Heating systems, air conditioners, ventilation, and more specialized equipment like boilers, chillers, and refrigeration systems are each a part of a delicately balanced whole. In other words, each component, while serviceable independently, must be considered as a part of an entire system. This approach leads to efficiency and a longer lifespan for your equipment.
Most people who own buildings, whether those buildings are homes or commercial facilities, fail to realize that more goes into maintaining an HVAC system than simply completing the occasional repair on individual units. Really, though, a well functioning, efficient HVAC system that will last a long time starts with design.
When Service Unlimited consults on a new construction project, for example, we take into account each and every detail of the facility and how it will be used to design the perfect HVAC system. From there, installation must be performed without error. This requires experience and expertise built up over years working with multiple facility types.
From there, ongoing routine maintenance and inspections ensure that the system is kept efficient throughout its entire lifecycle. An approach that considers the entire system lifecycle from beginning to end while treating every component as a part of a single system is the best, most cost-effective way to guarantee performance.
With winter quickly approaching, you have likely switched off your AC units and moved them to the back of your mind. However, warm weather will return quickly, and now is a good time to ensure your equipment is ready. Having your equipment inspected and tuned is often more affordable during the cooler months (less demand) and guarantees you will be ready once Old Man Winter begins to pass.
Beyond the traditional AC unit, other pieces of equipment—chillers, water source heat pumps, ductless split systems, cooling towers, and more—all have their own maintenance requirements that should be followed, even when not in use.
Few facilities will have all of the following components as a part of their heating system, but it is important to remember that there is more than just a furnace. Heating equipment can include:
- Gas Fired Equipment
- Electric Heating
- Refrigerant Heat Reclaim
- Hot Water Systems
- Infrared Heating
- Unit Heaters and Duct Furnaces
- Heat Pumps
While tune-ups for your AC equipment as discussed above are simply preparation for half a year down the line, ensuring your heating equipment is prepared to face the winter is crucial. If you aren’t engaged in a comprehensive preventative maintenance agreement already or at least haven’t had your equipment inspected for a while, now is the time.
Ventilation is often the black sheep of the HVAC world. Not for professionals, but for building owners. Quite often, building owners are focused on temperature and humidity levels. However, proper ventilation is critical to maintaining comfortable conditions and high levels of indoor air quality.
Especially in the time of COVID-19, ventilation should be a top priority. If a building is going to be properly prepared for employees to return to work or for customers to shop in person, well-functioning ventilation is the key to keeping people safe.
Ventilation equipment includes, in part:
- Special Application Exhaust
- Hood Exhaust Fans
- Make-Up Air Systems
- Energy Recovering Systems
- Duct Work
- Exhaust Fan Systems
Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality
There are various technologies that Service Unlimited can employ as a part of your ventilation system to boost indoor air quality and reduce the levels of airborne pathogens.
Needlepoint Bi-Polar Ionization – These systems are used to create ions in the air that bind to the exterior of viruses and other airborne pathogens to deactivate them and prevent harm. In the case of COVID-19, these ions bind to the spike proteins on the exterior of the virus and prevent them from remaining infections.
UV-C Lighting – Installed inside your ducts and HVAC equipment, UV-C lighting is designed to disinfect air as it flows through your system. Bacteria, mold, and viruses can’t survive exposure to these lights. With a well-designed HVAC system, air is constantly flowing past these lights, significantly lowering the risk for occupants.
When most people think about HVAC systems, they think of outdoor AC units, furnaces, filters, etc. However, one of the most important pieces of any HVAC system is the ducts. Clean, well-maintained ducts keep the air healthy and help ensure a system is efficient.
Service Unlimited fabricates sheet metal and ductwork in-house to match our customers’ exact specifications. Instead of buying ductwork from a third party that may or may not be perfect for your facility, our in-house solution ensures that each and every piece of the HVAC system is custom-tailored to your needs.
HVAC systems are more than just a few discrete pieces of equipment. To ensure proper function and efficiency, a holistic approach is required.
HVAC systems also typically include control systems that optimize air conditions in a facility based on comfort level, preference, and budget. Combined with services like preventative maintenance agreements, an HVAC system can be astonishingly effective at boosting productivity and health without breaking the budget. Give Service Unlimited a call to get started.