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29
Aug

HVAC Can Help with Autumn Allergies

HVAC Can Help with Autumn Allergies

People without allergies might be under the impression that they only strike in the spring. People with allergies, however, know different. Autumn can be very taxing on people with allergies, brining with its cool, crisp air a torrent of allergens that irritate the nose, make the eyes water and make life generally miserable for some people.

 

Ragweed is a big offender where causing allergic reactions is concerned. The pollen from this plant starts tormenting allergy sufferers in August and finally calls it a day in October, but not before making what should be gorgeous fall days miserable for people with allergies to the plant, who are many. Molds and other allergens make their presences known at this time of year, but there are measures you can take to make autumn more pleasant.

 

Your HVAC system can help to keep fall allergies under control. You might want to talk to your HVAC technician about some options for increasing how well it does protect against allergies when they come to service the unit.

 

Filtration

 

When the heat of summer is over, it’s tempting to open up the windows and let the fresh air in. The problem for allergy sufferers is that pollen is very small; small enough to fit through the holes on a screen. Keep in mind that a window screen is really a type of filter, but it’s not a particularly selective filter. The weave is tight enough to keep most bugs out but, when it comes to pollen, screens don’t cut it.

 

Turning on your air conditioning unit can help to keep the indoor air pleasant and keep the pollen outside where it belongs. You can get various types of filters form your AC technician and some of them are particularly beneficial to allergy suffers. HEPA filters, for instance, clean around 99% of pollen out of the air, which makes them great options. They’ll cost you more than a less selective air filter, but they do a great job of keeping the interior air clean enough to make allergy sufferers much more comfortable than they’d be with the windows open.

 

As the Washington Post points out, when you have the windows open and closed makes a big difference. Between 5 and 10am, pollenating plants are releasing the greatest quantity of their misery causing pollen, so be sure to keep the windows closed during those hours.

 

If you’re particularly sensitive to pollen, the best bet is to keep the windows closed and the AC on whenever you need the air freshened up a bit. This is the best way to keep pollen out of your building. If you do need to give your house a blast of unfiltered fresh air, go ahead and open up the doors or windows for a bit, but do it after the aforementioned hours so that you’re not just making things worse on yourself.

 

Talk to Your Tech

 

Your HVAC tech should be coming by to maintain your HVAC unit during the autumn, in preparation for the heating season, so it’s a great time to ask them about improved filtration options if you’re having issues. One of the biggest advantages of HVAC systems is that they do keep indoor air fresh and, chances are, if yours isn’t quite fresh enough for your respiratory system, your HVAC tech can help.

 

If you haven’t had your filters changed in a while, it’s a good idea to talk to your HVAC tech, as well. Changing filters increases efficiency and makes the indoor air much more pleasant, so it’s always a good idea to have it done on a regular basis.

 

http://www.livescience.com/8728-allergies-worse-autumn.html

http://www-saps.plantsci.cam.ac.uk/pollen/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/11/AR2007041100524.html

28
Aug

3 Tips to Keep Your Staten Island Commercial HVAC System Running Efficiently

Commercial-HVAC-Company-NYCHere is a quick question for you – when you buy new car; do you just put gas in it and go until it breaks down? Of course not – but you’d be surprised how many business owners treat their HVAC systems this way. Any major purchase should always be followed up by a service call from the dealer reminding you to stay on top of routine maintenance to ensure the system runs smooth – and this is even more important when looking to protect your commercial HVAC unit in Staten Island.

Your HVAC system is a mechanical system – installed by experts in heating and air conditioning and most likely installed by a professional commercial HVAC company in Staten Island. However, without following a few important routine maintenance tips; you’re expensive HVAC system might in fact break down sooner than you’d like. To avoid that, here are three simple HVAC Tips to keep your Staten Island heating and cooling units running smooth and at peak performance around the clock.

