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Preparing Commercial HVAC Systems for Winter

Preparing Commercial HVAC Systems for WinterWith the fall season in full swing, it’s time to start preparing commercial HVAC systems for winter, well before Ol’ Man Winter comes to town. Hutchinson, a leading energy services and mechanical services contractor serving the region’s commercial customers, offers tips to help add life to your systems, enhance comfort and improve your bottom line.

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Is your HVAC system ready for the frigid winter season? Don’t be left out in the cold – take action now to make sure your HVAC systems are running efficiently before the chill sets in. Hutchinson, a leading energy services and mechanical services contractor serving the region’s commercial customers, offers tips to help add life to your systems, enhance comfort and improve your bottom line.

1. Take Advantage of Energy Efficiency Programs. Upgrade to energy efficiency with Direct Install from New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program and up to 70% of the cost will be covered for energy upgrades, including lighting and HVAC equipment. Instead of pumping money into your outdated, inefficient units, why not upgrade to a new, state of the-art energy efficient system?

2. Use Energy Star Portfolio Manager to see how your building rates with other similar buildings. If you rate low, there are many things you can do to improve the operation of your building.

3. Check HVAC settings to get maximum efficiency. By setting your thermostat at 68°during the day and at 60° at night, you can save approximately 3% on heating costs for every degree under 70.

4. Install a programmable thermostat. Forget to adjust the temperature before you left the office? No worries. With a web and cloud based control system during and after office hours, you’ll keep settings maintained. Now, that’s peace of mind!

5. Establish a preventive maintenance program. When your HVAC system runs smoothly, so can your business. Prevent equipment problems before they start!

• Change or clean all air filters, preferably every month.
• Repair leaks in piping, air duct s, coils, fittings and at the unit(s).
• Replace defective equipment insulation, ducting and piping.
• Install/upgrade HVAC controls to include new energy management systems technologies.

6. Clean Heating Ducts Heating ducts periodically to allow efficient heating and provide fresh, clean air. Also check to make sure the ducts are properly insulated.

Contact Hutchinson at 888-777-4501 or dicoordinator@hutchbiz.com for help preparing commercial HVAC systems for winter

About Hutchinson
Hutchinson is a leading energy/mechanical service contractor performing energy services, mechanical construction and retrofit installation work in the Greater Philadelphia Tri-State Region. Hutchinson’s
technicians are factory trained, NATE certified and are on-call 24/7 365 days a year. Visit www.hutchbiz.com for more information.

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Why Smart Buildings Matter to Commercial Real Estate Owners

smart buildings energy consumptionLet’s look at why smart buildings matter to commercial real estate owners. Energy cost savings are top of mind for every commercial building owner, operator, and facility manager, but it’s time to be proactive. On average, a U.S. office building spends nearly 29% of its operating expenses on utilities, and much of this expenditure goes toward HVAC operation.

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Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) estimate commercial buildings account for 20% of all the energy used in the U.S. and conclude that as much as 30% of that energy is wasted. Wasted energy will only increase over time without intervention. Imagine a solution that prevents waste and saves 15-30% on energy expenses? That’s possible to achieve with smart buildings.

Smart buildings are any facility that have complete automated controls and systems in place that are integrated together to form an intelligent data collection application, usually via a building automation system (BAS).
BAS offers reduced operation and energy consumption, improved building efficiency, preventative maintenance, comfort for workers and building occupants, and better use of resources.

At Pennoni, we offer our Utilities Watch (UW) solution, a combination of best-in-class energy analytics/fault detection software and engineering expertise that optimizes buildings, reduces costs, and minimizes environmental impact.

Through UW, our software continually analyzes data from diverse systems: BAS, energy, water, and other resource metering systems to identify opportunities for cost reduction. The fault detection and diagnostics application within the software drills down into patterns to identify issues, deviations, and opportunities for operational improvements and cost reduction.

Utilities Watch Key Benefits

Reduce costs

  • Optimize buildings and reduce energy consumption
  • Increase control and visibility of energy budget
  • Decrease maintenance and capital costs through proactive and predictive maintenance
  • Increase lifespan and reliability of HVAC systems

Validation and M&V

  • Performance goals
  • ECM’s, LEED

Commissioning

  • MBCx – automated ongoing commissioning

Risk Management

  • Disaster recovery (information supports better identification of issues)

Improve sustainability strategies, goals, and metrics

  • Full integration to EnergyStar Portfolio Manager
  • Earn additional LEED points for existing buildings

Improve portfolio management

  • Benchmark buildings and compare performance
  • Performance accountability

Deploying smart buildings software is only half of the equation. Our energy analysts and engineers write custom algorithms to automate analyses that traditionally required constant manual effort. From there, our team of engineers interprets the data to make it meaningful and actionable with custom dashboards and notifications that ensure the facility manager has full visibility and can readily prioritize activities, ensuring much greater efficiency.

