Wednesday, 25 July 2018

8 Signs Your Indoor Pool Needs Better Humidity Control

Are you turning a blind eye to indoor pool humidity control issues? The indoor feel of natatoriums can make it easy for owners and operators to forget that adding the typically outdoor feature of a pool to an enclosed environment is far from normal, despite the fact that various signs and symptoms often point to an ailing and potentially highly problematic situation. 

Is Your Indoor Pool Setup Screaming for Better Humidity Control? Know the Signs:

  1. Feel as if you could cut the air in your pool room with a knife? Heavy, steamy, chemically smelly air does not make for a prime poolside experience. Worse, the high humidity and temperatures of such environments support bacteria and mold growth that can be detrimental to health. Left unchecked without the proper dehumidification and ventilation provided by Dectron HVAC systems, such an environment will eventually lead to the structural damage of the pool room.
  2. Noxious chemical odors.
    indoor pool problemsIn addition to air quality issues resulting from high humidity levels in your indoor pool room, inadequate ventilation in your natatorium can also lead to the buildup of chlorine and other pool chemical gases within your building’s structure. Without adequate ventilation, repeated exposure from trapped compounds can lead to serious respiratory issues, asthmatic reactions, and irritated eyes and nasal passages.
  3. Metal corrosion.
    Chloramines released into the air and trapped within the natatorium can quickly lead to the corrosion of metal surfaces.
  4. Fogged-up windows and skylights.
    Skilled contractors know the secrets to avoiding pool evaporation and preventing condensation. Without careful mapping of the airflow in your pool room by your commercial mechanical services provider prior to the design and installation of your pool dehumidification system, rapid pool evaporation from improper airflow across the surface of your pool could result in frequently foggy windows and skylights.
  5. Condensation buildup on walls and ceiling surfaces.
    Condensation buildup on windows, walls and ceilings points to the need for rapid commercial dehumidifier repair and potential problems with system design. Proper airflow is key to system design and dehumidifier performance, making a knowledgeable system designer and installer a wise investment.
  6. Airborne bacteria.
    Standing water from moisture buildup and improper pool sanitation techniques could lead to the proliferation of illness-inducing bacteria such as E. coli and Guardia. Are you taking advantage of UV light purification and ozone treatments to mitigate these risks?
  7. Odors in attached structures.
    Improperly designed and ventilated natatoriums lacking essential negative pressurization can push smells into attached structures/rooms via poorly sealed walls and ceilings, destroying indoor air quality with airborne pool chemicals and mold-inducing humidity levels.
  8. Structural rot from moisture.
    Excess moisture trapped in the air within structures, combined with improper drainage surrounding the pool, can quickly lead to the rotting of building materials in the natatorium and surrounding structures. Progressing to a moldy, rotted mess, it will eventually lead to the creation of a structurally unstable, biologically hazardous pool environment.
Don’t let indoor pool problems sink you. Keep your natatorium afloat with a commercial or residential indoor pool dehumidification system from H&H Commercial Services today.

Saturday, 21 July 2018

How To Find The Best Service For Your Dectron Systems

A global leader in the custom HVAC system arena, Dectron heating, ventilation, air conditioning, dehumidification, and indoor air quality systems are widely used across an array of commercial industries, from food processing, recreation, and hospitality to medical, petrochemical, telecommunications, and more. Finding knowledgeable commercial mechanical services and repair for these unique, highly-engineered, customizable systems can be a challenge, however. Where can you find the best service for your Dectron system?

Factory Authorized Dectron Service & Support

Detron Service
A factory authorized service provider for Dectron systems, H&H Commercial Services has been providing trusted heating, ventilation, air conditioning, pool room dehumidification, and commercial dehumidifier repair services to residents of the Philadelphia area for over 30 years. With fast access to parts and equipment, our stellar services can help you minimize downtime and disruptions. From energy efficient equipment installations to emergency repair, we are committed to providing quality service and products, striving to develop lasting relationships built upon a foundation of honesty, integrity, and unmatched customer service.


