g.
  • 24 Volt operation – green at 2 watts
  • 18 Standard Sizes, Many Custom Sizes as well as Geothermal Sizes available
  • Sealed Powerheads for moisture and heat protection
  • 5 Year Warranty
  • HVAC trade only Product - Not Available in Retail
  • Residual Business – Replacement Media Pads

What Homeowners are Saying about Respicaire

Several years ago my husband and I bought our second “new to us” home. At the time we had a young toddler and were expecting our second shortly after having moved in. As we settled into our home we started to notice that there was a constant build-up of dust. It seemed like a never ending battle, especially in areas near the vents. We were changing our filters regularly and had had the furnace checked when we moved in – it was considered to be in good condition and was well maintained.

Fast forward a few months and our newborn son started presenting a constant cough. We were diligent in our dust management but still, the problem presented. After months of non-stop respiratory related illnesses, he was prescribed puffers. This was not okay with me, I felt like there had to be something we could do to improve our son’s health.

During this time as we researched options we were introduced to the possibility that our HVAC system may be a part of the problem. After discussing options, we elected to move forward with Respicaire’s UV purifiers and electronic air cleaners.What a difference! If we had known we would have installed this before our son was born! The hacking and coughing stopped.

Fast forward another eight years and my son is no longer using puffers or vulnerable to constant chest infections. The air in the home smells fresh and dust is no longer a problem, unless of course we don’t clean it….

In the end our big learning was that a healthy homestead includes clean air! Thank you Respicaire!

Sincerely,

Nicole and David       

 

Respicaire for the Health of Indoor Air

At Respicaire, healthy indoor air is the mission. Respicaire designs and manufactures innovative products to cleanse, purify, and revitalize indoor air for your homeowners.

Why consider Respicaire:

  • Attacks Odors, Viruses, Bacteria, Microbials, Mold, VOC’s, & Particulates
  • Largest Surface Area of the Active Ingredient (Titanium Dioxide)
  • Dealer Programmable LCD Display with Annual Notification
  • Dealer Contact Information on the LCD Display
  • 3rd Party Tested
  • Field Adjustable Output for more or less Oxidation
  • Dual Voltage 120V or 24V that includes a Plug
  • Tandem Wiring for Multiple Units or Commercial Applications
  • Affordable Replacement Parts

TEC’s IAQ strategy has always been to have the right product for the application. Respicaire’s product offering fits perfectly by having many technologies under one brand. We are especially excited about the new Oxy 4 product which offers removal, cleansing, elimination, and treatment of particulates, microbials, pathogens, gases, and odors. 

For more information visit www.respicaire.com or contact Greg Joutras; greg.joutras@tecmungo.com or (815) 531-7414.

TEC & Magic Aire Exhibit at 2016 IASB Trade Show

On November 18th & 19th, TEC and Magic Aire hosted a booth at the Illinois Association of School Administrators & Illinois Association of School Boards 2016 Joint Annual Conference Exhibition. The booth exhibit featured the unique self-contained unit ventilator which incorporates packaged cooling and heating into a single unit, thus eliminating the added cost and maintenance for adding a remote condenser for cooling.

The unit has the highest part-load efficiency ratings in the industry due to a true variable speed compressor, as opposed to a 2-stage compressor like that of competitors. The sound is also a full 7 dB lower than older Magic Aire units. Models range from 2 to 5 tons and can include water, steam, electric heat or hot gas reheat. Models for 2017 include air and water source heat pumps.

School board members, facilities managers and engineers visited our booth and had the opportunity to appreciate this quiet and efficient unit. 

 

Tower Tech Reaching New Heights in Chicago

340 On The Park was looking to reduce their rising costs of chilled water from the local utility by installing and operating their own chiller plant on the top floor of the building. They hired consultant Cyclone Energy Group to provide design, cost analysis, feasibility, and energy modeling services. TEC worked closely with Cyclone Energy to provide the owner with several options:

  • Option #1: Carrier Air Cooled Scroll Chillers
  • Option #2: Carrier 19XRV Centrifugal Water Cooled Chillers And Tower Tech Cooling Towers
  • Option #3: Carrier 23XRV Ultra High Efficient Water Cooled Screw Chillers in Series – Counter flow Arrangement and Tower Tech Cooling Towers

The Condo Board selected Option #3 which provides the most efficient design, largest utility rebate, and quickest return on investment. Click here and watch a video of the unique lifting operation.

