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What’s the Difference Between Automated and Intelligent Mechanical Systems?

Published: April 17, 2018

As a commercial building owner or facility manager, you’ve likely heard the terms “building automation,” “intelligent buildings,” and “smart buildings” so much, they hardly register. Oftentimes, people both inside and outside the facility management industry will even use these terms interchangeably, or will refer to one when they clearly mean another.

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Beware! These 4 Signs Could Mean You Need a New Commercial HVAC System

Published: February 26, 2018

Every commercial HVAC system has an expected lifespan. In most cases, a quality system should last at least 20 years. With a high level of quality maintenance and some investment in retrofitting, perhaps 40 or even 50 years may be possible. But, eventually, replacement becomes necessary. It’s important for commercial building owners to recognize when that time is coming so they can prepare ahead for the capital expenditure to come.

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Does Your Commercial HVAC Boiler Need to be Serviced?

Published: February 12, 2018

When cooler weather hits, many building owners are focused on boiler performance to keep the property sufficiently heated. So, do you really need ongoing boiler service? The short answer is yes.  However, we know simply hearing a professional tell you that a service is important isn’t going to be enough. That’s why we’re reviewing boiler service for commercial HVAC systems in North Carolina and Virginia and why it’s a vital part of an ongoing HVAC maintenance program.

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Why an Operational Assessment is Step One in Improving Building Efficiency

Published: February 06, 2018

If you went to the doctor with a stiff knee, and the doctor never asked you any questions, inquired about any other symptoms, examined or performed any tests on your knee, how confident would you be in his diagnosis of arthritis? Chances are, you would be skeptical.

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Lower Your Operating Costs by Confronting Riser Deterioration

Published: December 29, 2017

“What you don’t know can’t hurt you” is simply not true. In fact, a much more appropriate and wise adage is, “knowledge is power.”

As the owner of a commercial building, you know that what you don’t know can and will hurt you, especially in the pocketbook. Accurate knowledge, though, can save time, effort, and money in nearly every area of life.

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These 3 Commercial Heating and Cooling Problems are Solvable - Here’s How

Published: December 22, 2017

When trying to balance all the different tasks that come with managing a large commercial facility in Virginia, North Carolina, or South Carolina, it pays to learn how to quickly diagnose and fix problems rather than waiting until they get worse.

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The #1 Cause of Commercial HVAC Failure in the Southeast and How to Avoid It

Published: December 04, 2017

The HVAC system that keeps your commercial facility warm in the winter and cool in the summer is complicated, and there are hundreds of components that could potentially fail at any time.

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Top 3 Commercial HVAC Services that Boost ROI

Published: November 30, 2017

Maintaining, repairing, and replacing commercial HVAC system components can require a significant investment. However, seemingly small decisions in HVAC equipment purchases and use can result in huge differences in the lifetime cost of running and maintaining a commercial HVAC system. In fact, facility managers in Virginia, North and South Carolina who invest in new or upgraded equipment for their buildings can benefit from a remarkable 27% ROI by incorporating the right HVAC equipment and services.

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When Don’t Your Mechanical Systems Need to Be More Energy Efficient?

Published: October 16, 2017

Energy efficiency is important to businesses and individuals alike, both financially and environmentally. At first glance, it seems logical to push for the highest possible efficiency, since that’s going to do the most good, right?

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How Data Helps Improve Commercial HVAC Systems for Business Success

Published: September 18, 2017

“What gets measured gets improved.”

This is true for your commercial facility’s HVAC system just as it is in any other area of life. If your goal is to improve a commercial building’s energy efficiency and to be able to verify tangible results that will appear on a balance sheet, you need to have adequate hardware and software, working together, to collect, analyze, and report on a tremendous amount of data.

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