Your Commercial HVAC FAQs – Part 1

We get lots of questions from our commercial HVAC customers every time we visit for a HVAC maintenance or a HVAC repair appointment. Here are some of the most common questions with answers that we hope are helpful to our customers.

Q: How does my commercial HVAC system move air through my building?

A: There are fans that draw air in through returns, which look like grilles. This air is then forced through ductwork in your building that fills the building with conditioned air through the registers in the various rooms on all floors. This process is continuous and helps regulate the temperature and moisture levels in your building.

Q: How is the commercial HVAC duct system built and installed?

A: The duct system is most buildings is installed when the building is first constructed. It’s designed and installed by commercial HVAC professionals like Novel Care that have years of experience and know the rules and regulations of the commercial HVAC industry. The ducts are made of sheet metal and installed by sheet metal workers and HVAC technicians.

Q: What should I be weary of when it comes to the design and installation of ductwork?

A: When ductwork isn’t installed, sealed, or built properly it can leak and divert excessive amounts of air to the wrong places. This can not only reduce the efficiency of a system, but also create necessary and excessive noise throughout the building. If ductwork is installed to soon during construction it can be much dirtier than it should be and can be expensive to clean out once construction is finished.

Q: How can duct leakage be reduced?

A: If a building is being constructed then it’s important for the builder to adhere to the provincial rules and regulations surrounding commercial HVAC installation to ensure your ductwork is built, installed and sealed correctly.

Q: Who can help me evaluate, adjust and inform me of the condition of my ductwork?

A: At Novel Care we regularly work on commercial HVAC projects with a number of customers in Toronto, York Region and throughout the GTA. We have over 30 years of experience working with commercial HVAC and ductwork. We’ll be happy to help you understand your duct system and help you ensure its serving your building to the best of its ability.

Q: The energy bills are high in my building and tenants are uncomfortable. Is there a HVAC problem?

A: There are a number of things that could be causing these issues. There could be problems with your duct system, your rooftop unit might be rapidly aging, you boiler might need maintenance or replacing, or any number of other problems. The best way to find out what’s wrong and to get it fixed quickly is to call Novel Care: 416-727-5016.

 

For more information about commercial HVAC or to schedule a commercial HVAC maintenance or repair appointment contact Novel Care today: 416-727-5016.

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The Importance of Commercial Air Conditioner Cleaning

As technology gets better and better it becomes increasingly important for commercial and industrial environments to be kept cool and temperature controlled. In cases where commercial computer servers, high-profile tenants, and other important equipment are concerned the importance of commercial air conditioner cleaning and maintenance can’t be questioned. Not only are commercial HVAC units a big investment, but they provide climate control for your entire building. Commercial air conditioner cleaning services help maintain cool, comfortable and healthy environments for all tenants and visitors to any commercial building. Here are a few more important reasons to schedule regular commercial air conditioner cleaning.

Reasons To Schedule Commercial Air Conditioner Cleaning

Energy-Efficiency: Every commercial air conditioner works long and hard every day and over time it slowly becomes less and less energy-efficient. It’s inevitable that with age efficiency decreases, but with regular cleaning and maintenance energy-efficiency can be impacted far less than without proper cleaning and maintenance visits. Maintaining better energy-efficiency is a small investment that can save you big on your energy bills today and down the road.

Dirty, Dust & Debris: Commercial buildings are typically very busy places and as a result they collect and gather more dirt, dust and other debris from outside of the building. While filters have the ability to get rid of most of the dirt they don’t filter out everything and layers of dirt can accumulate and cause your system to malfunction. Regular commercial air conditioner cleaning is the easiest way to remove this layer of dirt and keep your equipment working properly for longer periods.

Customer Happiness: When your commercial air conditioner works well all year round no one notices unless they come in off the street on a very hot day. The one time they will take note of your commercial air conditioner is when it’s not working properly or not working at all. As the temperature in your building quickly rises in the heat of the summer, your tenants will quickly become uncomfortable and your phone will be ringing off the hook in no time. With regular commercial air conditioner cleaning and maintenance you can easily avoid these phone calls and ensure your tenants are happy and healthy.

Future Costs & Repairs: Running a commercial building of any size can be costly, so ensuring that you save money wherever you can is important. With proper commercial air conditioner cleaning and maintenance your Rooftop HVAC unit will last for many years to come and experience fewer breakdowns and problems if you were to neglect maintenance over the years. In the end maintenance and cleaning saves you money.

For more information about commercial air conditioner cleaning and maintenance or to schedule an appointment contact Novel Care today: 416-727-5016 or info@novelcare.ca.

Spring: The Right Time For Commercial HVAC Maintenance in Toronto

Now that spring has officially hit Toronto it’s time to think about commercial HVAC maintenance for your rooftop units. Taking action in the early spring is the best way to avoid the rush of maintenance requests that occur as soon as temperatures breach 20 degrees Celsius. When commercial HVAC maintenance is required it’s necessary to take action quickly as tenants and visitors to your commercial building are relying on a comfortable working atmosphere.

