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Commercial HVAC: Keeping Your Employees Comfortable During the Winter

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Do you run a small company or own a commercial space in the greater Phoenix area? If so, you probably know firsthand the challenges of keeping the temperature optimal during the winter months. Mornings can be bone-chilling cold, and afternoons can feel downright balmy. This can make it a battle to maintain the right temperature for employees through the workday.

Occupational research studies have repeatedly shown that the optimal office temperature is between 70 and 73 degrees Fahrenheit for the majority of workers. However, there are factors to consider as you adjust the thermostat:

Gender – Because women have lower metabolic rates than men, they can be more susceptible to cold. So, if there are a lot of women in the space, the temperature might need to be raised slightly.

Humidity – While it’s relatively dry during Arizona winters, a bout of rain can quickly increase the humidity inside a commercial space to an uncomfortable level. This can make the air feel muggy and too warm. In contrast, low humidity can make the air feel colder and can even impact skin, sinuses, the throat and eyes by making them feel dry and scratchy. Most experts will tell you that a humidity level of around 40 percent is ideal for year-round productivity.

Windows – Large windows, as well as skylights that let in a lot of sunlight can make an office feel warmer, even when the temperature outside is chilly.
High ceilings – The excess space created by voluminous ceilings can lead to poor air distribution. In other words, heaters in the winter, as well as air conditioners in the summer, must work harder when you have high ceilings.

Older buildings – Often, aging buildings have outdated HVAC systems that have uneven temperatures.

Set the Optimal Temperature

Office temperatures that are too warm or too cold are among the most common complaints of those in work environments. And, issues related to temperature result in millions of dollars in lost productivity each year. It makes sense to focus on getting it right.
The best solution is often to poll workers to find out what is most comfortable. Once you have a general consensus, you can program the best temperature for the majority of people. For those who feel the temperature is too cold, it may make sense to relocate them closer to a heat vent. Likewise, workers who like it cooler might be more comfortable near an open window or with a desk fan.

Maintenance Is Key

Of course, it’s impossible to regulate temperature effectively if you have an HVAC system that isn’t operating properly. Because your heater and air conditioner are vital to the success of your operations, it’s important that they are properly maintained on a regular basis. Call Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating to learn more about our commercial heating and cooling solutions.

Is Your HVAC System Ready for Fall?

With fall officially here in the Valley of the Sun, you’re probably more than ready for a break from the heat. Is your HVAC system ready for the seasonal change? The following are some tips to ensure your home is prepared for when the temperature dips and you need heat.

Clean Your System (Exterior)

Summer storms often result in leaves and debris accumulating around exterior air conditioning units. With monsoon season now over, this is the perfect time to clear vegetation, dirt and dust that can impact your system’s functionally. Trim back bushes and landscaping that surround your unit. Remove dead leaves, branches and weeds.

Clean Your System (Interior)

Summer winds also can wreak havoc on the interior of your HVAC system, causing dust to quickly collect inside your unit, ductwork and filters. With the season over, replace or clean your indoor air filters. It’s a simple task that can dramatically improve your indoor air quality and the efficiency of your system.

Inspect Your System

While much of your system isn’t visible, you can still conduct a preliminary inspection to determine if there are any obvious issues. Grab a flashlight. Inspect the outdoor unit, as well as your furnace, vents and any visible areas of ductwork. Look for potential problems like leaks, loose seals or cracks.

Next, turn on your system. Check to make sure air is moving through every vent. If you haven’t used your heater in six months or more, you will likely smell a burnt odor for a few minutes. This is normal as dust that has built up on the furnace or heat pump will burn the first time you use the heat. If the burnt smell continues or if something doesn’t seem quite right, don’t delay in calling for service.

Call for a Professional Tune-Up

Not every issue can be discovered through a visual inspection. This is why it’s important to get regular tune-ups to ensure your system is working as it should be. A professionally-trained HVAC technician knows exactly what to look for, as well as what to do to extend the life and efficiency of your system. This includes lubricating moving parts and tightening electrical connections.

Kick Off Fall with a Tune-Up

Winter chill is just around the corner. Be prepared by scheduling a fall tune-up with Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating. It’s the best way to ensure the efficiency of your system and prevent a small issue from turning into a costly repair. Call us today at 480-968-5652 to schedule a time that’s convenient for you.

Commercial Air Conditioning Service Tips for Your Business

During hot Arizona summers, businesses need to pay attention to their air conditioning units to prevent a costly system failure. Even a slight dip in temperature can impact employee efficiency and the related bottom line. In other words, commercial air conditioning units need to run flawlessly. Maintenance is key to making this happen. The following are some tips to prevent a costly air conditioning-related problem.

