Dominion Power Rebate Program for Commercial HVAC Systems

Your contractor must be on Dominion’s approved contractor list.
The performance of each contractor and project will be closely monitored. Please allow for multiple visits by Dominion’s personnel and a third party Measurement and Verification (M&V) contractor.
Local governments do not qualify.
Customers with single meter loads greater than 10 megawatts do not qualify.
Dominion has $30 million dedicated to this program. Although it sounds like quite a bit, you can expect it to go fast in this economy.


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.

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.

Is It Time to Integrate Commercial HVAC, Lighting, and Electronics?

What can integrating three of the most energy-hungry aspects of commercial operations bring in a world that’s increasingly stringent about efficiency?

The “Big Three” of commercial operations—HVAC, lighting, and electronics—account for almost 70 percent of a commercial building’s energy requirements. These modern-day conveniences are nothing short of necessities for a conducive and productive work environment.

Quality commercial HVAC repair and maintenance can indeed help lower energy costs. At the same time, many businesses want to make the most out of what they can do to cut their energy use. As it stands, HVAC systems operate separately from lighting and electronics. Yet some experts now see an opportunity to unify these aspects and further reduce energy consumption.

Never Call a Residential Technician to Repair Commercial HVAC Systems

One of the major red flags Union-Bulletin writer Sheila Hagar pointed out involved the inspection process. A local appraisal company recommended a home inspection company to search every nook and cranny of the building for problems, which the county hired. However, county officials failed to realize that residential and light/heavy commercial HVAC systems are different.

According to Michael J. Brandemuehl, professor and Professional Engineer from the University of Colorado Boulder, commercial heating and cooling systems have more hardware in place than a typical home system. It’s fairly easy to spot the difference because residential HVAC systems are normally not configured as rooftop units.

Residential systems may use a ground-based unit, but commercial systems may use more than one unit due to increased heating and cooling loads. It doesn’t take much to realize that most office buildings clearly have more rooms to heat or cool than a typical home.

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

Up-to-date Commercial HVAC System Will Help Avoid Heat Wave Problems

An urban environment only exacerbates high temperatures with its lack of natural foliage and other things that may help people cool down. Thus the primary way for people to keep cool are through the commercial HVAC systems in their buildings. Lacking them only increases their chances of suffering a heat stroke.

A trusted commercial HVAC service can help make sure that a building’s HVAC systems are up-to-date, ensuring that no breakdowns or malfunctions happen even on the hottest of days. Altus Mechanical and other dependable HVAC providers should always be on-call to deal with any problems that can occur. Keep in mind that keeping cool these days is a matter of life and death.