HVAC Retrofitting Helps Save Buildings Money

There’s no denying that heating and cooling a home is expensive. Now, imagine what it costs to keep a comfortable temperature inside government buildings, malls, high rises, and other commercial structures.

Indeed, all commercial property owners know that while HVAC systems are vital to maintaining ideal indoor temperature, they are also big consumers of electricity and, by extension, money. However, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, a government research laboratory overseen by the Department of Energy, notes that large buildings can save 25%-35% on their heating and cooling costs by retrofitting their current HVAC systems. Continue reading

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Storm Winds, Hail, and Lightning Could Damage Commercial HVAC Systems

Powerful storms can easily wreak havoc in any given area. Strong winds, lightning bolts, and hailstones can all contribute to property damage. Unfortunately, Mississippi residents are expected to face poor weather conditions—and the possibility of damage—by the first week of April.

Most commercial HVAC units are situated on the roof of a building, leaving them vulnerable to hailstorms. One of the more common signs of hail-damaged air conditioning systems is bent condenser fins.

Fins that have been bent to roughly ¼ to 3/8 inches deep are usually classified as having major structural damage. Although there is still a chance that the unit can be repaired, fixing it might take a while. Replacing the unit might be the better alternative. Either way, the damaged fins need to be addressed quickly as they cause air flow blockage.
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Warm Weather Marks Inspection Time for Commercial HVAC Systems in TN

The warmer weather should be well-received in the area, especially after a seemingly endless and unprecedented winter. The favorable weather conditions are sure to encourage people to spend time under the sun and enjoy the warmth on their skin. However, as the temperatures eventually become warmer, they are also sure to send people back inside their homes or into the malls to seek refuge from the heat.

Fully-functional commercial air conditioners are noisy machines, constantly blaring a loud whirring sound. This noise is completely normal and should be no cause for alarm. However, when you begin to hear clanking, thudding, squealing, or growling noises, call a repair service ASAP. These sounds typically indicate a damaged condenser or compressor.
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Commercial AC Units and the Value of Maintenance

Like other systems and equipment, air conditioners, particularly the commercial types, also reach a point where their efficiency and performance dip. If left unattended, this could translate in many different problems that may affect the comfort of the people inside the building, as well as the company’s energy consumption. Surely, you can easily call a professional to repair your units, but why wait for it to reach that point if you can avoid it through preventive maintenance? Continue reading