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Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC

Healthcare HVAC: Quality Maintenance Reduces Risks

healthcare hvac

For facility owners and managers at medical facilities, healthcare HVAC is a critical component to the health and welfare of your patients.

Let’s take a look at the symptoms of a poorly functioning healthcare HVAC system. Then we’ll discuss what you can do to prevent and fix healthcare HVAC systems at hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, physical therapy and wellness centers.

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC

The High Cost of Poor Workplace Temperature Control

woman affected by cold workplace temperature

According to IFMA research, an uncomfortable workplace temperature is the number one complaint of office workers about their workplace environment. Actually, it’s both number one and number two (people complain most about being too hot AND about being too cold).

This complaint is really not surprising when you consider that 40% of office buildings–especially here in New York City–have HVAC systems that are somewhere between 16 and 30 years old. During that time, building tenants have changed, usage of the space has changed, more employees are packed into the same amount of space, and there’s a lot more heat-generating technology in place. So many of these systems were never designed for the current conditions.

It’s important to realize that workplace temperature impacts more than your employees’ comfort. Here’s what you’re risking when you have HVAC equipment that’s failing to properly control the temperature in your workplace.

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Commercial Kitchen, Commercial Refrigeration

Restaurant Health Inspection: How Neglected Refrigeration Fails You

chef passing restaurant health inspection

Your restaurant’s “A” grade is something to be proud of. It’s a sign for all your customers (literally, right there in your front window) that you have passed your restaurant health inspection with flying colors, and proof of the superior quality of your food preparation. Diners are confident of getting a great meal prepared safely when they see top NYC health department restaurant grades.

Because that “A” is so critical to the success of your business, we’re betting you go to great lengths to make sure you maintain it through every restaurant health inspection. That means training and reminding your staff about proper food handling techniques to prevent contamination, being vigilant about cleaning and preventing pests, and constantly checking the temperature of cooked food.

Yet there is one critical task that you might be overlooking: maintaining your refrigeration equipment.

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Commercial Installations, Residential Installations

Types of AC Units: What’s the Difference and What’s Right for You?

with the many types of ac units, this woman using a programmable thermostat is confident in her choice

If your air conditioning system is getting older and performing poorly, it’s a great idea to plan for proactive system replacement in advance instead of waiting for a breakdown to force your hand. That way, you won’t have to deal with the inconvenience of going without AC while the replacement is in the works. For businesses, or even for homeowners who rely on AC for health reasons, living without AC for weeks or longer can cost you much more than that.

As you begin to shop for a new system, educate yourself by learning a little bit about the types of AC units. This article will help you do that in 10 minutes or less!

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Commercial Kitchen, Commercial Refrigeration, Preventive Maintenance Agreements

A Commercial Refrigeration Maintenance Checklist to Help You Stay Cool During the Busy Season

Restaurant chef looking into refrigerator as part of a refrigeration maintenance checklist

The holiday season is coming fast. You’re probably scrambling to get ready for the onslaught of New Yorkers and tourists lining up for a chance to enjoy the trendiest and tastiest fare the city’s restaurants have to offer.

But if your refrigeration equipment fails, you’ll be sending all those customers home dissatisfied or worse. So, today we are sharing some great tips and resources on how to keep your equipment (and your head) cool!

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC

Poor Commercial HVAC Service? Tips for Making a Switch

Questionable commercial HVAC service from technician working on ceiling vent for an HVAC system

There’s no reason to settle for bad commercial HVAC service

Business owners and facilities managers sometimes struggle with concerns about their commercial HVAC service contracts — and the people behind the contract. But because of other pressing concerns or simple inertia, they live with what they’ve got rather than exploring other alternatives.

Settling for the devil you know might seem easier, but in fact it’s costlier and riskier for your business and your career. If you are a business owner, uncomfortable conditions can drive away customers and make your employees less productive, both of which eat into your profits. If you are a facilities manager, climate control is ultimately your responsibility. If your HVAC vendor is failing to do the job, and that failure hurts the business, you could find your job on the line.

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Commercial HVAC, Commercial Installations, Residential HVAC, Residential Installations

Repair or Replace An Air Conditioner? The Right Way to Decide

HVAC tech inspecting HVAC unit to help decide if property owner should repair or replace their air conditioner

Why repair or replace an air conditioner this fall?

If you’ve got an aging air conditioner, you may be breathing a sigh of relief when Labor Day rolls around. You made it through another summer with the old unit! But don’t talk too soon. You could still experience a breakdown during a brutal week of Indian summer. Then you’ll need to decide whether to repair or replace the air conditioner.

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC, Commercial Installations

What Is an HVAC Package Unit? AC & Heat in One System

HVAC package unit located on the roof of a commercial building

As air conditioning season winds down here in the New York City area, thoughts turn to upcoming heating requirements and the inevitable question: Is my heating system ready to do its job?

If preventive maintenance is part of your HVAC provider relationship — and it should be — your system has probably already been inspected and serviced in anticipation of the colder weather to come.

If you’re thinking about upgrading or replacing your system, you might want to consider an HVAC package unit — offering a combination heating and cooling system that is flexible, space saving, and energy efficient.

