Serious Commercial HVAC Epidemics: Gone Underground or Gone for Good?


The term “building related illness” grew in use during the 1990s, starting with the sick building syndrome (SBS). Workers exhibit signs of dizziness, fatigue, and skin problems, among others, in the workplace for reasons unknown. The odd thing about SBS is that afflicted workers claim relief the moment they step out of the workplace.

Twenty years later, SBS has disappeared from media as mysteriously as it appeared back then. New indoor air quality (IAQ) standards and commercial HVAC equipment improved the working conditions a great deal, reducing the number of SBS cases, if any. Is SBS still a relevant notion today or merely an afterthought?

If the latter was the case, would there still be reason to maintain IAQ standards? ASHRAE 62.1, according to ACHR News contributing editor Joanna Turpin, was the industry’s response to SBS. It gave birth to a multitude of HVAC solutions still used by skilled commercial HVAC contractors like the Altus Corporation today.
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Installing Commercial HVAC Systems Needs Some Serious Heavyweights


Contractors like the Altus Corporation often use heavy machinery to hoist HVAC units to the roofs of commercial buildings. A helicopter may be a bit overboard, but there’s nothing wrong with it as long as it gets the job done. Cranes are the common choice for the job, their arms reaching up to almost 30 stories high.

Why can’t good commercial air conditioners be like their lighter residential siblings? The answer lies in their purpose.

As commercial HVAC systems need to heat or cool a wider area (supermarkets, workshops, and offices), they require more (and bigger) parts to provide satisfactory performance. The fan in a window-type air conditioner is anything unlike the one used in rooftop HVAC systems, with respect to size and performance.
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Tips in Choosing an HVAC Contractor: Pre-Search

There are numerous HVAC contractors with glowing ads about their service in the market, and it can get tough just trying to pick out the right one for the job. Here are simple tips to narrow down your list.

Don’t assume that all contractors are pretty much the same

Why? Because they simply aren’t. Variations do exist in heating and air contractor competence and ethics. While many of them are reputable in their own right, some simply may not have the business systems in place to properly serve a consumer’s specific needs or demands. Before choosing one out of many, find out first what you need and the job that needs immediate attention, then narrow down your choices to the contractors that specialize on the problem at hand. Continue reading

Air Conditioning Tips to Ensure a Cool Summer

Farmer’s Almanac predicts that the 2014 summer will be exceptionally hot across much of North America. Stay ahead of the curve by having your commercial air conditioner inspected and maintained by an HVAC professional to keep them from breaking down during the intense heat. After the HVAC professional does his job, there are a few rules of thumb to help you keep your unit from failing during the hot summer months: Continue reading