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The Critical Importance of Data Centre Cooling

At the heart of any operational computerisation is sophisticated data centre cooling technology. Like the proverbial horse and carriage, you can’t have one without the other. Without doubt, data is the lifeblood of most businesses. The data centre or server room is the heart that facilitates the continued existence of operation-critical data. We’re talking mothership proportions that rival Battlestar Galactica’s operational abilities here! This is where the big guns are needed. Home and office comfort cooling requirements pale in significance to...

Wine Cooling – Keeping the Right Notes in the Bottle

Whether you are a restaurant or retail outlet, or a passionate collector or producer of beautiful and classic wines, you will want to consider the best storage options available for your collection. Having a dedicated wine cooling cellar is a great perk for any business or private residence. Wine cooling cellars don’t always have to contain space for thousands of bottles. Depending on your requirements, you can go big by adding elegant decor, coolers within coolers or tasting rooms, or...

The Legacy of Willis Carrier

It is often said that “Necessity is the mother of invention” which proved true for American engineer, Willis Carrier, the “Father of Air Conditioning” who ultimately launched an industry with his design of the original air-conditioning system in an effort to solve an air quality problem at the Sackett & Whilhelm’s Lithographing and Publishing Company in Brooklyn, New York on the 17th of July 1902. The installation of the first air conditioner with humidity control marked the birth of modern...

How Smart Buildings Help Your HVAC System Use Less Energy

The more comfortable we are at work, the better our productivity. If we’re too cold or too hot, if our lighting is too bright or too dim, or if the air quality isn’t optimal, our work suffers as we suffer. This is why having an HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) system is so important. Of course, it needs to work properly in order to create the ideal internal environment for maximum comfort and productivity, but it also needs to...

How To Fix Sick Building Syndrome With Adequate Ventilation

How important is adequate ventilation within the office environment? When it comes to the matter of “sick building syndrome,” the very first element that comes under scrutiny is the HVAC system and the air quality in the building. Let’s take a few steps back, however, and discover exactly what sick building syndrome (SBS) is, what causes it and the best-known fixes. What is Sick Building Syndrome? Sick building syndrome is the name given to an enclosed space such as a school or office...

Our Range Of Controls Puts The Power In Your Hands

The ability to control things remotely is one of the most important benefits of 21st-century convenience technology. And while couch potatoes all over the world are no doubt nodding their heads in grateful agreement at this point, the advantages of remote system controls go way beyond not having to get off the sofa to change the TV channel! Commercial buildings, if not managed correctly, can be shameless and conspicuous consumers of energy. As well as being environmentally irresponsible, excessive energy...

Green Buildings Need Green Chillers

When it comes to buildings, green is the new black. Green buildings are defined as those that, through their design, construction and operation, reduce or eliminate negative impacts on our natural environment and climate. Achieving official green building status is an in-depth procedure we go into in a little more detail here, but one of the key criteria is that although the building must have good environmental air quality, the air-conditioning system can only use between 30 and 40%...

AHI Carrier And Allan Gray – Working Together For A Greener Future

They say it takes a village to raise a child. This profound statement has never been truer than it is in our modern times. Growing a person from child to fully functioning, productive and happy adult is a daunting task and one that can simply not be accomplished by parents alone. An entire “village” – teachers, friends, extended family, mentors and others – all contribute in their own way, be it small or large – to the child’s growth...

Mater Hospital Keeps Its Cool With A Brand New Carrier Chiller System

Australia’s North Queensland enjoys a tropical climate, where humidity rarely drops below 70 percent, and maximum temperatures hover in the region of 31 degrees C in the summer. Even in winter, daytime temperatures stay in the mid-20s. With a climate like this, it’s easy to understand why the Mater Hospital recently decided to upgrade its chiller plant. The hospital has more than 150 patient beds and is an acute-care facility providing specialised services, including cardiology, sleep disorder treatment, a...

Carrier’s Energy-Efficient Chiller Design

It’s no secret that Carrier has led the charge to lessen the environmental impact of chillers and air conditioning systems so critical for today’s industrial and business structures. Next generation refrigerants mean Carrier has their eye on the future, which is heading towards megacities, high-rise buildings and huge industrial districts to the end of matching energy needs with available power-grid capacities. Energy efficiency defines the research and technology behind Carrier’s chiller systems. Iron Mountain Project Perhaps in no other case was...