If your multi-unit residential building in Chicago has a chiller, you might be surprised to know that operating it at full-capacity may not be the most efficient way to run your cooling system, and it could be costing your building money in the form of higher energy bills. In fact, AchrNews states that chillers can account for as much as 50 percent of the utility usage in your residential multi-unit building. Thankfully, there are things you can do to maximize your chiller’s energy efficiency.
With this summer’s extreme heat, it is extremely important to perform preventative maintenance on your HVAC equipment. Extremely high temperatures cause HVAC units to work longer, thusly increasing the wear and tear on the internal components and causing higher energy bills.
Oh, fantastic. You’re sweltering on a hot day and no matter how low you set the thermostat, your air conditioning system just can’t seem to cool the house. Or maybe you feel warm-ish air coming out of the vents instead of nice cold air. What could be going on?
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.
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.
Fan coil units in large residential and commercial buildings can either be installed with two-pipes or four-pipes, depending on the building’s needs, and before you choose which type of system to install, you should know the pros and cons of each type of fan coil unit.
Does your commercial or residential building have an HVAC economizer? HVAC economizers on rooftop units help you save money by allowing cool air into your building at optimal times in order to provide you with free cooling. Of course, in order for your economizer to operate efficiently, it must be properly maintained, and you have to live in a climate where it gets cool at night and in the morning. Thankfully, Chicago’s climate is ideal for economizer retrofits.
As a property manager, superintendent, landlord or HOA team member, you’ve probably heard of the term “Sick Building Syndrome.” These days it is also being referred to as “Wet Building Syndrome.” Sick building syndrome and wet building syndrome both refer to buildings that have problems with excess moisture, which is harmful to the health of people and pets because it contributes to the development of mold, mildew and fungus.