Capacitance Polymer Humidity Sensors

Humidity sensors are one of the most common types of sensors used for HVAC equipment and building management systems. With proper humidity monitoring, energy efficiency of a building can be improved. By using environmental conditions in conjunction with an economizer to reduce the building load, cool outside air is used to cool the indoor space of a building. Dampers, humidity sensors, and temperature sensors are used to verify optimal outdoor conditions for maximizing energy cost savings. Continue reading “Capacitance Polymer Humidity Sensors”

What is electrostatic discharge and how can it be prevented?

At one point or another we have all been exposed to some form of an electrostatic discharge (ESD) event, even something as simple as walking across a carpeted space, touching a door knob, and receiving an unexpected jolt. These types of events are very common in instrumentation applications. Today we will discuss what ESD is, the effects it has on instrumentation, and the steps that Dwyer Instruments has taken to prevent damage to sensors susceptible to these events. Continue reading “What is electrostatic discharge and how can it be prevented?”

How Barometric Pressure Affects Carbon Dioxide Readings

As standards become stricter for monitoring indoor air quality (IAQ) it is important to understand that the readings from your instrumentation are correct and accurate. When monitoring carbon dioxide levels for on-demand ventilation, it is imperative that you account for barometric pressure as it can create a false sense of accuracy when controlling an HVAC system. Continue reading “How Barometric Pressure Affects Carbon Dioxide Readings”

What is Radon, and Why are We Testing for it in Our Homes?

For anyone who has recently purchased or sold a home, they may have noticed a radon inspection clause in the purchasing agreement. What is radon, and why are we testing for it in our homes?

Radon is an odorless, colorless gas that is naturally released into the environment as a decay byproduct of radium. Radium is a decay byproduct of uranium which can be found in certain types of rock, soil, or water. Some areas have higher concentrations of radon due to the soil composition which leads to additional testing for radon. Continue reading “What is Radon, and Why are We Testing for it in Our Homes?”