April 2019 Newsletter - Volume 5
FIRST POINT'S MISSION
At First Point Mechanical, we are committed to be well known in our industry for our high quality customer service, integrity and honesty.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO CLEAN THE CONDENSATE DRAIN PANS AND TRAPS DURING THE SPRING?
Picture an ice cold drink on a warm summer day - what might you see? Most likely you'll find water droplets that start to form on the outside of the glass. This is similar to what happens to your evaporator coil. When warm air passes over extremely cold evaporator coils, condensation forms and drips into a pan below.
If not maintained properly, you may experience a number of issues including damaged or clogged drain lines, water overflowing and subsequent issues to the rest of the unit, resulting in lower longevity and efficiency of the system.
The best way to help prevent an issue with your condensate drain pans and drain traps is to pre-clean these components prior to summer time when the warmer weather demands more of your cooling units.
Cleaning drain pans and condensate drain traps during the spring preventive maintenance inspection will help prevent these areas from plugging up with debris during cooling operations, when condensate water causes debris to build up. This build up of debris can result in the possibility of water not draining properly and leaking into the unit or the space.
Reduce energy costs, enhance comfort controls and reduce equipment footprint
With only two existing thermostats for over 14 classrooms and offices, Loyola Academy was looking for a better way to control the temperature in each classroom and office. Being located in the basement, the new system also had to be able to dehumidify to maximize its' occupants comfort.
With limited space above the ceilings, Loyola Academy and First Point's engineers worked together to find a system that would meet both the space limitations and provide additional comfort controls to the teaching staff.
First Point Mechanical designed and installed the Mitsubishi VRF system that provides each classroom and office simultaneous heating and cooling . This project turned two thermostats into 14 individual controlled zones! This project also freed up mechanical room space and allowed the building to utilize this additional space for storage and classroom use.