TOP 3 Points to Consider Before Scheduling an HVAC Balance

There are a few important items that you want to take into account before you schedule an HVAC balance. While these 3 points may seem obvious, there are many instances where a technician gets onsite and the job-site isn’t ready or they can’t access areas that they need. These tips can save time and money

HVAC Systems – How to help ensure a good investment

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment is very similar to your car; it can last 7 years or 20 years! The life expectancy largely depends on the quality of the equipment, and how the equipment has been maintained. Without having a maintenance log of all your systems, how do you estimate the remaining ‘miles’ your equipment has left? The

Major Company Invests in Geothermal HVAC, Legitimizes Revolutionary Heating & Cooling Approach

Alphabet’s Moonshot Factory X, formerly known as Google [X], revealed one of its newest projects in July: a geothermal HVAC startup known as “Dandelion” that will focus on using innovative drilling techniques to deliver residential geothermal systems. We couldn’t be happier to see one of the world’s largest and most technologically influential companies showing substantial

A Balancing Act: Air Balance is an important part of HVAC maintenance

When it comes to HVAC, no news is good news for restaurant facility managers. When you start hearing chatter about the building being hot and humid, drafty, smoky or uncomfortable, you know a problem has already taken root. It’s a lot like a piano being out of tune. In addition to unhappy customers and employees, these

Air Balance Basics for Existing Facilities

We all understand the concept of the “band-aid approach” whereby you find a quick cover-up to a problem without actually investigating the root of the it.  This concept applies very frequently in the context of a Facility Manager or Building Owner wrestling with HVAC emergencies that are being caused by negative building pressure. They will

Talking to Kitchen Staff About Air Balance

Negative building pressure costs restaurant facility managers thousands of dollars every year.  Uncomfortable kitchen staff, as well intended as they may be, are often instigators of a facility’s air circulation becoming off balance.  Hot and bothered, they’ll tinker with the thermostats or other HVAC components in effort to come into agreement with the air they are

Using An Air Balance Report for HVAC Upkeep

There is much hype these days in the facilities management industry about the importance of preventative maintenance, especially for critically important HVAC systems. In our experience,  we are often urgently called out to a facility because the site’s HVAC hasn’t been well maintained. While we’re happy to help, we also want to share insights so you don’t have preventable crises. In

How to implement air balance data in 5 easy steps

The goal of a good facility manager is to balance the customer’s brand experience with the company’s budget allocation and facility lifetime. The goal of a good air balancer is to objectively restore the facility’s HVAC health. The air balance report is the bridge between the two parties’ goals. Once the balance report is in your hands,

What to know about choosing an air balance contractor

Due to the skill level required and equipment needed, facility managers and mechanical contractors hire professional test and balance contractors to bring buildings into balance at the end of construction, remodels, rebalances for existing buildings and equipment changes. When HVAC equipment is installed and started up, it may not function according to design specification and eventually

3 Steps to Troubleshooting Your Facility’s HVAC With Onsite Staff

Have you identified that your facility is experiencing a potential air balance problem?  You might be experiencing doors that are hard to open, uncomfortable temperatures, poor smoke capture, odors, drafty areas, or any combination of the other common sick building symptoms.  The inevitable question at this stage is, “Who is best to resolve this?” Bringing in