Types of Commercial Heating Systems

One of the largest contributors to your operational expenses, an energy efficient heating system reduces your utility costs, ensuring a comfortable, healthy working environment for employees. Whether your corporate workspace is under construction, or your current system is constantly in need of commercial heating repairs, opportunities abound for savings that add up to a beefier bottom line.

For Savings, Health & Comfort, there are an Array of Systems to Suit Your Needs
Talk to your HVAC Mechanical contractor to discuss which of these options offers the best fit for your business’ specialized needs…

Commercial Heating Systems

  • Rooftop or ‘Packaged’ Units
    Rooftop units package every component into a single cabinet, connecting directly to ductwork, as opposed to the indoor and outdoor components common in the standard residential HVAC system. Their rooftop placement offers a space saving solution for commercial establishments. In addition to space savings, rooftop systems are also easier to install and service, saving on labor, and out-of-the-way, decreasing interruptions and distractions when service is necessary. A knowledgeable provider of commercial HVAC repair and service in Philadelphia can help you decide from the numerous types of commercial packaged heating units available, including:

    1. Gas-powered
    2. Electric
    3. Modular units, which can be added to as your business expands.
    4. Single or multi-zone systems for improved comfort and energy savings.
    5. Specialty designs, build specifically for your industry’s needs.
  • Heat Pumps
    An increasingly popular heating solution for businesses in moderately cold regions like Philadelphia, heat pumps are capable of providing both heating and cooling, saving the cost off installing and maintaining two separate systems. Today’s technologically advanced systems provide double the performance of older heat pump models, making them one of the most efficient ways to heat your commercial space. Moving, not generating heat, they carry heat from a warm place (the air outdoors, or the earth) to a cold one (your office), and vice-versa in the summer. With the capacity for year-round use, better humidity control, 1.5-times the heating punch of electrical-resistance and oil-based heat sources, and an array of advantages over flame and fume-producing combustion heating options, heat pumps offer a highly-efficient, space saving, and versatile heating solution. Ask your commercial service company about the following options, and which might be right for your property:
  1. Air-Source Heat Pumps
    Pulling warmth from the air, air-source heat pumps are commonly found in homes and businesses nationwide.
  2. Ground or Water-Source Heat Pumps
    If air-source heat pumps are efficient, water-source heat pumps are more efficient still, reducing energy consumption 25-50% over air-source options. These systems take advantage of the consistent temperatures of the earth and below-ground water sources, transferring heat into, or out of your business, depending on the season. Need water heating too? Ground and water-source heat pumps provide this as an added advantage.

From commercial heating, to commercial chiller repairing and maintenance, the experts at H&H Commercial Services have you covered. Ensure the health and comfort of your employees. Contact us today.

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What are Humidification & Dehumidification & Why is the Right Balance Essential?

Adding an indoor pool to your home or business? Finding a balance between humidification and dehumidification needs can be a tricky task, with disastrous consequences resulting from errors. To protect your pool investment and ensure a safe poolside experience, proper indoor pool humidity control is key.

Humidification & Dehumidification: Why You Need Both

When building an indoor pool, the uninitiated often overlook the importance of humidification and dehumidification needs, failing to realize the importance of balance in the indoor pool environment. Which humidity horror is most likely to bring your poolside pursuits to a halt? Let’s take a closer look…

  • HumidificationRealistic transparent water drop

    When air is too dry, typically in the sub-35% relative humidity range, humidifiers add moisture to the air. Humidification is key in your pool room because if air is too dry, the water in your pool will evaporate and dry up, costing you in massive water bills for necessary fluid replacement, especially if the issue persists over the long haul.

  • Dehumidification

    When it’s too humid or moist in your indoor pool environment, above the 50% relative humidity mark, dehumidifiers can help control condensation and comfort by removing moisture from the air. Experiencing a bit uncomfortable stickiness while you’re poolside might not seem like a big deal, but it could pack a massive punch to your health – and your wallet. Moisture accumulation within the confines of your pool room can quickly result in the proliferation of dangerous bacteria and mold. Over time, moisture will take its toll on the building structure as well, causing furnishings, building materials, and key structural components to corrode and rot. This situation, left unchecked, can lead to moisture infiltrating and ultimately degrading other attached building structures.

