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.
HVAC installation day for your new HVAC system is an exciting time for our team at Althoff Industries. While we try to minimize any negative impact HVAC installation day may have on you and your family, we want you to know what to expect. We also hope that the day brings a certain excitement to you, knowing you will soon have a new, more efficient HVAC system providing a more comfortable indoor environment.
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.
Once the heat stops working in your facility, either due to an equipment failure or a power outage, your commercial or multi-unit residential building will start to lose heat, causing the temperatures to plunge rapidly. In order to prevent the loss of life and damage to your critical systems, you should have a facility plan for backup heating in place.
Have you checked the humidity levels in your building this winter? When temperatures decrease, the humidity in the air also decreases. This can lead to your residents feeling uncomfortable even if your building thermostats are programmed and set correctly.