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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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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This Year’s HVAC Trends Explained

This Year’s HVAC Trends Explained

When it comes to HVAC, the goal is to achieve maximum comfort and increase energy efficiency levels with smart and eco-friendly technology. Each year, building and commercial property owners are seeing their HVAC needs evolve. That’s why it’s important to stay up to date with the latest HVAC trends to ensure you are getting the very best service.

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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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Importance of Commercial Air Duct Cleaning

Importance of Commercial Air Duct Cleaning

Nowadays we spend a lot of time indoors. According to the EPA, it’s actually 90% of our time, on average. Between our jobs and home, indoor air quality is important to our health. That is why at The Severn Group, we know commercial air duct cleaning is a must through Maryland and Washington, D.C. office buildings.

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Go Green with Hydronic Heating Systems

Go Green with Hydronic Heating Systems

Looking for ways to go green? Eco-conscious commercial owners prefer the Hydronic heating system to keep their building comfortable and healthy. Hydronics provide a smart heating alternative to help reduce energy costs and conserve resources when compared to other HVAC systems. If you’re interested in going green, here’s what you need to know about Hydronic heating systems.

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Do Ductless Heating and Cooling Systems Work for Commercial Buildings?

Do Ductless Heating and Cooling Systems Work for Commercial Buildings?

Many homeowners are switching to ductless heating and cooling systems in favor of the traditional HVAC. But, they’re not the only ones. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that more and more commercial buildings are going ductless, too. In fact, ductless heating and cooling systems have been used in commercial buildings for several decades now.

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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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