When it comes to commercial HVAC maintenance more than 50% of all air conditioner failures result from poor cleaning practices, which means avoiding a breakdown is easier than you might think. Here are some essential things to take care of in addition to booking an appointment with a reputable commercial HVAC maintenance visit with a company like Novel Care.

Commercial HVAC Maintenance Checklist

  • Condenser Unit Check: During the fall and winter months a condenser unit can become clogged with fallen leaves and other airborne debris. Coil damage can also occur during this time with strong fall and winter storms pounding the elements against your rooftop units. Snow and ice have the ability to do real damage it care isn’t taken and repairs are properly performed. In the spring ensure that all debris is removed from the coils, straighten any best coils, and clean all coils and the surrounding area with soapy water.
  • Wiring Inspection: Whether commercial HVAC maintenance is being performed on a rooftop or ground-based unit inspecting the wiring is important. Rodents like rats and mice will find their way into your air conditioning units during the cold winter months seeking shelter. Wiring is an ideal place for a nest, which means they can be damaged in many ways: chewed wiring, burnt wires, loose connections, electrical shorting, or deteriorating wiring.
  • Check Refrigerant Levels: If the refrigerant levels are low in your system there’s a good chance you might have a leak somewhere. In that case it’s important to repair the leak prior to adding more refrigerant or running the unit when the weather gets warm again.
  • Proper Cleaning Includes The Drain Lines, Blower Fan, & Evaporator Coils: Mold mineral deposits, dust, dirt, and other debris can clog fans, drain lines, and evaporator coils. Cleaning and removing any debris from the internal areas of your commercial HVAC units is essential to their efficiency and proper functioning.
  • Filter Replacement: Filter quality is a big factor in how often filters need to be changed. Fibreglass and charcoal filters typically only last a month or two, while pleated filters will last anywhere between 3 and 5 months depending on the time of year.

Overall, a properly configured and maintained commercial HVAC system will provide a lifetime of efficient cooling and air filtering for your commercial building. Commercial HVAC maintenance is designed to keep your utility bills from increasing dramatically during seasons temperature peaks, which is not only good news for you but also your tenants.

For more information about commercial HVAC maintenance, commercial air conditioners, and other commercial HVAC components contact Novel Care today. Novel Care has been serving Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years. Call: 416-727-5016.

5 Tips To Keep A Commercial HVAC System Healthy

A commercial HVAC system is a very large long-term investment and in order to remain a good investment it requires proper maintenance and repairs. Without proper servicing on a regular basis a commercial HVAC system can slowly cost more and more and ultimately small problems will become large problems and large expenses. Here are 5 tips to keep your commercial HVAC system running properly and efficiently.

  1. Cooling Maintenance Scheduling: When hot weather is waning and cold weather is on the horizon it’s the best time to take are of your commercial HVAC system cooling components. Scheduling commercial air conditioner system maintenance during the fall winter or spring, off-peak times, ensures that HVAC technicians will have no problems taking care of and maintenance and repairs. Additionally, if they need to order parts and wait a day or two for them to arrive it won’t be a major issue as the cooling system isn’t being relied on during colder weather. Winter maintenance of the cooling system also means that it will be ready to go when the warm weather arrives, so there is a lower chance of a breakdown during the summer months.
  2. Preventative Maintenance of a Commercial HVAC System: Preventative maintenance is one of the best ways to save money when it comes to a commercial HVAC system. Routine maintenance is essential to ensuring the efficiency and reliability of all commercial HVAC system components. It’s also a great way to discover small issues that can be repaired before they become larger problems. Regular maintenance also allows building owners and property managers the ability to budget for upcoming repairs and defer any repairs that can wait in order to stay on budget.
  3. Don’t Put Off A Full Replacement: While replacing a rooftop commercial HVAC system is a big initial expense it’s important to weigh the expense of ongoing repairs and maintenance of an older system against it. A new Energy Star commercial HVAC system will not only save you money with better performance than an older system, but also on maintenance and repair bills. Retrofitting an existing system is also an option in terms of improving efficiency and reducing maintenance and repair costs.
  4. Clean Condenser Coils: Dirty condenser coils are a major contributor to rooftop commercial HVAC system damage. Regular cleaning prevents the degradation of the cooling system and can save up to 30% on energy bills and repair costs over a 20 year period. Simple power washing is the best way to clear any debris or dirt off of the condenser coils.
  5. Change Filters: Manufacturer recommendations about how often commercial HVAC system filters should be changed is the best guide to know how often this action should be taken. In the spring and fall filters should be changed more often than usual as there is more dust, debris and other particles in the air that can quickly clog filters and affect performance.

Commercial HVAC System Summary

Overall, taking these 5 simple steps is a good start to ensuring that your HVAC system is running properly and efficiently year-round. For more information about commercial HVAC system maintenance or repairs in Toronto, York Region or the rest of the GTA contact Novel Care today: 416-727-5016.