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Consider these options when replacing your building’s commercial heating system

Wednesday, November 29 2017 9:00 AM
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You’ve decided to do it. Weeks, months, possibly years of increasing heating costs and occupant comfort complaints have led you to replace your building’s commercial heating system. Now that you’ve made the decision to replace, what heating system should you choose for your building? What will give you optimal performance for... Read Article
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When to consider replacing your building's commercial heating system

Thursday, November 2 2017 9:14 AM
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  With the onset of cooler weather, you’ve now turned your attention to heating your building. Ideally, your heating system is ready to tackle another winter season head on. But what if it’s not? If your heating system struggles to affordably maintain a comfortable indoor environment, it may be time to replace it. Considering ... Read Article
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Reduce energy use and save money in your hospital with these easy-to-follow strategies

Tuesday, October 10 2017 9:40 AM
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 Hospitals consume huge amounts of energy serving patients, visitors, and staff 24/7.   And we all know energy isn’t free. That leaves you exploring ways to reduce operational expenses in order to improve your bottom line. But what if it didn’t have to be that way? What if there were simple actions you could take to... Read Article
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Understanding your building’s demand charges can reduce your electrical spend

Monday, August 28 2017 9:48 AM
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  Summer can be downright misreable in Kansas. Especially when July and August highs climb into the upper 90s and the dew point slips above 70. While uncomfortable to people, imagine how your building’s heating and cooling system feels! Excessive heat and humidity forces a system to work harder and run more frequently in order to mai... Read Article
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Got mold in your building? Practical advice on how to handle nature’s great recycler

Wednesday, June 28 2017 11:43 AM
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  Utter the four-letter-word MOLD in commercial buildings across America, and you will see decision makers turn pale, cover their ears, and dash for the nearest exit. That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the point. Mold scares people. And we should take mold seriously because it can make us sick, not to mention the damage it can... Read Article
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How retrocommissioning can optimize a building's energy performance, improve comfort

Tuesday, May 23 2017 3:41 PM
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Most everyone owns a vehicle these days. And what’s the one thing we’ve been taught to do to our vehicles every 3,000 miles? Change the oil. Our vehicles are man-made mechanical wonders, and that means one thing: if it’s made by man, it will either quit running efficiently or eventually break down if not regularly serviced. Be... Read Article
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Why facility owners should consider a building envelope retrofit

Thursday, April 20 2017 3:55 PM
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More than five million commercial buildings exist in the U.S., according to a 2012 survey conducted by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. These buildings consume 40 percent of our nation’s energy. And their average age? Fifty years (49.07 to be exact). Understandably, these factors and others have led to today’s push for en... Read Article
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Don’t get stuck in the cold: how to prepare for a catastrophic heating system loss in your building

Wednesday, March 8 2017 4:13 PM
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No facility manager wants to think about the catastrophic loss of his or her building’s heating system during the cold, winter months. Or for that matter, a cooling system during the scorching summer. Careful planning, however, can mean the difference between minimal hardship and all-out disaster. Ask yourself this: Can I afford to take th... Read Article
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Building owners should follow this rock-solid plan when evaluating their HVAC systems

Monday, February 13 2017 3:39 PM
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As a building owner, one of the bigger decisions you will face involves how to address issues with your HVAC system. Should you repair it or replace it? You may be tempted at first to replace the system with something newer, shinier, and more efficient. People do it every day in other areas of their lives – mobile phones, clothes, applianc... Read Article
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Don’t let phantom loads drive up your building’s energy costs

Thursday, January 26 2017 4:33 PM
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Let’s imagine you set your office computer or printer to “sleep mode” before leaving work for the day. Yes, it’s still plugged in, but you’re saving energy, right? Not necessarily. Electronic devices worldwide waste about $80 billion annually, largely because of the blind faith users place in their devices’... Read Article
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How preventive maintenance can lead to huge savings in commercial buildings

Thursday, January 5 2017 3:10 PM
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It’s no secret that it takes a significant amount of time, money and effort to maintain a commercial building. When budgets tighten, facility managers must do more with less, performing what must feel like miracles to keep systems operating properly. In these instances, facility managers look for ways to reduce spending, and that sometimes... Read Article
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Utilize the extraordinary power of your building automation system

Thursday, December 22 2016 3:34 PM
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Building Automation Systems have existed for years, maintaining indoor temperatures, managing schedules and manipulating lighting. They are good at what they do. We entered a new era of technology in the last decade, and with that, BAS capabilities have increased exponentially. Now is a great time to revisit your system to see if you are utilizi... Read Article
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Get your commercial building ready for winter with these basic maintenance tips

Wednesday, October 26 2016 9:14 AM
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Another hot and humid Kansas summer has passed, and now you've set your sights on cooler weather. Preparing your commercial buildings and facilities for the cold differs from spring and summer programs in many ways. Follow these basic maintenance tips to ensure that your building is ready for seasonal changes.  Inspect Heating Systems Main... Read Article
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5 Ways Building Automation can Save you Money this Summer

Wednesday, August 31 2016 12:11 PM
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A building automation system (BAS) consists of sensors and controllers connected by a centralized network that allows commercial facilities to both monitor and control their systems, including mechanical, security and environmental. A BAS is a great solution for managing your building’s energy use year-round, and during the hot Kansas summers... Read Article
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Don’t dread the college students: Tips on saving energy when they return to campus

Thursday, August 25 2016 11:23 AM
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With college students returning to campuses this month, facility leaders can expect to see a significant increase in energy consumption. How much? While every college and university differs, we know that lighting, HVAC and water heating account for 84 percent of energy consumption on campuses in the U.S., according to National Grid, an investor-... Read Article
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Lower your utility spend this summer with these basic steps

Friday, July 15 2016 9:48 AM
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  Summer heat packs a powerful punch. It stresses living things from people to pets to plants. What we don’t often think about, though, are the effects that the heat has on buildings and the way they consume energy. Consider this: commercial buildings can consume up to 35 percent more energy in the hottest summer months compared to oth... Read Article
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The Importance of Choosing a Good Commercial HVAC Contractor

Wednesday, May 4 2016 11:45 AM
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When you need to hire a commercial contractor to work on your business or industrial facility’s heating and cooling system, the price isn’t the only factor that should be considered. In fact, it shouldn’t even be number one. Experience Residential heating and cooling jobs are much different from commercial ones, so choose a co... Read Article
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A Fantastic Solution to Removing Humidity from Your Operating Room

Tuesday, April 5 2016 10:45 AM
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    Everyone knows that a visit to the operating room can cost you big bucks. But the thing we don’t often think about is the cost for hospitals to operate their ORs. Part of the blame falls on temperature and humidity. Temperature and humidity levels operating rooms must be exact, otherwise patient safety, the comfort of surgic... Read Article
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How VRF May Be the Perfect Fit for Your Commercial Building

Friday, January 22 2016 10:55 AM
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Facility leaders must manage their building’s HVAC energy spend in addition to their many other responsibilities. It’s no small task balancing occupant health and comfort while regulating the energy demands heating and cooling equipment makes. What’s more, these days it seems that everyone is an expert on the topic of energy sa... Read Article
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Baby Boomer Exodus and the Skilled Trades: A Profound Dilemma

Tuesday, November 24 2015 3:25 PM
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  A mass departure is well underway that will continue for the next decade and more. It will affect job categories from retail to federal and educational to construction. How we handle these changes will significantly influence not only our nation’s economy but also its savings, retirement, and healthcare programs. And who’s th... Read Article
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