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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, Residential HVAC

HVAC Cleaning Company: How to Choose a Duct Cleaning Service

hvac cleaning company

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

HVAC problems

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

furnace duct cleaning

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?

hvac security

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

hvac allergies

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

hvac preventive maintenance checklist

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

ways to save energy

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

retail energy management

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?

energy efficient hvac system

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

negative air pressure

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

troubleshooting hvac

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

hvac installation cost

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

hvac repairs

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!

happy holidays 2017

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

hvac upgrades

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 

Commercial HVAC

Crowd-Sourcing Office Temperature Control With Apps

office temperature

Office temperature might be the most fiercely debated issue in many work settings. People tend to get fired up about office temperature problems because they spend so many hours at work, under a great deal of pressure to get things done, and being uncomfortable is a major hindrance.

Let’s take a look at the link between office temperature and productivity, some new technology solutions that give employees more control, and some not-so-new solutions that are often neglected in the effort to achieve the perfect office temperature.Read more 

Commercial Refrigeration

Refrigeration Service Contract Pricing Guide

refrigeration service contract

It’s an understatement to say that a food service business relies heavily on refrigeration equipment. That’s why a refrigeration service contract is so beneficial: to keep your equipment in peak shape and prevent breakdowns that disrupt business.

However, when you shop for a refrigeration service contract you quickly realize there’s a wide range of prices as well as different types of contracts. It can be challenging to figure out which one is right for your needs.

That’s why we’ve put together this primer to help you understand the different refrigeration service contract types and what factors into pricing. Armed with this info, you can decide what level of coverage is important for you and be equipped to choose the right contract and the best price.Read more 

Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC, Commercial Installations

Essential Equipment for Commercial Kitchens: HVAC Make Up Unit

restaurant make up air unit

Have you ever noticed an oily odor from your frying pans and other smells from the cooking process lingering long after the chefs retire their aprons for the night? Does it seem like it takes too long for smoke from the grill, the stove and steamy pots and skillets to dissipate?

These problems are likely the result of your exhaust fans sucking the air from your kitchen space, but not enough air replacing the exhausted air. By outfitting your kitchen with a restaurant make up air unit, you can avoid these suffocating problems.Read more 

Commercial Refrigeration

The Complete Refrigeration Preventative Maintenance Checklist

refrigeration preventative maintenance checklist

Nothing will stop your business cold like a refrigeration equipment meltdown. That’s why it is vital for you as a restaurant or food service owner or manager to be vigilant about refrigeration preventative maintenance. Having a refrigeration preventative maintenance checklist will help you complete routine commercial refrigerator maintenance tasks that will prevent untimely breakdowns and headaches.Read more 

Commercial Refrigeration

Preventable Causes of Emergency Refrigeration Service Calls

emergency refrigeration service

When things are running smoothly, it’s hard to imagine the equipment we rely on breaking down, especially at the most inopportune time. Though certain equipment failures can temporarily be resolved with backup equipment and other improvisations, unfortunately nothing will chill business quicker than a downed refrigeration system at your restaurant or food service business. So stop taking your refrigeration units for granted before a breakdown sends you into a panic mode and your customers out the door.Read more 

Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC

HVAC Equipment & Safety Risk: Counterfeit Refrigerant

counterfeit refrigerant

If your business has older HVAC equipment that’s been repaired recently, hopefully you used a trusted HVAC supplier. Many types of air conditioning repairs require adding refrigerant to the system. If your repair company bought refrigerant from the wrong source, you might have counterfeit refrigerant in your system that can be dangerous for occupants of your space.

There have been reports of fires and explosions caused by counterfeit refrigerant. Find out how to keep your business safe and your air conditioning system damage-free.

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC, Residential HVAC

Don’t Ignore These 5 Signs of an AC Refrigerant Leak

ac refrigerant leak

Even though we may enjoy warm late summer days, most of us don’t want that heat creeping into our air conditioned living or work space. Are you are concerned because your place is not cooling off like it should? Perhaps you’ve noticed warm air or lower than normal airflow coming out of your system’s registers or you’ve heard a hissing sound. Maybe you’ve observed water on the floor by your HVAC unit or seen ice forming on your evaporator coils. These are all telltale signs of an AC refrigerant leak.

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

How Long Should an Air Conditioner Last?

how long should an air conditioner last

With the hottest temperatures of the year staring us down, the last thing we need is a meltdown over an air conditioner breakdown. Home and business owners and facility and property managers across the NYC metropolitan area are keeping their fingers crossed that mature air conditioning systems make it through the summer. This tenuous situation can’t help beg the question, “How long should an air conditioner last?”