The unique equipment selected offers unparalleled benefits not found in other conventional chillers and cooling towers.  Here are just some of the unique benefits:

Tower Tech Cooling Towers

  1. Multiple direct drive fan design provides inherent redundancy in the event of a fan failure
  2. 80% less drift heavily reduces water and chemical usage
  3. Pultruded FRP construction of the cooling tower eliminates corrosion and extends tower life
  4. Variable flow nozzles utilize the entire surface area of the media and increase energy efficiency at part load conditions
  5. Unique basin design keeps the water dark and at a high velocity virtually eliminating  the risk of algae and legionella growth
  6. Simple maintenance done from the ground level.  No more ladders and harnesses.

Carrier 23XRV Screw Chillers

  1. Simple design with only 3 moving parts (screws).  No inlet vanes or actuators to fail.
  2. Positive displacement design means no compressor surges.
  3. Rapid adjustment to load changes ensures maximum comfort for the tenants
  4. Series Counter Flow design enhances the efficiency an additional 5-10% over the competition
  5. No compressor teardowns required
  6. 50 year bearing life

For more information on this job or the equipment used, please contact Mark Simbrowky at mark.simbrowsky@tecmungo.com

TEC & Carel Announce Engineering Portal

TEC and Carel have announced that Carel’s website www.humidifynow.com now features an engineering portal for you to design, select and obtain literature and submittals for all of your jobs that require humidification.

This portal can also print submittals and IOM manuals at the touch of a button. And it also has specifications for use when using Carel as a basis of design.

To access, simply navigate to www.humidifynow.com and log in. Then click on Create a Consulting Engineering Account to begin using the portal.

Revit Modeling On Www.Humidifynow.Com

Carel Group, has also recently announced the release of BIM/REVIT Models now available on www.humidifynow.com. You can now access, download and use, as a basis of design in your drawings, graphics of units that are realistic and accurate.

Along with specifications (Word format) and performance data (Excel format) this additional feature makes it simple for you to use Carel as a basis of design on your jobs.

TEC’s sales staff is available to visit your organization to conduct a Lunch & Learn session, sign you and your team up, and demonstrate the use of the portal.

Call your TM and get signed up today!

Stand Out From the Crowd with the Carrier Vision Pro App

Ever had a homeowner say: ‘I like the idea of ductless technology but not sure about that thing on my wall?’ Looking for a tool to enhance your ductless sales technique and stand out from the crowd? With the Carrier Vision Pro app, you can do that and much more. 

Utilizing bleeding-edge technology, this augmented reality app for the iPad gives you the opportunity to “show” a customer, either as a picture or short video, what a ductless system would look like in their home – high on the wall, low on the wall with a floor console unit, outside the house and much more. 3D models of the Carrier Ductless & VRF lineup including both indoor and outdoor units are available to give you the ability to pick the right system for your customer based on their needs and application. Multiple rooms and outdoor units can be grouped as a complete project to make it easy for your customer to reference when reviewing your proposal. The Carrier Vision Pro, a product visualization tool, not only enhances the ductless sales process but also your business.

This app is available for dealers who are part of the Come Home to Carrier incentive program. To learn more about the Carrier Vision Pro app visit the Come Home to Carrier HVACpartners page.

If you have any questions please Email Carrier Expert Central or call 1-800-946-2930.

Aeroseal Duct Sealing at Loyola Cudahy Library

Loyola Cudahy Library, Chicago, IL – Completed 2/2/16 

After a remodel of the Loyola Cudahy Library, the ductwork needed to be sealed in order to comply with code. To accomplish this, Aeroseal Solutions, Inc of McHenry, IL performed the Aeroseal duct sealing method in order to reduce the leakage.

Initial Leakage: 656 cfm

Final Leakage: 16.8 cfm  

RESULT: 97.4% Reduction in Leakage

 

 

            

 

 

 

 

 

 97.6% reduction in duct leakage                                        97.1% reduction in duct leakage

 

 

 

 

 

 

  96.9% reduction in duct leakage                                        98.4% reduction in duct leakage

 

Why Install an Expansion Tank with Every Water Heater Installation?

Installing a thermal expansion tank with a new water heater has become increasingly important. Most cities nowadays have check valves in their water meters which prevent the home’s water from going back into the public water system. While this process poses a health benefit, it creates a problem for the domestic water system.

The check valves make the domestic water system in a house a “closed system.” This means that when the water in the water heater is heated, it expands but has nowhere to go. It therefore increases the pressure in the domestic water system, potentially causing damage and leaks to the system. See attached brochure from Bradford White for more details.