For more on smart buildings and Utilities Watch, contact Tony Lepre at (609) 214-5520 or TLepre@Pennoni.com.

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2017 Summer HVAC TIPS

Summer HVAC TIPS2017 Commercial HVAC tips. The June 21 Summer Solstice marked the official start of summer! And with that comes fun times at the shore, BBQs… and hot and humid weather! But don’t sweat, with a little planning, you can ensure a comfortable working environment in your office.

Hutchinson, a leading energy services and mechanical services contractor serving the Tri-State Region’s commercial customers, offers tips to help add life to HVAC systems, keep you feeling comfortable, and improve the bottom line.

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Get an AC inspection and tune up.

Hutchinson’s certificated technicians will test the HVAC system to determine if any repairs are needed. Preventive maintenance will keep the system running smooth and efficiently, and extend its service life, too.

Change filters.

It’s a new season, which means it’s time to change your filter. As a rule of thumb, change filters every quarter or as needed.

Install programmable controls.

Get peace of mind knowing your AC is set just right – not too low and not too high – with a 21st century control system. It provides greater efficiency and can be controlled from a mobile device. Plus, Hutchinson’s Honeywell Web Certified technicians can access temperature controls online, and quickly monitor and repair any heating or cooling issues remotely.

Get ductwork inspected and cleaned.

Leaks or cracks can reduce energy efficiency in HVAC systems and result in higher utility bills. A duct system that’s properly cleaned and sealed can save businesses money and promote wellness and comfort.

Keep outdoor areas clear.

Check out your exterior HVAC unit. Is it clear from brush and debris? Make sure plants or branches aren’t blocking or touching the unit. A good rule of thumb is to have two feet of clearance around the unit.

To learn more about Hutchinson and its energy service offerings, contact Dicoordinator@hutchbiz.com or call 888-777-4501 to schedule an energy assessment.

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7 Winter HVAC Maintenance Tips for Commercial Properties

Is your commercial HVAC system winter ready? Whether your system needs an upgrade or a tune-up, Hutchinson Mechanical Services is the region’s “go-to” provider of commercial HVAC services for commercial properties. Check out these HVAC tips to help add life to your system, enhance comfort and improve your bottom line.

COMMERCIAL PROPERTY WINTER HVAC MAINTENANCE TIPS (PDF)
By Ed Hutchinson, President Hutchinson Mechanical Services

1. Use Energy Star Portfolio Manager
Use Energy Star Portfolio Manager to see how your building rates with other similar buildings. If you rate low, there are many things you can do to improve the operation of your building.

2. Check HVAC settings to get maximum efficiency.
Set your thermostat at 68°during the day and at 60° at night. You can save approximately 3% on heating costs for every degree under 70.

3. Conduct daytime/nighttime audits.
Check to see if the lights are on. Is the building comfortable?

4. Install a programmable thermostat.
A web and cloud based control system offers peace of mind by keeping settings maintained during and after office hours.

5. Establish a preventive maintenance program.
• Change or clean all air filters, preferably every month.
• Repair leaks in piping, air ducts, coils, fittings and at the unit(s).
• Replace defective equipment insulation, ducting and piping.
• Install/upgrade HVAC controls to include new energy management systems technologies.

6. Clean Heating Ducts
Heating ducts should be cleaned periodically to allow efficient heating and provide fresh, clean air. Also check to make sure the ducts are properly insulated.

7. Take Advantage of Energy Efficient Programs
Hutchinson has once again been named a designated contractor of Direct Install, a program offered by New Jersey Office of Clean Energy that pays up to 70% of energy upgrades, including lighting and HVAC equipment. Instead of pumping money into your outdated, inefficient units, why not upgrade to a new,
state-of the-art energy-efficient system?

Contact Hutchinson at 888-777-4501 to schedule an energy assessment appointment.

ed-hutchinsonEd Hutchinson, President
Hutchinson Heating and Air

W: www.Hutchbiz.com

T: 888-777-4501

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