Don’t Overload the Unit

While it can be incredibly hot during the summer months, it’s never wise to turn the thermostat to the lowest setting. Not only will it not cool down a building or office quicker, it can put a tremendous strain on the system. Instead, set the thermostat to a consistently comfortable setting to avoid system wear and tear and a higher utility bill.

Keep the Condensing Unit Clear

A common workplace issue is blocking the air conditioner with chairs or other outdoor furniture. This hinders the unit’s ability to draw air in and can increase strain.

Replace Filters and Clean Vents

Workplace HVAC system filters and vents can quickly collect dirt, pollen, bacteria and mold. This is why they should be a regular maintenance focus. Filters should be replaced at least once a month during the summer months. Call us for more specific manufacturer guidelines. Vents should be cleaned on a regular basis to keep air circulating and to stop the spread of bacteria and viruses which can run rampant through a commercial property.

Check Freon Levels

Commercial air conditioning units shouldn’t be leaking Freon. However, a decrease in performance is an indicator that Freon levels are slowing diminishing. This is a common problem for older units.

Obtain Regularly Scheduled Maintenance

Unlike homeowners that typically only use air conditioners during the summer months, businesses often run them year-round. Because of this, maintenance tune-ups should be scheduled more often – at least twice a year.  These checks are ideal for identifying and addressing minor problems before they turn into business-halting issues that reduce your employees’ efficiency. At Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating, we can help ensure your commercial air conditioning unit runs seamlessly so you don’t have to fear an unplanned breakdown. Call us today at 480-968-5652 to learn more about commercial air conditioning maintenance for businesses in the greater Phoenix area.

Boost Employee Health with a Commercial Air Purifier

Commercial Air Purifiers

If you own a business in the Greater Phoenix region, you might want to consider an air purifier for your workplace. Commercial air purifiers work just like residential units, but on a larger scale, and can be professionally installed by an HVAC service in Gilbert.

Air purifiers are responsible for trapping harmful particles that are floating around in the air, such as dust, pollen and mold. In the workplace, there are other harmful contaminants to be concerned about, and an air purifier will trap these as well. It all depends on the industry you are in, as some are more at risk than others.

In this post, we are going to explore the benefits to installing an air purifier in your workplace and how this investment can increase productivity and employee morale.

Less Illness

A major problem in any workplace is the spreading of germs. An air purifier can help reduce germs and bacteria in the air so that fewer illnesses are shared. This is done by circulating the air and getting rid of contaminants. Also, since air purifiers reduce symptoms from allergies and asthma, employees with these health conditions will have fewer side effects, and with that, cough and sneeze less.

Increased Productivity

Research shows that when employees feel healthier and happier, they are more productive. Having an air purifier installed will create a better workplace because workers will feel healthier and less fatigued. It’s also important to show that you care about the health and well-being of your staff. Plus, with less illness going around, more employees will make it into work, significantly reducing downtime.

Reduced Odors

Anytime you have a group of people together, there’s bound to be a wide range of odors. Your break room, for instance, might have the lingering smell of stale coffee, reheated curry or even something moldy coming from the fridge. An air purifier dispersers odor-causing pollutants and can make your workplace smell clean and fresh.

Battling Sick Building Syndrome

Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) is used to describe a range of symptoms that occupants of a building suffer. These symptoms are nonspecific and can include irritation to the nose, eyes and throat, skin irritation, infectious diseases or hypersensitivity reactions. These symptoms are linked to the amount of time spent in a particular building and are not linked to any specific disease.

Sick building diseases are generally believed to be caused from flaws in the heating, cooling and ventilation systems in commercial buildings. It’s also possible that certain contaminants in the workplace can lead to symptoms. If employees are complaining about not feeling well, take these complaints seriously. It only benefits your bottom line if your employees feel healthy, productive and energized.

If you suspect that there may be a problem causing people to feel unwell, call trusted HVAC repair company in Gilbert and have your air tested. You can determine if your workplace can benefit from an air purifier and also if you need your ductwork cleaned.

To learn more about improving the health and safety of your workplace, call Bruce’s AC. We’re happy to come out and test the air in your commercial building to determine what you and your employees are breathing in!

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4 Key Differences Between Commercial And Residential HVAC Systems

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Commercial HVAC SystemMany HVAC contractors specialize in either residential or commercial systems. While these systems have many underlying similarities, the differences are significant enough that competence with one type of system does not guarantee understanding with the other.

This comparison of residential and commercial HVAC systems should help you to understand the importance of finding a contractor whose knowledge and experience matches your system and your needs. Continue reading