Keeping Warm and Cool: Commercial HVAC Systems

When working in an office, you want to be comfortable. One of the key components of comfort is being either warm during cold days or cool during hot ones. This is where having a commercial HVAC system installed in your building is useful.

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has strict standards for the HVAC systems that ventilate buildings. It specifies the comfort zone of 68 degrees F to 75 degrees F for the winter season and 73 degrees F to 79 degrees F during summer. The humidity levels of the air should be at 50%, and the air should be moving at 30 feet per minute or slower. Continue reading

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Why Air Conditioning is Crucial for Drug Storage

If you’ve ever taken certain medications in your life—say, conventional prescription cough syrups—you’ve likely read some instructions for proper storage on their labels. A lot of drug labels typically recommend that the substance be stored at room temperature and avoid exposure to high temperatures. But what happens when medicines are actually stored above room temperature?

They lose their effectiveness, as well as endanger appliances and furniture. Continue reading

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

The Benefits of HVAC Maintenance for Businesses

Almost every employee will tell their employers that they cannot─ and will not─ produce properly if they are not provided at least the most basic of comforts. These include a good chair, periods of rest, and good coffee among other things. Moreover, they cannot work properly if the air is too hot or humid, and that’s why a proper HVAC unit for the office will be important.

The HVAC will provide the ideal temperatures for employees to be able to work inside the building regardless of the weather outside. Machines are bound to break down, however, and so business owners will need to take regular HVAC maintenance seriously. Here’s a look at what employers can get out of doing so:

Financial Savings

A business owner who wants to make a profit will definitely want to have his HVAC systems regularly checked. A regularly maintained system means that there will be no immediate expenses to be made in replacing the unit. It will also make the HVAC system more efficient, which will surely bring down the company’s energy expenditures.

Peace of Mind

No one wants to constantly be thinking about when the HVAC unit will finally break. If the HVAC system uses a gas furnace, regular maintenance will ensure the safety of the unit since carbon monoxide will have exits to be directed through to. This protects the entire building and the people using it.

Cooling a Detached Garage

Some commercial properties across the country will have a detached garage for their motor pool. In many cases, your team may want to service vehicles in a confined space without any distractions. However, the long hours of working with vehicles combined with the outside heat may make for a dangerous health situation, meaning it may need its own commercial air conditioning system installed.

Location is essential when you are setting up the air conditioning for the garage. First, measure the total area for the garage and run up the numbers with your preferred contractor. Some air conditioning experts recommend simply linking the main facility’s HVAC system to the garage. However, considerations with assembling extra ductwork may be impractical unless the garage is close enough to the facility and the HVAC system is more powerful to allow extra channeling of load.

If your garage has a flat roof, you may consider installing the air conditioning system up there. Ask your structural engineer if the facility’s original specifications allow for extra weight topside; your HVAC contractor can task a skilled roofing contractor with the job to ease the process.

In the end, setting up a commercial air conditioning system for a motorpool garage will be plus points for your employees. Think about it: they will have a place to fall back to when the heat’s unbearable, and you will get to enjoy increased productivity.

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