Governor Maggie Hassan checks out Froling Energy at NH Energy Summit

The Froling Energy team had a very interesting morning at the NH Energy Summit listening to speakers with a variety of backgrounds in energy–from propane and natural gas to wind power and electric companies. Governor Maggie Hassan was most eloquent in her support for all fuels, …

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HVAC Terminology

Just in case you wanted to brush up on your hvac terminology- this is the post for you

SEER: Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio –each air conditioner and heat pump receives a SEER rating, ranging from 13 to 20. The higher the rating, the more energy efficient the HVAC unit operates

Evaporative Cooler: The part of an air conditioner or heat pump that absorbs heat. In an air conditioner, the heat is pushed outside. In a heat pump, the heat is used to heat the home.

Ductwork: Air flows through this type of system so that it can be distributed through a home.

Humidity: The amount of water vapor that is in the air.

BTU: British Thermal Unit –one BTU equals one unit of heat energy. It takes one BTU to raise one pound of water one degree. When a heating unit has a high BTU, this means it has a high heating capacity.

Carbon Monoxide: When carbon burns in a home without sufficient amounts of air, an odorless and poisonous gas known as carbon monoxide will be released.

Compressor: This is the part of an HVAC unit that pumps refrigerant so that cooling requirements can be met and maintained.

Condenser: Part of the air conditioning unit that gets rid of heat. This is most often located outside.

Evaporator: This part of an air conditioning unit captures heat and removes it from the part of the unit that needs to be cooled. This is most often located above or below your furnace. Hence the upflow/downflow term.

Furnace: A device used in homes to put out heat. It can come as a single unit or be combined with an air conditioning unit, commonly referred to as a central heating and cooling unit. Everyone loves a good furnace!

Geothermal heat pump: A type of central heating and cooling unit that takes heat from the ground and uses it to heat a home. This can be a very efficient way to heat your home however can require the most amount of money to retrofit.

HVAC: Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning –a unit used in a home to heat and cool the inside.

Joule: Basic SI unit of energy.

Latent heat: This heat is required to transform a liquid into a vapor or vice versa without changing the actual temperature.

MERV Rating: Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value –Filters have MERV ratings, which describes how big the holes are in the filters. A higher MERV rating means the smaller the holes, which translates into higher efficiency.

Refrigerant: A liquid/chemical that’s used in cooling units; this chemical gives off a cooling effect, and it is commonly referred to as Freon.

Split System: When a home has a HVAC unit that has components located both inside and outside of the home, this is known as a split system.

Sensible heat: When a substance is heated and the temperature itself rises; unlike latent heat where the state of substance changes but the temperature does not. We often refer to this as the type of heat that you feel.

Static Pressure: The amount of pressure that is exerted on the duct system, but it’s not the pressure coming from any moving air. We use static pressure to measure if the airflow and duct system are undersized.

Ton: A unit of measurement that is used to identify the cooling capacity of an air conditioning unit. Here’s a nifty tip- 12,000 btu’s equals 1 ton. And we need approximately 400 CFM per ton. So a 3 ton system is equivalent to 36,000 btus and will need about 1200 CFM for proper airflow.

Ventilator: Part of the HVAC system that ventilates the home.

Watt: The amount of energy that an HVAC uses. The higher the wattage, the more energy the unit is using. Our power bill shows up with this measurement- referred to as kilowatts.

Zoning: This is a method used in homes when different rooms require different comfort zones. Zoning provides enhanced heating and cooling, which translates into optimal comfort and efficiency. Imagine being able to turn certain parts of the house “on” while turning other parts “off”. All seperate from one another.

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Related Reading:

2015 Regional Energy Efficiency Standards for HVAC

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Why We Need Power Outages

Planned Power Outages Increase Reliable Service

Planned power outages are a necessary part of Idaho Power’s commitment to provide our customers reliable, responsible, fair priced service. There are a number of reasons we sometimes plan to turn off customer power—normally because we need to complete maintenance work on, or make upgrades to, a substation or lines. Turning off the power helps our employees stay safe while they complete their work.

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Planned power outages are a normal occurrence on our system. Many affect only a handful of customers at a time, and they always receive a call from our automated system at least two days before the outage. Unfortunately, the system does not leave messages if someone isn’t home, but we do our best to reach customers at the number attached to their account. Customers on these smaller planned outages also receive a card on their door notifying them of the outage.

Larger planned power outages can affect anywhere from a few hundred customers to several thousand—sometimes whole communities. We know any power outage is an inconvenience for our customers, and we always consider their needs and perspectives when scheduling an interruption in service.

We collaborate with cities, counties and chambers of commerce to determine a date and time for a planned power outage that will have the least impact to customers and communities. Some things we evaluate before scheduling a planned power outage include: number and types (residential, commercial, etc.) of customers affected, time of day, anticipated weather/temperature, scheduled community events and impacts to emergency services like hospitals and 911.

Idaho Power recently completed large planned power outages in the Salmon area and the New Meadows/Riggins area. In September, we will take four, day-long planned outages in the Yellow Pine/Warm Lake areas. Our ongoing Underground Cable Replacement Project also regularly takes planned outages to safely complete work.

Stephanie McCurdy
Communication Specialist

Original Article Here

In short, power outages help us. They allow the men and women who get all that electricity to our homes. It’s easy to often forget that our power outlets take lots of people, resources, and energy to get power to. We are easily disconnected from the source of our electricity and only remember Idaho Power every time they send us a bill. Which can easily lead us to drinkin…

Recently I went to Africa with a team of missionaries from my church and what a different way of living. For so many reasons. But most notably was how often the power was out. Every evening an SMS would be blasted out to all the residents in villages with an expected time the power would be out. Yet, rarely did the power company ever keep true to it’s promise of when it would come back on. All the food would now have to be cooked over open flame. Water pumps would stop working. And there was no 2nd source of fuel, like we have here with our widely distributed gas. Imagine this scenario! While we can see that we have it pretty easy here, we are accustomed to having our power up and running 24/7.

Next time your power is out, call Idaho Power to verify if your electricity is out or not. They can determine if there is a planned power outage in your neighborhood and can often let you know how long it will last for.

Many customers ask me if power outages will affect their air conditioner or cause it not work. Systems that are 10 to 15 years old have protection built into the compressors in the outdoor systems that prevent the unit from turning on for 5 minutes after a power outage. This safety mechanism allows the freon to “settle down” in the air conditioner.

We can also assist you if your a/c has quit working.

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Local energy: Froling Energy introduces a new renewable fuel to New England

Have you seen the latest issue of Business Monadnock? Froling Energy was honored to be featured on the September 2014 cover highlighting Mark Froling’s article on manufacturing and supplying Precision Dry Chips (PDCs) for large-scale biomass heating systems. You can read the full article below – …

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