Improving Building Performance
              for New & Existing Buildings in Kansas and Missouri

  • 1 - Leading Edge
    smart energy efficient buildings
    leading-edge technologies that make it happen
  • 21 - Do You Know What These Are?
    13 & 17 Yr Cicada Broods in 2015
    Emergening in Many Kansas & Missouri Counties
  • 2 - Intelligent Wireless Lighting Control
    Intelligent Wireless Lighting Control
    14 circuits wirelessly combined into 2 zones
  • 3 - ASC Track Mount System
    CDS Coil Protection Par Exellence
    Heavy-Duty Commercial Grade Track Mount System
  • 4 - Advanced Design
    advanced building technologies
    for new & existing building design & Operation
  • 5 - Tapping into the Ocean of Unused Energy
    energy harvesting controls
    Tapping Into the Ocean of Unused Energy
  • 6 - The Facinating Beauty
  • 7 - Laminar Flow
    improved laminar airflow
    Optimizes Energy Savings in cooling towers & Chillers
  • 8 - Great Performances
    achieving great Performance
    you can't manage what you don't measure
  • 9 -  HVAC&R Cottonwood
    HVAC&R cottonwood filters
    save compressors, energy, maintenance, coil cleaning
  • 10 - AC Chiller Cottonwood
    Condenser Coils Easily Kept Clean
    Cottonwood Filters Inside & Out
  • 11 - Innovation & Integration
    wireless building integration
    HVAC&R, Lighting, IAQ, Metering & Submetering
  • 12 - UV
    Clean, Safe Air in Medical Center
    UV Coil, Surface, Upper Room & Air Disinfection
  • 13 - CT Cottonwood Filters
    cottonwood filter protection
    improves cooling tower & Chiller plant performance
  • 14 - MBCx Systems
    building performance & certification
    monitoring-based commissioning & control
Advanced Technologies for Energy Efficient Buildings from the inside out




 
June 2015 - Periodical Cicadas Brood IV Emerging  Read Reports Here 
 

Leavenworth, Olathe, Johnson County KS, Platte City, Topeka, Jackson County MO, Bonner Springs, Riverside MO, Baldwin City, Franklin County KS, Johnson County MO, Derby KS, Sedgwick County KS, Parker KS, Linn County KS, Cass County MO, Shawnee County KS, Saline County KS, Jefferson County KS, Manhattan KS, Pottawatomi County KS, Butler County KS, Neosho Falls  KS, Kansas City KS, Eureka KS





Important Notice for Cooling Towers Operating in KS & MO
if you are having problems, we can help. Click here to contact us
 
 

In the spring and summer of 2015, both 13 & 17 Year Periodic Cicada Broods are scheduled to emerge in many counties of Missouri & Kansas.  Cicadas are harmless to humans, other than being noisy and a nuisance.
 
It's a much different story for Cooling Towers and other machinery air intakes.
 
Cicadas are attracted to the sound of cooling towers and quickly get sucked in affecting the operation, maintenance and performance. They accumulate in the basin, sump, fill and strainers.  Cicadas plug-up a tower which can overwhelm the system and impact the entire chiller plant or the process cooling in a manufacturing facility.  Removing Cicadas from the water and out of the tower components is absolutely necessary.  Otherwise, a chiller plant or process can shut down.
 
The preferred method and best practice is to keep Cicadas from entering the cooling tower in the first place, as well as any other insects, cottonwood and airborne debris.
 
Water filtration systems deal with airborne debris after the tower water is contaminated. These types of systems are expensive to install, require a lot of maintenance and are rather ineffective.  Manual labor is expensive, time consuming and may be required daily or several times a day for 6-8 weeks.
  


Our firm is the authorized factory representative in Kansas & Missouri for air intake filters manufactured by Air Solution Company.  Their patented systems provide the best solution for Cicadas, insects, cottonwood and other airborne debris, with a great ROI and installed equipment service life history of 15+ years.
 
Click here for more information and links about the Cicada Broods in Kansas & Missouri or Click here to contact us
 


Our unique technologies can help you improve your bottom line every day for the life of the building
 
Document the design. / Measure & Verify actual building operation. / Track energy use.
Optimize performance. / Identify & Correct system operation and maintenance issues.
 
 


EnOcean Self-Powered & ZigBee Wireless Sensors & Controls for Lighting, HVAC&R, Metering, Sub-metering, Occupancy & Plug Loads
   

Air-Cooled Chillers & Condensers, Rooftop Units, Split Systems, Dry-Coolers Cooling Towers & Louvers

Remote Access & Control of HVAC&R, Lighting, IAQ, Electric, Gas & Water, Continuous Cx

Dynamic Air, UV, UVGI Upper Room, PCO
LEED NC, LEED EB O&M, Energy Star & ASHRAE bEQ

  • Air Filtration:
 
 
2015 the 13 & 17-Year Periodical Cicadas Emergence in Kansas & Missouri
 April 22, 2015 UPDATES (see below)
Emergence of the Missouri & Kansas Periodic Cicada Broods
 
A tree can hold as many as 40,000 cicadas, and there can be as many as 1.5 million per acre. (Source: Iowa State University Department of Entomology)
 
 Air Solution Company's patented Air Intake Filters for cooling tower applications will provide the protection you need.  For more information, pricing or to contact us CLICK HERE
 

Cicadas affect campus cooling systems Wednesday, Jun. 1, 2011 — 2:39 PM

13 & 17 Year Periodical Cicada Broods are known to be as large as a BILLION per square mile and are a nuisance for 6-8 weeks.
Cicadas are attracted by the sound of cooling towers and can easily inundate the fill, sump, strainer, piping, pumps and chillers.  Air intakes of other equipment can also be affected.

