HVAC Factor Column

Industry experts write about maintenance/operations strategies, equipment and service trends, and overall concerns related to HVAC and facility management.

HVLS fans fabric ductwork

Heading Off Heat Stress

With the heat rising and productivity a concern at industrial facilities, keep workers safe and efficient with HVLS fans and fabric ductwork.
Sustainable IAQ

Achieving Sustainable IAQ In Facilities

The Clean First framework includes four steps facility management teams can follow to achieve Sustainable IAQ.
commissioning

Commissioning For Facilities O&M Boost

Augment quality assurance efforts for facility equipment and operations through the services of a commissioning and energy professional.
circular economy

Restore To Extend Equipment Life

With indoor air quality a top concern in facilities, a circular economy approach gives existing HVAC equipment new life.
Variable Speed HVAC

Low Occupancy? Look At Variable Speed HVAC

Coupled with the need to increase outdoor air into the building, lower occupancies may present a challenge to facilities teams.
healthy indoor air

Follow The Science To Combat COVID-19

To protect building occupants, stay informed on effective practices for healthy indoor air and other strategies.
cooling towers

Cooling Towers And Rooftop Decks

Protect occupants in rooftop seating areas by minimizing potential risk of Legionnaires’ Disease from this equipment.
HVAC Retrofit

Best Practices For HVAC Retrofits That Deliver

Equipment that minimizes repairs, saves energy, and improves health will help ensure that HVAC retrofits provide efficient performance and comfort.
dedicated outdoor air systems (DOAS)

IAQ And Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems

To deliver on ventilation and energy efficiency conditions, facility managers may consider DOAS units for their buildings.
Prescriptive HVAC

Prescriptive HVAC: Diagnose, Then Treat

To protect against transmission of COVID-19 and other threats, plan the steps to increase building ventilation and improve filtration.
propane HVAC

A Look At Propane For HVAC Systems

As an energy source, propane offers facilities efficient, low-cost equipment operation that can help to lower overall carbon footprint.
HVAC

HVAC Systems And Reopening Buildings Amid COVID-19

Examine your facility's HVAC systems with airflow, filtration, and humidity conditions at the forefront.
propane

Propane For Heating And Cooling

HVAC systems powered by propane offer flexibility for facilities in far-flung locations, among other potential benefits.
indoor air quality

Paths To Improved Indoor Air Quality

For facility management, here’s the 4-1-1 on MERV ratings and supplemental filtration strategies.
University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC)

Phase Change Material Subdues Hot/Cold Calls

At an outpatient facility, trial implementation of phase change material showcases latent heat storage that improves occupant comfort.
February 2020 Issue

Facility Executive | February 2020 Issue

The February 2020 issue introduces this year's Facility Executive of the Year. Plus, a look at building envelope issues, workplace redesign, and energy metering.
R-22 Refrigerant

R22 Refrigerant Phaseout

The move to ban R-22 refrigerant is nearly complete. What happens next?
natural gas

Natural Gas Challenges In The Northeast U.S.

Insufficient natural gas infrastructure? Variable refrigerant flow and split systems can offer a no-compromise solution.
HVAC upgrade

The Role Of HVAC Controls

When planning an HVAC upgrade, here are three control strategies to help ensure the new equipment runs as efficiently as possible.
legionella guidance

Updated Legionella Guidance On The Way

A supplement to ASHRAE Standard 188, the revised Guideline 12-2000R is expected to be published later this year.

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