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What Engineers Need to Know About Plate Heat Exchangers

Many plant processes require heat exchangers to transfer energy from one fluid or gas to another without mixing them together. Being essential parts of both comfort and process heating and cooling applications, heat exchangers perform efficiently for a long time without much thought.

Plate heat exchangers are one of the most popular types due to their efficiency and versatility. Made up of two metal end plates that envelop many thin metal plates located in close proximity, a liquid is pumped into one side of the plates and another liquid is pumped into the other side. As both liquids contact as much surface area as possible, heat is exchanged from one liquid to the other liquid.

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Tips for Maximizing Your Heat Exchanger’s Life

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A heat exchanger is an important investment and, whether yours is used to help keep your house warm or to maximize production and make your business more efficient, you want it to last as long as possible. There are many ways to make this happen, from getting a heat exchanger that suits your needs, to using the proper chemicals, to having your heat exchanger cleaned and maintained at regular intervals.

Here we’ll go in depth with some tips that will make your heat exchanger last for as long as it should.

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Differences Between Plate Heat Exchangers and Other Heat Exchangers

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Flat plate heat exchangers, also known as plate and frame heat exchangers, transfer heat between two fluids using metal exchanger plates. These heat exchangers are made of plates sitting alongside each other that have four opening ports. The plates on these units have a gasket fitted between them that creates space so fluid can flow between two ports and change direction when necessary.

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Operating and Maintaining Your Cooling Tower in the Cold Weather

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When winter comes around, it’s time to start preparing your cooling tower for the cold season ahead. This preparation can save you from expensive and inconvenient repairs, and is as simple as basic maintenance and inspection. Regular inspections not only keep your equipment in top-notch shape, but they allow you to ensure that your operating procedures are set to maximize production at your facility while minimizing operating costs.

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How to Build Your Own Passive Fireplace Heat Exchanger

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Heat exchangers can be used to keep your house warm when it’s cold outside. While there are many types of heat exchangers that can serve this purpose, it is actually possible to build your own passive fireplace heat exchanger to do the job. Passive fireplace heat exchangers allow you to capture and utilize heat that would otherwise go up the chimney and be wasted, and are a surprisingly effective alternative to traditional heat exchangers.

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How Heat Exchangers Can Be Used for Melting Snow

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If you live in a cold climate, you know the feeling of trudging outside into the freezing temperatures to remove shovelful after shovelful of snow from your driveway. Then, a couple of hours later, you look out your window only to see all of your hard work undone again by Mother Nature. And that’s not even taking into account the toll that all of this snow removal takes on your body, from the shoveling itself, to the cold, to falling on the hard ice.

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How a Drain Heat Exchanger Can Save You Money and Make Your Life Better

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Taking a shower can be one of the most refreshing parts of your day, but it is also an incredible waste of energy. Just think about the process: Several gallons of water is heated up by your hot water tank to between 60 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This costs around 6,000 British thermal units (BTUs) of energy, most of which is utterly wasted. That’s a lot of wasted energy, and much of this waste is completely avoidable.

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10 Easy Maintenance Tips to Save Energy on Cooling Towers

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Cooling towers are used in a variety of industries and in a variety of applications, so keeping them up and running is a must. Although they are generally used as the central cooling systems in large buildings, they are also used for many other purposes, including refrigeration, medical equipment, manufacturing, cold storage facilities, and even dry cleaning.

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The Key Components of a Gas Furnace

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Gas furnaces have been around for so long, it’s hard to even picture what life was like without them. They produce heat from gas to keep our homes warm and, as a bonus, save on electricity by using either natural gas or propane for fuel. There are even different types of gas furnaces to choose from, including single-stage, two-stage, and variable speed. With so many functions and so many types to choose from, what is often overlooked is what’s on the inside of these furnaces that allows them to do what they do.

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Odd Furnace Sounds: What They Mean and What to Do About Them

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The first time you heard it, you weren’t sure what to make of it. The next couple times, you thought you might just be losing your mind. Finally, once you realized the sound was coming from your furnace, you knew that you had a problem on your hands, but how serious of a problem was it?

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