What Is an Air Handling Unit and How Does It Work?

What Is an Air Handling Unit and How Does It Work?

Air handling units (AHU) are used in medium- and large-sized industrial or commercial properties to condition and distribute fresh air throughout the building. An AHU is part of the larger HVAC system (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning). The device takes air from the outdoors, cleans and conditions it, and heats or cools it as needed. Read on to learn more.

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You’ve Heard of Smart Homes, But What About Smart HVAC?

You've Heard of Smart Homes, But What About Smart HVAC?

It may come as no surprise to learn that the HVAC system is the largest source of energy use in your building. Wouldn’t it be great to decrease your utility costs without sacrificing the quality of your indoor air?  A smart HVAC system may be the solution. Smart systems are more efficient and can reduce energy use up to 10-15%. With savings like that, you could recoup the cost of installing a smart unit in just a few years.

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Why HVAC Is So Important to Data Centers

Why HVAC Is So Important to Data Centers

Data centers power the internet; they house the number of servers where the internet’s websites and information are stored. These structures help ensure the internet runs, and HVAC systems are crucial to keeping the data centers running. HVAC systems serve an essential function in data centers: they control the air, temperature, and humidity to run the computer servers that power the internet.

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Does Your Building Qualify For the EPAct Tax Deduction

Does Your Building Qualify For the EPAct Tax Deduction

Where are the savings? That’s the theme of the building industry in this post-pandemic era. Many raw materials have increased in price, and construction budgets for commercial and residential high-rises are skyrocketing. This makes it more important than ever to know where the those savings are. These savings sometimes come from the least expected places. One of them is the 179D Energy Tax Deduction. This allows tax savings for measures that increase energy efficiency in buildings through the HVAC system. The 179D Energy Tax Deduction is also known as EPAct. It applies to commercial buildings, and multi-family residential buildings that are four stories or higher (above ground). Owners can expense up to $1.80 per square foot of the cost of improvements that increase energy efficiency.

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What Hotel HVAC System is Best for Your Business?

What Hotel HVAC System is Best for Your Business?

According to the EPA, heating and cooling systems account for 40%-50% of the energy consumption in the typical hotel room. The type of HVAC system you choose for your hotel rooms will not only affect your energy bills but also contribute significantly to the comfort of your guests.

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Is Commercial Radiant Heating a Good Option?

Is Commercial Radiant Heating a Good Option?

Maintaining a comfortable indoor climate in commercial buildings is an overhead most operators and owners need to revisit often. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE), radiant heating is a good option compared to other heating systems like forced-air and baseboard heating. If you’re considering the benefits of radiant heating for your commercial property, take a moment to review some important facts.

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Commercial HVAC Systems – Basics You Need To Know

Commercial HVAC Systems - Basics You Need To Know

Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) systems are what we know. HVAC systems control the temperature, air quality, and humidity in buildings large and small. Yet, not all HVAC systems are the same, especially when it comes to commercial buildings. That is why we want to talk about the basics. Things you need to know to help you understand the complexity behind commercial HVAC systems. While it might seem as simple as keeping the indoors cool in the summer and warm in the winter, there is so much more to it. So, let’s talk about understanding commercial buildings’ HVAC systems.

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Is a Rooftop System Best for Your Building?

Is a Rooftop System Best for Your Building?

Many large commercial buildings use rooftop systems, also called packaged HVAC systems. While common, not all smaller commercial buildings use them. Some still use split systems, which tend to be more common with residential buildings. Essentially the difference between split systems and a rooftop system is in the name. Half the unit is inside, half of it is outside. Packaged systems are all in one unit. In commercial buildings, they are referred to as rooftop systems because that is typically where you find them.

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Commercial vs. Residential HVAC – What is the Difference?

Commercial vs. Residential HVAC - What is the Difference?

While commercial and residential HVAC systems primarily serve the same purpose of heating, cooling, and ventilation there are some major differences too. Here at The Severn Group, we specialize in commercial HVAC. So, we know first hand just how unique these two systems can be in terms of size, location, and manufacturing.

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