Acquiring the necessary commercial services is critical for a restaurant to provide an enjoyable dining experience. If the air conditioner does not work properly, it can mean misery for customers and staff. And even if the air conditioner is working, if it's not running as efficiently as it should, it can mean a lot of wasted money. Here are three tips to help make sure a restaurant's HVAC system is in ideal shape for the summer:
It would be quite a rare sight to come across a restaurant owner who is also an HVAC expert. So chances are good that you'll need to hire an HVAC technician to make any repairs or inspect your restaurant's HVAC system. This inspection can identify problems you may not notice on your own. An inspection is an integral part of an HVAC maintenance visit.
One of the most useful commercial services offered is an HVAC maintenance visit. During this visit, the HVAC technician will check wiring and filters and lubricate any necessary moving parts. This preventative maintenance will help avoid unexpected air conditioner failures during the summer.
The maintenance visit also assesses the efficiency of the air conditioning system. Even though it's working, it may not be working very efficiently, such as when the refrigerant is low, or an air filter is severely clogged.
In the summer, especially in hot climates, a restaurant's air conditioning use can constitute a significant portion of overhead expenses. If the current HVAC system is old and inefficient, not only will it be less reliable than a brand new HVAC unit, but it will also be much more expensive to run.
One way to prep a restaurant for the summer season is to upgrade the existing HVAC system. It's a significant expense, but you should quickly notice the difference in lower energy bills and improved cooling performance.
Contact the HVAC experts at Climate Control to learn more about the commercial services we offer. We can help prepare your restaurant for one of its busiest seasons of the year.
An HVAC system with the best energy efficiency can be meaningless if the indoor air quality is poor or you don't have the right air filter. From respiratory issues to high energy usage to constant filter changes, having the wrong air filter can cause problems and inconvenience. Here are a couple things to keep in mind when choosing the right air filter for your HVAC system:
Choosing the right air filter will depend on how clean you need your air to be. The average person doesn't require absolutely pure air with no contaminants whatsoever. On the other hand, most people would prefer not to breathe air that has visible specks of dust and fibers floating in it. The trick is to figure out where along this spectrum your needs fall.
For example, if you suffer from severe allergies or asthma, you will need an air filter capable of removing even the smallest particles of pollen and mold. This will require a more expensive air filter that will likely need a frequent wash or replacement. Also, these types of air filters can slightly reduce the energy efficiency of your HVAC system.
Now that you understand your air filtration needs, you need to choose an air filter that can meet those needs. But how can you tell if an air filter will do that? By looking at its MERV rating.
A minimum efficiency reporting value, or MERV rating, determines an air filter's effectiveness. MERV ratings usually go from 1 to 20, with 1 being the least effective at removing particles from the air and 20 being the most effective.
A MERV rating of 1-4 offers a very basic level of air filtration, removing larger particles from the air, such as hair, dust mites and carpet fibers. These are usually the cheapest air filters available, but not the most effective at cleaning the air.
A MERV rating of 5-8 provides a higher level of air purification but is still affordable and practical. Air filters with these ratings can typically remove mold spores, most pollen, pet dander and many other allergens.
Air filters with a MERV rating of 9-12 clean the air extremely well and can remove very small particles, such as ultra-fine dust and anything else larger than one micron in size.
For the majority of homes, an air filter with a MERV rating of 13 or above won't be necessary, as it can remove extremely small contaminants from the air, such as bacteria, viruses and smoke. These air filters are much more expensive, and due to their dense filtering material, they can reduce the efficiency of an HVAC system. In fact, if the MERV rating of an air filter is too high, it can damage an HVAC system not designed to handle that type of air filter.
If you think you could use additional assistance in finding the right air filter with high energy efficiency, contact our team of HVAC experts at Climate Control.
For the typical home, a heating and air conditioning system will serve as the primary tool for keeping the indoor air at a comfortable temperature. The HVAC system will also have the task of keeping your indoor humidity at an appropriate level. However, running your air conditioner isn't the only way to maintain the humidity in your home or business. Here are three proven methods for managing your indoor air quality this summer:
A standalone dehumidifier is one of the most common methods for controlling the moisture level indoors. This should come as no surprise given how effective these devices are. Depending on the layout of your home or business and how well the HVAC system circulates the indoor air, buildings may require multiple dehumidifiers, one for each room or area. And since most dehumidifiers have several settings and functions, it should be easy to keep the relative humidity at the desired comfort level.
Indoor moisture can come from a variety of sources, but the kitchen and bathroom are often the largest producers of indoor humidity. Warm showers and boiling pots release significant amounts of moisture into the air. Exhaust fans are perfect for transferring this muggy air outside instead of letting it raise indoor humidity levels.
So the next time you take a shower or boil a pot of soup, turn on the exhaust fan and send that moist air outside before it can spread throughout the home. If you don't have an exhaust fan, consider installing one. By helping lower indoor air humidity, exhaust fans will reduce mold growth and protect wood furniture and hardwood flooring.
On days that are cool and pleasant, opening windows is a perfect and free way to not only keep your home or business cool, but also lower its indoor humidity. Windows serve as an excellent method of circulating the humid, warm and stale air outdoors and replacing it with fresh, cool and dry air.
One thing to keep in mind is that this method only works when the outdoor air is less humid than the indoor air it's going to replace. Also, if the outdoor air is much warmer than the indoor air, any drop in humidity will also require the running of the air conditioner. Therefore, keeping the windows open won't always be an energy efficient method of managing indoor humidity levels.
If you'd like to learn more about how your heating and air conditioning system can help manage your indoor humidity, contact our team at Climate Control online.
If you sometimes worry your HVAC unit won't work when you need it most, or that something might break down, resulting in expensive repairs, you should strongly consider enrolling in one of the available maintenance agreements. These special plans make it easy to provide the proper maintenance your heating and cooling system needs. But how exactly do you benefit from a maintenance agreement?
A skilled and experienced HVAC technician will come out to your home or business and inspect your HVAC unit before the upcoming season. During this inspection, the technician will lubricate moving parts, check fuses, clean debris, change air filters and inspect wiring and refrigerant lines for signs of damage. If the technician finds any problems, they can usually repair the issue much more easily and cheaply than if you had waited until your HVAC stopped working.
If you need repairs to your HVAC system and you have a maintenance plan, you'll get a special discount on the repair costs. Depending on the needed repair, the cost of enrollment in a maintenance agreement can easily pay for itself.
Certain times of the year are especially brutal on your heating and cooling system, such as a heat wave in the summer or cold snap in the winter. As a result, there can be an unusually high number of heater or air conditioner failures. When this happens, many HVAC repair professionals can become backlogged in their work, which results in customers getting repairs on a first-come-first-served basis. This often means having to wait an extra few days until a technician can come out.
But if you're a member of a maintenance agreement, you get priority over anyone needing repairs who is not in a maintenance agreement. There's no extra charge for this.
Do the benefits of maintenance agreements sound good to you? If so, contact us at Climate Control to learn how these service plans can help you.