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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What is the Best HVAC Maintenance List for My Building?

What is the Best HVAC Maintenance List for My Building?

‘Tis the season for fall and winter maintenance checklists galore. However, not all buildings are created equal, so should all HVAC maintenance lists be? Not really. While there are some commonalities across most commercial buildings, they can vary. So, that begs the question, what is the best HVAC maintenance list for your building? We have talked about typical fall maintenance but now, let’s break it down by building type and what could change.

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The Importance of Ventilation in Health Care Facilities

The Importance of Ventilation in Health Care Facilities

In a crucial time of medical uncertainty, HVAC systems have a big job to do. They help to maintain the health and safety of patients and employees in health care facilities. Ventilation systems help to reduce the spread of airborne contaminants and keep the indoor air quality (IAQ) safe. All in all, this helps to protect the health of more vulnerable populations, such as immunocompromised and elderly people. Continue on to learn more about the essential components of ventilation in health care facilities.

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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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5 Important Things to Know About Air Handlers

5 Important Things to Know About Air Handlers

Air handlers work with an air conditioning unit and/or heat pump to circulate air. They help make the system more energy-efficient and generally come in a large rooftop unit. Although, there are different areas in which you may find an air handling unit. It contains a blower, filter racks, cooling or heating elements, dampers, and sound attenuators. Air handlers also connect to the building’s ductwork ventilation system. There are a lot of misconceptions and basic information you need to know about an air handler. Here are the top five important things to know.

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Easy Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Easy Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is a frequently overlooked factor in employee health and well-being. And, unfortunately, poor air quality is seldom recognized until people begin showing obvious health-related symptoms. As such, determining the cause of harmful air quality is difficult because there may be a host of problems occurring. Thankfully, a certified HVAC professional can help you improve indoor air quality in your building before it’s too late. 

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How to Avoid these Common HVAC Scams

How to Avoid these Common HVAC Scams

Like dishonest auto garages or door-to-door handymen, HVAC contractors can also target building owners for HVAC scams. Scammers can target owners of complex and essential systems in the hopes of pressuring them into agreeing to expensive and unnecessary repairs. Unfortunately, many of these owners do not even realize they are being taken advantage of. 

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HVAC Safety Tips to Prevent Holiday Office Fires 

HVAC Safety Tips to Prevent Holiday Office Fires 

The holidays bring out the best in most people. Plus, holidays typically mean parties. HVAC safety is probably the last thing on your mind, but it shouldn’t be. With parties comes risk, as many holiday office fires result from faulty HVAC systems. So, this year, employers and employees can get a head start on holiday safety with a few HVAC safety tips. Then, of course, it’s all about focusing on having a great time with your coworkers.

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How Unique Buildings Are Conquering Climate Control

How Unique Buildings Are Conquering Climate Control

As the world develops and grows, so does the need for proper climate control for commercial HVAC systems. New, original architectures pop up seemingly overnight, and with them comes another huge challenge. So, how are people supposed to manage climate control in uniquely-shaped and wholly different buildings, the likes of which they’ve never seen before?

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