Edd Helms Group Article with HVACR Business November 2015
For Immediate Release, November 18, 2015
Miami, FL - HVACR Business Magazine Contractor's Voice article written by Pete Grasso appearing in November 2015 issue.
Since 1975, the Edd Helms Group business plan has continually looked for niche opportunities requiring specialized technical expertise, which grow from the company's core electrical and mechanical services. Commercial customers make up 75 percent of the Miami, Fla. based company's revenues.
When an existing motor, drive or compressor fails during operation, Edd Helms Group must present and educate the owner with replacement options including new technology variable frequency drives (VFDs), and premium efficiency motors.
"The mechanical contractor is challenged to show the operating cost differences over the remaining life of the old equipment compared to new premium efficiency motors, VFDs, new energy efficient compressors in new equipment," says Wade Helms, President & CEO.
Recently, Edd Helms Group completed a job to replace the chillers, compressors, pumps, motors, drives, ventilation system, and building controls in a 19 story Class A office building.
"This project significantly increased the efficiency of the owner's Chiller Plant with variable flow Trane CVHS chillers, reducing both the electrical utility demand charges and the monthly utility KW charges in the first month in operation," Helms says. "The two existing 300 ton constant water flow Trane CVHE centrifugal chillers were 18 years old, working reliably, but did not use VFDs or new motor and compressor technologies."
The energy efficiency and reliability of motors, drives and compressors have evolved dramatically, allowing Edd Helms Group to incorporate this category of HVAC products into its retrofit designs to save its customers money in operating costs.
"The current trend to move from reciprocating compressors to scroll compressors to oil-free magnetic bearing compressors will accelerate as their reliability and serviceability improves," Helms says. "Variable frequency drives are incorporated into fractional horsepower motors in air handlers and condensing units, and with larger horsepower motors in chillers and pumps."
To keep up, Edd Helms Group - and other mechanical contractors - must continually train their technicians and account managers with these developing technologies, and capitalize on the niche market opportunities that come from specialization.
For additional information please contact Wade Helms, President & CEO, Phone 305-653-2520. Visit the Company at www.eddhelms.com .