Are Commercial ERV and HRV Interchangeable?

If you are considering your options for ventilation in your industrial or commercial building, both energy recovery ventilators (ERV) and heat recovery ventilators (HRV) are options. The question is, are they interchangeable? The simple answer is that they can be, but often one is better than the other for certain applications and efficiency. Understanding the difference can help you determine which will work best with your commercial HVAC system.

Energy Recovery Ventilators

For most commercial buildings, ERV systems are the recommended option. This is because the design of the ERV allows for latent (moisture) air recovery, not just sensible (dry) air recovery. For regions that experience high humidity during the summers, this makes it more energy efficient for cooling the air. ERV will remove humidity from incoming outdoor air during the summer and add moisture to the drier indoor air during the winter.

Heat Recovery Ventilators

While ERV is usually the best solution for commercial buildings since it can handle humid air better, HRV can be beneficial in some circumstances. Dry climates where humidity is not an issue can use either system, since HRV only uses sensible air recovery. Also, industrial applications that create high humidity inside the building may be better served with an HRV, when the inside air is always higher in moisture content than the air outside.

If you are not sure which ventilation system will best suit your needs, contact your local commercial HVAC service provider to get recommendations. They can inspect your building and perform an efficiency analysis to determine which is the best option for controlling the air quality of your building while providing the best efficiency for your HVAC system.

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JS Thomas Service, Inc
4085 Nine McFarland Dr
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 475-2600

Is it Time to Upgrade your Office HVAC?

Do your employees complain that your office building is too hot or too cold, maybe even on the same day? Controlling temperature and air quality in an office environment can be difficult, and expensive. Unfortunately, if you have the wrong HVAC system or if it is out-of-date, it can be costing you in more ways than one. Consider these negative impacts a poorly running HVAC system can have on your business.

  • Higher energy costs. If different parts of your building are cold, warm and hot, you are wasting energy. Plus, older systems tend to be less efficient. Upgrading to a system that has better climate control and efficiency can save you thousands each year in energy costs.
  • Decreased productivity. Did you know that air quality and temperature can have a major impact on how productive your employees are? Just the time they spend complaining about the temperature fluctuations is enough to have an impact.
  • More repair costs. If you have an older HVAC system, you probably know your HVAC repairman on a first-name basis. While opting for a new system or retrofit is a big expense, it may be worth the investment and save you money in the long run off ongoing repair costs. Maintenance is cheap compared to calling for emergency repairs every month; plus, the HVAC downtime has a bigger impact on your employees and clients.

There is a point where the benefits of replacement outweigh the cost of continuing to use an old HVAC system in your office building. Talk to your local commercial HVAC service company about installing a new, efficient system or consider a retrofit for your building.

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JS Thomas Service, Inc
4085 Nine McFarland Dr
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 475-2600

Is an Automated Energy Management System Right for Your Business?

Does your commercial building still use a manual control system for your cooling and heating? You could be losing money and wasting time by not updating your commercial HVAC system. Automated energy management systems have many benefits that could improve your climate control abilities, reduce monitoring efforts and impact your bottom line. Here are some of the advantages of upgrading to an automated control management HVAC system.

  • Easier monitoring. Automated systems can be monitored from anywhere through wi-fi connections. Your management team can check on climate control on any building from anywhere, making it simple to manage your building temperatures.
  • Improved data. Energy management systems that are automated give you better data to help improve energy expenditures. This helps you better plan for your energy expenses and find ways to reduce energy costs.
  • Lower energy costs. Automated systems can help you better manage your energy costs for heating and cooling issues, saving you thousands of dollars. Most large businesses recoup the cost for implementing an automated system within the first few years in energy savings alone.
  • Quicker alerts. If there is a problem with your HVAC system, an automated control option alerts you quicker so you can get the issue resolved. Time is money and the faster you can fix an HVAC issue, the quicker you can get your business back up and running.

If you are still using a manual control energy management system, consider investing in automation. It is a wise investment into your business and can help reduce time spent on managing climate control while reducing energy use. Talk to your local industrial HVAC service company that offers automation upgrades to find out more about updating your system.

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JS Thomas Service, Inc
4085 Nine McFarland Dr
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 475-2600

Making the Most of Your BAS for HVAC

Investing in a building automation system (BAS) can have a dramatic impact on your bottom line – if you make the most of it. A BAS in and of itself will not save money, but if used correctly, it can pay for itself in a matter of a few years or less. It is crucial that your facility managers and employees are familiar with the system and know how to use the controls to reduce energy costs and improve efficiency.

Setting Temperature Controls

One of the best ways to save money with your BAS on energy bills is by controlling the temperature. If certain zones in buildings are not used during certain hours, setting the temperature lower or higher during these hours can save thousands on energy costs.

