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Prepping For Winter

Prepping for Winter

Did you notice the ground this morning? In many places around Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire there was a layer of frost, and even a thin coating of snow covering the grass we just spent the summer lounging in. And, while both of these elements will likely be gone by lunchtime, it’s still a reminder that Mother Nature rests for no one. Winter is coming. And with it, seasonal distresses like coughs, colds, and sniffles.

While we’re on the subject, have you thought about the health of your heating and cooling environment? It’s important. Its health is a direct link to you and your family’s health. So, that said, here are a few important things to take action on before the sky opens and the snow really starts to accumulate:

  • Clean the vents and tidy up around any outdoor piece of your unit. Debris – like leaves, grass clippings, twigs, etc. – can really build up in your HVAC unit during the dusty summer months. While you’re at it, take a quick look at the vents for any dirty buildup and vacuum them out to ensure proper airflow to prevent the circulation of dust and other airborne toxins in your home.
  • Change the air filter. Seriously. You change the one in your car (at least we hope you do), so why not change the one that is servicing your home? It’s easy and your HVAC unit running at an optimal level. Like the function of any filter, when it’s clogged it’s clogged. And when clogs happen, the entire system gets bogged down causing harder, unnecessary strain on your investment. This quick fix is also an element of your maintenance service contract if you’d prefer a professional to handle the matter…
  • Check and set your thermostat accordingly. If your thermostat is programmable, make sure you adjust it for the cooler months. If your thermostat isn’t programmable, keep in mind that it’s 2017 and such technology is extremely affordable, easily installed, and instantly saves you money and unnecessary energy usage. Program it by hours of the day, days of the week, times of the year… There are so many variables you can adjust for. In doing this, you’re proactively making sure your furnace isn’t working unnecessarily hard when it doesn’t have to. Not only does this extend the life of your system, it will save you serious coin on energy bills as well.

And while some of the things we just mentioned are things you can conceivably do yourself, there is also maintenance you’re better off leaving to the professionals like us at Suburban Companies. Having your friendly, experienced neighborhood HVAC professional from Suburban come out to your home to perform maintenance once or twice a year, will have much benefit to you and your system as the years stack up. Having maintenance done at the beginning of each season is key to ensuring that your system will run safely and smoothly all year long. And if that isn’t enough of a reason, having proper maintenance done will also save you money on your energy bills and extend the life of your HVAC unit.

A few of the key tasks we do when we perform seasonal HVAC maintenance include:

  • Detecting and fixing minor problems. Because minor problems can lead to major deficiencies and require expensive repairs.
  • Inspect your HVAC system for performance and safety. Because, like any inspection, safety is the priority. You want your system to work, and provide peace-of-mind. We’ll look to make sure things are running optimally and no leaks or potentially hazardous systematic discharge is occurring.
  • Clean and lubricate the system thoroughly. Because, as mentioned, a good cleaning goes a long way. Like any other aspect of life.
  • Test and calibrate the thermostat. Because, let’s face it, sometimes things happen and we want to ensure proper function and efficiency so you can take complete comfort.

HVAC maintenance takes a lot of work and is not something “anyone” can do. It is, however, something we do here at Suburban Companies. We take great pride in servicing our customers and have since our inception in 1965. Our five Carrier President Awards are a testament to this. We provide exemplary service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Winter’s coming. Are you ready? If not, take comfort, we’ll be right over. Give us a call today, or, better yet, lock in to one of our maintenance plans and achieve the peace of mind in knowing the heating and cooling environment in your home or business is taken care of – bringing you and your HVAC system good operative health and complete environmental comfort.

 

Energy Efficiency During the Frigid Winter Months

Energy Efficiency During the Frigid Winter Months

Here in Massachusetts we’re staring at a string of days that won’t even register on the positive side of the Fahrenheit thermometer. That’s cold. As you assess where you’re at as the winter plods along, we thought we’d throw out a dozen tips to help you keep your energy consumption as efficient as it can possible be. Heat is expensive. Maximize what you get out of the energy you’re producing under your roof – be it at home or at the office.

Lower your thermostat – Sounds crazy as we start to pile the blankets on the bed, but, give it a shot… A decrease of 4 °F could save you as much as 4% on your heating bill. Who couldn’t use a little more green in their pocket? Invest in a sweater and demand more out that thermostat!

Lay down a rug – Do it. You’ll not only help insulate your floors, but you’ll cut down on noise too. Cozier on myriad fronts…

Check your filters – We know, we know. We harp on this a lot. Hey, we wouldn’t have to if you’d just commit to a carefree maintenance plan… Checking the filters on a monthly basis during the winter months will help keep your heating environment “honest,” well maintained, and will reduce energy consumption which could save you up to 5% percent on your heating costs.

Don’t block air vents – Seems obvious, be we’ve learned that it isn’t. Keep supply and return air vents clear of furniture and appliances so your heating system can work more efficiently. Do you sleep with a pillow over your face? No, of course you don’t. You’ve got to breathe to make the next day a viable option. Same is true with your heating system. Let it breathe.

Don’t heat unnecessary places – Avoid heating areas of your home that are not insulated, such as a garage, crawlspaces, attic, or storage sheds. Further, installing a “smart” programmable thermostat allows you to manage the heating of multiple areas of your home or office, saving you up to 10% on your energy bill.

