Is R-404A Being Phased Out & is R-449A a Good Retrofit Option?

Posted by Ken Allen on Jan 26, 2023 8:35:40 AM

The US started limiting HFC usage on January 1st, 2022, following the passage of the American Innovation in Manufacturing (AIM) Act of December 2020. Prior to the legislation, the EPA did not have the authority to make changes to HFC usage, and HFC policy decisions fell largely to the states, 11 of which had already begun HFC phasedown measures under the US Climate Alliance. The EPA's current phasedown schedule is aiming to reduce the production and consumption of HFCs by 85% below baseline levels gradually by 2036. This means that individuals and organizations that currently use HFCs like R-404A, for example, have a decision to make. 

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Super Radiator Coils at AHR Expo 2023

Posted by Super Radiator Coils on Jan 17, 2023 10:03:35 AM

Well, 2022 is in the books, and in the HVAC-R industry, we all know what the new year brings – the AHR Expo and ASHRAE’s annual Winter Conference! And, after a somewhat scaled-back presence in 2022 due to the lingering pandemic, Super Radiator is excited to exhibit and attend as normal (booth #B2947).

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Coil Circuiting Best Practices (Fluid Coils)

Posted by Super Radiator Coils on Dec 6, 2022 9:38:53 AM

In heat exchangers, circuiting refers to the pattern by which the working fluid travels from the coil’s supply to its return. Also relating to coil circuiting is the orientation in which the coil is installed, relative to the direction of the application’s airflow.

Coil circuiting and its relationship with the application’s airflow are critical considerations of coil design, as proper circuiting can help increase the heat transfer coefficient of the heat exchanger.

On the other hand, improper circuiting can lessen a coil’s effectiveness and even cause damage, like tube erosion resulting from insufficient calculations for fluid velocity, for example. So, it’s important to understand the forces at play before deciding on a circuiting layout.

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Data Center Cooling: 3 Popular System Designs

Posted by Ken Kaye on Nov 15, 2022 10:33:34 AM

With the explosive growth of the digital economy over the last quarter century, the need for services like data storage, large-scale immediate computing operations, web hosting, and others has exploded as well. In that time span, the data centers where these functions take place have mutated from a handful of on-premises server racks performing local operations to sprawling commercial structures with thousands of servers.

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R-448A: Pros, Cons, & Comparisons to Other Refrigerants

Posted by Super Radiator Coils on Oct 14, 2022 8:41:47 AM

Our refrigerant focus series consists of deep dives into the history, properties, suitable applications and pros and cons of some of today’s common refrigerants. This installment will focus on R-448A.

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How Coil Design Can Make or Break Your Commercial Unit's Efficiency

Posted by Daren Carlson on Aug 31, 2022 11:43:46 AM

In the world of commercial HVAC-R systems, energy efficiency is paramount – whether your goal is to satisfy industry-mandated efficiency ratings or win customers by saving them money on their electric bill. Overall unit/system efficiency is what end users are after, but if you’re an OEM of commercial RTUs, AHUs, etc., and don’t have a deep understanding of how subcomponents - especially coils - impact unit efficiency, you could be costing your customers money – a lot of money.

Based on the experiment outlined in this article, poor coil design can lead to more than a 100% increase in annual fan electricity usage per coil per year.

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A Manufacturer's Take on Inflation Reduction Act Climate Provisions

Posted by Rob Holt on Aug 25, 2022 10:09:00 AM

To start, I’d like to say that this article is not intended to be political. I feel there are certain issues that transcend politics, and regardless of where you may fall on the political spectrum, some challenges can’t be met without cooperation. And I think one such challenge is ensuring our environment is healthy and sustainable for future generations.

Earlier this month, Congress passed the Inflation Reduction Act, which was signed into law by President Biden on August 16th. The legislation, which is designed to – among other goals – help relieve Americans of rising healthcare, energy, and consumer costs, also includes $386 billion aimed at combatting climate change at several levels. As the leader of a manufacturing company, I’m excited to see that this investment in our climate is also an investment in American jobs, innovation, and engineering excellence.

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Engineering Best Practices When Designing Coils for Mixed Gas Streams

Posted by Clay Tyler on Jul 20, 2022 9:16:13 AM

At Super Radiator, some of our favorite projects are those that have a positive impact on the world around us. Take applications like economizers or waste heat recovery, for example. Coils designed for such purposes perform functions like harnessing otherwise wasted heat to reduce fuel costs or power other functions like heating water.

But, with some of these sorts of applications come some unique challenges. Since these applications often involve combustion – the fuel for which can take a variety of forms – accurately modeling the heat transfer properties of the resulting gas mixture (known as flue gas) requires extra care.

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ATMOsphere America Summit 2022 - SRC Takeaways

Posted by Super Radiator Coils on Jun 27, 2022 11:18:08 AM

Studying the performance of refrigerants is of our passions at SRC and we've invested heavily in learning as much as we can about them. Last week, ATMOsphere held their annual natural refrigerants conference in Washington D.C. The conference took place on June 7th and 8th and Super Radiator Coils sent three engineers to learn about the natural refrigerant market, emerging applications, new technologies, and more. Read below to hear what SRC's Ken Allen, Will Klick, and Gail Miller took away from the conference and their thoughts on the future of natural refrigerants. 

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R-744 (CO2): Pros, Cons, & Comparisons to Other Refrigerants

Posted by Ken Allen on Jun 27, 2022 9:52:50 AM

 Our Refrigerant Focus series delves into the history, properties, suitable applications, and pros and cons of some of today’s popular or otherwise noteworthy refrigerants. This installment will focus on R-744 (CO2).

Check out some of our refrigerant focus posts below.

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