HVAC experts say an air conditioner should last about 15 to 20 years under normal conditions. However, many factors can reduce that life, including poor installation, operating conditions, system sizing, and neglected maintenance.

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC

Office Temperature and Productivity in the Workplace

temperature and productivity in the workplace

In today’s uber-competitive business climate, companies need employees to be as productive as possible to achieve their goals. That’s why temperature and office productivity is an issue that’s getting more attention as the need for improved worker output increases.

Like many, you are probably trying to find the barriers to productivity, and you may have come across the findings from IFMA about the top complaints from office workers about issues that impact their ability to get work done. Being too hot or too cold rank as the top 2 problems. If you work in an office (especially if you are in charge of facilities), this is probably not news to you! However, you may be wondering, what exactly is the relationship between temperature and productivity in the workplace? And what is the ideal temperature for an office?

Read on to get the answers and insights about how you can improve the temperature and productivity in your workplace.

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC

How To Save Energy in Commercial Buildings

how to save energy in buildings

As a business owner or someone who manages a building or office, you know all too well how energy consumption costs reduce your bottom line. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that there is roughly a 33-percent waste of energy usage in the average building. Let’s begin to look at how to save energy in buildings and how to reduce energy consumption in buildings.

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC, Preventive Maintenance Agreements

HVAC Service Agreement: 7 Ways to Get a Great Service Relationship

HVAC service agreement

 

This is an update to one of our most popular and helpful blog posts. Here’s the original: 6 Ways to Build a Great HVAC Service Relationship From the Start

The consequences of a poor HVAC service agreement

Since you’re reading this, chances are you’ve had a bad experience with an HVAC service provider. You may have learned that getting an HVAC service agreement with the wrong service provider can have costly consequences for your business. For starters, when important steps are skipped or executed poorly, you can experience major breakdowns that could have been prevented. And long downtimes before your system is repaired.

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC

7 Advantages of a VRF System for Offices

advantages of VRF system, benefits of VRF system

Your air conditioning system is on the fritz and you’re thinking maybe it’s time for a replacement rather than another costly repair. Or maybe you’re concerned that the system in the office building you manage is not on top of its game or is approaching the end of its useful life. One option you might want to consider for your business is a VRF (Variable Refrigerant Flow) system.

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

Why Clean AC Coils? The Definitive Answer

If you’ve got air conditioning equipment that you rely on, chances are you probably understand the importance of regular maintenance. But the trouble is, not all preventative maintenance agreements include coil cleaning. If your service vendor has been recommending this procedure, you may be wondering why you need to clean AC coils.

Here’s a quick explanation followed by more information for those of you who want the details.

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC

Sizing HVAC Systems: Why Bigger Is Not Always Better

This is an update to one of our most popular and helpful blog posts. Here’s the original: New York HVAC Systems: 8 Reasons Bigger Is Not Always Better

hvac sizing

One of the worst mistakes you can make when purchasing new HVAC equipment is choosing a unit that’s the wrong size for the space. Especially if the old unit was not providing adequate heating or air cooling, you may be tempted to go with a more powerful unit thinking it will provide more comfortable conditions.

It won’t. When it comes to sizing HVAC systems, especially air conditioners, bigger is not necessarily better. What you want is a unit with exactly the right capacity and system design to meet the needs of the space.

8 reasons to avoid over-sizing HVAC systems

Here are 8 reasons why over-sizing HVAC systems is the wrong choice for your heating and air conditioning needs:

1. The unit cycles on and off frequently.

This is called short cycling, and it’s a common symptom of an oversized furnace or air conditioner. It means your system is working much harder, using more fuel, and providing less comfortable conditions. Properly sizing HVAC systems solves this problem.

2. More breakdowns.

With the wrong HVAC sizing, your unit turns on and off so many times throughout the day that it creates a lot of wear and tear on the equipment’s parts. Any good NYC HVAC service company will tell you that as a result, you’ll have parts failing sooner than expected and increased commercial air conditioning repair or furnace repair bills. Not to mention the inconvenience and possible business interruption due to a broken heating or air conditioning system.

3. Reduced equipment life span.

All that cycling is hard on your HVAC system. If you’ve purchased a unit with an expected life span of 15 to 20 years, that unit may fail in as little as 10 years. That’s an important reason why correctly sizing HVAC systems is critical.

4. Higher utility bills.

Incorrectly sizing HVAC systems wastes energy since the equipment uses the most energy when it starts up. Because it’s starting up more times throughout the day, and has a higher capacity to begin with, you will see a spike in your energy usage.

