Preventative Maintenance Can Reduce Facility Costs for Building Owners

Has your business been impacted by costly repairs or replacements for equipment in your facilities? Has your company’s productivity suffered from equipment down-time?

These are costs that can be reduced and issues that can be avoided by investing in a preventative maintenance plan.

As tightening budgets and “doing-more-with-less” mantras have become the norm for businesses around the globe, the maintenance of a facility’s mechanical systems is often placed on the back-burner. However, that is precisely the type of decision-making that can cost building owners more money long term.

“TP believes in doing the right maintenance at the right time, based on how the customer owns and operates their building. This will allow the customer to better manage and control their day,” says Jamie Johnston, Sales Manager at TP Mechanical.

At TP Mechanical, we take your investment in your facilities seriously. We understand that a disruption in your mechanical systems has the potential to disrupt your operations, and our team has the experience, expertise and resources to keep your facility functioning at peak efficiency.

Our service agreements are customized to keep your equipment running efficiently and overcome potential issues before they become emergencies. We also take the time to plan and strategize for future unit replacements, so you are not hit with unexpected costs or lost time due to mechanical failure. This attention to detail provides our partners a higher return on their investment and yields a high rate of customer satisfaction.

IS IT COLD IN HERE? OR IS IT JUST ME?

Regulating cooling & minimizing energy use in your office

Air temperatures indoors tend to have the Goldilocks effect during the summer months… this room is too hot, this room is too cold, and this room is just right. To achieve these climates, we use a lot of energy. According to the Energy Information Administration, in 2014, 41% of total U.S. energy consumption was consumed in residential and commercial buildings.

Humidity and rising temperatures outside will put your HVAC system into overdrive, and this may or may not impact your overall comfort level at work. Office temperatures are among the top grievances expressed by workers, and that ultimately leads to a decline in productivity.

If you find yourself battling the choice between flipping a coin for control of the office thermostat and bringing in a blanket from home, you may want to read-on. The reasons for the climate differences from one room to another are all centered on the cooling center of your HVAC system. Improving HVAC performance saves energy and promotes a healthier, more comfortable workplace.

Potential causes for your fluctuating office temps include:

  • Incorrect HVAC design

With new higher efficient equipment, it’s not an easy remove and replace a HVAC system without checking the design. Oversized systems will result in a satisfying temperature, but the office may tend to feel cooler and clammy without clearing the humidity in the air.

  • Not enough thermostats

With systems controlling multiple areas/offices is considered a one point of control system with the thermostat usually in the boss’s office. Upgrading the thermostat and adding a remote wireless sensor to average the overall space, this will help to level out the hot and cold spots. Adding dehumidification to your system helps to raise the temperature and still maintain a comfortable work environment with lower humidity levels. You may also want to consider having an air balance check conducted to bring the system back to its original design.

  • Improper electrical system support for your air conditioner or personal heaters

Most fire departments disapprove of using space heaters inside of an office space. The latest equipment and electrical requirements can either relive or put additional strain your electrical system.

  • Gaps in furnace’s duct work

Ducts need to be sealed and insulation checked to be sure that it is still in place.

Personal Heaters

Your personal heater may be making matters worse. Personal heaters at your desk are a quick way to battle freezing office temperatures, but they are also creating a larger issue. Space heaters create air flow changes that can interfere with the air conditioning system.

Personal heaters are also a fire hazard and can cause the breakers to reset.

Fix Tips

  1. Check your building automation system or building management system: BAS or BMS controls and monitors the mechanical and electrical equipment in your building, so a defective system could interfere with HVAC and ventilation.
  2. Check ducts and vents: It is best to have an HVAC professional inspect your office ducts and vents. Dust and debris can clog ducts and cause a cut off of air flow to certain vents. Problems may also stem from cracks or holes in the ducts due to faulty installation and sometimes flex connections come off.
  3. Lighting: Depending on the lighting in your office, a large amount of heat can generate and throw off thermostat readings. Try updating to LED lighting and make sure thermostats are not located near lights or windows.
  4. Update your HVAC system: A change to your office layout can throw off the way your ventilation system works. You may need to relocate ducts or add additional air handlers.

We Can Help

TP Mechanical has the solution, no matter how simple or complex your HVAC/Refrigeration needs may be. Our service team can perform an assessment and recommend steps to improve your office climate and minimize your energy usage. See more information about our service offerings.

Time for an Energy Check Up

service photos LOW RES DSC_4232The quality and use of energy in commercial properties becomes much more important as the building structure and equipment ages pass ten years. This is a crucial time when your equipment may begin to show signs of needed updates and repairs. Facility managers who take the time to have their equipment inspected with an energy audit will avoid costly emergency repairs and potentially delay the cost of replacing equipment.

Energy audits can include a review of:

  • heating
  • cooling
  • lighting systems
  • water consumption
  • ventilation
  • control systems
  • the building envelope

Energy Audit Results

According to researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, energy audits, which can sometimes be called commissioning, can identify savings on average of 16 percent in existing buildings and 13 percent in new buildings. Facilities with a comprehensive approach to audits, sometimes also called commissioning, achieved twice the average savings and those with a constrained approach achieved five times the savings.

Where Do We Begin?

service photos LOW RES DSC_4308Typically, you will find that HVAC, lighting and production equipment use the most energy and should be the primary focus of energy audits. Different commercial properties serve different purposes and each must have an energy audit that is custom for the building’s main business.

Energy audits promote building longevity and durability and make building operations more cost effective. We can help you prioritize and invest in energy-saving measures.

The benefits of a custom energy audit can include increasing property value, as well as the comfort and health of your employees and customers. While saving money is a huge benefit, there are more long-term advantages to your health for everyone in your building. Energy audits can identify ways to improve indoor air quality by analyzing the ventilation systems and checking for harmful toxins.

A high energy star rating can also contribute to your sustainability initiatives and brand image. As part of an energy audit, our inspectors will examine your internal structure, locate any inefficiency and recommend changes that can help you achieve a high energy star rating.

You Next Move

TP Mechanical brings more than 60 years of experience serving customers with more efficient systems. During our visit, we will make recommendations for alternatives and facilitate systematic replacement over time to keep your operation running smoothly and keeping you in the green.

Energy audits or any other emergency service call can be requested by calling 800-829-1989 or by filling out a service request form.