Problem Solved: How We Overcame an HVAC Challenge in the Commercial World
At General Heating and Air Conditioning, we have a commercial side of the business, and a residential side. Our project managers oversee projects related to the commercial side of the business. In our new “Problem Solved” series, several of our project managers will share a challenge they encountered on the job and how they were able to provide their client with a solution. Our first project manager to share his story is Jake Will.
“As with any industry, clients hire us for our expertise. We get hired because we are the experts in our field and are relied upon to provide answers and solutions to technical problems. Sometimes being an expert is not enough; however, and we are required to be an educator as well.
A large handful of the owners we work for are very smart people who understand HVAC to a decent level. On the flip side, there are a fair number who do not which requires extra effort on our part to gain or maintain client satisfaction.
On a recent conceptual design, the owner wanted to build a test lab that offered temperature ranges from 0ºF all the way up to 130ºF and variable humidity from 0% RH to 100% RH. On top of this, the equipment needed to be able to handle an explosion proof environment. While individually these desired conditions are not that unique, to be able to hit all extremes and everything in between was a very unique problem.
Our initial solution was to break down the challenges to the owner and illustrate that this test cell would not be able to be built using a single piece of equipment, as they had originally hoped, to handle the full range of conditions. The concept presented was using readily available heating, cooling, and humidification equipment mounted to coils within the air stream to provide the test cell with the ability to dial in and tweak conditions as necessary. The whole thing is driven using an explosion proof fan and a series of dampers to allow air to enter and exit the chamber from the outside atmosphere or the air within the plant where the test cell is to be located.”