H&H Services & Installs Dectron Dry-O-Trons

  • Dectron Dry-O-Tron Dry-O-Tron mechanical dehumidification provides not only effective humidity control, but re-purposes the same energy by-products to boost comfort and reduce power consumption.


Specialty Industry? No problem. 

The seasoned pros at H&H Commercial Services have the knowledge and expertise necessary to help you select and design the perfect precision air conditioning, dehumidification, or air purification system for your space, no matter your industry, the size of your property, or the complexity of your operation. Contact us as needed, or sign up for a service agreement for white glove service and rapid response from qualified techs familiar with your equipment, resting assured of regularly schedule maintenance and inspections that will preserve the efficiency and lifespan of your system.


Sweating Indoor Pool Humidity Control Problems? Breathe Easier…   

Our professional technicians are factory trained on Dectron and PoolPak indoor pool dehumidification equipment, and service both commercial and residential indoor pools. No matter what indoor pool problems you’re suffering, we can devise a turnkey dehumidification solution, not only working with our indoor pool engineering associates to develop an efficient design, but providing warranty and post-warranty service over the life of your Dectron product.

Looking for superior service for your Dectron system? From personalized service and maintenance attention to custom installation solutions, the certified professionals at H&H Commercial Services have you covered. Safeguard the performance of your system with the help of a knowledgeable HVAC pro. Contact us today.

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Friday, 29 June 2018

Is your Warehouse always too Cold or too Warm? How to Ensure Better Climate Control

Climate control is crucial for any business, and commercial HVAC contractors in NJ know this can be doubly-challenging for warehouses, whose large structures can consume a lot of heating and air conditioning, especially in temperature extremes. Even with the help of HVAC equipment, warehouse buildings have difficulty maintaining constant temperatures, their structure, layout, lighting, and drafty, poorly-insulated construction creating a myriad of mini climate zones. How can you ensure better warehouse temperature control, safe occupants, and inventory, while keeping your energy costs under control?
Warehouse Climate Control
Warehouse Climate Control Tips More than uncomfortable, neglected climate control needs can drain productivity, and result in dangerous worker injuries like heat stroke or frostbite. In addition, many products, such as foods and pharmaceuticals, require precise temperature control for proper storage. Such issues resulting from poor climate control can damage your inventory and reputation, detracting from your image and bottom line. Luckily, it’s possible to keep your warehouse temperatures more even with the help of an experienced commercial HVAC company, despite extreme shifts in temperature...
  • Start by Reducing Leakage Easy and inexpensive, sealing air leaks a key facet of controlling indoor temperatures, as a common source of energy loss in warehouse is air infiltration through gaps. Look to opportunities among these top warehouse air leak offenders:
  1. Loading dock doors, which can be helped by the addition of vinyl strip curtains.
  2. Cold storage doors, which should be equipped for rapid opening/closing.
  3. Damaged insulation, in walls, and worn weather stripping around windows/doors, which are easily and inexpensively replaced.
  • Integrate Zoned Storage & HVAC Expert commercial air conditioning contractors can help you assess your current temperature control measures, including the setup of your warehouse and HVAC settings for product and occupant needs, to help you properly assess and zone your space. In most cases, it is unnecessary to have your HVAC system running full-blast in all areas at all times, particularly in automated/unoccupied spaces.
  • Add Occupancy Sensors Detecting when workers are around, occupancy sensors can help you balance employee comfort and energy costs, including lighting needs, which effect temperature control.
  • Be Mindful of Exhaust Fan Use While exhaust fans can be integral to controlling temperature and indoor air quality, they should be shut down when warehouse space is unoccupied for significant periods of time to prevent the loss of conditioned air. Utilizing exhaust air heat recovery in the winter can also help you mitigate temperature and costs.
  • Give Your Rooftop Unit the TLC it Depends On Rooftop units see more climate extremes and abuse than other systems, so it’s imperative to have your rooftop system regularly maintained by a professional commercial air conditioner service company to ensure proper performance and function.
  • Consider a Cool Roof Time for a new roof? Give your warehouse inventory and rooftop unit a more hospitable home with a cool roof installation. Designed to reflect the sun’s energy and reduce heat, this is a great way to aid warehouse climate control.
Looking for an HVAC service Philadelphia to help you meet your warehouse temperature control challenges? With experience across an array of industries, and access to the latest climate control technology, H&H Commercial Services has you covered. Contact us today.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Does your Office suffer from Thermostat Wars?