UPDATES:

Brood IV, the Kansan brood, will emerge in Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa, in the spring of 2015.

 
The cicada species that will emerge are Magicicada cassinii (Fisher, 1852), Magicicada septendecim (Linnaeus, 1758), and Magicicada septendecula Alexander and Moore, 1962. These periodical cicadas have a 17-year life cycle. The last time they emerged was 1998.
 
 
Missouri Counties Affected: Atchison, Barton, Buchanan, Caldwell, Clay, Clinton, Daviess, Dekalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Livingston, Mercer, Nodaway, Pettis, Ray, Saline, Vern, and Worth
 
Kansas Counties Affected: Allen, Anderson, Atchison, Bourbon, Butler, Chase, Cherokee, Coffey, Crawford, Doniphan, Douglas, Geary, Greenwood, Johnson, Labette, Linn, Lyon, Marion, Montgomery, Neosho, Osage, Pottawatomie, Riley, Saline, Sumner, Wilson, Woodson, and Wyandotte  CLICK HERE FOR MAP

 

Missouri Counties Affected: Andrew, Barry, Bates, Bollinger, Boone, Camden, Cape Girardeau, Cedar, Christian, Clark, Cole, Cooper, Crawford, Dade, Dallas, Douglas, Franklin, Henry, Hickory, Howard, Howell, Jefferson, Knox, Laclede, Lawrence, Macon, Maries, Mississippi, Montgomery, Morgan, Newton, Ozark, Pemiscot, Perry, Pettis, Polk, Randolph, Scott, Shannon, Ste. Genevieve, Stoddard, Stone, Taney, Texas, Warren, Washington, Webster  CLICK HERE FOR MAP


 
These bugs are harmless, except to your cooling towers
and other mechanical equipment air intakes.
 
They are attracted to the sound of cooling towers, 
get sucked in plugging the fill, strainers and sump.
 
They contaminate the cooling tower water.
Their soft tissues breakdown feeding and escalating the bacterial level
and they absorb water treatment chemicals.
 
Their hard exoskeleton does not breakdown in the water
or by water treatment. They have to be physically removed
from the fill, sump and strainers
 
  They can plug up other equipment and AHU air filters, as well.
 
You can protect your cooling towers and other

susceptible equipment with patented Air Intake Filters

from Air Solution Company.  And this is a good time to do it,
while there time to order and install the filters.
 
By keeping these bugs and other airborne debris (like cottonwood seed) out of your HVAC systems, you will avoid all the headaches and high maintenance and labor costs.
 


 

Posted: Jul 13, 2011 4:24 PM CST

"Teams will be out inspecting all 88 cooling towers across the district. More sub-contractors will be hired to handle the clean-up. Seven crews will be out daily. Each of those crews will be cleaning about eight to ten towers a day."
 
 
Consider the cost of this:
88 cooling towers, 7 crews, 14 people in the field, $80/hour contract labor, 40 day duration = $224,400 or $2,545 / tower to remove the Cicadas and keep the chiller plants operating, otherwise they shutdown.
 
This is the calculated cost to vacuum and skim the bugs out of the sump, fill and strainers does not include added water treatment, higher water and energy costs or additional maintenance due to high head conditions.  For example a 1° higher condenser water temperature entering a 250 ton chiller operating at .60 kW/ton at 79% load, 16 hrs/day, 214 days/year = 3% inefficient or $1,450/yr.per chiller.

Look at the Numbers !
ROI: Significant Energy & Operational Cost Savings
 
  • 5% savings in the cooling tower fan VFD or runtime
  • 2-3% savings in the chiller(s) due to a 1º F lower water temperature in a 10º F DeltaT design ($1,450 - $2,000/yr x 10 yrs = $14,000-$20,000)
  • 20% savings in maintenance & water treatment costs

  • Total ROI for Intake Air Filters > 2 years on Cooling Towers, not counting the costs for removing 13 & 17 Year Periodical Cicadas
 

 
If you have forgotten or haven't seen how Cicadas can impact a building . . . watch this video filmed in Nashville, TN
May 24, 2011. 
 
The cicadas don't stay in the trees, grass and shrubs. They swarm buildings and will inundate cooling towers.
 
6 Story Wall of Cicadas Video
 
   
 

 
 
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We serve the commercial building community of owners, managers and operating engineers; MEP design engineering firms, installing contractors and architects in Kansas and Missouri.  Our products    and services are engineered solutions that improve the building performance in HVAC, lighting and utility systems.
 
 

 
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In 2015, new application fields for batteryless wireless communication will emerge to further enhance the world around us.

 

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If this is true for big companies like GE, JLL and ATT (as in this discussion), what about buildings in Kansas and Missouri?  The answer is true for little buildings, individual tenants, retail shops, large buildings, multiple site locations and campuses.
 
  • Metering & Sub-metering
  • HVAC&R Equipment and Lighting Systems Performance
  • Measurement, Verification & Control
  • Plug Load Control
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One of the world's largest internet companys uses Cottonwood Filters for BIG ENERGY SAVINGS
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Dramatic Savings & Efficiency for Cooling Towers & Chiller Plants
 

  Click Photo for study
The big “light bulb” moment came when the laminar air flow increased the delta-T and reduced the leaving water temperature in the sump by 1°F better than design, along with reducing fan motor run-time 5% and lowering tower maintenance cost by 20%.  1½ year ROI. 
 
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Bidirectional Wireless Control with ZigBee

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