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Commercial HVAC, Residential HVAC

Mold in Air Ducts? How It Got There & How To Get Rid of It

mold in air ducts

Noticing signs of mold in your air ducts?

ODORS. An unusual or musty odor is often the first sign of mold in air ducts. In many cases, you’ll smell it before you can see it. If you notice a musty or moldy smell that goes away when you are not using your air conditioning or heating (if they share ducts), that can narrow the cause down to some part of your HVAC system.

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Commercial HVAC

The Ultimate Commercial HVAC Preventative Maintenance Checklist

commercial hvac preventative maintenance checklist

Take the guesswork out of getting commercial HVAC preventative maintenance

If you’re like many business owners and managers, you feel like a fish out of water when you’re faced with choosing a commercial HVAC preventative maintenance contract. When you’re not an expert on the subject, evaluating the merits of one contract or vendor versus another can be difficult and confusing.

Today, we’re going to take the mystery out the commercial HVAC preventative maintenance once and for all.

Here’s a primer to help you choose the right commercial HVAC maintenance contract and the right provider for your needs, including:

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC, Residential HVAC

What Causes Condensation on an AC Vent?

condensation on AC vent

If you’ve noticed condensation on an AC vent (air conditioner vents “sweating”) or worse, an AC vent leaking water, you’re right to be concerned and start investigating what might be going on. If you let it go, you could end up with property damage along with a potential air conditioner repair bill.

Let’s go over how moisture can get on your AC vent, and the potential damage it can do. Then we’ll explain the possible causes. It’s important to check them out, because the water on your AC vent might be condensation, but it also might be coming from your ducts or your air conditioner itself.

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC, Preventive Maintenance Agreements, Residential HVAC

HVAC Service Contract Pricing Guide

hvac service contract pricing

If you’re in the market for an HVAC service contract, you have probably encountered a wide range of prices. And since you’re probably not an HVAC expert, it can be a challenge to compare options and figure out what’s included, if the AC maintenance plan is worth the money, and ultimately which one is right for you.

Here’s a heating & air conditioning price guide to help you understand the different types of HVAC service contracts and the variables that factor into HVAC service pricing. Armed with this information, you can figure out which options are important to you and be better equipped to choose the heating & air conditioning maintenance agreement with the right price for the coverage you want.

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Commercial Installations, Residential Installations

Zoned AC System: Improving Comfort While Lowering Energy Costs

zoned AC system

Too hot? Too cold? Just right?

When it comes to air conditioning, individual preferences for what temperature is “comfortable” make pleasing everyone a huge challenge. (It’s enough to make Goldilocks seem low maintenance.)

If maintaining the “right” temperature in every area of your building has been a headache this summer, it might be time for a change — and a zoned AC system may be just the solution you need.

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Commercial HVAC

Benefits of HVAC Maintenance: Better Profits for Your Business

benefits of hvac maintenance

This discussion about the benefits of HVAC maintenance is an update to one of our most popular and helpful blog posts. Here’s the original: Poor HVAC Maintenance Means Poor Profits. That’s the Bottom Line

Are you monitoring HVAC expenses?

As a business owner, monitoring hard costs is a vital part of maintaining your livelihood. You’re constantly keeping an eye on expenses like payroll, rent or mortgage, and let’s not forget energy costs. Your HVAC system is one of the most expensive and integral parts of your business infrastructure. Do you know what is it costing you? And, more importantly, how can you minimize HVAC expenses? That’s the purpose of regularly servicing your equipment. Let’s take a closer look at the costs of HVAC problems and the benefits of HVAC maintenance.

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC

Commercial HVAC Contractors: 7 Signs You’re Getting Poor Service

commercial HVAC contractors

Evaluating the work of commercial HVAC contractors is not always easy for business owners and facility managers. When you experience frequent and recurring HVAC issues, how do you know if the problem is faulty equipment or an unqualified or careless service provider? If you’re not an HVAC expert, how can you tell?

Since you’re reading this, chances are you suspect you’re not getting great service. If you’re repeatedly experiencing the following signs, it’s likely your equipment is not getting the right care. It may be time to consider a better solution.

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC

Why is my AC making a loud noise?

 

noisy air conditioner

Is your noisy air conditioner about to break down?

The cool air provided by your air conditioning system gives you welcome relief from the heat, but the noise coming from your air conditioner is quite another story. A noisy air conditioner that’s always been loud might not necessarily have a problem. However, if you’re hearing an unusual air conditioner noise like banging, buzzing, whistling, screeching or rattling, it can be a symptom of a system that’s struggling and headed for a breakdown.

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC, Preventive Maintenance Agreements

HVAC Maintenance in NYC: 10 Questions to Ask Service Providers

hvac maintenance nyc

When you need a qualified and reliable company to handle HVAC maintenance for your NYC business, it can be tricky to pick the right one. The one that can get to you fast in an emergency. The one that will show up when they promise. The one with skilled technicians who will fix things right the first time.

When you’re interviewing potential HVAC maintenance companies in NYC, here are 10 questions to ask. The answers will help you weed out the companies who are likely to disappoint you, and identify the star performers.

