HVAC Factor Column

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



IAQ monitoring

IAQ Monitoring: A Key Defense Against Viral Transmission

IAQ monitoring can show air filtration and distribution system effectiveness in buildings with outdated infrastructure.
K-12 Schools

ESG And HVAC: Improving K-12 Schools

Facility managers at K-12 schools can create a better indoor experience through system efficiency and clean air.
HVAC Oil Additives

Restoring Lost Efficiency In An Aging HVAC System

In HVAC systems, the use of oil additives and new nano-technology solutions offers a promising solution for recovering lost efficiency.
HVAC technology

The HVAC Evolution

See how HVAC technology has improved to provide better indoor air quality for occupants.
Apprenticeship Program

4 Keys To Starting An Apprenticeship Program

Creating effective HVACR training programs can strengthen your company's workforce. Here are four keys to developing an apprenticeship program
HVAC Contractors

Choosing The Right HVAC Contractors

Facilities managers need providers that have the experience and knowledge to provide heating and cooling solutions.
HVAC Systems

Why Do HVAC Systems Lose Efficiency Over Time?

Effective preventative maintenance increases a HVAC system’s lifespan.
Indoor Air Quality Testing

The Importance Of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Testing

Indoor air quality testing to identify bio-contaminants allows you to more accurately understand how to improve your facility's IAQ.
Refrigerant

Why The Refrigerant Matters—For Green HVAC And Much More

Refrigerants can be used strategically to help facility managers reduce energy costs.
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.
Fault detection and diagnosis (FDD) webinar

Did You Miss Our “Building Analytics, Skilled Labor Shortages & Decarbonization” Webinar?

View this free video webinar to learn how fault detection and diagnostics (FDD) has become a critical part of the resilient facility team’s tech stack.
Optimizing operations, Hybrid Office

View Our Free “Optimizing Operations In The Hybrid Office” Webinar

In this free video webinar, learn how optimizing operations in an office building has taken on newfound significance in the era of hybrid work.

[VIDEO] Capital Planning Advice for Facilities

Creating a sustainable and adaptable capital plan will take a coordinated effort among decision-makers and a tactical plan of attack. Learn more.