Balancing Aesthetics and functionality in commercial HVAC design is something that The Severn Group assesses in commercial builds. In the world of architecture and interior design, aesthetics, and functionality often find themselves on opposite ends of the spectrum. This delicate balance becomes even more challenging when applied to commercial HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) systems.Read more →
When deciding on air zone HVAC systems, the Variable Volume & Temperature (VVT) is an HVAC control system with many advantages. The VVT system overview is a cost eﬀective way for building occupants to maintain & control temperature. Read on to learn how a VVT HVAC system is traditionally constructed and the benefits it can have for your businessRead more →
Don’t touch that dial! At least, not unless you want to risk the wrath of your workforce. The ideal workplace temperature is hotly debated, but it’s about more than just comfort. Workplace temperature regulation directly impacts productivity. Here’s why your building should ensure that you regulate the environment for maximum comfort and efficiency.Read more →
At first glance, a central humidifier might seem like a strange device to consider, but there are several key benefits of central humidifiers for office spaces. Learn more about central humidifier benefits below. If you’re like many people, you might think that humidity is always the enemy of an enclosed space. After all, if your office has excess humidity, it can cause a host of problems. In truth, what you should actually be aiming for is the optimal humidity level, which is between 40% and 45%. A level above 50% is where discomfort sets in, and one below 30% is where things are considered too dry.Read more →
Looking for alternatives to HFCs? You’re not alone. A2L refrigerants are growing in popularity around the world.
In 1987, a coalition of nations signed a treaty known as the Montreal Protocol. This agreement led to the banning of refrigerants responsible for the depletion of the ozone layer. Throughout the 1990s, ozone-harming chemicals were phased out in favor of a new chemical: hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs. While HFCs helped heal the hole in the ozone layer, they have terrible side effects — scientists have discovered that HFCs contribute thousands of times more to global warming than CO2.
It’s essential to know the air conditioning in your building ties directly to its air quality. Discovering mold in ACs can be concerning for facility managers. When mold is left to spread, it can create serious health problems for your employees or clients. If you’ve found mold in your air conditioner, it’s essential to act quickly. Here are how an expert deciphers whether air conditioners have mold.Read more →
When the Maryland summer starts, heat and humidity should be at the forefront of a building manager’s mind. Managers will often consider the heat but underestimate the humidity. Even without high temperatures, moisture-rich air can negatively affect the workplace. Humidity can cause workers to feel tired and make it hard to breathe, quickly weakening morale. How do offices end up with high humidity?Read more →
Your heating and cooling system may not be the most glamorous part of your building, but when it stops working, it’s definitely the most important! Annual air conditioner maintenance can ensure that you don’t have big, expensive emergency repairs when the temperatures soar. There are four key reasons you should never skip your commercial annual air conditioner maintenance.Read more →
Due to their size, commercial buildings require a more extensive HVAC system than residential homes. Some commercial structures have their HVAC systems on the side or back of the building. Others take advantage of large rooftop spaces by using rooftop units, commonly referred to as RTUs. This can give property owners more valuable ground-level real estate for parking or landscaping features.Read more →
Anyone who owns a commercial building knows that ductwork is an integral part of the property’s operations. In order to operate at maximum efficiency, your HVAC ductwork needs to be designed, sized, and installed correctly. Proper duct size is all too often an overlooked feature of commercial HVAC systems. The role that duct sizing and material play in maintaining a safe, comfortable environment should not be underestimated. Having the right size and material for your ducts will maintain comfortable conditions, improve indoor air quality, minimize energy losses, and lower your heating and cooling bills, as well.Read more →