Seemingly inevitable, workplace thermostat wars are common, and summer is prime time for the battle. Three of five employees tamper with thermostat settings without consulting colleagues, leaving many frustrated business owners to turn to their local commercial air conditioner service company for advice on ways to navigate this landmine-ridden battle.

Thermostat WarsWhy Can’t We All Just Get Along? 
Multiple issues complicate the climate control war. Current indoor climate regulations, based on outdated empirical data from the 1960s, deduce temperature settings based on the comfort level of a 40-year-old male weighing 154-pounds. This leaves women in the cold, literally, as their smaller statures slower metabolisms make their resting heat production much lower – possibly as much as 35%. Today’s ‘average’ worker is far more varied in size and age. And active versus sedentary lifestyles, life stages, health issues, building layout, and difficulties mitigating indoor/outdoor temperatures in wardrobe add yet more fuel to the fire.

More than an Irritant, A Productivity Thief 
Expressing comfort frustrations through covert thermostat tactics isn’t peaceable or earth-friendly. Killing morale, productivity, and your energy budget, a Cornell University study uncovered uncomfortable office temperatures resulted in 44% more typist-errors in room temperatures below 68°F. Bodily warmth, associated with productivity and feelings of trust and empathy, fosters an ideal work environment. A climate comfortable for all employees could save an average of $2 per-worker/per-hour, up to 12% of wage expenses.

So What’s the Best Thermostat Setting? 
While OSHA recommends a 68-76°F range, to make the most of labor, your highest expense, the ideal office temperature according to studies is 71.6°F, but this isn’t a hard-and-fast rule. People will sacrifice comfort for energy savings and environmental benefit. This is why the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers and commercial HVAC contractors in NJ recommend getting employees involved in the discussion to give them a sense of control in the battle, and keeping settings around 68°F for heating, and 78°F for cooling, to achieve comfort consensus within a few degrees of this range, and then securing your thermostat so it can’t be tampered with.

Other Ways to Prevent a ‘Cold War’ Office Environment
  • Make Sure Current Office Setup is Not At-Fault Building and HVAC system design can both affect occupant comfort. Server rooms, perimeter offices, and overcrowded areas need more cooling. Repairs issues such as leaky/clogged ducts, broken fans, faulty controls, and neglected maintenance can also effect comfort. Having your system inspected by a trusted HVAC service Philadelphia is essential.
  • Upgrade to a Zoned System Installing thermostats in chronically overheated/cold offices such as windowed or basement locales.
  • ‘Smarten-up’ Your System With a new smart thermostat integrated with apps like CrowdComfort and Comfy, empowering employees to send comfort concerns via smartphone, and delivering the information you need to better manage temperature issues.
  • Renegotiate Real Estate Clustering workers who prefer a warm/cold environment together.
  • Be More Flexible Consider instituting more flexible work hours or telecommuting opportunities, which are shown to reduce distractions (such as an uncomfortable climate) and boost productivity.
Thermostat wars? Get professional commercial air conditioning contractors on your side. Put an end to the battle with the help of H&H Commercial Services today.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Is your Commercial HVAC System Operating at Peak Efficiency?

When it comes to maintenance, commercial HVAC contractors in Philadelphia see a lot of neglect. According to recent reports from the Building Efficiency Initiative, less than 50% of companies perform routine, preventative maintenance critical to efficient HVAC operation. And they’re paying for it. Is your commercial HVAC system operating at peak efficiency?

