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Rules of Thumb and Heating Formulas?

RayWohlfarthRayWohlfarth Posts: 627Member
Howdy Wall Citizens,
I have the first draft complete on my new book on Heating Rules of Thumb and Formulas. I was wondering if you have any rules of thumb, secret calculations, or formulas you like to use and think would be beneficial to other wrench twisters like myself. The book is about 180 pages already. I never knew how much we had to know.
Thanks
Ray
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  • MikeL_2MikeL_2 Posts: 176Member
    edited January 9
    Ray,
    How about the value of 231? Cubic inches in a gallon; add a decimal point & 2.31 feet water column equals 1 psi.
  • RayWohlfarthRayWohlfarth Posts: 627Member
    @MikeL_2 I like that thanks
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  • LeonardLeonard Posts: 721Member
    edited January 10
    Related, but uses basics to remember it.

    A cube of water 1 foot on each side weighs 62.4 pounds
    Area of bottom of cube is simply = (12x 12) =144 square inches
    So pressure on bottom is 62.4/144 = .4333 pounds/sq inch ( psi)
    That's .433 psi /foot of depth

    If using oil with a specific gravity of .7 that pressure is .7 x .4333 =0.30 psi/ft
    Which means a hose of that oil 10 ft tall will make 3 psi at bottom.
    (check SG, gasoline = ~.7 , think #2 oil is higher)

    I did so much sonabouy design work I can't forget water weighs ~ 62.4 #/cubic foot ---- ( this is it's density)
  • RayWohlfarthRayWohlfarth Posts: 627Member
    Thanks @Leonard I appreciate it
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  • LeonardLeonard Posts: 721Member
    edited January 10
    Interesting side note ( for teaching maybe)
    0.433 psi /foot of depth .... means 1,000 ft underwater it's 433 psi

    And at bottom of Mariana Trench , the deepest known point in Earth's oceans. 36,070 feet depth means pressure is ~15,600 psi
    (ignores that salt water is little heavier than 62.4 #/CF fresh water)
  • EBEBRATT-EdEBEBRATT-Ed Posts: 5,285Member
    Not hydronic but a piece of ductwork 1 square foot (12" x 12") will carry 1cfm with a velocity of 1 fpm. I use it all the time when I forget/can't find my ductulator.

    fuel oil 1" of vacuum for every foot of vertical lift + .5" vacuum for every foot of horizontal run.

    1000 btu/lb of steam. lbs of steam =lbs of condensate. lbs of condensate/8.33=gallons of condensate.

    Air handle capacity is 400-450 cfm/ton of cooling
  • GWGW Posts: 3,353Member
    You have the math constant for a 45 degree angle? 1.414? The plumbing pros use the math, the others hold tape measures in the air and give it their best guess
    Gary Wilson
    Wilson Services, Inc
    Northampton, MA
    www.wilsonph.com
    [email protected]
  • GWGW Posts: 3,353Member
    A chart I keep in my cloud
    Gary Wilson
    Wilson Services, Inc
    Northampton, MA
    www.wilsonph.com
    [email protected]
  • RayWohlfarthRayWohlfarth Posts: 627Member
    wow Im busy writing notes Thanks Lots of great ideas
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  • RayWohlfarthRayWohlfarth Posts: 627Member
    @JohnNY My hero lol
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  • Pressure drop = Longest run in feet. Add 50%. Times .04 . This is your head in feet. Dan says figure 6 feet per 100 ft of pipe.
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Formulas used to calculate annual energy costs:
    Natural Gas (BtuHr loss of House / AFUE of appliance) X (Htg Load Hrs /100,000) X .77 X Gas rate per 100 cf = cost to heat.

    L. P. Gas (BtuHr loss of House / AFUE of appliance) X (Htg Load Hrs /91,500) X .77 X Gas cost per gallon = cost to heat.

    Oil (BtuHr loss of House / AFUE of appliance) X (Htg Load Hrs /138,000) X .77 X Oil cost per gallon = cost to heat.

    Heat Pump (BtuHr loss of House / HSPF) X (Htg Load Hrs / 1,000) X .77 X Electric rate per kWh = cost to heat.

    Electric Resistance (BtuHr loss of House / 3.143) X (Htg Load Hrs / 1,000) X .77 X Electric rate per kWh = cost to heat.

    Cooling Costs (BtuHr gain of House / SEER) X (Cooling Load Hrs / 1,000) X .77 X Electric rate per kWh = cost to cool
    Often wrong, never in doubt.
  • RayWohlfarthRayWohlfarth Posts: 627Member
    Thanks @Alan (California Radiant) Forbes Appreciate it
    Ray Wohlfarth
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  • hot_rodhot_rod Posts: 11,140Member
    Kw to btu X 3.41
    Heat= 8.33v (delta t)
    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
    trainer for Caleffi NA
    The magic is in hydronics, and hydronics is in me
  • RayWohlfarthRayWohlfarth Posts: 627Member
    Thanks @hot rod_7
    Ray Wohlfarth
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  • jumperjumper Posts: 1,283Member
    Most important rules are maximum fpm for ducts and maximum fps for pipes. Flout them and you'll see.
  • clammyclammy Posts: 2,193Member
    I don’t think it’s a hvac formula but here it is who am I making the bill to and will that be cash or check I believe all formulas are nil until it’s fiqured out who paying even when upfront w rates hourly charges are discussed there’s always a air of you charge to come out . Yes sir re on another note I recently thought to myself while look at a job what trade is worse off for the future fitters or tin knockers and which has more hack trunk slammer I came away more confused and realized it’s not that there hacks it’s just about the money and the lack of pride nor care they take in what they do a long lol Peace and good luck clammy
    R.A. Calmbacher L.L.C. HVAC
    NJ Master HVAC Lic.
    Mahwah, NJ
    Specializing in steam and hydronic heating
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