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Fire, Smoke and Radiation Damper Installation Guide for HVAC

Since SMACNA published the first edition of the “Fire, Smoke and Radiation Damper Installation for HVAC Systems” many changes have occurred in concepts of fire protection. Emphasis on use of duct systems in engineered smoke control modes as outlined in ASHRAE and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) publications is now a key consideration for HVAC system engineers. Such concepts depart from the traditional practice of automatic shutdown of duct systems and create new perspectives on… Read More

Safety Corner

By Greg Wharton As the economy improves, odd as it may sound, many of the most experienced construction professionals are taking on more responsibilities in addition to their normal duties. This may mean daily body movements that they are not used to, increasing their risk of injury. This aspect of a job should not be overlooked. SMACNA members should be aware of these ergonomic issues, and the need to consider these risks in their supervisory… Read More

Don’t Let Inverter Flexibility Price You Out of a Job!

Contributed by Gerry Wagner My “Mini Split Design & Installation” curriculum has a section dedicated to properly sizing an inverter mini split. I stress that the days of walking into a room and making a statement such as, “this room is 3 tons all day long” need to be gone…GONE! Those guesses…and lets be honest, that’s what they were…are not how someone who is a “professional” should conduct themselves. Some might think that those… Read More

Venstar’s Explorer Mini Thermostat Named One of “The Best Smart Home Products of 2018” by Electronic House Magazine

Venstar®, a leading thermostat and energy management systems (EMS) manufacturer, today announced that its Explorer® Mini residential programmable Wi-Fi® thermostat has been named one of “The Best Smart Home Products of 2018” by Electronic House Magazine. The most affordable programmable Wi-Fi thermostat on the market, Venstar’s Explorer Mini is available throughout North America from Venstar’s exclusive network of Wholesale HVAC Distributors. “We are very honored to win an Electronic House ‘Best Smart Home Products’ award… Read More
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