Finding the Right Balance

With the help of a pool dehumidification expert, a system can be constructed that provides the best of both worlds for your indoor pool environment. What is ideal? An indoor pool environment with relative humidity levels in the range of 50-60% is ideal for preventing issues with both evaporation and condensation. Carefully designed to prevent evaporation from your pool and condensation distribution along outside walls with even air distribution directed away from your pool’s surface, the addition of dehumidification equipment such as a Dectron dehumidifier, in combination with expertly designed, properly installed ventilation equipment, can provide the ideal balance of relative humidity for your indoor pool environment.

Not a One-Size-Fits-All Fix

Proper and lasting indoor pool design includes the integration of necessary humidity and ventilation control measures from the start, and involves a precise assessment, with both commercial and residential pools having different needs. Before suffering at the hands of indoor humidification and dehumidification issues, look to the expertise of the commercial heating and air conditioning professionals at H&H Commercial Services. Take advantage of our tried-and-trusted services. Schedule a design consultation or indoor pool environmental assessment to ensure lasting pool performance today.

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Lower Your Facility’s Carbon Footprint

Over the past several years, the term ‘carbon footprint’ has become increasingly familiar, from family transportation to commercial energy use. No doubt, lowering your carbon footprint has business benefits, from tax incentive and lowered utility bills, to ensuring an environment fit to support future generations of customers. How can your business take part?

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint and Boost Your Bottom Line with these HVAC Tips:
Commercial HVAC contractors know, HVAC energy usage comprises 40% of all carbon emissions, and 48% of energy use in the typical office according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency. Yet there are many simple ways this number could be reduced, many of them quite simple:

  • Change air filters regularly.
    Clogged filters restrict airflow, forcing your HVAC system to work harder to meet the heating or cooling needs.
  • Upgrade to a smart thermostat.
    Are you running your HVAC system when your building is unoccupied? Upgrading to a smart thermostat can allow you to schedule heating and cooling based on a pre-determined schedule. The best part? Today’s latest smart thermostat models, such as the Nest thermostat and Honeywell Lyric, require no programming: Each uses different technology to record occupant behavior. After data has been collected, the thermostat develops a schedule maximizing HVAC efficiency, programming the system to run hotter or cooler in off-hours, depending on the season. Independent studies show such smart thermostat systems can save customers 10-15% on HVAC costs.
  • Install destratification fans.
    The best commercial heating repair companies know destratification fans can reduce energy use 20% by blowing warm air down to ground level where it’s needed, making them a great fit for commercial/industrial spaces with high ceilings.
  • Reinvent ventilation.
    Many commercial building ensure indoor air quality and circumvent moisture problems with the help of ventilation fans. However these fans often run constantly – even when they’re not needed, resulting in an estimated 30% heat loss in commercial buildings and wasting energy on the heating or cooling necessary to keep the indoor environment to temperature. HVAC commercial repair company know there’s a better way: Equipping a building with sensors to measure indoor air quality and determine how much ventilation is truly needed.
  • Upgrade your system. 
    Investing in new HVAC technology can have a tremendous impact on lowering your carbon footprint and energy costs. What systems offer the best investment? According to the EPA, properly designed and constructed geothermal systems offer the best efficiency and least carbon emissions of all central HVAC products. Ductless ‘mini-splits’ also offer significant savings, with SEER ratings pushing 30 versus the standard central system’s 13 SEER rating, and eliminating heat loss via ductwork. Not up for such a ‘newfangled’ system? Look for higher SEER, Energy Star-rated HVAC systems with a variable speed blower. Instead of simply on/off functionality, variable speed blowers allow your system to provide the exact amount of conditioned air needed when properly installed by your HVAC mechanical contractor.

Fight climate change and protect your bottom line. Discover new ways to reduce your carbon footprint with the help of the best commercial HVAC repair and service in Philadelphia. Contact H&H Commercial HVAC Services today.


