HVAC systems are designed to last between 15 and 20 years with proper maintenance. This means that if your current commercial or rooftop system was installed in 2005 or earlier, you may want to start thinking about replacing it. This is especially true if you’ve had to perform numerous repairs in the last 12 to 24 months in order to keep it operational.
Have you heard about the upcoming freon law change? If you aren’t, you should know that R-22, which is known by the brand name Freon, will be illegal in the United States as of Jan. 1, 2020. This means that R-22 cannot be manufactured or imported into the country. If you have an HVAC system that operates using R-22, you will still be able to operate that system. However, the next time you need a repair that requires a refrigerant refill, you may not be able to get more R-22 due to the decreasing availability as current supplies dwindle.
Are you ready for the changes in the HVAC industry in 2020? Next year is slated to be one of the best for commercial HVAC contractors and business owners looking to upgrade or replace their current systems. This is because new energy-efficient improvements combined with IoT and BAS systems are slated to help business owners save money over the entire lifespans of their HVAC systems, and owners who install new HVAC equipment before 2023 can take advantage of near-immediate tax breaks.
Are you concerned about the efficiency and reliability of your commercial HVAC system in Chicago? If you haven’t had your system inspected and repaired recently, now may be a good time to call for preventative maintenance. This is because HVAC systems can wear out over time, leading to a loss of energy-efficiency and unexpected breakdowns that could leave your building without heat for several hours or even several days, depending on the complexity of the needed repairs. Here at Althoff, we want you to be aware of the common problems commercial HVAC systems experience in the winter so that you can take steps to avoid these scenarios.
Are the restrooms in your building ADA compliant? The ADA Act was enacted by Congress in 1990 to help eliminate discrimination against those with disabilities in employment, access to public services, telecommunications and public accommodations, which includes restrooms. If your building was built after 1990, there’s a good chance it’s already ADA accessible. However, the Act was amended in 2008 and the new and updated clauses when into effect in 2009. If you have not reviewed the changes, there may be a chance that your building bathrooms are not ADA compliant.
With autumn temperatures cooling off and winter on the way, it’s important to start thinking about fall chiller cleaning and winter shutdown. Properly cleaning and taking your chiller off-line prevents harmful bacteria and containments from building up in the chiller tank and making themselves known in the spring when you reactivate your system. Here at Althoff, serving Chicago, we want to make sure you know the proper steps to take and the reasons why your chiller should be professionally shutdown in the fall.
Does your business or multi-unit tenant building in Chicago need a water softener or a water conditioner? If you or your residents or employees have noticed white stains around water faucets and showerheads, it’s a good indication that you have hard water, which is water with 3.5 grains or more of calcium and/or magnesium per gallon of water, or water that contains more than 60ppm of calcium and magnesium.
Do you know the best way to heat your multi-family property? For most apartment buildings, condos and co-ops, the choice boils down to natural gas, heating oil or electricity. In order to determine the best way to heat your multi-unit residential building, it’s important to look at a number of factors, including utility costs, costs to install and city codes and regulations.
When is the last time you had the plumbing system in your Chicago building inspected for water leaks? For most commercial and large residential buildings the answer may be months or years ago minus a few repairs for obvious water leaks. The truth is that large buildings in Chicago should have their plumbing systems inspected for leaks and partial or full clogs at least once a year and preferably twice a year for buildings that have heavy water usage. Having your Chicago building’s plumbing system inspected twice a year can catch common problems, including, pinhole leaks, running toilets, leaking faucets and problems with drain and sewer lines before they cause a catastrophe. Here are some of the common water problems we diagnose and repair in the commercial and multi-story residential buildings in the greater Chicago area.