HVAC Tip #1 – Set up a Routine Service Plan

The first thing you might want to do is to set up an annual inspection and service of your commercial HVAC system in Staten Island. It is very important that any annual inspection and HVAC service program includes a few of the following specific items:

  • The HVAC expert should check the refrigerant levels & recharge the system if needed
  • An HVAC service will look for any refrigerant leaks and repair them if found
  • They will clean the condensing unit coils and check the air flow over these cooling coils
  • This program will remove debris from the motor and make sure the motor is well lubricated
  • Clean and make any repairs to the compressor components, electrical components and controls
  • Calibrate the Thermostat

It is best to set up an annual inspection with these services twice per year. We’d suggest an inspection in April or May – before the weather really gets hot and muggy in Staten Island and in Sept – Oct before it gets cold. This inspection will provide you with several benefits including:

  • It will ensure your HVAC system is operating at peak efficiency when it needs to operate frequently – like when it’s 100+ degrees outside.
  • It can reduce your monthly energy bill – having a HVAC system that is tuned right will lead to efficient use of energy.

HVAC Tips #2 – Have your Ductwork Cleaned Out Annually

The air quality in New York isn’t the best around – and anybody who has lived in Staten Island for a long period of time knows this to be true. However, the side effect of this dust and dirty air is clogged ductwork inside your office building. This is why another HVAC tip we’d offer you is to have your ductwork inspected and cleaned every year. This also includes:

  • Replacing your HVAC system filters every few months
  • Inspecting or sealing your ductwork by certified HVAC system repair specialists
  • Having the filters inside your HVAC system also replaced annually

HVAC Tips #3 – Always Work with the Same Company

Consistency is important when it comes to providing service for any major appliance. However, with HVAC systems – it’s really critical to work with a reliable company the first time. It’s also important to continue to work with them as the years pass. However, make sure that anybody you hire meets the following criteria:

  • They are licensed to repair and service HVAC units in Staten Island
  • Are highly reliable and have several references to contact
  • Are rated high on third-party review companies like the BBB
  • Can be trusted to provide honest and ethical service at all times

Staying on top of HVAC repairs is all about instigating a routine maintenance program that is cost-effective, is easy and will keep your commercial HVAC system in Staten Island running great around the clock. Following these three simple HVAC tips for Staten Island business owners will save you money, time and stress.

28
Aug

HVAC and IT

 

HVAC and IT

Fire up your computer and you’ll hear a lot of fans start up right along with it. There’s good reason for that. Computers generate a great deal of heat and, if they’re not properly cooled, they can fail very quickly. Keep in mind that, at the heart of your computer, a huge number of electrical components are switching on and off at a furious rate. This generates heat and that heat has to go somewhere.

 

For businesses with a significant amount of IT infrastructure, that heat’s going to go out into the server room. If the room isn’t vented properly, that heat will build up over time, possibly damaging the equipment. Your HVAC techs can help you figure out the best way to addresses these issues.

 

You Have some Advantages Here

 

Normally, when it comes to HVAC, people want to be comfortable. Of course, “comfortable” is a subjective term and some people don’t achieve comfort unless their interior space is 50 degrees in the summer and 90 degrees in the winter. There’s a lot of psychology involved, to put it another way. Computers, on the other hand, may be smart, but there’s no comfort aspect that has to be taken into account.

 

Electronic hardware will have the heat tolerances printed right on it. You have to make sure the room in which it is located is kept within these parameters. Unfortunately, this may make it seem like designing the HVAC system for a network room is easier than it is.

 

What Pros Know

 

Your HVAC techs will take into account not only keeping the temperature of the room stable, but how the hardware in the room is going to make that more of a challenge. This requires knowing the heat dissipation for every piece of equipment. This is a measure of how much heat a given piece of equipment produces over time and the HVAC techs will want to know what you expect in this regard. It helps them to select the right system for the job.

 

They will also take into account the size of the room the equipment is located in, the amount of airflow it gets and so forth. This helps them to perfectly size the system for the room. Remember that oversizing a system doesn’t have the advantages that many people would assume is the case, so it’s a good idea to make sure your HVAC tech is skilled enough to know what’s right and what’s just excessive.

 

Once they get the system installed, they can install sensors that give constant feedback on the conditions in the room. This means that you don’t have to worry about the room overheating while no one is there to watch it or, conversely, getting too cold because the AC has been on too high a setting.

 

With a good system installed and maintained properly, IT equipment can function better and lasts longer.

 

Another thing to ask your HVAC tech about is filtration. They can install very sophisticated filters on your HVAC system that significantly cut down on dust, a huge issue where cooling electronic equipment is concerned.

