HOT AS A FIRECRACKER!! DON’T BE A DUD ON HVAC MAINTENANCE
The dog days of summer are in force! Is your air conditioning system ready for the challenge? HVAC system maintenance helps keep your system running reliably and efficiently. Your HVAC system maintenance is crucial for a comfortable and smooth summer.
HVAC preventative maintenance is more important this year than in past years due to many office closures for much of 2020. During these office closures, many HVAC systems were not properly maintained.
Consider this: if you had a car that sat in the garage all winter, would you feel comfortable taking it on a long trip without getting it checked out first? If you did, you may be risking a breakdown or a major headache. By running your HVAC system without preventive maintenance, you are taking the same risk.
HVAC MAINTENANCE: GET READY FOR THE HEAT!
Here is why an HVAC preventive maintenance is critical for both your system and your bottom line:
- The typical life of an air conditioning system is about 15 years, but dirty, neglected systems deteriorate much faster. Regular cleaning and care prevent breakdowns and premature failure of equipment.
- Accumulating debris in drains and condensation lines can lead to water leaks and system failures. Water leaks can also cause additional damage to surrounding structures and health problems for employees.
- The demand for appointments in peak season can mean long waits in sweltering temperatures if your equipment fails. HVAC preventive maintenance helps prevent repair issues that cause business interruption and lost revenue. Ask about our Preferred Service!
- Dirty vents and air filters, clogged condensate lines, leaking vents and poor drainage all decrease the performance of your air conditioning system. These issues can cause your HVAC system to work harder and use more energy to keep your building cool. Preventive maintenance helps your HVAC system run efficiently and reduces energy consumption.
TRUST THE EXPERTS FOR HVAC MAINTENANCE
Some business owners try to save money by doing maintenance “in-house”. Yes, you can change air filters on your own, but most of the tasks on a maintenance service are best left to a professional.
Just like the old car in the garage, you can probably change the windshield wipers blades, but you will be safer and save more money in the long run if you have an experienced mechanic take care of the engine.
HVAC systems are complicated systems with many moving parts, refrigerant, and electrical components. They require a certified technician to resolve issues and clean all the components. Build a long lasting relationship with your HVAC provider. It will be beneficial to you!
There is no question that air quality is vital to our health, especially for people with underlying health conditions. As cities grow and as we move back into our offices, air quality will be an ongoing challenge.
HVAC cleaning and maintenance is essential for air quality especially for commercial spaces that were closed due to the pandemic.
Here are some reasons to take advantage of HVAC cleaning and maintenance:
AIR POLLUTION DOES NOT STAY OUTDOORS:
Although most cities in Alabama aren’t known for high air pollution, there is still plenty of “fine particle matter” floating around. That matter creates poor air quality inside our facilities. Dust and particles from boilers, construction activity, or outside air can find their way into your HVAC system. Filters that are not changed on a regular basis can restrict air flow and allow those particles to enter the air stream causing allergies to flare or upset other respiratory conditions.
THE OTHER “STUFF” IN THE AIR WE DON’T THINK ABOUT:
Besides particles and matter that get into your HVAC system, there is other “stuff” like bacteria, pet hair, and dust mites that build up over time, causing allergies and contributing to poor indoor air quality.
HVAC cleaning and maintenance can help control the other “stuff” and keeps your HVAC system operating effectively.
AIR CONDITIONING CLEANING SHOULD BE ROUTINE:
Your air conditioning system is an investment and works hard every day. It makes sense to keep it running well with a routine maintenance. Performed regularly, a routine maintenance will remove the contaminants that negatively impact your indoor air quality.
Make sure you have a positive relationship with a HVAC company! This will help eliminate the “germs” coming back as your employees return to the office.
For further information regarding a preventative maintenance plan or if your system is not operating at its best, give us a call 205-591-5678 or visit us at hardyserv.com
HUMIDITY AND POOR AIR QUALITY
Humidity is a key component of air quality. Indoor air quality can drastically affect a person’s health, comfort, and the ability to function at their best while at home or at the workplace.
HUMIDITY AFFECT THE WORKPLACE
Workplaces with inadequate ventilation and poorly functioning air conditioning systems often suffer from high humidity. In spaces with a high relative humidity (over 50% to 60% based on temperature), the problems can get serious.
Poor indoor air quality caused by humid conditions can cause your employees to experience a wide variety of illnesses and symptoms:
- Damp air results in musty smells, but can also cause symptoms ranging from stuffy sinuses, eye irritation, wheezing, skin irritation and/or dangerous lung infections.
- Mold spores, dust mites and other allergens grow in high humidity and can adversely affect people with asthma
- Warm temperatures combined with high humidity make people feel warmer and can lead to an increase in heat-related illnesses, including heat rash, muscle cramps, heat exhaustion and even heat stroke.
- Bacteria and viruses that cause respiratory infections, including COVID-19, thrive and spread in humid conditions that are either high or very low.
Humidity can also cause damage to the building and its contents due to condensation.
