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Reasons Your Building May Need an Energy Valve

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Energy prices soar in the summer. It’s hot outside, the air conditioner is running, but it may not be running as efficiently as it could or should. A dirty filter, damaged heating and cooling coils, debris and water pressure can all take a toll on the effectiveness of your HVAC system. Not having the ability to monitor the system means that many of these issues go unnoticed for a long period of time causing more problems down the road resulting in a low Delta T and higher utility bills.

Delta T is the temperature difference of the water when it enters the coils and the temperature when it exits. So if the water that enters the cooling coil is 75 degrees and the water leaving the coil is 55 degrees, the Delta T is 20 degrees. Low Delta T means that there is an issue causing the coils to not cool or warm the water efficiently. This could be caused by too high of water pressure which would not give the water enough time for proper exposure to the coils. It could also be that the water pressure is too low, causing some water to slosh through the coils and other water to not be fully exposed to the coil. If the filter is clogged or debris is inside the system, it can also cause your HVAC system to not work properly or efficiently.

EnergyValveThe Belimo Energy Valve is one of the solutions we suggest to low Delta T and an inefficient HVAC system. This type of valve controls the water pressure, causing the water to have the perfect amount of exposure to the heating and cooling coils.  It reduces the amount of water wasted by an improperly balanced system and eliminates costly issues caused by low Delta T. The Belimo energy valve is fitted with its own IP address and web service, giving the maintenance team the ability to monitor the system in real time and make adjustments remotely.

In a case study featuring the University of Miami, Scott Czubkowski, PE, Director of Engineering at Kerney Associates, installed a number of Belimo energy valves across the university’s campus which ultimately resulted in a $57,000 savings in utilities. They first installed it in the university’s clinical research building, which is over 300,000 square feet. The efficiency of the system was improved almost instantly. Before the valve was installed, the Delta T was 7 degrees. Within a day of installation, it was up to 10 degrees. That makes a huge difference in energy prices when talking about heating and cooling such a large building.

By installing an energy valve, you eliminate water waste from your system resulting in a more energy efficient, environment-friendly unit.  You’re able to monitor the system to detect any complications and make real time changes when needed. You may not be responsible for a large campus, but everyone can benefit from a lower utility bill and an efficient heating and cooling system.  If you’re interested in learning more about Belimo energy valves or any of our other utility-saving products, please contact a Control Depot representative today.

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Samsung Mini Splits Size and Flexibility are ideal for Zoning, Heating and Cooling

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According to the Federal Department of Energy, the air conditioner can be the biggest consumer of energy.  Even though it only runs a couple months out of the year, homeowners can easily spend upwards of $1000 in energy utility bills while trying to cool their homes.  Heating can also be an enormous drain on the pocketbook, especially here in Nebraska!

Most homes and businesses use what is known as a traditional heating and cooling system, which is one of the reasons why their bills are so high. These systems work by feeding air through ducts to separate rooms throughout the home or office. The temperature for the whole house is set by one thermostat and the system works to stabilize the temperature for every room. The idea is that if it’s 70 degrees in the kitchen, it will be 70 degrees in the living room and bedrooms. However the typical duct system can waste as much as 30% of the energy used in the process of heating or cooling your home. This energy can be lost in the ducts or unevenly distributed between the rooms while trying to maintain an even temperature throughout the home, resulting in a higher utility bill.

So what are the alternatives?  Here at Control Depot, we usually recommend a mini split.  A mini split unit is a way to heat and cool your home or business without ductwork. It gives you control of the temperature for each individual room using energy in the most efficient way and lowering your monthly utility bill. They are great for add-on rooms such as a sunroom or garage because they do not require added ductwork and can be turned on when the room is in use and off when it is not.

Not only is a mini split system more energy efficient, but it also runs more quietly than a traditional unit, which is ideal for businesses who don’t want meetings disrupted by the heat or air kicking in. The technology behind these heating and cooling units makes these systems quick and easy to install and maintain. By connecting the system to your smartphone, you can even be notified if there are any issues, when it’s time to change the filter and to track your energy savings.

Mini split systems save you money in the long run by lowering your monthly utility bill and being energy efficient. We are able to offer a few different styles by Samsung at Control Depot that give you the most versatility in your space, whether you prefer a wall mounted unit, a ceiling mount or one neatly tucked away in a cabinet.  All units are made to blend seamlessly into any design aesthetic.

At Control Depot, our experienced staff strive to be the best and most knowledgeable in the business. We can assist you in building a temperature control system to meet your residential or commercial needs.  To set up an appointment with one of our knowledgeable consultants, call us at (402) 934-0078.


Control Depot University

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In the Building Controls and Technology industry,  a great amount of time is spent recruiting and interviewing top electrical, mechanical and IT engineering prospects. But to find someone that is knowledgeable in all three of these technology areas can be a challenge.

Control Depot University was launched in March of 2016 with eight students enrolling in an HVAC Control Systems class.  This 12-week class is designed to give the students an in-depth understanding of key building technology concepts on HVAC fundamentals, commercial heating and cooling systems, HVAC equipment and IAQ, security videos and access control systems, building automation systems and user interfaces.  Additional advanced classes will be available in BAS networks and web-based controls, Energy Audits, BAS interoperability and advanced technologies.

Our Control Contractors have high standards when it comes employee knowledge and competency.  By creating a formal training programs that spans a wide range of technical areas, we know that we will be creating a stronger, more innovative team members that can not only serve our clients on a higher level, but also experience more personal job satisfaction and fulfillment.  .

Control Depot truly feels that people are our most important asset and we are excited to launch a program that will enhance their careers as well as provide a better customer service experience for our clients.

Control Depot Featured in Strictly Business!

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Control Depot Honored as National Distributor of the Year in Omaha, Nebraska – Strictly Business | Omaha

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