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10 Tips for Industrial Chiller Maintenance and Efficiency

Industrial chillers are typically a plant’s largest energy expense. However dirty tubes, leaky refrigerant, and poor industrial chiller maintenance and care can quickly add another 8-10% to these already astronomical costs. How can you safeguard industrial chiller performance and your bottom line?

10 Tips for Industrial Chiller Maintenance & Efficiency

  1. Log-it.
    Keep a daily log, including operating conditions, temperature, pressure, fluid levels, and flow rates. This will allow you to follow trends and identify issues before emergency commercial heating and air conditioning repair services are necessary. Pair with remote monitoring technology for up-close monitoring.
  2. Clean it.
    Clean tubes facilitate the most efficient heat transfer. Contaminants such as scale and mineral buildup, mud, and algae effect how how chiller systems work, thwarting heat transfer and robbing performance and efficiency. Look for higher approach temperatures as a sign decreasing deficiency, cleaning tubes annually, at a minimum.
  3. Treat it.
    The best commercial HVAC mechanical contractors in Philadelphia know, incorporating water treatment measures to eliminate scale, corrosion, and biological growth reduces maintenance and upholds efficiency.
  4. Chill out.
    Lowering the temperature of water entering the chamber vastly improves chiller efficiency.
  5. Go with the flow.
    A chilled water flow rate of 3-12 feet-per-second is best for prime operation. Too little and you run the risk of laminar flow, too much and vibration, noise, and tube erosion will result.
  6. Charge it.
    A proper refrigerant charge from an HVAC service in Philadelphia is essential to chiller operation, as cooling is dependent upon the refrigerant moving through the compressor. Leaks decrease efficiency, forcing your system to work harder and producing less cooling power. Refrigerant leaks also introduce air and moisture into the system that further gum-up operation.
  7. Purge it.
    Non-condensables such as air and water in the system reduce chiller performance as much as 4% at 60% load, and as much as 7% at 100% load. Purging minimizes these effects.
  8. Analyze.
    Sending a sample of lubrication oil off to the lab for spectrometric chemical analysis once a year can help you determine problems in the system, and when it’s time to change the oil in the hermetically sealed unit.
  9. Monitor operation.
    The operation of your chiller should be regularly checked to ensure proper, efficient operation, including the inspection of:

    • Starters and motors.
    • Safety/sensor calibrations of microprocessors to manufacturer recommendations.
    • Wiring, connections and switchgear for hot spots/worn contacts.
    • Electrical motor windings for insulation resistance to ground.
    • Shaft seals and open drive motors for refrigerant leaks.
    • Air vents and cooling capacity.
  10. Be flexible.
    Opting for variable speed drive chiller motors for significantly improved efficiency and less energy waste. This also improves operation for chillers operating on backup generators, offering a softer start and lower in-rush of current.

Monthly energy bill a budget buster? Get to the source of the problem with the help of the expert services of H&H Commercial HVAC. Contact us to schedule your chiller maintenance and inspection today.

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How Adopting Service Agreements Help Your Facility Save Huge Costs Later On

Residential and commercial customers have been looking to HVAC service agreements for years, and with today’s rapidly advancing technology, they are becoming increasingly popular. However there’s more to a service agreement than simply help mitigating the care of equipment. Businesses typically have more HVAC needs than the average homeowner, relying on a safe, climate-controlled space with superior indoor air quality to minimize downtime.

Industrial Chillers with pressure Gauge

Why Do Commercial HVAC Service Agreements Pay?

The benefits are quite simple:

  • No surprises.

    With a service agreement, you’ll never forget to schedule necessary maintenance… Only to be reminded when your system responds with an expensive malfunction. Instead your equipment will be maintained on schedule by expert commercial HVAC contractors. Should you experience problems, an emergency services team will be available at your call, providing priority treatment.

  • Lower equipment costs.

    Timely preventative maintenance including regular inspection by trained professionals allows for the identification of small, easy-to-address issues early on, before they can result in expensive damage to your system, or worse, it’s early demise.

  • More efficient operation & lower energy bills.