PARTNER UP WITH YOUR HVAC PROFESSIONALS
The American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (ASHRAE) recommends temperature ranges of 68° to 78 ° at 50% relative humidity for a comfortable and safe work environment. Improving air quality in your building means working hand-in-hand with qualified professionals who understands and can work on equipment that moves air. A correctly designed and properly maintained HVAC system keeps humidity at correct levels.
If you’d like to set up a time for your HVAC system to be inspected, please call Hardy Services at 205-591-5678 or visit us at hardyserv.com.
YOU CAN’T BEAT US ON COST!!!
Are you making your service provider decisions based on Price or Cost? Are you getting what you pay for? Do you know your company’s maintenance costs? Do you know the services that are being provided?
In this blog, we will reveal why a preventive maintenance program may seem pricey, but we will explain why it is important to focus on how a preventative maintenance will cost you less down the road.
TO BE THOROUGH TAKES TIME!
When you review a preventative maintenance proposal always look for the task list. The task list may be different depending on the age, condition, and type of equipment that is at your facility. For example, if you have a water- cooled system, a chiller and/or cooling tower that require maintenance. This equipment requires its own task list for maintenance.
According to ASHRE, below is the minimum of what you should look for in a basic task list.
- Replace filters on all equipment quarterly
- Check conditions of belts and pulleys and replace as needed
- Clean condenser coils
- Check refrigerant charge and inspect for leaks if charge is low
- Clean drain lines and pans
- Check electrical connections
- Check operation of fan and blower motors
- Check operations of thermostats and other controls
- Check for adequate air flow
- Lubricate motor and moving parts
- Inspect ignition and burner assembly
The bottom line is this, performing these tasks takes TIME! If you cut corners to get a “better price”, it is likely to cost you more down the road.
Hardy Services has a Proven Process that places emphasis on less cost for the customer over the life of the equipment.
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HVAC, PLUMBING, AND CONTROLS NEEDS!
Have you ever washed your hands and then touched the handles to turn off the water or pulled/pushed a flush valve on a toilet or urinal? If so, how clean can your hands your hands actually be? If you have not thought about it before, let’s start thinking about it now!
How can a “no-hands” solution work for you and others?
PROMOTE SANITATION WITH HANDS-FREE FAUCETS
Because you do not have to touch a handle or knob, hands-free/touchless devices can minimize the exposure to germs or bacteria. Even though these devices do not accumulate as many germs or bacteria as traditional faucets you should still clean touchless bathroom faucets to minimize exposure and create a healthy environment.
To minimize the cross-contamination in your restrooms, a switch to hands-free/touchless devices should be considered.
TOUCHLESS DEVICES ARE EASY TO USE AND MINIMUM MAINTENACE
There are many types of hands-free faucets and touchless flush kits for toilets available. Options range from simple wave models to hands-free faucets with advanced temperature controls.
Depending on the model that you select, most touchless devices will be power by either low-voltage AC or by a dry-cell battery installed directly into the touchless faucet or flush kit.
SAVE MONEY BY USING TOUCHLESS BATHROOM FAUCETS
Because touchless faucets and flush kits only deliver water when activated by the user, you could see additional savings on your water bill.
DOES YOUR COMMERCIAL FACILITY NEED HANDS-FREE FAUCETS OR FLUSH KITS? HARDY SERVICES IS HERE TO HELP!
Give us a call at 205-591-5678, visit us at hardyserv.com, or click on one of the icons below to connect with us!
Happy New Year to ALL! Every year we celebrate the beginning of a new year with traditions, parties, football and of course, resolutions. We set our goals and what we hope to accomplish in the upcoming year. However, due to COVID there may be some new resolutions to consider. Let’s find out why it is important to have a “Mechanical Resolution”!
Any resolution requires a plan of action. Below are some steps of action you can take:
KNOW YOUR MECHANICAL CONTRACTOR
It sounds obvious but it is very important to know your mechanical contractor and have an ongoing relationship. A healthy relationship with a mechanical contractor should provide:
- Specific Maintenance Plan For Your Facility
- Proven Process For Success
- Service Technician Consistency – Service Technician’s that are Familiar with Your Facility
- Annual Reviews at a Minimum
- Updates on Aging Equipment (How to Determine the Age of Your Equipment)
- Latest Technology and Solutions in the HVAC Industry
- Solutions to Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 (Air Purification Options Info)
BEGINNING THE RESOLUTION
The first step is to do a little research. Find out more about the company you are using or considering. A qualified mechanical contractor should:
- Provide commercial service primarily (if not exclusively)
- Established Business
- Provide References
- Require Standards of Excellence
- Low Service Technician Turnover rate
- Have Core Values
If you are interested in a “Mechanical Resolution”, let Hardy Services help! We are here for all of your HVAC, Plumbing, and Controls needs!
Our Proven Process for over 75 years!
Have you received a notice from Birmingham Water Works to have your backflow preventer tested?
If so, Hardy Services can help! We will test the backflow and submit all paperwork to Birmingham Water Works for you!
Backflow occurs when clean water reverses direction and suctions dirty water into the drinking water supply. A properly operating backflow devise prevents hazardous substances from entering into the drinking water system, contaminating the water. To prevent serious code violations and health issues backflow testing is required by the Birmingham Water Works.