There exists a simple solution: to install a thermal expansion tank on the cold water inlet of the water heater. Sizing is also simple: use a HWTX5 tank for 40 & 50 gallon water heaters. For water heaters above 50 gallons, use a HWTX12 tank. Expansion tanks are cost-effective and easy to install with a new water heater.

Aeroseal Duct Sealing at Iconic Wrigley Building

Wrigley Building, Chicago, IL – Completed 11/28/15

During a remodel of the 9th Floor of the Wrigley Building, when walls                             were torn down and the duct was exposed, the General Contractor was made aware of air pouring out of the duct work as a result of gaps causing leakage. The Aeroseal duct sealing method was used to reduce that leakage.

Initial Leakage: 430.2 CFM

Final Leakage: 31.4 CFM

RESULT: 92.7% Reduction in Leakage

Lake Geneva Geothermal Project

TEC partnered with a local engineering firm and contractor to design the best in comfort and energy efficiency for a residential project located in Fontana, WI.

TEC Territory Manager, Jose Ronchetta, worked extensively with a highly professional consulting engineering firm. The firm specializes in mechanical and electrical engineering for buildings, focusing on green and energy conservative designs. After many hours of consulting and engineering work, the job was ready for installation.

The impressive installation was completed by Ridgeway Home Services, a heating company that services the greater Chicagoland area. Ridgeway is considered a hydronics heating expert but also services and installs many other types of equipment, making it right for this project.

Project Quick Facts      

  • Location: Fontana (Lake Geneva) WI
  • Size: 24,000 Sq Ft
  • Tons: 55
  • Solder Joints: Over 200
  • Bore Holes: 22
  • RAUGEO Pipe Used: Over 8,000 Ft                                      

Equipment Highlights

  • Carrier Geothermal Splits
  • Carrier Fan Coils
  • RAUGEO Geothermal Pipe
  • Carrier Flow Centers
  • Grundfos Magna 3 Pumps

For more information about this project, contact Greg Joutras at 815-531-7414 or greg.joutras@tecmungo.com.

What the Mechanical Hub video series on the Fontana, WI project:

Oct. 29, 2015 – Fontana, WI Geothermal Project

Nov.4, 2015 – Video Teaser

Nov.11, 2015 – Carrier Geothermal Project

Nov.18, 2015 – Grundfos Magna Circulators

Nov.23, 2015 – REHAU PEXa Tubing

 

XeteX Custom Made Air Handlers – A Success Story

On an unusually cold day in May, Imperial Crane was lifting three XeteX custom made air handlers to the 11th and 7th floors of the new Midwest HQ of a multinational technology company, located in the west loop of Chicago. The lifts were accomplished with the 2nd largest crane in the Midwest, a 550 ton monster that lifted these 20,000 lb units to their final destination. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

In the Beginning

This story began in the spring of 2014 when the engineering firm of Environmental Systems Design called their Temperature Equipment Corporation (TEC) salespeople, Mark Simbrowsky and Jose Ronchetta to give them ideas about meeting a new building guideline called the Living Building Challenge© with an air handler that could handle the requirements of this demanding job. TEC knew immediately who to turn to for the job; XeteX, based in Minneapolis, MN.

Design Requirements

Part of the Living Building Challenge© requires:

  • Ventilation rates must be designed to comply with ASHRAE 62 and equipment must be installed to monitor levels of carbon dioxide (CO2), temperature and humidity.
  • Conduct air quality testing at pre-occupancy and after nine months of occupancy to measure levels of Respirable Suspended Particulates (RSP) and Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC).
  • Provisions must be made for future enhanced filtration such as carbon filters, or more advanced products such as Secure Aire.
  • Monitoring is required to provide occupants opportunities for improving indoor air quality over time. Maximum thresholds will not be used to test compliance with the Living Building Challenge, but are listed in the Dialogue for reference. A minimum of one test is required for each separate HVAC system installed.

Therefore AHU’s were designed with the addition of innovative IAQ solutions to help qualify. One such product is Global Plasma Solution’s bi-polar ionizations I-Bars. These devices create positive and negative ions that are distributed across the cooling coil and propelled into the space to reduce or eliminate RSP’s and TVOC’s. Plus there is room in each AHU to install, at a later date Secure Aire filtration systems that use Particle Acceleration Control Technology and MERV 15 filters to reduce or eliminate RSP’s and agglomerate particles in the space to reduce TVOC’s and any other particulates that may accumulate in the environment. Also, room was left for a cooling coil and the units were built for the addition of compressors and condensing section once the building was occupied.