    Trained HVAC mechanical contractors can spot issues effecting efficiency, addressing ductwork issues, changing air filters, checking refrigerant levels, and properly lubricating equipment to improve airflow and mechanical operation. As one of your largest operating expenses, these boosts in performance can help you make the most of your heating and cooling dollars.

  • Smaller carbon footprint.

    According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40% of the energy used for heating or cooling is wasted. These high energy costs are exacerbated when air filters and vents become blocked by dirt, dust, and pollutants over time, causing your system to work harder and less efficiently, and unnecessarily increasing your energy needs.

  • Minimized down time.

    Your employees rely on your system for comfort and air quality, making timely air conditioning and commercial heating repair integral to staying on-time and on-budget. With a commercial service agreement, you can expect the priority service attention you need to get your system – and your business – back up and running.

  • A happier, healthier workplace.

    A properly functioning system ensures the safe temperatures and air quality your staff depends on for productivity and safety, preventing unexpected hazards that could pop-up due to faulty heating, air, and ventilation and result in worker injury.

  • All-encompassing protection.

    In addition to HVAC maintenance, the expert technicians at H&H Commercial Services can also handle the maintenance of other equipment on your premises, including not only split systems, heat pumps, rooftop HVAC systems, water-source heat pumps, and boilers, but indoor pool dehumidifiers, chillers, and cooling towers as well.

  • One less thing to keep track of.

    Simply leave your heating and cooling responsibilities to your HVAC commercial repair company – because your business and your employees already have enough on their ‘to-do’ list.

  • Priority service over non-contract customers.

  • Discounted pricing on labor and parts.

Avoid untimely repairs and unexpected costs. Sign up for a commercial service agreement from the most trusted commercial HVAC repair and service in Philadelphia. Contact H&H Commercial Services today.

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7 HVAC Tips For Commercial Building Owners

As a commercial building owner, your energy bills are likely a close second to property costs, comprising a huge chunk of your operating expenses. Among the most energy-intensive mechanisms of your business, HVAC accounts for a whopping 50-60% of these costs, with an unfortunate 30%+ going up in smoke as waste, based on EPA estimates. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce these costs, both through DIY measures, and with the help of a professional HVAC mechanical contractor.

A Air Conditioner Repair Man at work

Reduce Operating Costs & Boost Sustainability with these Commercial HVAC Tips:

  1. Regularly Change HVAC Filters.
    Dirty filters restrict airflow, forcing your system to work harder, and ruining indoor air quality. Commercial air filters should be cleaned/replaced at least quarterly, preferably monthly. This simple maintenance task can reduce wasted energy by 5-10%.
  2. Have Coils Regularly Cleaned.
    Coil cleaning is another simple task that can greatly improve your building’s energy efficiency. Dirty coils decrease airflow, reduce heat transfer, impede the dehumidification process, and force your system to run longer to condition air. The EPA, DOE, and major utility providers all agree this can significantly decrease utility costs up to 30%. Have your condenser and evaporator coils professionally cleaned at least once per year.
  3. Upgrade to a Programmable Thermostat.
    Working with a trusted commercial HVAC repair and service in Philadelphia can help you identify a winning programmable thermostat solution for your business. For not much more than you’d spend on a newer, run-of-the-mill thermostat, a programmable model can help you reduce costs by adjusting building temperatures higher/lower temperatures when spaces are not in use (evenings, weekends), potentially saving you hundreds (or more) in energy dollars annually. Many of today’s latest models offer ‘smart’ operation, learning occupant behavior and providing the ability to adjust settings/scheduling remotely via smartphone app.
  4. Properly Seal Ductwork.
    Are you inadvertently heating or cooling unoccupied building spaces via leaks in poorly connected/sealed ductwork? Commercial HVAC contractors can track down and seal these leaks – and slow thermal transfer with insulation – improving HVAC efficiency by 20% or more.
  5. Upgrade Archaic Systems.
    Aging HVAC systems and equipment can easily lead to exorbitant energy costs. Replacing systems just 10-years old with comparable Energy Star certified products can reduce energy costs up to 20%. (Not to mention the money you’ll save on frequent/emergency repairs.) Use a rooftop system? Retrofitting with advanced digital economizer controls/sensors to provide demand-controlled ventilation can likewise offer substantial savings.
  6. Ensure Timely Maintenance & Repair.
    Aging, faulty, and neglected equipment can thwart performance. Like regular scheduled maintenance on a car, timely commercial heating repair and maintenance safeguards performance, reducing maintenance costs up to 40%.
  7. Don’t Do It Alone.
    Do you have a commercial service agreement to ensure the regular maintenance and timely attention your commercial HVAC system needs? A licensed, professional HVAC commercial repair company can help you optimize sustainability, getting the most out of your current system, performing routine system maintenance and checkups on-schedule, and detecting potentially costly problems before they occur.

