Written By HVAC Professionals for HVAC Professionals
Sensorcon Industrial Pro Personal CO Safety Monitor
Nothing is more important than keeping yourself safe on the job and everywhere you go. That is why I recommend you carry the Sensorcon Industrial Pro Personal CO (carbon monoxide) Safety Monitor. It only has to save your life once to demonstrate its value.
I have used many personal monitors and have investigated others. So far, I have found nothing that compares to the features, simplicity, dependability, accuracy, or the longevity of the Industrial Pro device.
It has audio, visual, and vibrating indications of elevated CO levels. Its response time is just seconds. You can custom-set CO level alerts for both low and high-level readings. This safety monitor also has a mute button and a maximum level lock feature.
The Industrial Pro has a CO range of 1 to 2000 ppm. Hopefully, you will never see the high range in an area where you are working.
Its replaceable camera-type battery is easy to change. Many other personal monitors need to be thrown away if the battery dies. The Industrial Pro also has an EOL (end of life) warning. This will usually show up every six months. This doesn’t mean the instrument is bad, it just needs to be calibrated.
There is an easy way to determine if the Industrial Pro is operating properly. Take a plastic food bag and place the Industrial Pro inside. Then take a couple of matches, light them, then blow them out and allow the smoke to enter the bag. Close the bag and watch the readings. If they rapidly climb to 15 ppm or higher it is good to go. This is the same test used to check Low-Level CO monitors.
Save your life, your family’s lives, and of course, your customers’ lives! If you are interested in learning more visit the NCI store at ncilink.com/sensorconCO.
By Jim Davis, National Comfort Institute
Fieldpiece SC660 Wireless Clamp Meter
If you are looking for your next voltmeter, here’s the one I have used and prefer. It has features built into this compact multimeter that can help you collect additional data to diagnose and communicate performance issues. The SC660 can transmit its readings remotely to Bluetooth devices eliminating wires pinched in blower compartment doors.
The meter also can calculate the operating wattage for your indoor and outdoor units on the meter or through the app. When paired with the Job Link app, the system wattage is used to estimate the units current operational SEER and EER to compare to the manufacturer’s ratings.
Because the app allows remote viewing, it becomes a powerful tool to help customers see in real time the impact of poor performance and fan wattage. It shows them why more comprehensive system testing is necessary.
If you are starting up new commercial equipment or working on a balancing project, this instrument has built-in phase rotation verification, which can be used to prevent damage from operating equipment in the wrong direction. Oh yeah — it has excellent accuracy as well.
The SC660 has plenty of familiar functions such as K-type thermocouple temperature measurement, capacitance testing, and non-contact voltage sensing, displaying both a visible led and an audible tone when sensing high voltage.
The SC660 accuracy and range meets the test instrument requirement for all NCI certifications as well as being NIST traceable.
If interested in learning more about the Fieldpiece SC660 Wireless Clamp Meter go to ncilink.com/SC660.
By Justin Bright, NCI Field Coach and Instructor