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Commercial HVAC, Residential HVAC

Why and How to Change an AC Filter

how to change an ac filter

Why change your AC filter?

The air filter’s job is to keep dust and debris out of your HVAC equipment. You’d be amazed how much builds up on there in a very short time. Just think about the air quality in Manhattan and the dust your cleaning staff picks up every day. Imagine how much grime would accumulate if you didn’t clean for a month. That’s how much debris is clogging your air filter, and much more if you haven’t remembered to change the AC filter in a while.

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Preventive Maintenance Agreements

Is HVAC Maintenance Really Worth It? Before & After Photos Tell All

HVAC maintenance

We understand why people sometimes question the value of HVAC maintenance. When you’re paying for a service that prevents problems, like HVAC maintenance, you may wonder what would happen if you skipped it. After all, the equipment is tucked away somewhere out of sight, doing its thing to keep your space comfortable. Somebody comes in twice a year or more to maintain it, and you may not notice a difference. So what are you getting for your money?

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Residential HVAC

How to Reduce Air Conditioner Power Consumption

air conditioner power consumption

Air conditioner power consumption: how much are you using?

As anyone who has seen their electric bill skyrocket in the summer will know, your air conditioner power consumption can be a big, unpredictable cost. To try and understand your costs, you can start with your AC unit’s power rating (check the label on the condensing unit), which will tell you how much power it uses under perfect conditions. In real life, conditions are rarely as consistent as that.

There are many factors that affect how efficient your AC is and how much power it uses, including age and condition of the unit, the layout of your space, design of the air ducts, how air-tight the space is, and of course the weather. That’s why calculating your expenses is never an exact science.

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Preventive Maintenance Agreements, Residential HVAC

AC Losing Its Cool? Try Air Conditioning Coil Cleaning

air conditioning coil cleaning

It is definitely not cool when your air conditioning system has a meltdown during a heat wave. This cooling season, take steps to prevent air conditioner breakdowns.

For example, your AC not cooling well might be because your AC coils are clogged and you need air conditioner cleaning. Let’s take a look at how air conditioning coil cleaning can help you system work better.

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Commercial HVAC, Residential HVAC

Arista Improves Customer Service with Technology

customer service technology

It is a bit of a cliché, but it’s true: Most of us know the feeling of waiting for the cable repair or installation person to show up.

Not knowing when a service technician is going to arrive can be even more stressful when you’re a building owner or facilities manager who has to answer to frustrated tenants or a boss who is asking for updates.

At Arista, we firmly believe in leveraging technology to improve efficiency for our team and also to enhance communication in customer service.

That’s why we’ve now implemented a customer service technology designed to keep everyone informed when it’s time for an HVAC service or repair visit.

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Commercial HVAC, Preventive Maintenance Agreements, Residential HVAC

HVAC Cleaning: 4 Reasons It’s a Must in NYC

hvac cleaning

There’s no question that good air quality is vital to health, especially for older adults, children and anyone with conditions such heart or lung disease. In a city as big as New York, with a population of more than 8.6 million people and growing, air quality is an ongoing challenge.

While there is only so much you can do about outdoor air pollution, you can significantly improve indoor air quality with regular HVAC cleaning, especially air conditioner cleaning before you start up your system in spring.

Here are four reasons why you should take advantage of HVAC cleaning services in NYC.

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC, Preventive Maintenance Agreements

How Reputable HVAC Contractors Provide Proof of Service

reputable hvac contractors

Managing everything on your to-do list is hard enough without worrying about if your HVAC contractor is doing the work they promised. That’s why it’s a huge help when you can find a service provider that can provide you with a tangible proof of the work they do. It’s absolutely essential to obtain that concrete proof of service if you’re a facilities manager engaged in a balancing act between multiple locations. The fact is, you don’t have time to personally oversee every HVAC maintenance and repair visit. So without that proof, how can you be sure exactly what was done?

Reputable HVAC contractors will supply you with evidence of the work performed. You should not settle for a contractor not willing or able to back up a job with proof of service. Let’s take a look at some service traits that you should look for when you are trying to find a contractor you can trust.

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Commercial HVAC, Preventive Maintenance Agreements, Residential HVAC

Service Contracts for HVAC: Red Flags & Terms to Watch For

service contracts for hvac

 

Do you tend to feel uneasy about signing a contract? That’s natural when you’re making a commitment to spend money. It can be a bigger source of stress when you don’t understand exactly what you’re getting for your money. That’s often the case when homeowners and business owners purchase an HVAC service contract.

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Commercial HVAC, Preventive Maintenance Agreements, Residential HVAC

Top 10 Causes of HVAC Airflow Problems

HVAC airflow

Airflow issues are among the most common HVAC problems. If you suspect you have HVAC airflow problems, you’re probably experiencing one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Hot and cold spots throughout your space. This is often one of the first signs of HVAC airflow issues.
  • Pressure imbalance. Do you have doors slamming by themselves, strange whistling noises and drafty areas? These are symptoms of air pressure problems caused by poor airflow from HVAC systems.
  • No air coming out, weak air or low airflow from vents in your house or commercial space.The problem could be throughout the space, or you could have one AC vent not blowing air in one room. This is when you begin to realize something is wrong.
  • Your AC system blows warm air. Now you KNOW something is wrong!