5. Inconsistent temperatures.

The short cycling creates drafty, inconsistent heating and cooling, and you could also experience hot and cold zones throughout your space.

6. Humidity problems and poor indoor air quality.

Here’s another reason correctly sizing HVAC systems is essential. Air conditioners that are oversized don’t run long enough to remove the moisture from the air. This results in too much humidity, which can cause a host of problems ranging from furniture and computer damage to the growth and spread of bacteria, viruses and dangerous mold.

7. Noisy conditions.

That powerful unit cycling on and off all day at full blast makes a lot of noise that can interrupt your business. If you’re running a restaurant, retail location or health facility, it can even drive away customers.

8. Higher cost to purchase, operate and maintain.

Why would you pay more for something that’s going to cost you more to use and provide less comfortable conditions? This is a case where you don’t necessarily get what you pay for. Shelling out more for a higher capacity unit doesn’t get you more comfort. Properly sizing your HVAC systems gives you exactly what you need.

Sometimes less is more when it comes to sizing HVAC systems

In some cases, you may actually need a unit with a smaller capacity than you had previously. That’s because many buildings in NYC have HVAC equipment that was installed by a builder without adequate HVAC expertise. Sometimes builders make the same mistake as home and business owners, and choose a larger unit than is required. Also, when buildings are renovated there are often design and energy efficiency improvements made that decrease the capacity required for heating and cooling.

How the pros determine the correct HVAC sizing for your needs

It takes experience and the right tools to accurately determine the correct capacity for your space. To calculate the correct sizing for HVAC systems, certified commercial HVAC companies will perform a Manual J load analysis.

This service takes many factors into account, including the square footage of your space, design elements, energy-efficiency features, building occupancy patterns and how the space is used. Most quality HVAC service providers use a software tool to do this calculation.

Don’t make the rookie mistake of buying heating or cooling equipment with a higher capacity than you need. If you’re being advised to do so by an installer, get a second opinion before you waste your money.

Are you getting bad advice about HVAC sizing?

If you’re doubtful about the advice you’re getting from your current HVAC service provider, you may be thinking about switching but worried about terminating the relationship. There’s no good reason to stay with a provider that’s no longer serving your needs correctly. To learn more about how to make a smooth transition, take a look at our helpful guide to Contract Confidence: Transitioning to a New HVAC Service Provider.
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Commercial HVAC, Residential HVAC

Extreme HVAC Service in NYC: Do You Have What It Takes?

You’ve probably heard about extreme sports such as hang gliding, mountain biking, rock climbing, and even extreme ironing (really!). Today we’re going to introduce you to a new form of extreme sport: it’s called EXTREME HVAC SERVICE in NYC, where everything is more extreme. It’s the kind of HVAC service businesses need to ensure consistent comfort without extreme costs.

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Commercial HVAC, Commercial Installations, Preventive Maintenance Agreements

7 Commercial HVAC Maintenance Tips for Multi-Location Businesses

Does Your Commercial HVAC Maintenance Vendor Provide Value for Your Business?

Procuring commercial HVAC maintenance services for a multiple-location business is different than sourcing those same services for a single location. Especially when you’re managing upwards of 20 or 30 locations, your needs go above and beyond just a vendor who’s technically competent and shows up on time for appointments. To get the most value from your commercial HVAC maintenance vendor, you need a company that acts as your business partner: saving you time and money and helping you to make better decisions.

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Commercial HVAC, Preventive Maintenance Agreements, Residential HVAC

AC Maintenance: The Cure For Springtime Allergies?

Is Poor Indoor Air Quality Causing Your Allergy Symptoms?

Most of us tend to think of allergies as caused primarily by pollen and pet dander. So why are people still suffering who live and work in the city, where pollen-producing plants and furry critters are in much shorter supply than in the suburbs?

The answer for many is poor indoor air quality.

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Commercial HVAC, Commercial Installations

4 Ways to Cut Operations Costs with Modern HVAC Systems

Those in charge of corporate office facilities, and tasked with reducing operating costs, are painfully aware of one fact: even modern HVAC systems can consume as much as 30 percent of a building’s energy usage.

What if your facility already has efficient, modern HVAC systems in place? How can you get them to consume even less energy in order to reduce cost? The answer lies in running your modern HVAC systems only when and as much as they are needed: when people are actually using the space being heated and cooled.

When you take a walk through your office space on a typical day, you can’t help but notice how much space is empty. That’s because of the changing nature of today’s mobile workforce. More and more people are working from home, on the road, or wherever they happen to be. Yet the traditional HVAC system pumps out heated or cooled air regardless of whether or not any one is even using the space. What if you could control your HVAC system according to actual demand?

