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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 has been phased out. Does this mean you’ll need to replace a lot of expensive equipment? 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 the R22 phase 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

How Will the R22 Refrigerant Phase Out Impact Your Commercial AC?

r-22 refrigerant phase out | freon phase out

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have mandated phasing out refrigerants that have been commonly used for air conditioning and commercial refrigeration equipment for many years. As of January 2020, R22 (also known as Freon), the standard HVAC refrigerant for decades, is illegal to manufacture or import to the US. As a result, supply is dwindling & prices have risen dramatically. How will the R22 refrigerant phase out impact your air conditioning or refrigeration equipment and the cost to maintain it?

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Commercial Kitchen, Commercial Refrigeration, Preventive Maintenance Agreements

6 Steps to Maintaining Your Commercial Refrigeration Equipment

commercial refrigeration equipment

Chances are, you know that preventative maintenance keeps your heating and air conditioning systems running reliably and efficiently. What you may not realize is that regular service is just as important for your commercial refrigeration equipment.

After all, your commercial refrigerators and freezers are mission-critical equipment that can quickly cost you a fortune when they go down. Even when you think they are working properly, your refrigeration units can be consuming too much energy, which costs not only your wallet but the entire planet. Preventative care will save you some green and also help you do your part to be environmentally conscious.

Here’s what you stand to gain by scheduling regular cleaning and tune-ups for your commercial refrigeration equipment:

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Commercial Refrigeration

Restaurant Refrigeration: 4 Lessons From Frosty the Snowman

Frosty the Snowman and his lessons on restaurant refrigeration

Don’t you just love the holiday season? There’s no other time of year when you’re actually encouraged to eat cookies and milk and watch animated shows on TV.

In case you need any more convincing to participate in these holiday traditions, there’s an additional benefit you may not have considered. Those holiday shows can be surprisingly educational! Here’s an example: if you’re in the restaurant business, Frosty the Snowman can teach you some important lessons about restaurant refrigeration. If you want to keep your commercial refrigeration equipment running reliably, read on to find out what you can learn from Frosty.

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Preventive Maintenance Agreements

HVAC System Maintenance: 6 Tips for Heating Season

technician performing hvac system maintenance

As a building or property manager, it’s your job to maintain a safe and comfortable environment for everyone working or living in the building. The quickest way to get people complaining is to mess with the temperature.

Don’t leave your tenants out in the cold. Instead, be proactive and make sure your HVAC system is properly maintained. Your reputation depends on people knowing they can rely on you to keep the building running smoothly.

Also, it’s easier to fix problems before they become emergencies. This season, make HVAC system maintenance a priority so you can be sure your heating will keep working when you need it most.

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Commercial HVAC, Residential HVAC

What Does an HVAC Air Purifier Do? The Facts for Buyers

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Most of us consider good health a top priority. We wouldn’t think of doing our cardio routine outdoors next to a factory spewing pollutants into the air. However, we don’t often think about indoor air quality. This benign neglect could put our health at risk. According to the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside can be at minimum 2 to 5 times more polluted than outside.

That’s a good reason to consider an HVAC air purifier, or HVAC air filtration system.Read more 

Commercial HVAC, Preventive Maintenance Agreements

7 Ways to Reduce Indoor Air Pollution with HVAC Technology

woman concerned about indoor air pollution

Here in New York City, outdoor air pollution gets a lot of attention. But according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the concentration of some pollutants is often two to five times higher indoors than the concentration levels outdoors.

With Americans spending an average of 90% of their time indoors, indoor air pollution poses a major health risk. This is especially true for young children, older adults, and people who have heart or lung diseases — who, by the way, all tend to spend even more time indoors.

Fortunately, HVAC technology offers a number of ways to prevent air pollution and improve indoor air quality (IAQ).

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Commercial Air Conditioning, Commercial HVAC

Healthcare HVAC: Quality Maintenance Reduces Risks

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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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