If you ignore the problem for too long, the strain on your system can lead to compressor failure. The compressor is like the heart of your air conditioner, and when it goes, there’s a good chance you’ll need a new unit.

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC, Preventive Maintenance Agreements

HVAC Questions to Ask a Service Provider (and Answers You Should Hear)

hvac questions

Do you trust your contractor to honestly answer your HVAC questions?

When you’re considering hiring a new HVAC service provider to install a new unit, do preventative maintenance, or fix broken equipment, we know you have questions. Over the years, we have figured out the HVAC questions people are thinking but feel uncomfortable asking. That may be because you don’t think you’ll get an truthful answer from a provider who just wants to sell you services.

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Commercial HVAC, Residential HVAC

Top 10 Causes of Furnace Electrical Problems

electric furnace problems

Furnace fuse keeps blowing? This guide to electric furnace troubleshooting explains the common causes and fixes.

If you have been experiencing electric furnace problems (specifically the furnace fuse blows when the heat turns on) throughout the holiday season, you might have assumed the problem is those cheap holiday string lights. But when it happens again (even after Santa has left the building along with the spike in your electric bill), you’re probably wondering what to do now.

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Commercial HVAC, Preventive Maintenance Agreements

How to Eliminate Bad Locker Room Smell Before You Lose Customers

locker room smell

The new year’s here and that means many more people using the gym! Managers of fitness facilities know to expect record crowds at the beginning of the year. With so many new and returning customers looking to fulfill their resolutions, make sure your gym is the place everyone wants to keep coming back to. One of quickest ways to ruin a first impression is having a bad locker room smell.

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Commercial Refrigeration

When & How to Clean Refrigerator Coils in a Commercial Kitchen

how to clean refrigerator coils

Regularly cleaning refrigerator coils is one of the most effective ways to prevent breakdowns of commercial refrigeration equipment. The coils keep your refrigerators and freezers functioning well by releasing heat. When they get covered in dust and grime, the coils can’t do their job. Dirty refrigerator coils let heat build up that can damage wiring, motors and compressors.

Keep reading to learn how to clean refrigerator coils and how often you should do so.

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Commercial HVAC, Residential HVAC

Heat Pump Maintenance: FAQ and Checklist

heat pump maintenance

As we’ve talked about in our blogs all this month, heat pump technology has evolved to the point where heat pumps are growing in popularity in colder climates, like here in the northeast. You might even be considering a heat pump yourself, to:

  • Supplement another system, such radiant floor heating
  • Replace your existing heating and cooling systems with one unified solution
  • Increase your energy efficiency and reduce your carbon footprint
  • Lower your ongoing energy costs — plus, take advantage of the heat pump tax credit.

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Commercial HVAC, Residential HVAC

Split System Heat Pump Use in a Cold Climate

split system heat pump

If you’re in a colder climate and researching HVAC replacement systems, you may have learned about the split system heat pump for the first time.

In milder climates, heat pumps are a very common go-to HVAC solution because they provide both heating and cooling. And, heat pumps cost quite a bit less to operate than a split system air conditioner plus a separate heating system (such as a gas or oil furnace).

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Commercial HVAC, Residential HVAC

Heat Pump vs Air Conditioner: What’s the Difference & How to Choose

heat pump vs air conditioner

A heat pump is basically an air conditioner that can also work in reverse to provide heat.

If you need to replace your air conditioning system or your entire HVAC, should you consider getting a heat pump for AC? A heat pump can replace your air conditioner, and possibly your heating system as well. But it is important to make sure it’s the right choice for your needs.

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC, Commercial Installations

R22 Phased Out: The Timeline & Facts You Need to Know

r22 phased out

If you are a facilities manager who has responsibility for older air conditioning systems, chances are you are alarmed by the news that R22 is being phased out. Does this mean you’ll need to replace a lot of expensive equipment all at once? You’re probably also wondering about the R22 phase out schedule and how quickly you need to act.

In this article we’ll discuss the timeline for R22 being phased out to help you understand the urgency of the situation. Then we’ll discuss the options for facilities with R22 air conditioning equipment and some tips for making the best decision for your company.

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC, Residential HVAC

Your R22 Air Conditioner: Repair or Replace Guidelines

r22 air conditioner

This is an update to one of our most popular and helpful blog posts. We’ve added advice for those of you who have an older R22 AC unit that uses the Freon refrigerant which is being phased out. Here’s the original: Repair or Replace An Air Conditioner: The Right Way to Decide.

If you’ve got an aging air conditioner, you may be breathing a sigh of relief when Labor Day rolls around. You made it through another summer with the old unit! But don’t talk too soon, fall can still get steamy in NYC and if your unit is not performing as it should be, you could still experience a breakdown during a brutal week of Indian summer weather. Then you’ll need to decide whether to repair or replace it.

