As an HVAC contractor, we clean, repair and maintain a lot of HVAC systems over the course of a year. And one of the most common problems we see is the presence of mold. Let’s face it, mold grows quickly in wet environments. And when a building uses a forced-air HVAC system, mold will definitely be a part of the picture more often than not.
An air handler, or air handling unit (AHU), is used to regulate and circulate air as part of a heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. The air handler is usually located in a large metal box and contains a blower, heating and cooling elements, filters, and air ducts for taking in and releasing air.
When it comes to running a business, there are little mistakes … and then there are BIG mistakes that hit you right where it hurts the most: your bottom line. Its easy to do little maintenance items to try and keep things running as efficiently and as low cost as possible. But sometimes maintenance isn’t enough. If you don’t replace it, it will impact you, and not in a good way. Can you really operate with employees and customers … and no heat?
As a property manager, every morning brings with it an entirely new set of issues. Some days can be all about routine maintenance while the next day can seem like you’re handling nothing but problems. The two work hand in hand. If things are maintained on a regular basis, the chances of it escalating into an emergency situation reduce considerably.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average commercial building wastes around 30 percent of the energy it consumes. That means that as a property manager, if you haven’t taken any steps to improve your building’s efficiency in the last few years, it may be wasting even more. If that’s the case, you’ll find many opportunities to improve, some that you can implement immediately and will have lasting impact well into the future.
Fall is a difficult time of the year. From one day to the next, you can experience 10, 20, even 30 degrees or more of fluctuation in the temperature. Add in rain and humidity, and its easy to see why a building’s HVAC system can have a difficult time keeping up with the demands. The environment changes from one moment to the next, and your HVAC system doesn’t know whether to keep it hot or keep it cold.
The term HVAC is fairly straightforward and easy for most to understand. It consists of three parts: heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, all necessary for keeping the environment within your building comfortable all year through. However there is another part to the HVAC system that few building owners think about – the control. Control determines how effective your HVAC system is during operation, and how well it meets the goals of comfort, safety and cost effectiveness.