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Controls 101 – AKA Building Automation

Controls 101 Buildings of today are technological marvels.  They are complicated, high tech systems that can control the interior climate of a building through its HVAC, its security systems, card access, video surveillance, lighting, fire alarm, and smoke evacuation systems.  With the latest technology in glass, buildings can even turn a rainy day outside to a beautiful, sunny day inside! These automated “Smart Buildings” have an integrated system of technology that allows it to make intelligent decisions by assessing energy usage, decrease operating costs and can even “learn” the habits of its inhabitants.  They’re also the first to know when there’s a problem, so it can be dealt with immediately. Internet of Things At the [...]

August 30th, 2017|

What You Need to Know About VRF Systems

Variable refrigerant flow (VRF), is a type of HVAC technology first introduced in Japan in 1982.  VRF systems use refrigerant as the cooling and heating medium, as opposed to forced water or air, and because they can precisely control the amount of refrigerant that flows through the system, they are an extremely energy efficient HVAC solution for commercial buildings.  In large buildings, there is often a need to have the ability to have different temperatures in different areas, even to the point where one area may need cooling and another needs heat.   Throughout the day, the desired temperature may change due to varying occupancy, outside temperatures, office equipment that emit heat, and the time of [...]

August 4th, 2017|

Commercial HVAC Maintenance Tips

If you own a business or building, your heating and air conditioning systems are a major but vital expense.  Fortunately, advancements in technologies in the heating and cooling industries have made these systems more energy-efficient than ever, not only helping the environment but helping your bottom line as well. Stick with us as we discuss basic maintenance to keep up with your Commercial HVAC Maintenance! Whether you have the most up-to-date or an older style system, there are many ways you can cut usage and energy and save your company money on heating and cooling costs. Change Your Filters If your system uses filters, have them changed regularly, as often as recommended by the unit’s instructions.  [...]

July 7th, 2017|