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC, Commercial Installations, Residential HVAC, Residential Installations

When Does R22 Become Unavailable? Help For AC Equipment Owners

when does r22 become illegalHave you been limping along with your older R22 air conditioner? Hoping to avoid replacing it during the high season? Especially if you know your unit has a refrigerant leak, you may be trying to decide how long you can get by before you’ll have to invest in a new system. An important factor in making that decision is answering the question: when is R22 no longer available?

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Commercial Installations, Residential Installations

12 Things That Affect the Cost to Install Central Air

cost to install central air

When you’re thinking about adding central air or replacing an existing system, of course you want to get an idea of what the cost looks like.

If central air was a one-size-fits-all commodity, it would be simple to provide the exact cost to install central air, or even to give a price range for AC installation in NYC, for example. Some companies do publish this type of information, but those numbers are so general as to be pretty useless. The range is so wide that it’s not helpful, and can’t possibly take into account your specific situation.

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC, Residential HVAC

New York City: Hurricane Preparedness for Highrises

New York City hurricane preparedness

Here in New York City, those of us who lived through Superstorm Sandy tend to be more than a bit nervous about hurricanes. You don’t quite understand the magnitude of what can happen until you experience a storm like that, and have to deal with the aftermath. Since hurricane season is coming around again, we want to address a topic that’s a big concern here in Manhattan: hurricane preparedness for high rise buildings.

 

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Preventive Maintenance Agreements, Residential HVAC

Is AC Healthy? Air Conditioning Health Problems & Benefits

health benefits of air conditioning

Cooling is obviously one of the greatest health benefits of air conditioning. But it does more than just keep you comfortable in the summer. AC can make conditions better for preventing heat related symptoms or for recovering from illness.

However, you may have heard some scary stories about air conditioning making people sick. Many people wonder, is AC healthy? Rest assured, the answer is yes, as long as you take proper care of your AC unit. Air conditioning health problems can be prevented with regular maintenance and cleaning.

 

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC

NYC Cooling Tower Cleaning Regulations: What If You Don’t Comply?

cooling tower cleaning

Ever since the deadly outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in New York City in 2015, there has been increased awareness of the health risks to millions of city residents and workers. And yet, recent data shows many building owners and managers are not complying with cooling tower cleaning and other safety measures now required by law.

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Commercial HVAC, Residential HVAC

Indoor Pool Humidity Problems: Beyond the Scope of Regular Pool Maintenance

indoor pool humidity problems

When it’s summer in the city, an indoor pool might just be the ultimate luxury. Rain or shine, it’s a great place for beating the heat or getting some exercise. But along with the pleasure and convenience comes a unique maintenance issue that outdoor pool owners, managers, and service technicians don’t have to deal with: indoor pool humidity problems.

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial Installations, Residential HVAC, Residential Installations

Air Conditioner Repair or Replace: 3 Things to Know Before Deciding

air conditioner repair or replace

When it’s only June and you’re already wondering if your aging air conditioner will make it through the summer, it’s not a good situation. Maybe you’ve been told it needs some repairs. That puts you in a tough position: do you spend the money on a commercial air conditioner repair to get through the summer? Or do you bite the bullet now and invest in a new system?

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Preventive Maintenance Agreements, Residential HVAC

Luxury Apartment Air Conditioning: Maintenance Protects Your Decor

apartment air conditioning

Comfortable air is one of those things that luxury homeowners in NYC (any homeowners, in fact) tend to take for granted until suddenly the apartment air conditioning is not working. When the AC breaks down, the consequences can be devastating for high-end homeowners. It’s much worse than merely being too warm for a little while and having to pay for a repair. Did you know that expensive decor and irreplaceable furnishings can be damaged by failed apartment air conditioning?

Keep reading to learn about what can happen and what you can do to prevent the worst from happening to you.

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC, Preventive Maintenance Agreements

Why Is Your HVAC Not Cooling Your Retail Store?

hvac not cooling

When it’s the dog days of summer and you realize your HVAC is not cooling your store, it’s kind of an emergency! Every minute you go without effective air conditioning is like money draining out of your bank account. Or, more accurately, money never making it into your bank account because your customers are shopping elsewhere.

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Preventive Maintenance Agreements, Residential HVAC

IAQ and Mold in NYC Buildings: Are Kids at Risk?

IAQ Mold

In houses, apartments, schools, and daycare facilities across the five boroughs, there may be a hidden threat to the city’s more than 1.7 million children: IAQ and mold.

Nationally and at the state and local levels, exposure to dampness and mold in buildings has been recognized as a public health problem. In this article, we’ll reveal the link between IAQ and mold. We’ll also look at the dangers associated with mold as well as management and prevention strategies for mold problems.

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC, Commercial Installations

What is an RTU HVAC System?

RTU HVAC

Considering an RTU HVAC for your business?

If you’re adding or replacing heating and air conditioning equipment in a commercial space, your contractor may recommend an RTU HVAC unit.

What exactly is an RTU? It stands for “roof top unit.” So now you can guess that this type of HVAC equipment lives on the roof. It’s a self-contained unit that provides both heat and air conditioning for certain types of spaces.

