With the end of summer rapidly approaching and the eminent onset of fall, you may be thinking about switching your HVAC system from cooling to heating, but is it ready? When it comes to ensuring that your commercial HVAC system in Chicago is ready for fall and winter, one of the best things you can do is schedule a fall inspection, which helps ensure there are no excessively worn parts and usually includes an interior and exterior cleaning of the system.
When you seek out the services of a mechanical contractor, there are certain questions the contractor should ask you in order to understand the current performance of your building and the required repairs and/or the upgrades your building needs in order to operate efficiently. These questions also help ensure that you receive the services and results you expect.
Summer is in full swing and, on really hot days, all you want to do when you get home from a long day is to enjoy some cool air conditioning. Nothing kills this excitement more in the warm summer months than entering your home only to realize that your A/C is not blowing cold air. Unfortunately, an A/C is not fail-proof and they can quit blowing cool air for a variety of reasons. We have listed some of these reasons below so you can have an idea of why your A/C quit working and how you can resolve the issue.
Have you noticed an increase in your HVAC costs? While HVAC energy usage isn’t itemized on utility bills, most buildings spend about 38 percent of their total energy usage on heating and cooling costs, according to the Department of Energy. The rest of the energy usage breaks down into lights, security, running mechanical equipment, like elevators and escalators and running computers and office equipment. Therefore, when you see a sudden increase in your energy usage and your bill, it’s reasonable to assume it’s due to your HVAC system not operating efficiently, and the number one reason HVAC systems fail to run efficiently is due to lack of maintenance. In other words, your lack of HVAC maintenance negatively impacts your energy savings and bottom line.
Summertime—it’s sunshine, warm breezes, barbecues and the gentle hum of air conditioners keeping houses cool throughout the neighborhood. In a split second, that gentle hum can turn into an unnerving hissing, banging or screeching. While all air conditioners make noise, it’s important to be able to recognize which noises are normal, and which noises require a professional inspection.
How prepared are you in the event of a tornado? The standard advice when a tornado warning has been issued or the tornado warning sirens are blaring is to move to the lowest floor of the building and take shelter in an interior room. If the building has a basement, it is best to go all the way down to the basement. However, this advice isn’t necessarily ideal if you live or work in a high-rise building in Chicago.
Are the mechanical systems in your building functioning correctly? When we talk about mechanical systems in a building, we are talking about the machines and systems that help the building operate smoothly. Common mechanical systems include the HVAC system, electrical wiring, plumbing, ventilation, escalators and elevators. Basically, if it has moving components or helps something move, like water, gas or electricity, it’s probably a mechanical system. Below are the various types of mechanical systems that can be found in buildings.
Properly maintaining your HVAC system can keep your heating and cooling bills low and extend the useful life of your unit. In order to complete all the preventative maintenance tasks needed for your commercial HVAC unit in Chicago, you’ll need to have a maintenance checklist. If you aren’t sure where to start, we recommend starting with ASHRAE’s Standard Practice for Inspection and Maintenance of Commercial Building HVAC Systems, which will give you a list of quarterly, seasonal and yearly HVAC maintenance tasks. If you aren’t sure what types of preventative maintenance your HVAC unit needs, we would be happy to help you create one and perform all the needed preventative maintenance.
It’s a homeowner’s worst nightmare. You flip on a light switch and nothing happens. You check an outlet, also no power. Finally, you head to the breaker box to see if anything needs to be reset. If that doesn’t work, then you’re calling an electrician and spending the rest of the day in the dark ages until your power is back up and running.