Air Conditioning Makes You Smarter: Increasing the Bottom Line with Better HVAC Maintenance

CareerBuilder.com released a 2018 survey stating that 46% of employees think their office is too hot to too cold. Despite untold millions of dollars spent on heating and air conditioning systems, almost half of everyone in a building is uncomfortable. Year after year complaints about office temperature outrank dirty bathrooms, noise levels, no parking, or even bad indoor quality. It seems being uncomfortable is what is on people’s minds and for good reason. Several studies have shown a direct link between an employee’s comfort and their productivity, which is one of the many reasons why proper HVAC maintenance is so critical.

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HVAC Maintenance Implications of Nearby Fires

The West Coast is again facing epic wildfires filling the air with soot and ash settling onto roads, cars, and buildings, sometimes hundreds of miles away from the fires. For managers of commercial buildings, the flying ash increases the possibility of HVAC maintenance problems particularly in facilities with open cooling towers. Some building managers close to the fires have reported increased microbial growth in their open cooling towers as a result of the additional airborne particulates. The algae growth is clogging up the tower fill and wet ash is being drawn into the piping systems restricting the flow of tower water. If not immediately corrected, pipe fouling in open towers is an expensive and disruptive situation to correct.

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Engineering Staff at the Forefront of Patient Safety

In hospitals and healthcare facilities, the responsibility to clean and maintain HVAC systems goes beyond just keeping the equipment from breaking down. HVAC maintenance can involve serious health concerns, especially for those working in buildings where the occupants may be sick or have weakened immune systems. In 2014 the CDC published its major Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) Study noting that in 2011 there were roughly 722,000 cases of HAI’s in U.S. hospitals, and about 75,000 of those patients died. 2011 was a wakeup call and the survey prompted increased precautions on the part of designers and maintenance staff regarding hospital infection control. Now, nearly all large clinics and hospitals have infection control plans that include standards for HVAC maintenance and construction. The CDC’s “Guidelines for Environmental Infection Control in Health-Care Facilities” has infection control requirements related to cooling towers, air handlers, ductwork, and water treatment and can be used as a guideline for local facilities.

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How Maintenance Reductions Can Put Student Health at Risk

Every parent knows from experience that classrooms are swarming petri dishes of runny noses, coughs, and pink eye. Between wiping their noses, putting fingers in mouths, or just close contact, germs and infections spread very quickly among school kids. There’s little school employees can do about the inevitable transmission of colds between students, but school maintenance staff can make sure the building itself isn’t the source of additional infections. As such, less maintenance staff can mean higher risk of illness for students.

Maintenance technicians are at a school not just to fix things. A large part of their job is to perform routine preventative maintenance (PM) to keep equipment from breaking in the first place. For heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment, PM includes changing air filters, wiping out drain pans, and cleaning cooling coils. These PM tasks not only keep HVAC equipment operating efficiently, but keep the equipment clean reducing the likelihood that mold or bacteria will grow inside.

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How Boiler Cleaning Increases System Longevity

A boiler is one of the hardest working and longest lasting pieces of equipment in your facility. When properly maintained, boilers can keep things warm for fifteen years and, with older cast iron boilers, that lifespan can be well over thirty. In order to keep your boiler working efficiently for many decades, proper service and cleaning is a must.

Maintenance of the pumps and burners are critical, but special attention should be paid to the boiler tubes that, if neglected, can lead to expensive and catastrophic failures. The boiler tubes are where the water is heated (water side) and the fuel is burned (fire side). Maintenance staff have to clean both sides of the tubes to keep the boiler working properly.

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Infographic- Common Scale Hiding Places

Do you know where scale is hiding in your facility?  Find out where scale could be with our helpful infographic (download below).  The presence of scale in heating and cooling systems can have a significant impact on operational costs, equipment lifespan and energy consumption. Once you know where it hides out, you can get to work descaling and keep your plant running smoothly.

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Recording Available! Webinar: Preventative Maintenance for Cooling Tower Systems

Cooling tower maintenance is a crucial part of facility maintenance. A poorly maintained cooling tower can have a negative impact on public health, overall system efficiency and operational costs. In order to provide education on this important topic, Goodway Technologies  hosted a free webinar discussing the impact of neglecting cooling towers and providing tips on how to execute preventative maintenance. The webinar, “Preventative Maintenance for Cooling Tower Systems” is available to view now.

View the webinar here.

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Infographic-Cooling Tower Maintenance: How To Guide

Did you know that drift, small water droplets, from a contaminated cooling tower can carry Legionella and other bacteria up to 2 miles from your facility? These cooling tower maintenance and cleaning steps, along with Goodway’s cooling tower products, will help keep your facility and cooling towers clean, safe, energy efficient and help you meet ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2015!

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Encore of Webinar-Scale: Why You Have It, What It Does, and How to Descale Safely and Effectively.

Back by popular demand, Goodway Technologies will be hosting a webinar on June 26th at 2:00 PM EST titled, “Scale: Why You Have It, What It Does and How to Descale Safely and Effectively, with Goodway’s Director of Sales, Liquid Solutions Division, Tim Fregeau. 

Mr. Fregeau will discuss the basics of scale and the impact it has on industrial systems across multiple business segments. You will learn how to properly identify scale, and develop an effective plan for removing it and managing any recurrence. Attendees will  have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the presentation.

From power generation to manufacturing, scaling in equipment can cause lost efficiency which lead to lost production and profits. That’s why understanding types of scale, what it can do, and how to get rid of it are fundamental to maintaining a productive and profitable business.

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Webinar: Preventative Maintenance for Cooling Tower Systems

Cooling tower maintenance is a crucial part of facility maintenance. A poorly maintained cooling tower can have a negative impact on public health, overall system efficiency and operational costs. In order to provide education on this important topic, Goodway Technologies is hosting a free webinar discussing the impact of neglecting cooling towers and providing tips on how to execute preventative maintenance. The webinar, “Preventative Maintenance for Cooling Tower Systems” will take place on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 2 p.m. EST. Register for the free webinar here.

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