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Commercial HVAC, Commercial Installations

The Rooftop Air Conditioner: How Does It Work for NYC Spaces?

It’s the beginning of the year: the collective time to evaluate what’s working and what could be working better. Even business owners, the expert inventory-takers, are going one step further to ask questions about the items that get the least attention. “Does my current HVAC system make sense for my business?” or “How often does my rooftop air conditioner need to be serviced?” may not even make the list! We’ve taken the time to simplify the basics for answering these questions to help your yearly planning run a little more smoothly.

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Commercial HVAC

Making Sense of NYC’s New Cooling Tower Regulations

Do you own a New York City/State building that has a cooling tower as part of your HVAC system? If so, you’ve certainly heard about the new cooling tower regulations recently passed by the city and the state following last summer’s outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease. How does this legislation affect you, and what do you need to do to be in compliance? Many of our customers have been asking us for clarification and advice, so we’re betting you have questions.

Here are some answers from Gary Berkowitz, Arista’s Manager of Chemical Cleanings and an expert in cooling tower maintenance and the new cooling tower regulations.

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Commercial HVAC, Commercial Installations

Retail HVAC: How Clothing Almost Destroyed a Brand New HVAC System

For retail businesses, comfortable conditions in your store are directly related to your bottom line. No one wants to shop in a store that’s too hot or cold, especially in the city where there’s another great store just down the block.

Retail HVAC issues can be frustrating for the business, and expensive in lost business as well as repair cost. If you own or manage a retail store (and you are reading this article!) then chances are you have experienced what we are talking about:

  • Fairly new equipment mysteriously breaking down
  • Inconsistent temperatures
  • Even water leaks from AC units that can damage your store and your merchandise

If your retail store is experiencing issues after a new retail HVAC system is installed (or even repeated issues with an older system that’s been in place for a while), you might wonder why you have these problems that your counterparts working in offices don’t seem to experience. The truth is, office experience different problems, because the environments are different. HVAC problems in a retail environment can be tricky to diagnose and fix, and that’s why you need retail HVAC experts to get to the root cause of your issues and find the right equipment to keep your space consistently comfortable.

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Commercial HVAC

Facilities HVAC Service: The One Way to Get Your Problems Solved

Getting reliable HVAC service for commercial facilities may seem like a double edged sword. It’s sometimes tricky (translation: expensive) to get everything right, but not spending the money to get it right can cost you even more in wasted energy, decreased productivity and even lost business.

Related article: Your Uncomfortable Office Temperature Is Hurting Your Business

Large corporate facilities are challenging to service because they have heating, cooling and ventilation requirements that can vary considerably throughout the space. For example, offices have different needs than computer rooms, conference rooms or storage spaces. Even areas that have the same function can have different needs depending on where they are in the building. In fact, the effectiveness of your HVAC system depends on many factors:

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Commercial HVAC, Commercial Installations

The #1 Rule for Restaurant HVAC System Installation

Why choosing the right HVAC system installation company is so critical for restaurants

If you own or manage a popular restaurant in New York City (or anywhere, really) you know that staying open is crucial to your bottom line. Not only do you lose money every hour that you’re closed, but your regular customers are forced to go elsewhere… and the last thing you want is for them to discover a new favorite. That’s why it’s a major decision to undertake a renovation or replacement of mission-critical systems (such as an HVAC system installation) that will force you to close your doors for any period of time.

When you do finally decide to bite the bullet and do a renovation or equipment replacement, the schedule must be meticulously planned to be completed as quickly as possible. There’s no margin for error, contingency plans or time built in for delays. Everything has to go right so you can open again ASAP!

But the fact is, things are going to go wrong during any major renovation. So here’s your contingency plan: only hire vendors who are committed to the schedule. When it comes to the HVAC system installation, the trick is to find a company that will do what it takes to overcome obstacles and get the job done on time.

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Residential HVAC, Residential Installations

Residential HVAC Services: Innovation Improves Cooling in NYC Luxury Homes

What’s so special about residential HVAC services in Manhattan?

There’s no place in the world like New York City. The skyline, the culture, the diversity… it’s one of the most exciting and interesting places in the world. That’s why over 1.6 million people choose to make their homes in the 22 square miles that make up the island of Manhattan. That works out to nearly 72,000 residents per square mile, all competing for the same space and resources. No wonder living space is no outrageously expensive!

