July 2018 Newsletter - Volume 2
WELCOME TO THE TEAM!
First Point recently added two new members to our chiller division, with 24-30 years' experience each and are both factory trained on ArcticCool by The Arctic Chiller Group and Smardt brand chiller -both of which utilize oil-free, variable speed compressors and magnetic (nearly frictionless) bearings.
SUMMER PLANNING TIPS FOR CHILLERS:
"Summer is the best time time to consider replacing a chiller for the next cooling season, even if it seems like ages away. Old chillers are one of the biggest energy hogs in a building, and a big ticket item to change when the time is right."
If you are considering replacing your chiller, monitoring loads now in the summer will help correctly size the new chiller. Installing temporary electrical meters on your chiller can also help collect data to be available when applying for incentives.
MAINTENANCE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CHILLERS:
In most facilities chiller operation accounts for more than 50% of the electricity used, yet too often chillers are operated or maintained inefficiently, resulting in higher energy costs, lower system performance and reliability and decreased equipment life.
The five most common factors that contribute to decreased chiller efficiency include:
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.