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?
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.
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.
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 →
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 →
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.