The crowded conditions in Manhattan make providing residential HVAC services a unique challenge. We have to deal with situations that just don’t happen in other parts of the country (at least not all at the same time!). These are just a few examples:

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Residential HVAC, Residential Installations

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

Why you shouldn’t hire just any 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 the necessary maintenance to prevent breakdowns, so you avoid those emergency calls when the a/c 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 HVAC, Commercial Installations

Facilities Managers: 8 Things to Look for in an HVAC Company

Don’t Hire An HVAC Company Without Checking These 8 Things

As a Facilities Manager, you’re dealing with many different service providers for your company. Yet choosing an HVAC company can be one of the most challenging, especially if you don’t happen to be an HVAC expert yourself.

Obviously, you want an HVAC company with the expertise to solve your heating and cooling issues quickly and reliably. But you also want a company that offers great customer service and is easy to do business with. How can you find all these qualities? Ask about these 8 things when you evaluate a prospective HVAC provider for service, installation and/or repair work.

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Commercial HVAC, Commercial Installations, Commercial Kitchen, Commercial Refrigeration

Restaurant HVAC: 7 Ways to Find a Better Service Provider

If you’re in the food service business, you know that maintaining comfortable conditions in your restaurant is a must.

It’s never okay to allow your dining room to become too hot, cold or humid. You also can’t have too much equipment noise disturbing your customers. Then there’s the problem of drafty conditions or even kitchen smells being pulled into the dining room by a poorly-functioning restaurant HVAC system. Any of these problems can cause you to lose customers and impact your bottom line.

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Commercial HVAC, Commercial Installations

Commercial HVAC Retrofits Save Energy & More

Are you looking to save energy? If your business has an older heating and air conditioning system that’s driving up your energy expenses, you might be considering replacing your equipment. But what if you’re not in a great financial position to take on such a large capital expense right now? Or what if you’re considering moving your business to a new location in a couple of years? There are situations where replacing your HVAC system to save energy doesn’t make financial sense.

Then there is the issue of changing refrigerant regulations: you might be reluctant to invest in an expensive new system right now without knowing for sure which refrigerants will be phased out.

Does that mean you’re stuck with those escalating energy costs until you’re in a position to replace? Not necessarily. The good news is, there is another way to save energy: by retrofitting your existing HVAC equipment with energy-efficient add-ons.

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Commercial HVAC, Commercial Installations

6 Reasons to Upgrade to Smarter Commercial HVAC Controls

Remember when the term “smart” only applied to people? Today it seems like every inanimate object has the capacity to be smart: first it was your phone, then your TV. Now the Internet of Things (IoT) has made it possible for just about everything in your home or business to be “smart” as well.

That “smart” revolution is happening in the world of HVAC controls as well. You have probably heard about “learning” thermostats for your home, and maybe you even have installed one of these handy devices that lets you control your home’s temperature from your phone or computer. Yet there are even more benefits when small businesses upgrade to smarter commercial HVAC controls.

Related article: What’s New With Smart Home Thermostat Technology

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Commercial HVAC, Commercial Installations, Residential HVAC, Residential Installations

Cool! New HVAC Technology Promises the Ultimate in Comfort

Some cool new HVAC technology options are being introduced that will make staying warm in winter and cool in summer a whole lot easier for all of us. As a matter of fact, in some instances, you may not have to think about it all. Your new HVAC technology might just be able to follow you around—heating you up and cooling you down when you need it.

Seriously?

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Preventive Maintenance Agreements, Residential HVAC

HVAC Duct Cleaning: Do You Need It or Not?

Is HVAC duct cleaning right for your home? Many homeowners question whether it needs to be done, how often to do it, and how to find the right company to perform the job. Some HVAC service providers also try to convince homeowners that it’s important to seal ducts and apply chemical biocides and treatments to kill bacteria and mold. True or false?

Homeowners are overwhelmed and perplexed about which HVAC services are necessary and which aren’t. Many customers have asked us if there are any guidelines or recommendations to follow, and fortunately, there are. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued guidelines and information that we’re going to share in order to help you make an educated decision about whether HVAC duct cleaning and other services are right for your home. We’ll also provide advice about how to choose a service provider should you decide you want these services performed.

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Residential HVAC, Residential Installations

The 4 Most Common Mistakes With Home Humidification Systems

Have you had it with the dry air this time of year? There’s the discomfort that comes from dry skin and cracked nails. And isn’t your hair bad enough from wearing hats and running around in the snow and wind? Yet dry, flyaway hair persists even indoors due to the bone-dry air in your home.