Don’t let HVAC costs take a bite out of your bottom line. Learn more about ways you can save on annual energy consumption with the help of H&H Commercial Services today.

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8 Problems Every Indoor Pool Owner Has To Deal With

Natatorium owners often feel as if they’re at war with their precious pool room. It’s easy to forget this environment is far from normal: More like a steamy August day than a comfy, temperate living area. This misunderstanding can lead to a host of problems, from errors during the initial build to indoor pool maintenance complications from improperly designed indoor pool dehumidification systems that can haunt pool owners to the point of near insanity.

What are the Top 8 Problems that Plague Pool Owners?

  1. A sticky, uncomfortable environment.
    Hot, steamy, chemically smelly air is more than an uncomfortable annoyance. High humidity environments encourage bacterial growth, allergenic mold proliferation, and will eventually damage building materials. Designed to carry moisture away from the pool area, indoor pool dehumidifiers such as the Dectron pool dehumidifier, used in conjunction with effective HVAC ventilation, are the most cost-effective way to reduce these dangerous humidity levels.
  2. Stinky, chemical smells.
    In addition to the air quality concerns caused by excess moisture, the smell of pool chemicals and by-products such as chlorine are another common annoyance for indoor pool owners. Without adequate ventilation, repeated exposure can irritate eyes, nasal passages, and the respiratory system, leading to asthmatic reactions from chemicals trapped in the pool room.
  3. Rusted metal.
    An imbalance in pool water chemistry that diffuses respiratory-affecting chloramines into the air can also cause metal surfaces to corrode.
  4. Frequently foggy windows and skylights.
    If your builder or HVAC mechanical contractor did not properly map airflow in your pool room, you could suffer from frequently foggy windows and skylights – and possibly rapid pool evaporation. Airflow designs should begin before construction, with distribution designed to carry conditioned air to exterior windows to prevent condensation, while avoiding evaporation-inducing airflow across the pool surface.
  5. Condensation on the walls and ceiling.
    As with condensation on windows, moisture buildup on exterior walls and ceilings is another feared circumstance many natatorium owners battle. Here again, dehumidification and proper airflow are care to protecting the structure of your indoor pool room.
  6. Exposure to illness-inducing bacteria.
    Failure to keep pool water adequately clean could result in the proliferation of illnesses like E. coli and Giardia, according to the CDC. Here, UV light purification and ozone treatments can aid chlorine disinfection in upholding water and air quality.
  7. Smells in attached spaces.
    Improperly designed indoor pool spaces without necessary negative pressurization and proper exhaust can push smells into attached living/business areas through poorly sealed walls and above ceilings. In addition to reductions in indoor air quality from mold-inducing humidity, mold proliferation and rot from moisture will eventually take a toll on neighboring structures and spaces.
  8. Structural damage.
    Over time, excess moisture in the air, coupled with improper drainage surrounding the pool, can lead to the premature degradation or rotting of natatorium building materials. This molded, rotted mess can lead to a structurally unsafe, biologically unhealthy pool environment.

Tired of battling your indoor pool and losing? Turn the tides with an expertly designed dehumidification and ventilation system from the best commercial HVAC service company in Philadelphia. Contact H&H Commercial Services, authorized Poolpak parts distributor, today.

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