Occupancy Sensors

If your BAS system has occupancy sensors, you can go a step further than just timers for control. The sensors can detect when certain rooms or zones are occupied, and change the temperature setting accordingly, reducing the need for cooling or heating when not occupied.

Web Management

Newer BASs have options to monitor and manage the system from anywhere on web or cloud-based software. Using the data provided through the software can help you identify areas that are using too much energy for heating or cooling and give you an opportunity to correct the settings for more efficiency.

A new BAS can save 20-40 cents per square foot in utility costs per year. In large facilities, this can be an astronomical savings. If you have an older system that is difficult to use or are not using a BAS at all to control your HVAC system, contact a commercial HVAC service that offers automation upgrades to improve your efficiency for lower overhead costs.

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JS Thomas Service, Inc
4085 Nine McFarland Dr
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 475-2600

6 Symptoms of Sick Building Syndrome

Do you ever notice when you spend time in certain buildings that you start feeling poorly? Often it is not in your mind, it is in the air. Sick building syndrome or SBS is a real problem and a risk to your health. Any building, commercial or residential, can have contaminants in the air that cause symptoms of poor health.

SBS can be caused by a variety of factors that impact air quality. Chemicals, second hand smoke, radon, mold, allergens and other biological elements can be forced through the air through the HVAC system, creating poor air quality. It can be at your workplace, business or home, wherever you have an HVAC system.

For many people, they can begin noticing symptoms caused by SBS within 10-15 minutes of being in the building. For others, it may take longer exposure, depending on their sensitivity to the contaminants. Here are six common symptoms that people can experience with SBS:

  1. Headaches
  2. Skin rashes
  3. Aching muscles
  4. Respiratory issues like coughing or sneezing
  5. Sore throat
  6. Fever

If you have notice that you get any or a combination of these symptoms when in certain buildings, but not in other locations, it could be SBS. It is not just a coincidence that you do not feel well; it could be a very real health concern that involves the air quality in that building.

If you have a home or business that you believe may be causing SBS, contact your local HVAC service. They can perform air quality testing and recommend solutions to combat SBS or improve the filtration in your building for improved health and comfort.

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ClimateSmith, LLC
1925 Lena Carter Road
Buford, GA 30519
(770) 475-9528

Is It Time to Update Your Commercial HVAC Controls?

Energy efficiency is a vital part of managing your company’s budget. If you own a large commercial property, your heating and cooling costs can have a significant impact on your bottom line. The control system you use for your buildings HVAC is important in managing energy efficiency. If you have an older HVAC control system, it may be time to update to a newer, more efficient option.

Pneumatic controls have been used in heating and cooling for decades. While they are simple to maintain and repair, they do not have the capacity for efficiency of new control options. Everything is manually controlled, without the reporting, data and processing capacities of advanced control systems.

DDC and BAS

Direct digital controls or DDC is the next level of advanced efficiency in HVAC controls. DDC offers a connected system that manages energy efficiency instead of only controlling it. DDC has advantages in calibration, maintenance and energy efficiency, saving large facilities thousands of dollars in maintenance and energy costs.

The highest level of HVAC control technology is complete automation. This takes the DDC model and offers more control. Building automation systems (BAS) allow property managers to oversee energy, maintenance and calibration data from any computer or connected devices. Property managers can oversee HVAC controls for several properties from a remote location, improving efficiency and saving time.

If your commercial building is still using an outdated pneumatic control system, it may be time to retrofit your HVAC with new controls. Both DDC and BAS offer increased energy savings, often up to 15%, plus cost savings in maintenance. Talk with your local commercial HVAC service company to explore the options in upgrading your system.

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JS Thomas Service, Inc
4085 Nine McFarland Dr
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 475-2600

3 Spring Checklist Tips for your HVAC

Summer can take its toll on both your HVAC and your business’ energy bills. Commercial HVAC systems are put under heavy strain when the temperatures rise, especially in hot climates. Spring is the best time to perform maintenance on your HVAC system to get it ready for the summer ahead. This can ensure your system will work efficiently for lowered energy costs and can reduce the chance of breakdowns. Here are three spring checklist tips to keep in mind for your commercial HVAC:

  1. Change filters. Keeping your HVAC filters up-to-date can improve air quality and efficiency for your system. Your filters are changed during routine maintenance and tune-ups, but you should check them between service and change them if they look dirty.
  2. Clean indoor components. Keep indoor air vents clean, along with coils, control panels and blower fans. Make sure there are no blockages to prevent air flow.
  3. Inspect outdoor unit. Inspect the outdoor cabinet that contains your condenser – make sure no debris is blocking any air vents or stuck in the coils. Wipe down the cabinet and coils to keep it clean.

