January 2019 Newsletter - Volume 4
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The winter season may seem like a good time to cool down on maintenance inspections but neglecting your equipment during one of the harshest times of year can prove risky and costly. The fall maintenance inspection is a great time to prepare your equipment for winter. But the winter maintenance inspection is the perfect time to prepare your equipment for extreme weather conditions we often see during this time of year.
During winter months due to snow accumulation and temperature changes -both above and below freezing- a common nuisance issue is the gas regulator vent getting plugged by snow and/or ice, which can prevent gas from flowing, thus causing heat to fail. Keeping the vents and vent tubing clear and unobstructed is recommended.
Maintaining belts and clean filters will help prevent heat failures caused by the furnace sections overheating.
At this time of year, boilers should already be maintained and tuned up for combustion efficiency. They should be checked daily or weekly by the building maintenance personnel for proper system pressure, leaks and proper operation.
Steam boilers need additional attention such as manually testing the low water cut-off safeties. This is critical for safety of all occupants in the building.
This is a great time of year to begin the process of retrofitting existing equipment and installing new cooling equipment to be prepared for spring and summer.
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.