The Right Office Humidity for Your Building

The Right Office Humidity for Your Building

Office humidity is extremely important for every building. If it’s too high or too low, it can affect your health, the building materials, the equipment and more. According to the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), uncontrolled humidity levels are one of the main factors for poor indoor air quality (IAQ). So, what is the right humidity level? 

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Cooling Tower Cleaning and Legionnaires’ Disease

Cooling Tower Cleaning and Legionnaires' Disease

Cooling towers can be breeding grounds for Legionella, the bacterium responsible for causing Legionnaires’ disease. As a facility manager or operator, it’s your responsibility to ensure that regular maintenance helps to control Legionella growth and keep your workers and patrons out of harm’s way. Below, you will learn everything you need to know about this serious disease and how you can prevent Legionella in your cooling towers with proper cooling tower cleaning procedures.

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Summer HVAC Tips for Your Office

Summer HVAC Tips for Your Office

When you run a business and have a commercial HVAC system, it can be hard to keep things cool during the summer. The heat is naturally going to seep in. It’s important to make sure that your HVAC system is working properly so that your employees and customers are comfortable. Read on for some summer HVAC tips that can help prepare you for the warmer weather.

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Eddy Current Testing 101

Eddy Current Testing 101

The term Eddy Current Testing (ECT) uses electromagnetic induction to find flaws and cracks in conductive materials. Specifically, ECT is used in the service and manufacturing industries where tubing, sheet metal, and other slim products created from metal are needed for essential operations. With ECT, electromagnetic fields can detect metal hardness and thickness, heat damage, and more. Testing is completed without harming the test material during the process.

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What is Direct Digital Control Technology?

What is Direct Digital Control Technology?

Direct Digital Control Technology is the control of a building’s conditions through a digital device, typically a computer. It is a system that is commonly aligned with Building Automation Systems. And, it is mainly used in commercial HVAC control and energy management system applications. In a commercial building, Building Automation Systems (BAS) and Direct Digital Control Technology (DDC) work together to provide programmable and precise control of the building’s functions.

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Data Center Preventative Maintenance

Data Center Preventative Maintenance

Costs for data center outages rise minute by minute. And, each minute of unplanned downtime can cost upwards of $9,000. However, you can minimize unscheduled downtime and avoid preventable breakdowns with preventative data maintenance. The objective of preventative maintenance is to establish scheduled inspections that identify defects before they become a significant problem. Data centers that don’t schedule planned preventative data maintenance are at a higher risk of asset failure. Read on for some of the best tools for safe and successful preventative data maintenance.

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Life Expectancy of Commercial HVAC Equipment

Life Expectancy of Commercial HVAC Equipment

While you may take care of maintenance, you might also be considering how long the system will last. When was the last time it was replaced? How many years can you honestly expect to get out of your HVAC system? These questions are something to keep in mind when you own a business. Here’s a look at the factors that play a role in the commercial HVAC equipment lifespan.

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What are Building Automation Systems (BAS)?

What are Building Automation Systems (BAS)?

The term BAS stands for Building Automation Systems. Such a system is installed in a high-performance building during construction. A BAS system allows the building to be more energy efficient. The system will also be used to monitor the structure and ensure all components are working properly. Building Automation Systems also provide data which can be used to show how high-performance buildings work. This helps to see financing offered to companies that want to construct such facilities.

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Plumbing Issues to Take Seriously

Plumbing Issues to Take Seriously

When it comes to commercial properties, there are many areas in which the owner of the building has to take care of. The plumbing system is one area that needs maintenance to ensure proper functioning of the building. From bathroom areas to kitchens, we rely on plumbing systems for everyday use. It is important to be aware of common plumbing issues to make sure that your building operates efficiently and you are not wasting money. 

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Get a Commercial HVAC Inspection Before You Buy

Get a Commercial HVAC Inspection Before You Buy

Are you considering an investment in a new commercial building? Are you ready to take the next step of expanding your current business or starting one from scratch? Whatever the case may be, there is one area you need to look at before signing on the dotted line. That is the commercial HVAC system. It is imperative that you have a commercial HVAC system inspection completed before you buy. Here are some reasons why an inspection should be at the top of your to-do list.

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