If you’ve noticed areas in your building that are hotter, colder or more humid than other areas, you may need air and water balancing (TAB) testing. This is a type of test is performed on commercial HVAC systems and involves checking the current air flow and water flow through the system along with other pertinent tests that can accurately determine problems with the system so that they can be immediately corrected.
Do you know the differences between residential HVAC and commercial HVAC? Knowing the differences can help you choose the right contractor for your routine maintenance, repairs and HVAC replacements.
Summer and hot temperatures are here, and when the weather is warm, you need your HVAC system to provide you with cool, dehumidified air. In order to ensure your air conditioner performs reliably all summer long, we recommend having regular maintenance performed and being vigilant when it comes to the operation of your unit. Here are five tips to keep you cool while the mercury soars.
Arc flash testing is essential for the safety of your employees and maintenance personnel. This type of testing is designed to determine the arc flash boundaries of your electrical equipment, give you guidance on the type of personal protective equipment your employees should wear while servicing the equipment and provide you with warning labels. It also helps keep you compliant with the arc flash OSHA standards.
Did you know that one of the most common reasons existing buildings in Chicago fail their annual inspections is the lack of backflow preventers or a malfunctioning backflow preventer? Backflow preventers stop nonpotable or gray water from flowing backward into the potable water system. The potable water system can either be the city’s water supply or your building potable water pipes. When backflow occurs, bacteria, chemicals and other harmful items can get into the clean water supply, creating a hazardous condition for anyone who drinks or comes in contact with the contaminated water.
Did you know that not every pipe in your building is a plumbing pipe? The distinction depends on the type of equipment connected to the end of the pipe. For example, if the pipe is connected to a faucet, it’s part of the plumbing system. If the end of the pipe is connected to a drink machine, food manufacturing machine or used in a process in an industrial factory, it’s probably process piping.
“Do you know how old your sump pump is?”
I love to ask people this when I get the chance. Unless they recently had a flooded basement, they don’t remember. Nobody does.
That’s not surprising. There’s a lot to remember these days … passwords, websites, birthdays, anniversaries (especially that last one!). After awhile, it’s hard enough to remember your own age, let alone the age of your sump pump. Plus, it’s down in the basement where you never go if you can help it. Even if you do look at the sump pump, it’s not like there’s a tag on it that clearly tells you the age.
Here’s the thing. Even though forgetting your sump pump’s birthday is understandable, it can lead to problems (and not because you didn’t get it a gift…).
As a facility manager, when you think about installing or replacing your commercial HVAC unit, you probably think of the technician that removes the existing equipment and installs the new equipment. However, designing and installing large HVAC systems requires a lot of preplanning in order to ensure that your Chicago building is properly heated and cooled. To help make sure all the planning during the pre-construction phase is completed, it’s a good idea to have a mechanical engineer of record (MER) on staff as part of the HVAC design build team. A MER can assist designing the schematics and also make sure the project adheres to all applicable Illinois codes and regulations.
When you commence your indoor spring cleaning routine, don’t forget about your heating and cooling equipment. HVAC spring cleaning can help identify problems with your heating and cooling equipment before the system malfunctions on the hottest day of the year, and the best way to perform your HVAC system cleaning and maintenance is by letting your in-house maintenance team tackle some of the items and by letting a professional HVAC technician tackle the rest of the maintenance items.
When it comes to keeping your building comfortable all year long, one of the best ways is to optimize the air flow. When your building is getting adequate air flow, rooms stay at a comfortable temperature, and each room feels light and airy instead of stuffy and stagnant. You may also save money on your heating and cooling bills.