Keeping your HVAC maintained can reduce your repair costs by up to 20% and improve efficiency. Spring is the perfect time to get your system tuned up and have routine maintenance performed. You can reduce your energy bills by at least 25% with regular maintenance and cut down the amount of breakdowns and expensive downtime.

Calling your local commercial HVAC service team to schedule your spring tune-up should be moved to the top of your checklist. Improve your energy efficiency and save money on your cooling system this summer by having a professional perform the needed maintenance on your system.

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JS Thomas Service, Inc
4085 Nine McFarland Dr
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 475-2600

Control Your Commercial HVAC Costs with Automation

Are you still trying to manage your commercial building with manual or onsite HVAC controls? Building automation systems that manage your HVAC use can help you save significant amounts on your energy bills and improve the comfort for your employees or tenants. If you have not upgrade to an automated system for your HVAC, it is worth the investment.

There are many automation options for commercial HVAC automation, but one of the highest rated options is Distech Controls. This system can turn your traditional HVAC system and controls into an easily managed operation, with access from any Wi-Fi device. Some of the benefits include:

  • Access controls and information from anywhere on a smartphone or tablet
  • Quicker response to tenant or employee building complaints
  • Real-time access and servicing
  • Innovative options for automatic updating, keeping your system from becoming obsolete

This system can bring your operation to the next level in efficiency and performance. Once implemented, you can see energy savings of up to 30%, especially when you use the options available to manage your climate control costs. Over time, your Distech building automation system can pay for itself in energy savings and higher performance, with less time needed to manage controls onsite. This is perfect for those who need to manage a large facility or multiple facilities at the same time, keeping all the information and controls you need at your fingertips.

If you are ready to bring your commercial HVAC system up to par in efficiency, contact an experienced commercial HVAC service that offers innovative options like Distech Controls. Once you upgrade your system, you can begin realizing improve efficiency and reduced time spent managing your commercial buildings.

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JS Thomas Service, Inc
4085 Nine McFarland Dr
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 475-2600

Outdated HVAC Systems Make No Cents

When it comes to running your business, cost of overhead is key to your bottom line. From lease agreements to your utilities, every penny you spend comes directly out of your profits. For large warehouses, manufacturing outfits and commercial properties, heating and cooling costs can be one of the bigger expenses you pay each month. If you have an outdated HVAC system, you may be paying too much.

ROI on HVAC Upgrades

When it comes to upgrading an older HVAC system in a commercial setting, the initial cost may deter many business owners. If you are looking at a retrofit or considering updating to automation, it is a sizable investment. However, it is not the investment, but the return, that is important in business. The ROI on a more efficient HVAC system can be worth the cost and pay for itself through savings down the road.

In many cases, just upgrading to a newer, more efficient HVAC system can save up to 40% on utility bills, even in a residential property. Automation systems for larger enterprises also offer extensive savings, usually paying for the system in just a few years. It is worth the time and effort to have an energy and efficiency analysis performed on your HVAC system. This can be done by a professional commercial HVAC service to determine how much money you could save in the long run by upgrading to a more efficient system or adding automation to your buildings heating and cooling controls.

If your commercial HVAC system is older, or you are considering automation for your industrial building, talk to your local commercial HVAC service about scheduling an efficiency analysis. They can help you decide the best option for upgrading your system to get you the best ROI and help reduce your overhead costs.

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JS Thomas Service, Inc
4085 Nine McFarland Dr
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 475-2600

Why Keeping HVAC Equipment Updated is Profitable

Whether you own a small to medium business or run a large corporation, overhead costs are always a concern. Heating and cooling your business is a major expenditure that can cut into profits. While it can be expensive to invest in new HVAC equipment and upgrades, it is a wise investment to make. Often the money you spend on improving your cooling and heating system can lower your overhead and even pay for itself in the long run. 

Options for Improved Commercial HVAC Efficiency

If your commercial HVAC system is outdated, you are most likely paying more in energy bills than is needed. HVAC systems have vastly improved in efficiency in the last decade, both at the residential and commercial levels. There are many different options to improve efficiency depending on the type of business you run and the region where you live. Regardless of the type of HVAC system you use, one option that can improve your efficiency is automation.

Installing a commercial HVAC automation system allows you to have better control over your heating and cooling use. These advanced systems allow for customized climate control management 24/7, giving you a more precise application to control your HVAC use. While there is an initial investment, there is an excellent return in efficiency savings. Many companies can cover the cost of installing automation within a few years with their energy savings. This coupled with upgraded HVAC equipment that uses less energy can have a sizable impact on your overhead and profitability.

Stop wasting money on your industrial heating and cooling bills. Check into upgrading your HVAC equipment and switching to an automated system to save money and increase your profits.

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JS Thomas Service, Inc
4085 Nine McFarland Dr
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 475-2600