 

If you’re installing new equipment or need to have your network room checked out, call an HVAC tech. They can handle everything from installing the initial system to installing improvements that make it easier to manage or more capable of handling higher levels of heat. In addition to protecting the equipment, it also makes the network room a much nicer place for employees to work, and that can make a big difference in how they feel about their jobs and their performance when doing them.

 

 

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/get-it-done-calculate-heat-dissipation-for-better-server-room-design/

http://www.johnsoncontrols.com/content/us/en/products/building_efficiency/products-and-systems/integrated_hvac_systems/hvac/sensor_product_family/network_sensors.html

27
Aug

Top Tips to Help Avoid Commercial HVAC Problems in Queens

commercial-hvac-company-queensThere is nothing worse than having to make a late night phone call to the commercial HVAC repair company in Queens. And although many people like to assign blame as to why you’re in need of HVAC emergency repair in Queens in the first place, it’s our belief that Henry Ford who said it best – “Don’t find fault – find a remedy.”

Today’s commercial HVAC systems run extremely efficient. But, there are a few simple things you can do to avoid some of the more common commercial HVAC problems that Queens business owners often experience. Read more

26
Aug

Why HVAC Maintenance Programs in Manhattan Save Businesses Money

commercial-hvac-maintenance-save-moneyCost Saving Facts about HVAC Maintenance Programs in Manhattan

Here is a question for you – if you were to add up all of the uncontrollable expenses your company spent last year how much would it add up to? Sadly, the answer is not very easy for many business owners to swallow. This is due to the fact that most of our uncontrollable expenses – can easily be controlled. Thus is the case with commercial HVAC maintenance programs in Manhattan – and why many business owners are beginning to see the cost-saving advantages of being proactive in regards to a major component to their business success.

Here are a few detailed reasons why most of our commercial customers benefit financially by activating a cost-effective HVAC maintenance program in NYC. Read more

25
Aug

Are Commercial HVAC Maintenance Programs In NYC Worth It?

Broken-down-carA frequently asked question we receive is whether or not HVAC maintenance programs are worth the cost. In a related story, it is also often asked of mechanics if having the oil changed inside a car every 4,000-6,000 miles is important for a car that operates in temperatures below freezing half of the year. As silly as it might sound, the two comparisons are not that far off.

The reality is that it’s very important to have both programs completed on a regular interval for several reasons.

Let’s take a look at both examples of routine car maintenance vs. HVAC maintenance programs in NYC to see exactly why both are very much ‘worth it’. Read more

22
Aug

Freaky Friday Files – The Case of the Rattling AC Unit

Sometimes our commercial HVAC company in NYC gets some interesting phone calls from people looking for us to solve problems with their air conditioning and heating systems. Quite often when we show up to service a cooling or heating system problem, it’s a legitimate issue that just needs a little bit of TLC. But sometimes we find things that simply just can’t be explained. This is where the Freaky Friday Files comes into play.

Today’s episode – The Case of the ‘Rattling’ AC Unit

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21
Aug

Facts About HVAC Maintenance Estimates in Staten Island

The process of finding the right commercial HVAC Company Staten Island basically boils down to two primary concerns – time and money. It seems that more often than not business owners in Staten Island are put in the precarious position of having to quickly find a good and affordable option to complete all of their emergency HVAC repairs and routine maintenance check-ups. However, there is a better solution that can save you time and money; simply by understanding how and when to ask for a repair or maintenance estimate.

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20
Aug

Steps to Hiring a Honest HVAC Company in Brooklyn

It has been suggested by many that just below contacting the dentist to schedule a root canal – trying to find a dependable commercial HVAC Company in Brooklyn are among the least exciting things that a business owner can do. All kidding aside, several business owners and maintenance managers in Brooklyn struggle with this because of one simple fact – many HVAC service companies in Brooklyn are not that trustworthy.

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19
Aug

How to Complete Affordable HVAC Maintenance in Manhattan

As a business owner in Manhattan, you truly understand the concept of ‘bottom line’. Well, here is a bottom line fact – if you don’t keep your HVAC system properly maintained – it will break down sooner than you’d like. You depend on your heating and cooling systems to keep your doors open on the coldest days in winter and the hottest summer afternoons. As such, you’ll want to schedule commercial HVAC maintenance in Manhattan from time to time to keep your system running strong – when you need it most.

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