Airport Maintenance: From Surface Sanitation to the HVAC System

The Los Angeles Airport saw 87.5 million passengers pass through in 2018 making it one of the busiest airports in the United States. Keeping a facility this size clean is a complex and ongoing task. In addition to the seemingly endless visible space to clean, the inner workings of the HVAC system cannot be ignored.

Airports terminals are large buildings with complicated HVAC systems that include giant chillers, high-capacity cooling towers, and enormous air handlers. These systems run 24 hours per day, 365 days per year and rarely see any downtime. With near constant operation, an airport HVAC system must undergo routine maintenance to prevent unplanned breakdowns.

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Special Considerations for Cleaning HVAC Equipment on Rooftops

When architects and engineers design a new building, the location of mechanical equipment is always an important consideration. In most cases, HVAC system components like ductwork and piping are installed so building occupants cannot see them. Ductwork is run above the ceiling, piping in chases, and equipment is usually installed on the roof out of sight and out of mind. Out of sight, is good for aesthetics, but for the technicians that have to keep roof mounted HVAC equipment maintained, out of mind can make their work harder.

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Chiller Tube Cleaning-A Necessary Preventative Maintenance Task

In 2007 on a man-made island off the coast of Qatar, the world’s largest chiller plant came online. The Pearl Qatar’s mechanical building is packed with fifty-two chillers each over two thousand tons providing an astounding 130,000 tons of cooling to the island’s residential and commercial buildings. In a country where summer temperatures hover around 120° F, the water-cooled chiller plant at The Pearl Qatar never slows down and neither does the maintenance staff.

Your team may not be working on chillers that cool the million dollar homes of oil tycoons, but to keep your chiller working efficiently, it needs regular maintenance and cleaning just like the chillers at The Pearl Qatar. Chiller manufacturers have recommended maintenance tasks that include periodic cleaning of the chiller and condenser tubes. Chiller tubes make up the “circulatory system” of the chiller and, just like when humans veins and arteries clog, when tubes are blocked things go bad.

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Keeping High Performance Student Athletes Safer with Goodway

CBS Sports released a 2016 report detailing how three of the nation’s largest colleges earn and spend money from their sports programs. During the 2014-2015 season, Ohio State made $52,000,000 from football ticket sales alone. With 130 players on the football roster, hypothetically each player brought in $400,000 of revenue for the school. With so much revenue per football player, there is even more incentive to make sure student athletes don’t get sick because of something preventable, like athlete’s foot in the shower or a bad cough from mold in the training center air conditioning.

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Salaries in HVAC

A 2018 connecteam survey on salaries in the HVAC industry offers very exciting news for people looking for their first job or hoping to advance into a better position. The HVAC industry’s diversity of jobs, opportunities for increased responsibility and pay, and the exposure to new technology make this an excellent field to find a rewarding, lifelong career. The growth of HVAC is bumping up against a shortage of HVAC technicians providing excellent opportunities for stable, high paying jobs for people ready to commit to building a future for themselves. Within the survey are key points related to how both entry-level and experienced employees can increase their pay over time, most notably in the areas of education and certifications, position held and longevity.

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