Hello Fellow ASHRAE Northeast Members,
As the good weather starts, we can open our windows and enjoy the good fresh air. Finally, we can turn off our heating/cooling equipment and rely on the outside air to provide comfort. Now is the time for the systems with airside economizer to provide comfort without affecting the environment. It is really important to design the HVAC system with an airside economizer whenever possible not only to comply with code but also to get the benefit from the good weather during this swing seasons.
Update on our chapter:
- The nominating committee has finalized the list of the nominees for 2021-2022 Northeast Chapter BOG. Look for the link for the form to vote for nominees on our website and on your email.
- In May 2021, we will have our virtual refrigeration tour to the York Chiller factory. Look for more details soon on our website.
- Our new website will be launched soon. Look for the detail on the transition to the new website soon.
As always, we are looking for volunteers to join our board and to join the different committees we have:
- Refrigeration Committee
- Research Promotion committee
- Award & Honor Committee
- Program committee
- Membership Promotion
- Governmental Affair
- Sustainability Committee
I wish you all to stay safe.
Ramy Girgis, PE
ASHRAE Northeast Chapter
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New Member Welcome!
On behalf of everyone at ASHRAE, Northeast please help us in welcoming the newest members of our Chapter!
- Lina Kohandoust
- Thomas Riggi
For members that are experiencing a hardship case due to COVID-19 and can no longer afford to pay for their membership, these members can contact ASHRAE directly to state their case and discuss adjustments to their dues.
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Refrigeration - ASHRAE and The Northeast Chapter
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has recently been celebrating 125 years as a Society. Locally, the Northeast Chapter of ASHRAE celebrates 70 years as a chapter of the Society this year.
Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning touches many aspects of modern life today. It would be hard to live without them. Refrigeration is at the core of advancing life as we know it. Schenectady, NY and General Electric are big in the early days of Refrigerators.
In the home early days of refrigeration consisted of a decorative wooden box with doors, a liner and a condensate pan which caught the water from a block of ice that was placed in the box. The iceman delivered the ice to homes to replace it as it melted.
In 1910 GE Schenectady built an early refrigerator which was called the “Dumbbell”. It looked like the decorative wooden ice box with doors. A big problem was that it cost about $1000 which made it very expensive for the average consumer.
In 1927 GE came out with a refrigerator with the compressor on the top of a porcelain box. The top looked like a gun turret that could have been on the civil war iron clad ship USS Monitor. So, people started calling it the “Monitor Top”. The price tag was $525, but shortly after dropped to $200.
It’s good to look back at history and consider how far we have come and how life must have been with an ice box. Forget frozen foods like frozen meals, ice cream, etc. Refrigeration has made life very convenient. Think about the problems that might be involved with trying to distribute a vaccine for COVID-19 that requires extreme low temperatures until time of use. Without the refrigeration engineer, none of these things would be possible.
Celebrate with us the members of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) as we celebrate our Society and 125 years as well as 70 years of our Albany based Northeast Chapter of ASHRAE.
Stan Westhoff – Northeast Chapter Historian (April 5, 2021)
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