According to the EPA, indoor air can be as much as 2 to 5 times more polluted than the outdoor air, and infants, children, the elderly and those with preexisting conditions, like COPD and asthma, can be more susceptible to the effects of indoor air pollution than others. Part of the reason that modern buildings tend to trap pollutants is because they are increasingly designed to be air-tight due to energy-efficiency standards and the desire to use as little electricity, natural gas and propane or heating oil as possible.
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.
Are you ready to start the process of replacing your rooftop HVAC unit? If you answered yes, you may be waiting until spring because you’ve been told no HVAC work can be performed until the outside temperature reaches a certain point. While that’s true, the process of getting an estimate, looking at your budget, choosing the right equipment and getting it installed can take months. This means that if you wait until early May to start contacting commercial HVAC contractors for estimates, you may not receive your new unit until the end of summer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With increasingly strict energy efficient guidelines and a continuing push to make every building as energy efficient as possible, modern buildings are increasingly airtight. This means that indoor and outdoor air do not mingle aside from the occasional and briefly opened door. Because of this, modern buildings can trap air pollutants, moisture and other particulate matter, which decreases the indoor air quality and can lead to sick building syndrome. One of the ways to combat excess moisture and indoor air pollutants is to install a Dedicated Outdoor Air System (DOAS) that does nothing but filter outdoor air and bring it into the building.