Keep reading to learn more about the RTU HVAC system, and find out if it may be a good choice for your commercial space.

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC, Residential HVAC

Central Air Repair in NYC: 10 Reasons to Choose Arista

central air repair

Usually our blog articles focus on our readers, their HVAC problems and concerns, and our best tips and advice for solving those problems. We’re not trying to sell you something: we understand that some of our readers just want information but don’t necessarily need our services at the moment. We’re happy to be your go-to source of reliable and trustworthy information about central air repair, maintenance and installation.

That being said, we do hope you’ll reach out to us if you’re in the NYC metro area and you find yourself in need of central air conditioner repair service, preventative maintenance, or installation.

Here’s why you’ll be glad you did.

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC, Preventive Maintenance Agreements

Managing HVAC Maintenance Costs: A Guide for Facilities Managers

hvac maintenance costs

Are HVAC maintenance costs breaking your facilities budget?

For commercial facilities, your operations and maintenance budget must accommodate both planned and unplanned expenses. When it comes to your HVAC systems, does it seem like the unplanned expenses are getting out of control? That can include emergency repairs and having to replace failed equipment that you thought would last longer.

The good news is, there is a simple and effective way to control those unexpected HVAC maintenance costs: with proactive planning and regular preventative maintenance.

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Preventive Maintenance Agreements

Schools: Save Money with Preventative Maintenance for HVAC

preventative maintenance for HVAC

Let’s be honest: Preventive maintenance for HVAC is probably not the first thing you think of when it comes to your school budget. But as long as there is no such thing as “extra” money in that budget, getting an HVAC preventive maintenance contract really should be on your to-do list.

Making sure your HVAC system is always reliable, effective and energy efficient cuts costs in the long run. And, it also helps to create a more comfortable and safe environment for learning. Let’s take a closer look why preventive maintenance for HVAC is such a smart idea.

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Preventive Maintenance Agreements

Preventative HVAC Maintenance Contracts for Faith-based Organizations

preventative hvac maintenance

When it comes to preventative HVAC maintenance, vendors tend to talk about “commercial” or “residential” service as though that’s the only type of customer out there. What about other types of organizations and spaces that need reliable heating and air conditioning? As a church, synagogue, temple or other faith-based organization, where do you fit in?

Your HVAC system needs to be reliable, effective and energy efficient, just like a home or a business. But you may have different priorities and requirements that need to be built into your agreement. Here’s how to get exactly what you want and need from your preventative HVAC maintenance contract.

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC, Preventive Maintenance Agreements

Commercial HVAC Service Contracts: 10 Reasons They Work for Retail

commercial hvac service contracts

Your customers are the lifeblood of your business. You cannot underestimate the importance of giving them a comfortable shopping experience. How do you provide them with an appealing buying atmosphere?

One way to keep your customers coming back is to make sure your shop’s temperature and ventilation are right all year round. There is no better way to keep your HVAC system working well than to learn about commercial HVAC service contracts and invest in one that is right for your business.

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Commercial HVAC

10 Ways to Improve Air Flow in Your Stuffy Office

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Improve Air Flow to Improve Comfort

Do you sometimes look for an excuse to escape from your office just because you feel like you can’t breathe in there? You may have noticed other employees doing the same thing: going outside for a cigarette even if they don’t smoke, volunteering to make a Starbucks run, taking long lunches and skipping out early.

It doesn’t take long for the stuffy air in your office to sabotage your business by seriously reducing productivity.

That oppressive feeling often results from air flow problems with your air conditioning system. Read on for some simple tips that will improve air flow and the comfort of your space, and get people back to business.

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Commercial HVAC, Residential HVAC

HVAC Cleaning Company: How to Choose a Duct Cleaning Service

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Have you read stories linking poor air quality to health issues? If so, you may wonder if you should hire an HVAC cleaning company to clean your air ducts. There are lots of companies offering duct cleaning bargains. But how do you choose a reputable HVAC cleaning company over one that makes promises they will not keep?

Avoid getting ripped off by following these guidelines.

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC, Residential HVAC

6 HVAC Problems Caused By Duct Issues

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Is your living or work space not as cool as you would like it? Are you noticing your indoor air is not fresh and maybe even musty? Have you heard any banging and whistling noises?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, your ducts might be the cause of these HVAC problems. Let’s take a look at some common HVAC problems associated with duct deficiencies.

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Commercial HVAC, Residential HVAC

How Furnace Duct Cleaning Makes Your AC Work Better

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Your furnace gets to snooze over the summer and your AC settles down for a long winter’s nap, but your ducts never get any rest. In many HVAC systems, ducts do double-duty. They deliver heat from your furnace in the winter and cool air from your AC in the warm months.

Winter is over and hot weather is coming soon. That’s why spring is the best time to do furnace duct cleaning. By calling in a professional for furnace air duct cleaning now, you get better comfort from your AC when those scorching days happen.

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Residential HVAC

How much does duct cleaning cost?

how much does duct cleaning cost

Many factors go into calculating the cost of duct cleaning. For example:

  • Are your ducts commercial or residential?
  • How much ductwork do you have?
  • What are your ducts made of?
  • Are your ducts in good condition or are they damaged?
  • Do you have mold?