Signs Your Commercial HVAC Energy Dollars are Going Up in Smoke:
Poorly functioning HVAC systems cost businesses billions in wasted energy annually, alongside hidden healthcare and productivity losses resulting from the negative impact ailing systems can have on employees. Does your system show signs of inefficiency?
HVAC System Efficiency
  • Abnormally High Energy Bills
    Unexpectedly rising energy bills are a sure sign your HVAC system is running inefficiently.
  • Running Constantly
    A system that runs constantly is struggling to keep up with cooling demands. This can result from something as simple as neglected air filter maintenance or coil cleanings, or be as serious as a dying system in dire need of replacement.
  • Uneven Heating/Cooling
    Warm and cold spots in the workplace are sure sign something’s amiss with your system.
  • Frequent Cycling On/Off
    Frequent cycling could point to dirty coils, a malfunctioning thermostat, compressor issues, or an aging system struggling to keep up with demand.
  • Excessive Dust
    Excessive dust resulting from an ancient air filter or leaky ductwork ruins both efficiency and air quality.
  • Constant Repair Needs
    If you’re on a first-name basis with your local HVAC mechanical contractor, you may be spending more on commercial air conditioning repair, commercial heating repairs, and energy bills over the long run than you would on a newer, more efficient system.
  • Age
    Systems more than 10-years-old are substantially less efficient than their newer, higher-SEER counterparts.
How Can Your Business Safeguard Commercial HVAC Efficiency?
  • Change Air Filters Regularly
    This simple, inexpensive maintenance can save you 5-10% on HVAC expenses, safeguarding system life, and preventing system strain, comfort, and air quality issues that can negatively impact employee productivity. Be sure to swap them monthly.
  • Keep the Outside Unit Clear
    Clearing airflow-blocking debris is a cheap and easy way to safeguard efficiency.
  • Ensure Ductwork is Properly Sealed
    Properly sealing and insulating ductwork, particularly ductwork located in unheated/uncooled spaces, can help you improve heating and cooling efficiency by 20%. That’s some serious dough!
  • Install a Programmable Thermostat
    Ask your local HVAC service pro about programmable and smart thermostats that could help you save hundreds annually – and prevent office temperature control battles.
  • Schedule Regular, Preventive Maintenance
    Routine maintenance and cleaning in the spring and fall, before temperature extremes hit, is an affordable insurance policy against exorbitantly high energy bills and the highly-costly possibility of catastrophic system failure. Keep things on-schedule with a maintenance plan.
  • Upgrade Your System
    HVAC systems account for 39% of energy used in commercial buildings nationwide. Replacing your ailing unit with a newer, high-performance system can save you 10-40% in energy and emissions annually, making dollars and sense for your business.
HVAC operating and repair expenses taking a bite out of your bottom line? H&H Commercial Services can help. Contact us to learn more about ways you can lower operating expenses via preventative maintenance and other smart system investments today.

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Getting the Right Humidity and Temperature Levels in Server Rooms

Are your computer room climate control needs being met? Even the smallest server rooms require precise temperature control to safeguard server function and lifespan.

Bumping Down the Thermostat is Not Enough
Because computer room heat loads vary, the temperature control needs of every data center are unique. Simply programming the thermostat for the 61-75° F sweet spot is not enough. Different gear generates different levels of heat at different times, requiring more precise temperature control. And if your thermostat isn’t even located in your server room, you’re playing with fire, literally and figuratively.

Temperature Levels in Server Rooms
How to Properly Manage Server Room Temperature & Humidity Levels
There are a number of affordable ways to more precisely manage your data center climate control needs. However, finding the right fit for your setup is key to overall performance and satisfaction with your server room climate control system. According to Industrial Market Trends, racks of servers and associated equipment can get as hot as a 7-foot tall stack of powered toaster ovens, making careful consideration of climate control needs essential to safety, comfort, and controlling operating expenses.

