Specializing in commercial and residential HVAC services, our technicians at Peirce Phelps contractors are ready to assist you with your heating and cooling needs. In need of repair service? We have you covered. From maintenance to new installations, we offer services for every aspect of HVAC to keep your home or business comfortable and safe.
One area in which we specialize in is with commercial products. Large businesses and corporations require special cooling and heating products. These are based on the size of the space as well environmental factors and climatic conditions.
One such product we offer is a cooling tower. A cooling tower is a heat exchanger in which heat is withdrawn inside. Water and the air contact to draw heat from the water using the unit. The heat exchange between the water and air is done through evaporation of just a portion of the water that will need to be cooled. Providing a temperature lower than the ambient temperature, the unit has its advantages when compared to a dry cooler. The unit functions as heat source when the steam of the water is transferred to the air stream. This helps to raise both the temperature and humidity levels of a space.
Common Applications of A Cooling Tower
A cooling tower is commonly used for providing water that is cooled to be used for electric power, manufacturing or air conditioning generation. Smaller sized towers are created to handle streams of water that only consist of a few gallons of water used per minute in small piping, such as in a residence. A larger unit that is used for a business or large corporation would have the ability to cool hundreds of thousands of gallons of water per minute that is ran through pipes that can be as large as 15 feet in diameter.
Understanding the – Term Cooling Tower
The term ‘cooling tower’ is a generic phrase that describes direct and indirect heat rejection equipment. Many think of a cooling tower as an open direct option for contact heat rejection device. The unit can also be referred to as a closed circuit option.
The unit is a structure that is enclosed and has internal means in which to distribute warm water that runs over a packing or fill, similar to a labyrinth. The fill will provide an area where the air-water interface expands for the heating process and evaporation. The water will be cooled as it descends via the fill by using gravity. The water that is cooled will be collected in a water basin and the water will be pumped back in to absorb more heat. Once the air is heated and has moisture, it will be dispursed from the fill to the area.
Characterization of Cooling Towers
The characterization of a cooling tower is set by the way in which the air is moved in the unit. A cooling tower that is mechanical-draft will rely on fans that are power-driven to operate. The fan is used to draw or force air in the tower. A unit that is of Natural-draft origin, will use exhaust air buoyancy in a chimney type setting to provide the draft for operation. There is also a combination of both, which is the natural-draft fan-assisted cooling tower. This unit uses a mechanical draft along with the buoyance effect to operate.
To learn more about Cooling Towers or additional options for your business or home in regards to HVAC, call your nearest Peirce dealer today. We are ready to assist you with your heating and cooling needs, no matter how large or small.