Hardy Services is a preferred vendor with The Birmingham Water Works to perform the backflow testing that is required by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. Requirements for backflow testing and additional information from Birmingham Water Works can be found HERE.
If you would like to set up a time for your Backflow to be inspected, please call us at 591-5678 or visit us at hardyserv.com
Just as Sir Elton John had a hit with a similar name, jetting can hit the clogs and low flow issues that your system may be experiencing with the power of water to shake it loose. So……
WHAT IS COMMERCIAL JETTING
Commercial high-pressure jetting is a simple, effective, and eco-friendly way to clean your sewer line and drainage system. Jetting uses the power of water through high pressure hoses with specialized nozzles to clean the inside of your system and remove any build-up that may exist. This could include grease, sludge, sand, hardened scale, and can even remove roots that have penetrated your system.
BENEFITS OF COMMERCIAL JETTING
Jetting is one the most effective and efficient ways to remove clogs and blockages from your plumbing system. The high-pressure water reaches every inch of your drainpipes, ensuring a clean system from beginning to end.
It’s ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY
Jetting uses water to clean your system in place of harsh chemicals that can harm the environment. Most jetting machines will use a small amount of fuel. But we also have jetting machines that are electric and are safe for indoor use.
It’s GOOD PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE
Have you experienced a system clog at the most inopportune time? A quarterly or annual jetting maintenance program is the best way to ensure that your plumbing system remains effective for years to come.
If you have experienced constant clogging or slow draining issues in your system, perhaps our team can resolve your issues with our jetting service.
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It is that time of year! No, not the holidays, but it’s budget planning time!
This process is usually a challenging time for the leaders of companies. Then you throw in a pandemic and well……. things just go awry!
Nothing will blow a budget quicker than an unexpected repair bill or a large unplanned expense. As a budget planner you know that most issues are avoidable if planned for ahead of time and you are not a person that believes “things just happen”. So, here is how a Preventative Maintenance program can help your budget:
REASONS TO KEEP OR ADD PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE TO YOUR BUDGET!
#1 – Reduction in HVAC downtime
A routine Preventative Maintenance program is designed to help keep your HVAC equipment running at optimal condition. It is designed to help prevent deterioration of parts and keep a small problem from becoming a big problem. System failures can make your work environment uncomfortable and be catastrophic to your budget.
Tasks such as filter changing, cleaning of condenser coils, and checking the electrical system and connections are vital to your HVAC. Example: Over time coils build a layer of dirt, grime, and dust over the coils that prevents the system from releasing heat. Eventually the system overheats and could cause the compressor to fail. Therefore, resulting in a Huge Expense!!
#2 – Energy Savings
Equipment that runs at optimal performance saves in Energy expenses. When your HVAC system is not running at optimal performance; such as the coils getting clogged the system then must work harder and run longer to reach set temperature. This means you are using more electricity, creating higher electricity bills, and the HVAC system is wearing down which could result in an unexpected repair or replacement.
When your system is working at maximum efficiency and being maintained regularly the small problems will be taken care of and there should be at a minimum no Big Problems and No Big Expenses!
#3 – Budget Planning & Expense Forecasting
Another important reason to keep your maintenance plan in the budget is for HVAC replacement. When you have a preventive maintenance program in place, you will be updated on the condition of your HVAC equipment. And when the time comes to replace that equipment you will be prepared for that replacement. Equipment replacement is a transition that we will all be involved in due to the recent changes in R22 coolant. Prior planning is always better for the budget than a rushed emergency equipment replacement.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW TO BUDGET FOR A PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE PLAN PLEASE GIVE HARDY SERVICES A CALL AT 205.591.5678
As you gradually re-enter the “traditional” work environment, there are many ways to improve the air quality in your workplace. Here are two options that Hardy Services can install for you and your employees.
UV lights are effective and work in a specific range. They are known to kill organic growth, such as mold or bacteria. In most cases, the UV light will be installed near the coils to help prevent mold or bacterial growth as air passes through your unit. Since the air passes through the coils, this also kills growth in the air. UV lights are particularly effective in humid climates, where evaporator coils can easily get wet.
Benefits of UV Lighting:
- Destroys airborne microorganisms
- Restores airflow levels to original specifications
- Improves indoor air quality
Bipolar Ionization is a process in which the decomposition of gas molecules into atoms is affected by the aid of high energy sources. The natural source for this high energy is UV solar radiation and soil radioactivity. This decomposition process assures that there will always be bipolar Air Ions (AI) within the breathable atmosphere in our natural environment. Unfortunately, in an enclosed, indoor environment, ions may not exist at all.
Benefits of Bipolar Ionization:
- Reduce dust and mold particles
- Reduces odors
- Reduces bacteria and viruses
- Improved energy efficiency
- Reduces static electricity
- Reduces filter changes
- Safe and environmentally friendly
For more information on UV Lighting, Bipolar Ionization and other air quality options contact a member of our Hardy Services Team at 205-591-5687 or www.hardyserv.com