When searching for answers to “how much does duct cleaning cost,” don’t overlook the cost of NOT doing it. Ask yourself: “If I have moldy or dirty ducts that cause poor air flow or air quality, can I afford to skip duct cleaning?

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC

HVAC Security: Is Your System Safe From Hackers?

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Why facilities staff should worry about HVAC security

If you’re in charge of facilities, you’re used to thinking about the physical security of your workplace. But if you’re not an IT guy, you probably never thought it was your job to worry about the security of your data. However, if you’re using an automated building management system that interacts with your HVAC system, or remotely monitoring your comfort conditions, you do have to worry about HVAC security.

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Residential HVAC

HVAC Allergies: How to Banish Pollen From Your Home This Spring

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If you are among the more than 50 million Americans affected by allergies, listen up! As we head into prime allergy season, it’s time to learn about how HVAC & allergies are related. And learn ways to reduce pollen that gets spread by your HVAC system.

This time of year, you may be staying indoors, hoping to avoid allergens and reduce symptoms. However, pollen spores are among the most difficult allergens to avoid. Even indoors it can be hard to remove pollen particles because many of them are so tiny. They also lurk in places you haven’t thought of, like your HVAC system.

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Preventive Maintenance Agreements, Residential HVAC

Your Complete Residential HVAC Preventive Maintenance Checklist

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Are you looking to hire an HVAC service company to do preventative maintenance? Chances are you’re unsure about what preventative maintenance includes. If you already have an HVAC preventative maintenance contract, you might wonder if you’re getting the same services as some of your neighbors.

That’s where an HVAC preventative maintenance checklist comes in handy.

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Preventive Maintenance Agreements, Residential HVAC

12 Tips to Find a Residential HVAC Contractor That Won’t Disappoint

residential hvac contractor

Maybe you just moved into an upscale NYC residence and are looking for a reliable residential HVAC service. Or, maybe you’ve had enough of your residential HVAC contractor, who is late for appointments and leaves a mess behind.

You should accept nothing less than stellar service. Here are tips on how to find a residential HVAC contractor that won’t disappoint you and will treat your home like a castle.

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Preventive Maintenance Agreements, Residential HVAC

Why get an HVAC maintenance contract for your luxury residence?

hvac maintenance contract

As a luxury homeowner, you want good indoor air quality and pleasant temperatures inside your home. A reliable HVAC system delivers those two essentials for a comfortable living space. An HVAC maintenance contract can help you get and keep the indoor climate you deserve.

Let’s take a look at the benefits of an HVAC maintenance contract.

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Commercial HVAC, Commercial Installations

Low Cost Ways to Save Energy in Commercial Facilities

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You may have heard that energy experts attribute 50 to 60-percent of energy costs to your HVAC system’s operation. Like most facilities managers, you’d like to save on your energy bill without spending a bundle on equipment upgrades. The good news is: there are lots of simple, inexpensive ways to save energy. Let’s look at ways to save energy by reducing energy consumption.

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC

Retail Energy Management: 22 Tips to Reduce Expenses

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There are plenty of expensive retail energy management systems on the market today. But when you’re facing today’s extremely competitive retail climate and tight profit margins, you’re probably reluctant to make a heavy investment. The good news is – you don’t have to spend a fortune on a retail energy management solution that will take years to pay for itself. Follow these retail energy management tips and start saving money right away.

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Commercial HVAC, Commercial Kitchen, Commercial Refrigeration

Low-Cost & No-Cost Energy Saving Tips for Restaurants

Energy saving tips for restaurants

If you’re interested in reducing energy usage and costs, you’ve come to the right place. There are plenty of energy saving tips for restaurants that lower energy consumption and your bills. Here’s the good news: not all energy saving tips for restaurants require a huge capital outlay.

First, let’s take a closer look at the root of the problem.

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Residential HVAC, Residential Installations

Energy Efficient HVAC System: Will You Get What You Pay For?

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If you’re considering a new HVAC system for your upscale home, you probably want to look at an energy efficient HVAC system, but may be concerned that the higher upfront costs might outweigh the benefits of an upgraded system. An energy efficient HVAC system won’t only save you money on utility bills; it will also boost the comfort level in your home.

Let’s explore how you can reap benefits by the installation of an energy efficient HVAC system.

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC

HVAC Troubleshooting: Negative & Positive Air Pressure Symptoms

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Negative air pressure and positive air pressure can cause all kinds of strange, unexplained symptoms in your store, restaurant, or office, like these:

  • Doors opening magically all by themselves
  • Doors suddenly slamming shut when no one is nearby
  • Doors that are not heavy but you need to be the incredible hulk to open them
  • Whistling and odd noises
  • Random drafts of air
  • Unusually hot or cold rooms

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC, Preventive Maintenance Agreements, Residential HVAC

Troubleshooting HVAC in NYC Buildings: 9 Tips to Save You Money

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This is an update to one of our most popular and helpful blog posts. Here’s the original: 5 HVAC Maintenance Troubleshooting Tips That Could Save You Money

As a manager of commercial or residential buildings in NYC, you probably are all too familiar with the stress and aggravation that follows a major HVAC system breakdown. Tenants do not usually take in stride equipment failures that result in an uncomfortable living or working environment.