If you’re reading this, you already realize that it’s time to start looking at humidification systems for your home. Yet you may not realize the full extent of the problem. There are even more annoying winter issues that are also caused by low relative humidity, which can reach 10 percent or lower when the furnace is running around the clock. (Humidity levels should be between 30 and 50 percent for comfortable conditions).

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Commercial HVAC, Commercial Installations

VRF Cooling Systems Provide Customized Comfort for Restaurants

If you’re reading this article about air conditioning in January, then kudos to you for being a smart and proactive thinker. Many business owners and managers would rather put off the problem than tackle their air conditioning issues in the middle of winter. Yet January is an excellent time to replace that unreliable air conditioner that gave you trouble all last summer since you now have time to thoroughly research your options. You can get reduced prices at this time of year as well.

This is a perfect time to educate yourself about the types of systems that are best suited for your business. If you own or manage a restaurant, we’d like to introduce you to the variable refrigerant flow, or VRF cooling system. VRF systems have been the HVAC system of choice for decades in other parts of the world, and are now becoming very popular in the US for certain types of spaces, including restaurants.

Related article: Buying a New Air Conditioner? Why It’s Smart To Buy In Fall & Winter

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Commercial HVAC, Commercial Refrigeration

New HVAC refrigerants: Could CO2 Replace R-22?

Technician adding HVAC refrigerants to air conditioning unit

If you’ve been following our HVAC blog articles, you probably notice that they’re usually very practical. We offer guidance about issues that are on your mind and provide information that’s immediately helpful. Once in a while, though, we like to talk about something just because we think it’s interesting and enlightening. This blog about new HVAC refrigerants is one of those posts. We hope you’ll find it interesting and enlightening, too!

The true story behind HVAC refrigerants

Refrigeration was originally invented because we wanted to make our food last longer and prevent waste from spoilage. We learned that keeping it cool accomplished that goal. Isn’t it ironic that the chemical HVAC refrigerants we developed to chill our food (as well as cool our living and working spaces) are some of the worst contributors to the greenhouse effect and global warming? That’s right: as we chill our food to preserve it, we’re heating up our planet and destroying it.

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Commercial HVAC, Preventive Maintenance Agreements

It’s a Wonderful Life: Your HVAC Service Tech is a Guardian Angel

Attention facility managers and business owners:
Let’s see a show of hands: are you responsible for maintenance and operations of a business facility? Have you watched “It’s a Wonderful Life” this holiday season? Then this post is for you: here are some lessons about the importance of HVAC maintenance and your HVAC service tech that you can learn from this classic holiday film.

SPOILER ALERT: This article gives away details about the plot of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” but we’re betting you’ve seen it half a dozen times anyway!

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Happy Holidays from Arista!

Wishing you every happiness this season, from your friends at Arista

All of us at Arista wish you and yours a merry & bright holiday season and an abundance of health, happiness and success in 2016.

It has been an honor and a pleasure to work with you and we look forward to serving you in the year to come.

Commercial Refrigeration

Refrigeration Lessons from Frosty the Snowman

Isn’t it the most wonderful time of the year? When else is it perfectly acceptable (even encouraged!) to eat candy canes, wear ugly sweaters, and sit around watching animated holiday TV specials?

We’re offering today’s blog just in case you needed any additional justification for that last holiday activity. Did you know those holiday specials can be surprisingly educational? Here’s a case in point: if you happen to be in the food service business, Frosty the Snowman offers some important refrigeration lessons that can help you keep your commercial refrigeration equipment running reliably.

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Commercial Kitchen, Commercial Refrigeration, Preventive Maintenance Agreements

3 Tricks to Getting Fast Restaurant Emergency Refrigerator Repair

When you are in the food service business, your refrigeration equipment is your lifeline. You depend on those blast chillers and display cases and low-boy refrigerators and walk-in freezers to keep your ingredients and your product both fresh and safe to consume. The problem is, when any one of those units breaks down, you have a serious problem on your hands.

If you’ve been in the restaurant business for a while, you’ve probably experienced the panic that sets in when you unexpectedly need emergency refrigerator repair. And it always seems to happen during your busiest time! You may find yourself throwing away thousands of dollars in wasted product and losing significant business in a very short period of time. Not to mention the repair bill, which can often cost you double if it happens at night or a weekend.

So when that happens (and it eventually will), you need to know that you can get fast emergency refrigerator repair when you need it. You may already know from experience that you’re unlikely to get fast service if you cold-call just any emergency refrigerator repair company you come across on the Internet.

So how can you find a company you can count on to fix your emergency refrigerator repair problems before your profits melt away like the ice cream in your broken freezer? Read on for three little-known strategies.

