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A Facilities Managers Guide to Achieving Adaptive Thermal Comfort for Occupants

Feb 14, 2019

How comfortable is your Chicago building? According to ASHRAE, a building has achieved optimal thermal comfort when a minimum of 80 percent of the occupants are satisfied with the indoor environmental conditions, but how do you determine if 80 percent of the individuals in your building are comfortable? This can be a tough question to answer. Thankfully, there are factors you can consider when it comes to improving the indoor comfort of your building.

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5 Top Trends in Commercial HVAC

Jan 09, 2019

As both our internal and external environment changes, the HVAC industry also changes and develops new technologies in heating and cooling to meet new improved energy efficiency standards. For example, 30 years ago, HVAC systems consisted of single-stage motors and mercury thermostats that maintained a steady temperature 24 hours a day unless the dial was turned up or down. Today, we have programmable thermostats that allow multiple temperatures to be set, depending on the time and day of the week, and we have variable-speed motors that can decrease or increase, depending on cooling or heating needs. The 2019 HVAC trends are forecast to involve better HVAC connectivity and data as well as improvements in green HVAC technology.

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Traditional vs. Modern Building Optimization

Oct 31, 2018

Is your Chicago building still relying on traditional building optimization? If it is, you could be spending more on your energy usage than you really need to spend. This is because modern building optimization provides real-time data and metrics so that you can make adjustments immediately rather than relying on separate inspections of your critical equipment so that you can implement energy-saving ideas.

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Whole House Humidifier Pros vs. Cons

Jan 24, 2018

Many view home heating from a pretty straight-forward standpoint. If they are comfortable, their thermostat is set correctly. If they are not comfortable, the thermostat is set too low or too high. Of course, when multiple family members are involved, this can create quite a challenging situation that is often resolved by the person who pays the utility bills. There is, however, another major factor in the comfort of your home. It is humidity.

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Avoid Air Flow Issues with Correct Filter Direction Installation

Nov 29, 2017

We have repeatedly talked about the importance of keeping your HVAC system air filters clean to keep your HVAC unit operating properly. We have even discussed how critical airflow is in heating your home safely and comfortably. There is another aspect of airflow that will also greatly impact how your heating system operates. That is the proper installation of an air filter.

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The Best Overall Furnace Filter for Your Residential HVAC System

Nov 22, 2017

There are more choices than ever when choosing a furnace air filter for your home. How do you know what is the best furnace filter for you?

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How to Choose the Right Air Filter for Your HVAC Equipment

Nov 15, 2017

If you find yourself having to set your thermostat at unusually high or low temperatures just to stay comfortable, your problem may be poor air flow. Poor air flow may be caused by too much friction in your HVAC system or too much turbulence. One of the most significant causes of friction in an HVAC system is the air filter.

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The #1 Way to Improve Air Flow in Your Home

Oct 17, 2017

Many homeowners don't fully appreciate the importance of airflow when it comes to the performance of their HVAC system and ultimately, the comfort of each room in your home. The fact is, if you have one room or many rooms that are less comfortable than others, it is quite possible it is an issue with airflow. Free airflow is disturbed by two basic forces friction and turbulence. What are some of the causes of poor or restrictive airflow in a home and how can it be improved? What is the #1 way to improve airflow in your home?

To find out the #1 way to improve to improve airflow, we will first discuss 5 causes of poor airflow. At Althoff, our goal is always to get to the root of the problem first then provide solutions to improve comfort, function and performance of your equipment.

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Sticky? Stuffy? Creating Ideal Indoor Humidity in Your Home

Jun 21, 2017

At Althoff Industries, we don't just view ourselves as HVAC technicians. We see ourselves as indoor air quality specialists. Properly treating the air in a home is much more complex than it may first seem. There are numerous factors to consider. One has to note the size, construction and floor plan of the house. How much insulation and home construction materials are a factor. Of course, climate and duct work is critical. Is there a lot of dust in your area or does your family suffer from allergies? One has to also consider how humid the area the home is located in and whether the installed system will not only work efficiently but remove indoor humidity from conditioned air. Creating the best indoor air quality for your family must include the consideration of a number of important factors. If not, there can be problems with your indoor humidity.

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Will an Air Purifier Minimize My Allergy Symptoms?

Jun 08, 2017

There are plenty of myths about how to best clean the air in your home. Some people believe a good HEPA air filter will do. Others suggest an air purifier. Still others say that perhaps there is nothing you can do, especially when it comes to allergens. The Chicago area has experienced medium to high pollen levels throughout the spring and forecasts call for it to continue. If you or someone in your family suffers from pollen-related allergies, the following may help.

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