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Smart HVAC & Sensor Technology for Smart Buildings

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Why are companies investing in technology for smart buildings? The obvious draw is the significant cost reductions that can be achieved on energy consumption and operating expenses. Yet there are other compelling reasons that smart HVAC, sensors and other smart buildings technology give companies a competitive edge:

  • Reduced operating expenses allow companies to invest more in revenue producing initiatives, such as development of products and services
  • Savings can be re-invested in workplace transformation programs that can help attract talent, improve collaboration, and drive new ideas and innovation
  • Greater control over building systems, as well as the intelligence needed to make better facilities management strategic decisions

BONUS: you can even use smart buildings technology to improve employee experience. At a time when companies are striving to attract workers back to the office, the importance of workplace experience has never been greater.

Wondering where to start? Read on to learn about smart HVAC and space optimization technology designed to modernize your workplace while also cutting facilities expenses.

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC, COVID and Indoor Air Quality, Preventive Maintenance Agreements

Return to the Office: Occupancy & AC Maintenance in NYC

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Last Updated on August 4, 2022

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People are trickling back to the office, albeit reluctantly in many cases. Employers are renovating spaces and adding perks in an effort to make the environment welcoming and make the return to the office more attractive for employees. But what about indoor air quality? Have you done what’s needed to make sure the air in your space is both comfortable and safe?

Attention to air quality and AC maintenance in NYC is essential, both for the satisfaction of returning employees and also for the health of your system. 

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Commercial HVAC, Commercial Kitchen, Preventive Maintenance Agreements, Residential HVAC

NYC: Surviving the Heat is Like Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse

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Surviving the heat in NYC: 5 ways you’re doing it wrong.

When NYC’s temperatures flirt with triple digits, it can feel like there’s no way surviving the heat in your sweltering office or apartment is even possible. Surviving a zombie apocalypse seems a whole lot easier. Well, as it turns out, we can learn a lot about surviving the heat from the best scientific tips about what to do (and what not to do) when facing a legion of reanimated corpses.

Surviving the heat in NYC, like surviving a zombie apocalypse, requires that you know what you’re doing and have the proper plan in place. Here’s what you are almost certainly doing wrong, and how to change your ways so you don’t get eaten alive by the summer heat and humidity.

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC, Preventive Maintenance Agreements

8 Ways To Avoid Air Conditioning Compressor Failure

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Just like taking care of your body keeps you healthy, taking proper care of your AC means it’s much less likely to break down. Without regular maintenance, an air conditioner can accumulate wear and tear that can lead to poor performance and a shorter lifespan. That’s why it’s so important to take the steps outlined here to prevent AC compressor failure, which can often mean having to get a new air conditioning system.

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC, Commercial Installations

5 Ways to Reduce HVAC Noise in an Open Office Space

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Today’s open office spaces, featuring collaboration areas along with stations for different types of work, are a boon for business in many ways. Yet distractions such as HVAC noise can lower productivity in these environments.

Read on to learn some effective strategies for HVAC noise reduction, as well as one way you can use HVAC noise to your advantage.

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Preventive Maintenance Agreements, Residential HVAC

5 Signs Your Air Conditioner Fan Needs Replacing

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If you are noticing signs that your air conditioning system might be having trouble, we understand why you’re trying to figure out what’s going on BEFORE it breaks down completely. Very smart of you!  When you can replace failing parts proactively before they cause bigger problems, you can often prevent a more expensive repair, not to mention inconvenient downtime (which will likely happen on the hottest day of the year). 

Your air conditioner fan (and there are actually at least two of them in most systems) is one part that can go bad and lead to a whole host of other problems.

Here’s a quick primer on air conditioner fans, and how the signs you’re seeing might point to  replacing one of these fans to prevent a breakdown. Plus, we’ll share how you can prevent this type of problem from happening to you again.

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Commercial HVAC, Preventive Maintenance Agreements, Residential HVAC

Spring AC Maintenance Checklist & Comparing Service Contracts

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Last Updated on June 16, 2022

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The trick to evaluating air conditioning service contracts

Did you know that there are no government-imposed standards when it comes to air conditioning service contracts? That means all air conditioning maintenance is not created equal. Never assume that you’re comparing apples to apples when evaluating service contracts from different providers.

In a way, this is a good thing, because it means that reputable air conditioning service companies can customize a contract according to the age and condition of your equipment, the cooling needs of your space and its occupants, and your budget. You just need to be sure what’s covered under the contract, and that you’re getting the features you need.

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Commercial Installations, Preventive Maintenance Agreements, Residential Installations

Do you need an HVAC maintenance plan for a new system?

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Last Updated on June 16, 2022

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If you just had a new heating and/or air conditioning system installed within the past year or two, chances are the installer recommended an HVAC maintenance plan. But do you really need preventative maintenance? Ideally, everything is in good condition so you should expect no problems for a while. 

That’s partly true. In the first year or two, it’s unlikely that anything will go wrong with the equipment itself. However, there are lots of environment-related problems that can happen even to new systems, but can be prevented with a good cleaning and tuneup. 

Over time, neglected maintenance will shorten the life of your system. Some of these issues can even cause you headaches in the short term.  

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Residential HVAC, Residential Installations

NYC Luxury Property Managers: How to Choose an HVAC Service Company

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Don’t hire an ordinary HVAC service company for NYC luxury residential properties

There’s a lot on the line when you have to decide on an HVAC service company for a luxury residential building in NYC, or in any large city for that matter. You are giving the HVAC service company’s technicians access to your residents’ homes. That means you need to be able to count on them to:

  • Perform regular maintenance to prevent breakdowns, so you avoid those emergency calls when the AC dies the day a homeowner is having a dinner party
  • Avoid making a mess or damaging expensive furnishings
  • Diagnose problems accurately and fix them fast to avoid repeat service calls
  • Recommend equipment that won’t be an eyesore or take up valuable apartment space
  • Make you a priority and get to you in a hurry when you need them

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Commercial Refrigeration

NYC: 12 Tips To Get Ready for a Restaurant Health Inspection

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Your NYC health inspection grade is one of the most visible (and powerful) forms of promotion about your restaurant. After all, your rating is plastered right there in your front window, where every customer and passer-by can see it. All NYC ratings are also published in the New York Times. That’s why, if you do poorly on your restaurant heath inspection, at best it’s a PR nightmare. And in the worst case, you could be facing fines and even a shutdown.

The health inspector rarely announces himself in advance. So how can you be sure you’ll have all your ducks in a row when he shows up during a busy lunch shift when you’ve just accepted a large delivery? It’s about being prepared at all times.

Here at Arista, we have been servicing NYC restaurants for decades. We’ve seen how to most successful NYC restaurants are doing it right. Here are 12 of our most useful restaurant health inspection preparation tips.

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