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Commercial Refrigeration

Restaurant Refrigeration Installation: Get It Right the First Time

What’s the worst thing you can imagine happening right before the grand opening of a new restaurant:

  • An invasion of ants taking over your kitchen?
  • A sink hole opening up right in front of your restaurant?
  • A freak tornado hitting NYC in December and specifically your block?

Seriously, other than losing your chef to the competition, one of the worst things that can happen is having problems with your refrigeration equipment. After all, if your refrigeration installation goes badly, ALL your cold food storage equipment could be affected and fail to hold the correct temperature. And that could mean you can’t store all the product and ingredients that are being delivered, your staff can’t practice their prep techniques and recipes to get ready for the grand opening, and you can’t prepare any food that’s safe to consume. How are you going to open?

That’s exactly what happened to the owner of a New York City restaurant group when he hired to wrong people to do the refrigeration installation for a new restaurant.

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Commercial HVAC, Commercial Refrigeration

5 Ways to Stop Negative Reviews of Your Restaurant

Negative reviews of your restaurant can be a frustrating problem to deal with. Especially when you have gone to the trouble to find a great chef, pay him as much as you can afford, and you know the food is good. From what you see and hear every day, people love the food. Yet there are still people writing negative reviews and giving you only a couple of stars on Yelp.

What’s going on? And how can you put a stop to it?

Here’s the problem that may be behind those negative reviews: many restaurant owners are very conscientious about the quality of the food (and rightly so), yet don’t pay as much attention to the dining atmosphere. This is a mistake, especially in New York City, where there is so much competition; it doesn’t take much for an unhappy customer to choose the restaurant around the corner next time.

The truth is, a great dining experience is not only about the food. There are many additional factors that can make or break a customer’s experience. And they are the kinds of things that it’s easy for an owner to overlook; you spend so much time there that you tend not to notice. But if you want to put a stop to those negative reviews, it pays to fix these issues once and for all.

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Commercial Refrigeration

Bacteria in Ice: Think Your Restaurant’s Ice Is Safe?

Have you been regularly cleaning and servicing your ice machine? If not, you’re putting your customers at risk for illness by ingesting bacteria in ice, and your putting your business in jeopardy as well.

In a 2013 study of ice cleanliness at British food service establishments, 6 out of 10 restaurants were found to be serving their customers bacteria in their ice. In 60 percent of those restaurants, researchers found higher levels of bacteria in the ice than in their toilet water. Experts attributed this finding to the likelihood that the toilets were regularly cleaned, whereas the ice machines were not.

This is not an isolated incident. There’s another 2011 study of Las Vegas food establishments that uncovered alarming results about bacteria in ice as well, including the presence of heterotrophic bacteria that exceeded EPA limits, with more than 72% testing positive for “presumptive coliform bacteria presence.”

Related article: Your Ice Machine: the Most Dangerous Item in Your Restaurant.

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Commercial Refrigeration

One Simple Way to Avoid Industrial Refrigeration System Downtime

So many aspects of our lives depend on refrigeration: it’s vital for food, medicine and the manufacture of many things we use every day.

Refrigeration is even more vital if you operate any type of food service business: your livelihood depends on its reliable operation.

Restaurants, bakeries, convenience stores, hotels, catering facilities, cold storage facilities, food products manufacturing, supermarkets, and even medical facilities all require a dependable industrial refrigeration system. When a piece of refrigeration equipment goes down, the clock starts ticking, and if the problem is not solved in a matter of hours, you’re going to be throwing out a great deal of valuable product.

Refrigeration downtime is a complicated problem, but there is one simple way to prevent it: regular maintenance of your industrial refrigeration system.

In your home, you’re probably accustomed to doing routine maintenance to keep things working as they should, from servicing your heating and air conditioning system to weeding your garden. Yet we don’t think about maintaining our home refrigerators and freezers beyond cleaning. An industrial refrigeration system is different. Not only because it gets more usage and endures more wear-and-tear, but because there is a lot more at stake when it fails.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

May the blessings of health, happiness and success be yours on Thanksgiving and always

All of us at the Arista family wish you and those dear to you a Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Residential HVAC

Buying a New Air Conditioner? Why It’s Smart To Buy In Fall & Winter

Thanksgiving is almost upon us, and you may be looking forward to getting a jump on your Christmas shopping on Black Friday. Probably the last thing on your mind is spending money on buying a new air conditioner.

