Simulation Driven Design Optimization for Reduction of Temperature on a High Current Density PCB

The market demand for lightweight and cost effective electronic products with multi-functional operations leads to the introduction of plastic housing and high current density on board. In general, automotive electronic products operate in harsh environment. With high current demand, Joule […]

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Simulate electronics cooling strategies to design products more effectively

Sponsored by ANSYS Determine the Thermal Signature of an Electronic System As electronic devices become smaller, denser and faster, the structural and thermal integrity of their electronic packages and printed circuit boards (PCBs) becomes more critical. Heat affects the performance and […]

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Summer Preparation Checklist

Summer preparationIt’s coming.  The date is fast approaching.  June 21st is the official start of summer, and although we haven’t really been feeling the heat just yet, it’s only a matter of time.  There are certain household tasks that go along with preparing for summer’s arrival like pulling the grill out of the garage, servicing the lawnmower, and ensuring that the porch furniture is ready for company.  However, there is a summer preparation checklist for your HVAC system, too!

  1. Clean Up – The weather has been wishy washy, so far, this year and has produced quite a bit of wind. Due to our lackluster spring, you’re probably noticing a lot of twigs and sticks all over the yard.  Well, if they’re in the grass then chances are they’ve also made their way to the HVAC unit.  Check under the unit, the top, and give it a cursory look inside to ensure that nothing is stuck in the blades.
  2. Filters – Replace the filters, especially after spring. There is likely a ton of pollen and air irritants clinging to the old one.
  3. Window Units – If you don’t have central air and are using window units, now is a great time to get them into the windows. Make sure they are unobstructed and properly seated in the window for maximum functioning and efficiency.  Seal around the unit to ensure that rain water isn’t going to come inside your home.
  4. Ceiling Fans – Many people use ceiling fans as their backup system for their air conditioning. They’re a great way to cool off the room and provide a light comforting breeze.  Now is the time to clean off the blades and make sure that the blades are set to move counter-clockwise, thus pushing the air down.
  5. Duct Cleaning – Spring is a rough season for the home. There are a multitude of pesticides, pollutants, and pollen that can make their way into the house and hang out in the air ducts.  Duct cleaning is a good way to combat these issues, and can increase the comfort level of your house as the system will function more efficiently.

If you’re in the market for a central air system or duct cleaning, we can help.  Contact us today to schedule an appointment for your home’s air conditioning needs.

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New Super-Sensitive Temperature Sensor Accurate to +/-1.5°C

Omron Electronic Components has extended its non-contact MEMS thermal sensor range with a new narrow-field version specifically designed to provide accurate non-contact measurements of an objects’ surface temperature for industrial control, medical and building automation systems. The Omron D6T-1A-02 is […]

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Someday Humans Will “See” The Heat!

Many biological creatures are enabled with the ability to “see” the heat – reptiles, for example, effectively use this ability to detect the size of the heat-emitting object and its range. Other biological entities, including mammals, are enabled with the […]

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What To Consider About Central Air

Central AirIf you’ve been suffering through the Central Pennsylvania summers without air conditioning in your home, you know the pain of the heat and humidity.  However distant the memory of summer seems these days, we assure you, it’s on the way.  Central air is an option for many homes in the area, and with our financing programs, we can make it available for most homeowners.  However, here is what to consider about central air, before you call for an appointment.

There are pros and cons for nearly every addition to your home.  Homes with central air can relish in the many benefits, but also need to think about some things prior to installation.

  • Added Costs – Many homeowners get excited about the prospect of a consistent temperature in their homes and drive the thermostat down to get the maximum output from their unit. This is a bad idea!  Keeping your thermostat at sixty-eight degrees will increase your bills considerably.  Many people have found that seventy, or even seventy-two is a comfortable temperature for their home and will keep the bills somewhat closer to what you’re used to.
  • Duct work – In order to have central air installed in your home, there needs to be a duct work system added to the existing structure. Due to this addition, the process won’t grant you instant gratification.  Your central air may take some time to install.  You’ll also want to consider regular maintenance of this duct work to keep your system functioning properly.  If you aren’t ready for the commitment of duct work, we do offer ductless units for your convenience.

While there are certainly some potential downsides when it comes to central air, the upsides far outnumber the cons. 

  • Filtered Air – All of the allergens that come in from opening the windows are filtered through your system, thus making the air in your home unquestionably cleaner and safer to breathe.
  • No Crazy Temp Spikes – If it’s ninety degrees outside, your home can be kept at seventy-two all the time, or with a programmable thermostat you can make it happen by the time you get home from work. There’s no more waiting for the window units to cool the room off when you arrive back at the house.  There is no hoping for a cool night breeze to come through.  It’s easy to maintain the same temperature, all the time.
  • It’s a Two-Fer! – Many central air units are combined with heating as well. So if you’re ready to make the commitment, you have the option of better consistency when it comes to your heating as well.  If you’ve been dealing with expensive heating options, having your house wired for central air, there’s a better choice!
  • No More Heavy Units – Once central air is installed, it’s in the house. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about lugging heavy window units from the windows when the seasons change.  Give your back a much deserved break!

If you are on the fence about central air, jump off!  We have plenty of options for homeowners who want their home to be cooled on a regular basis, so contact us today!

 

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Computational Modeling of a Novel End-of-Aisle Close-Coupled Cooling Solution

Data centers are mostly managed by overly conservative thermal management approaches [1]. The typical thermal solution for data centers is perimeter computer room air handlers (CRAH). The traditional cooling method includes supplying air through raised floor plenum that is blown […]

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