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Residential HVAC, Residential Installations

Guide to Residential HVAC Installation Cost

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If you’re planning for a new residential HVAC system, the significant variation in the HVAC installation cost from vendor to vendor may have caught you by surprise. If several vendors gave you an HVAC installation estimate, you may be even a bit confused about a new HVAC installation cost because of the divergent quotes you received. Not only is the new HVAC installation cost complicated, but the variety of equipment doesn’t make things easier.

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC, Company News, Residential HVAC

New Technology Drives Faster HVAC Repairs in NYC

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Arista Boosts Consumer Confidence in HVAC Repairs & Service with New Wearable Technology

LONG ISLAND CITY, New York – Jan. 16, 2018 ¬¬– Leading NYC HVAC provider Arista Air Conditioning Corporation announced today an exciting new partnership with XOi Technologies that adds an unprecedented level of transparency about HVAC repairs and service to the business/client relationship through the use of cutting-edge technology.

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC, Preventive Maintenance Agreements

Choosing An HVAC Contractor: Don’t Get Taken for a Ride

choosing an hvac contractor

This is an update to one of our most popular and helpful blog posts. Here’s the original: 4 Ways to Make Sure Your NYC HVAC Vendor Isn’t Taking You For a Ride

As a property owner or a facilities manager, you probably feel at the mercy of the different contractors you call in to maintain your building or make repairs. One of the most important parts of facility management is making sure your building maintains a comfortable temperature and good air quality, and you’re aware that choosing an HVAC contractor is something you shouldn’t take lightly.

So, let’s take a look at how to choose an HVAC contractor.

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Company News

Happy Holidays from Arista!

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Happy holidays from everyone at Arista Air. We hope your holiday season overflows with joy and laughter and the New Year is filled with health, happiness and prosperity.

It has been a privilege serving you in 2017 and we look forward to our continued relationship in 2018!

Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC, Residential HVAC

How The Best HVAC Companies Use Technology for a Better Service Experience

best hvac companies

Do you ever feel like you’re getting short-changed by your HVAC company? If you have been dissatisfied with your HVAC vendor and suspect more attentive and knowledgeable service is available, your suspicions are correct. While there are many reputable HVAC contractors out there, only the best HVAC companies invest in leading-edge technology to enhance their already outstanding service.

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC

Looking to Reduce Energy Costs? Get an HVAC Economizer

hvac economizer

What exactly is an HVAC economizer? Any derivative of the word “economy” is appealing to us consumers because it indicates that we stand to save something whether it is from an operational or financial standpoint. So as you probably guessed, an HVAC economizer will save your business money on utility bills. Let’s take a look at how an HVAC economizer is a savings tool well-worth your initial investment.

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC

The Secret to Getting Your Commercial HVAC Upgrades Approved

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As a facilities manager, you know proper facility management is sometimes a thankless job. That fact is never more apparent than when you’re trying to get HVAC upgrades approved.

A case in point: you devote significant attention to ensuring the building you manage is cool and comfortable in the summer and pleasantly warm in the winter. The trouble is, accolades seldom go out when the indoor climate is pleasant. Yet you’d hear about it quickly if your building was inundated with excessive heat and humidity because your HVAC system went on the blink.Read more 

Commercial HVAC, Residential HVAC

Is a Radiant Floor Heating System Right for Your Space?

radiant floor heating system

You probably have heard of radiant heating, but if you’re like a lot of people it remains a mysterious heating concept. Truth be told, forms of radiant heat graced ancient Rome before Julius Caesar ran his empire. Though a radiant floor heating system may have originated with Greek and Roman hypocausts, which circulated hot air under flooring, progressive innovations still render it as a cutting-edge method of heating your home or business.Read more 

Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC, Preventive Maintenance Agreements, Residential HVAC

What are you really getting with your HVAC maintenance program?

HVAC maintenance program

It’s undeniable that unpleasant events can serve as a learning experience. And if you ever had your HVAC system break down in the dog days of summer, you were probably kicking yourself for neglecting to sign up for an HVAC maintenance program. Now that you have survived that uncomfortable situation and have purchased an HVAC maintenance plan, do you really know what services are covered under your HVAC preventative maintenance program?Read more 

Company News

Happy Thanksgiving!

In this time of gratitude, we give thanks for counting you among our loyal clients, valued associates, partners and friends. All of us at Arista Air Conditioning wish you health, happiness and a joy-filled holiday season.

We look forward to the privilege of serving you in 2018.

Commercial HVAC, Residential HVAC

Video technology holds HVAC vendors accountable

hvac vendors

As a homeowner, you’ve probably had at least one experience with a repair technician, remodeling contractor or mechanic that left a sour taste in your mouth. After the job’s completion, you wondered if you got what you paid for or overpaid for the services rendered. When an emergency forces you to call in a random fix-it person, feelings of helplessness are amplified.Read more