The purchase order was awarded during the Christmas holiday and the units were released for production in early March. Lead time was a tight 10 weeks, which is unheard of for a custom made unit. Also the delivery had to be timed exactly because of the crane involved. Any missed date of production, shipment or weather would have resulted in a large crane charge.

Given all that could have gone wrong, the coordination efforts of all parties combined to make this job a show piece for everybody.

 

Carel USA Humidification & RenewAire Energy Recovery Ventilators

On June 9th TEC hosted an event sponsored by Carel USA Humidification and RenewAire Energy Recovery Ventilators. The day started out with the Carel van in the parking lot of U.S. Cellular field where several engineers and contractors learned how Carel could satisfy all their humidification needs.

Carel USA manufactures humidification products in Manheim, PA. They are the 3rd largest manufacturer in the world of humidifiers. Their systems range from 3 lbs/hr. to 12,000 lbs/hr. They manufacture products in two broad categories:

  • Isothermal (steam) using electricity or gas to generate steam
  • Adiabatic (pressure) using compressed air or centrifugal force to generate mist

Carel products have a variety of distribution methods ranging from spray nozzles to distribution pipes and manifolds.

They have a unique evaporative cooling system called Optimist that can be used in the summer time to reduce cooling needs and in the winter to meet humidification needs.

RenewAire manufactures products in Madison, WI. They use a heat exchanger that can transfer sensible as well as latent energy. Their efficiency approaches that of a wheel for energy recovery. Their ERV’s are self-contained and can handle up to 8,000 CFM and can go as high as 20,000 CFM when using modules with external fans. Their products can be used outdoors or indoors. RenewAire also makes combo curbs to use with Carrier roof top units.

They can operate down to -10 degrees without frosting and don’t need a condensate system. They are easy to clean, with the simple use of a vacuum cleaner.

For more information contact your TEC representative.

S&P Spun Aluminum Centrifugal Power Roof Ventilators

S&P has announced its new direct drive spun aluminum centrifugal power roof ventilators. These fans were designed with efficiency in mind to make available smaller models and motors to better meet the needed performance. This new centrifugal spun aluminum line delivers wider performance ranges and unit sizes.

Key Benefits: 

  • Save $ by using less energy to meet the same performance levels
  • Save $ by choosing the smallest motor to get the job done

 Model SDBD – Downblast Direct Drive Roof Exhauster:

  • Sizes: 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15 & 16
  • CFM Range: 40 to 4980
  • Static Pressure: up to 1-3/4″ w.g.
  • Warranty: 5-years
  • Certifications: cULus 705 and AMCA Air and Sound

Model STXD – Upblast Direct Drive Roof Exhauster:

  • Sizes: 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15 & 16
  • CFM Range: 55 to 4780
  • Static Pressure: up to 1-1/2″ w.g.
  • Warranty: 5-years for UL 705 models / 2-years for UL 762 models
  • Certifications: cULus 705, cULus 762 and AMCA Air and Sound
  • Roof or wall mounting

For more information click here, or contact your TM or local branch manager.

TEC, Carrier, ASHRAE, and Others Join the Advanced RTU Campaign

Older, inefficient commercial rooftop unit (RTU) air conditioning systems are common and can waste from $1,000 to $3,700 per unit annually, depending on the building size and type.  By replacing or retrofitting them, you can save money, improve your energy efficiency, make your building more comfortable, and help the environment.  The Advanced RTU Campaign (ARC) encourages commercial building owners and operators to replace their old RTUs with more efficient units or to retrofit their RTUs with advanced controls in order to take advantage of these benefits. 

You can learn more at www.advancedrtu.org, including case studies, energy savings calculator, utility rebates, building awards, and more.

Aurora Facility Uses HVAC-Plant-in-a-Box Concept

A large manufacturing company  was expanding their operations into an existing building in Aurora, IL.  The building did not have a mechanical room in place and there was no room to build one due to the room that would be taken up by the manufacturing and process equipment.  In addition the job also had a very tight construction schedule so it was in everyone’s best interest to look into using Continue reading

TEC Project at Crate & Barrel Store Gets National Recognition

Crate & Barrel has been a national account of TEC & Vince DeStefano for over a decade and we have done dozens and dozens of BAS installations for them all over the US and Canada.  The project we did in Durham, NC last year has been getting a lot of recognition.  We control both the HVAC and lighting at most stores and with very few exceptions we Continue reading