Types of Climate Control Systems
After considering your equipment and evaluating your server room setup, a professional HVAC mechanical contractor can help you tailor a commercial heating and cooling system designed to your business’ exact needs, including server room specific equipment such as…

  • Computer Room Air Conditioning Units (CRACs)
    The most commonly used data center cooling equipment, CRAC units are rising in use, continuing to replace the everyday air conditioning units once used to cool server rooms. CRACs carefully monitor and maintain the temperature, air distribution, and humidity, keeping levels between 45-55% to safeguard hardware against corrosion and premature failure.
  • In-Row Cooling
    Installed on the floor or suspended overhead to bring them closer to server racks, in-row cooling offers the precise delivery of cooling to the banks of server cabinets, boosting speed, capacity, and efficiency.
  • High-Density Cooling & Containment Systems
    High-density data centers require more effective and efficient cooling solutions to minimize energy consumption and guard against the substantial risk of cooling failure. In this situation, keeping hot/cold air separated via containment-style cooling systems delivers results, offering the superior airflow management today’s high-density data centers depend on.
More than an Equipment Swap 
Today’s technologically-advanced server room climate control equipment requires more than the simple swapping of HVAC components. Proper equipment selection and setup is key to smooth, efficient operation, as is identifying potential issues uncovered during the setup process which, if overlooked, could cost your business in major repair expenses. When selecting commercial air conditioning contractors to install your computer room air conditioning or dehumidification system, be certain to shop for a provider with experienced, trained technicians who take the time to answer your questions, solve your cooling problems, and most importantly, guarantee their work by providing service for the life of the system.

Safeguard the lifespan of your costly computer equipment, protecting your business from the financial and reputational setbacks of downtime with the skilled commercial HVAC services of H&H Commercial Services. Contact us and schedule your server room evaluation and complimentary climate control quote today.

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Types of Commercial Heating Systems

One of the largest contributors to your operational expenses, an energy efficient heating system reduces your utility costs, ensuring a comfortable, healthy working environment for employees. Whether your corporate workspace is under construction, or your current system is constantly in need of commercial heating repairs, opportunities abound for savings that add up to a beefier bottom line.

For Savings, Health & Comfort, there are an Array of Systems to Suit Your Needs 
Talk to your HVAC Mechanical contractor to discuss which of these options offers the best fit for your business’ specialized needs…

Commercial Heating Systems
  • Rooftop or ‘Packaged’ Units
    Rooftop units package every component into a single cabinet, connecting directly to ductwork, as opposed to the indoor and outdoor components common in the standard residential HVAC system. Their rooftop placement offers a space saving solution for commercial establishments. In addition to space savings, rooftop systems are also easier to install and service, saving on labor, and out-of-the-way, decreasing interruptions and distractions when service is necessary. A knowledgeable provider of commercial HVAC repair and service in Philadelphia can help you decide from the numerous types of commercial packaged heating units available, including:
    1. Gas-powered
    2. Electric
    3. Modular units, which can be added to as your business expands.
    4. Single or multi-zone systems for improved comfort and energy savings.
    5. Specialty designs, build specifically for your industry’s needs.
  • Heat Pumps
    An increasingly popular heating solution for businesses in moderately cold regions like Philadelphia, heat pumps are capable of providing both heating and cooling, saving the cost off installing and maintaining two separate systems. Today’s technologically advanced systems provide double the performance of older heat pump models, making them one of the most efficient ways to heat your commercial space. Moving, not generating heat, they carry heat from a warm place (the air outdoors, or the earth) to a cold one (your office), and vice-versa in the summer. With the capacity for year-round use, better humidity control, 1.5-times the heating punch of electrical-resistance and oil-based heat sources, and an array of advantages over flame and fume-producing combustion heating options, heat pumps offer a highly-efficient, space saving, and versatile heating solution. Ask your commercial service company about the following options, and which might be right for your property:
  1. Air-Source Heat Pumps
    Pulling warmth from the air, air-source heat pumps are commonly found in homes and businesses nationwide.
  2. Ground or Water-Source Heat Pumps
    If air-source heat pumps are efficient, water-source heat pumps are more efficient still, reducing energy consumption 25-50% over air-source options. These systems take advantage of the consistent temperatures of the earth and below-ground water sources, transferring heat into, or out of your business, depending on the season. Need water heating too? Ground and water-source heat pumps provide this as an added advantage.
From commercial heating, to commercial chiller repairing and maintenance, the experts at H&H Commercial Services have you covered. Ensure the health and comfort of your employees. Contact us today.