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


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

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

Qualities of Commercial HVAC Contractors

There is no shortage of HVAC contractors, be it for residential or commercial purposes. However, it can be difficult to find contractors who will take into account both your needs and budget. You may have to spend a great deal of time and effort in searching for reputable HVAC companies that can provide you with exceptional work at a fair price. Aim for the following qualities when searching for HVAC contractors specializing in commercial systems to be assured of remarkable service:

Desire to Help

It may seem impossible to find contractors focusing on high-quality service rather than sales. However, there are those who exist for customer satisfaction through superior service and honest pricing. Do your research well, provide specific demands, and assess how you are treated.

Expert Guidance and Reasonable Options

Opt for commercial HVAC contractors willing to go the extra mile to fulfill your needs. The contractor should not insist on a full unit replacement without determining the exact causes of issues first. There should be a clear estimate and explanation of the problems and possible solutions instead of merely jumping into conclusions.

Look into the credentials and customer references of your prospective service provider. Ask for referrals from people you trust, particularly from those who have had similar HVAC concerns. Check licenses and bonds or insurance details including their brand affiliates.