However, if your air conditioner was giving you trouble all last summer, and you realize it’s time to consider buying a new air conditioner, you’d be smart to start thinking about it. But, you may be wondering, why worry about it now? It’s been a warm autumn for the most part, but you certainly don‘t expect to need your air conditioner anytime soon. Why not wait for spring?

The fact is, fall is one of the smartest times for buying a new air conditioner. It can be your best opportunity to shop around for the right system for your needs at the best possible price.

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Preventive Maintenance Agreements, Residential HVAC

5 Reasons You Need Humidification In Your Luxury Residence

The Benefits of Humidification For Your Home and Family

Chances are, you pay pretty close attention to the air temperature in your home. After all, when the temperature varies even by a few degrees, you’ll notice the change quickly since you’ve become accustomed to living with a set air temperature. Like when your spouse or kids decide to change your thermostat setting.

Humidification, on the other hand, is an important yet often-overlooked aspect of your home’s comfort. You’ll certainly notice when the humidity reaches the 80 percent mark on those steamy summer days, yet you may not be aware of the detrimental effects of insufficient humidification (translation: dry air) during the winter season when the furnace is running. If your home does not have a humidification system, you’ve probably noticed some of the symptoms, even if you didn’t realize the cause.

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Preventive Maintenance Agreements, Residential HVAC

Space Heater Alternatives: Better Ways to Eliminate Cold Spots

Each year, space heaters are the cause behind more than 25,000 home fires and over 300 fatalities, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Some space heaters release carbon monoxide that can be deadly as well. We all know it: using a space heater is a huge risk to your family simply to eliminate chilly spots in your home. So why do so many continue to use them? Probably because they are not aware of better space heater alternatives.

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Commercial HVAC, Residential HVAC

10 Skills an NFL Quarterback and HVAC Service Technician Share

When you’ve been working with the same heating and air conditioning service company for a while, you may begin to wonder how you can tell if your HVAC service technician is any good. Is he just doing okay servicing your equipment or is he really a top-notch HVAC guy?

Here’s one fun, yet effective way to tell: think about the qualities of a top NFL quarterback. Look for signs of these skills, habits and abilities, and you can be sure your HVAC service technician is someone you can count on to get the job done right.

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Preventive Maintenance Agreements, Residential HVAC

How to Cover an Air Conditioner for Winter to Prevent Damage

As the winter approaches, you may be wondering if your outdoor air conditioning unit needs protection from the elements. The answer is, yes it does! Falling leaves as well as snow and ice can get into the condensing unit and cause damage. So how should you cover an air conditioner for winter? First we’ll tell you why it needs protection, and then we’ll get to how to cover an air conditioner for winter safely so that you don’t make matters worse.

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Preventive Maintenance Agreements, Residential HVAC

Property Managers: HVAC Preventive Maintenance Plans Prevent Headaches

You may be wondering what we mean when we say that HVAC preventive maintenance plans prevent headaches. Is that metaphorical headaches in the form of HVAC problems, or literal pounding pain in your head? In this case, the answer is BOTH.

When you are a property manager, stress is a way of life. You have so many problems and complaints to deal with on a daily basis, that it’s no surprise when the metaphorical headaches lead to the real kind. So if you’re reading this blog because you want to solve HVAC problems OR because you want to stop taking ibuprophen every day, learning about HVAC preventive maintenance plans can help.

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Residential HVAC

Top 5 Furnace Issues: How to Get Warm ASAP

It’s that time of year again, when you’re wearing heavy sweaters and snuggling under blankets so you can put off turning on the heat for as long as possible. We understand what you’re thinking: if you don’t turn on the heat you can keep pretending winter is not right around the corner!

There’s only one problem with that mindset. When you finally do have to cave in and turn on the furnace, what if you experience furnace issues? It will be REALLY cold by then, and those sweaters won’t be enough to keep you warm while you wait to have your furnace issues fixed.

Our advice: test your furnace now to make sure everything is working well. If you do experience furnace issues, read on for information about what could be wrong and what to do next.

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Residential HVAC, Residential Installations

The 4 Most Common Mistakes With Home Humidification Systems

Have you had it with the dry air this time of year? There’s the discomfort that comes from dry skin and cracked nails. And isn’t your hair bad enough from wearing hats and running around in the snow and wind? Yet dry, flyaway hair persists even indoors due to the bone-dry air in your home.

If you’re reading this, you already realize that it’s time to start looking at humidification systems for your home. Yet you may not realize the full extent of the problem. There are even more annoying winter issues that are also caused by low relative humidity, which can reach 10 percent or lower when the furnace is running around the clock. (Humidity levels should be between 30 and 50 percent for comfortable conditions).

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