Once the workhorse of the commercial and residential refrigerant world, R-22 today moves slowly toward its total phase-out.
This has left many owners and contractors questioning what the future holds for systems still operating with R-22, which includes air conditioning systems, cold storage, food refrigeration equipment, and industrial pr... Read Article
Preparing educational facilities for the start of a new school year is critical for the health and well-being of students, teachers, and staff alike. Healthy schools increase a student’s ability to concentrate and learn and a teacher’s ability to effectively instruct.
Here are five steps to consider for preparing a school&rsqu... Read Article
One of the best – and possibly most underutilized – methods for reducing energy consumption in commercial buildings is through the use of a thermal energy storage system.
Thermal energy storage reduces a building’s strict dependence on power supplied by the grid during peak daytime hours when cooling demands are greatest and el... Read Article
Commercial air conditioning systems in buildings across the area have been running with the unseasonably warm weather blanketing parts of the state.
Make sure your building’s cooling system is prepared to operate efficiently by taking a few preventative maintenance steps before the serious heat settles in. Doing so will help to ensur... Read Article
One of the best things you can do for your heating and cooling systems as a building owner is preventative maintenance through a service agreement.
A service agreement means your building systems will be cared for by a qualified industry professional, someone who knows how they should operate and can identify potential problems before they... Read Article
Many factors influence student performance such as indoor air quality, acoustics, and lighting. Deficiencies in any of these areas can have a dramatic effect on how well students achieve and teachers perform.
Therefore, choosing the right heating, cooling, and lighting systems for your school district is critical, as is your ability to maintain ... Read Article
Lighting plays a critical role in K-12 schools in many different ways.
It directly affects how well students see and learn, and it accounts for a huge portion of a district’s energy expenses.
As a school leader, if you choose to ignore the state of your district’s lighting system, you run the risk of putting students, teachers... Read Article
Everywhere we go, sound surrounds us like a blanket.
We embrace pleasant sounds, but the unpleasant ones we call noise.
Like a heating and cooling system clamoring to the point that students struggle to hear clearly and teachers labor to project.
The scenario plays out every day in K-12 classrooms across the U.S.
... Read Article
Opportunities exist for school districts to reduce their operational expenses and apply those savings toward improving student learning.
There was a fifth-grade student – we’ll call her Ella – who couldn’t read at more than a Kindergarten level.
Ella found a book in the library she wanted to read, but she couldn&rs... Read Article
A high school in Pennsylvania had an invisible killer lurking in its building, but nobody knew it. At least not right away.
The killer gained access to the school through the ventilation system in the roof.
Workers had installed a cell tower on top of the school along with a generator to power the tower battery.
The ventilation system began su... Read Article
People needing medical care have numerous choices in today’s healthcare marketplace.
Therefore, you want your patients to have great experiences at your facility, because should they ever need care again, you want them to return.
And, since medical reimbursements are tied to patient satisfaction scores, you must make patient experience a ... Read Article
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
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
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
Summer can be downright miserable 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 systems feel!
Excessive heat and humidity force a system to work harder and run more frequently in order to main... Read Article
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
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
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
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
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