Purchase a well-insulated door – Unless you already have one. Or perhaps bolster the insulation on your current mode of entrance. To check if a door provides good insulation, place your hand against it from the inside. If it feels cooler than the inside walls, it might be time to install a door that’s better insulated. Install fully insulated doors on all entrances to garages, cold storage rooms and un-insulated basements. Also, think about your windows too. We’ll save you line item; it’s very much in tune to what we’re talking about here with doors.

Try a tune-up – Have we mentioned our maintenance plans? Not ready to replace your heating system? A regular tune-up can save 3 to 10% on your next heating bill.

Measure your attic’s insulation thickness – You’re greatest combatant to lost heating energy is in the way you insulate your building. To find out if you have enough attic insulation, measure its thickness. If there is less than 7 inches of fiberglass / rock wool or 6 inches of cellulose you could probably benefit by adding more. And while you’re up there, consider installing some roof vents and inlets to improve ventilation. 

Heat your home (or office) responsibly – This harkens back to the smart thermostat we referenced above. With a proper, technologically advanced thermostat, you won’t even need to worry about the sentiment of this entry.

Here’s the skinny: Cranking up the heat to warm your dwelling quickly doesn’t work. It will warm up at the same rate, regardless of the temperature setting. All you’re doing is taxing your heating system.

Enjoy the sun – Open the drapes or blinds on sunny days and bask in the “free” heat. Keep those south-facing windows squeaky clean to let the light through. All this said, remember to close the drapes or blinds when the sun sets. You know why.

Try a humidifier for extra heat – Not only does a humidifier add a little bit of relief to the painfully dry air that chaps skin and bothers the lungs, it also allows you to turn your thermostat down and be comfortable at lower temperatures. The heat gets stuck in the “water” in the air – which, in this case, is a good thing. We’ll talk about air conditioning in the summertime when humidity is naturally oppressive…

Close the garage door to trap heat – Another “seems obvious” piece of advice, but, we make a lot of house calls, and we know a lot of you are just leaving those doors wide open. It’s fine (generally speaking) in the summertime, but during the winter months, keep the garage door tightly closed as often as possible so that you might retain warmer air against the garage-side wall of the house, which will act as a buffer against the colder outdoor air.

If you need anything regarding your heating system during these frigid months, Suburban Companies is here for you 24/7/365. Take Comfort.

Winter Heating Checklist

Winter Heating Checklist

It’s going to be cold this winter. We’re coming off of one of the warmest winters in our history, so, this year will make up for the “comfort” we had last year. We expect it to be cold, wet, and, the combination of those two will undoubtedly yield a healthy amount of snow, and ice.

But, we’re not the weatherman, and we don’t deal with what your yard looks like. What we do is make sure the inside of your home is geared up and ready for total comfort indoors. Regardless of what’s happening outside, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Right?

Heating System Check

This is basically the name of the game when it comes to preparing yourself for winter. If you’ve been keeping up with what we’ve got going on, chances are, you’ve already called us and have a maintenance schedule in place. Right? If you haven’t, it’s not too late, but it’s time to take it seriously and be proactive. Nobody wants to get stuck without heat…

If you have, great!

In either case, we’ve provided you with a quick and simple checklist of subjects that you should be discussing with your general HVAC contractor.

These items may or may not be applicable to all heating systems – they’re totally dependent on the size and type of your system equipment. In any event, if you have any questions at all, we’re happy to answer them for you.

  • Look for cracks in the heat exchangers
  • Check the safety mechanism for proper operation
  • Check that the flames are burning clean and efficiently
  • Check the flues for carbon buildup and address if buildup exists
  • Check that water pressure gauges are calibrated correctly
  • Remove and clean burners to assure clean and efficient operation
  • Inspect the system’s expansion tanks for proper air cushions to be sure they are not flooded and able to perform their task correctly
  • Be sure to periodically brush the boiler tubes
  • Address thermostat calibration for efficient and effective operation
  • And of course, be sure to change the air filters so that your system can “breath” property

The Cool is in the Coils

The Cool is in the Coils

As summer fast approaches, home and business owners everywhere will be reaching for the controls to the air conditioner portion of their respective heating and cooling system. Right? Right.

Quick question: What are you doing for your annual HVAC “checkup”? Are you locked into a service plan yet? Yes? GREAT. No? Well, consider it

Part of that maintenance, especially at this time of year, will be the proper cleaning of the coils that literally “fuel the cool” in your home or office. This is imperative the efficient operative function of your HVAC system – Especially if you live in a more metro area like Boston for instance. The higher amount of potential contaminants in the air, the more buildup is likely to have accumulated on the coils of your air conditioning apparatus.

How do you save money as a home or business owner by keeping the coils clean?

Well, for one, clean coils prevent the overworking of your entire system due to importune grit, grime, and dust. In the long run, this literally helps add to the longevity of your HVAC environment and helps you to avoid system failure – which can (and will) result in a costly repair or the need for completely new heating and cooling system.

Another cost savings that stems from keeping a proactive “cleanly” approach to coils is the immediate cost savings you’ll experience in monthly utility bills. When dirty coils are forced to overwork to achieve optimal performance, more energy is being used. Simple premise. If your air conditioner’s coils are not thoroughly cleaned every year (and in some cases, monthly, depending on your location), you will experience discomfort in your home or office and your energy bills will inevitably be through the roof…

What are your air conditioner’s coils?

Fair question. Perhaps we should have started here, but alas, better late than never, right? In short, the air conditioning portion of your HVAC system contains two sets of coils:

  1. Evaporator coils. The evaporator coils are located in the indoor portion of the cooling solution and are responsible for “absorbing” heat from your home or office’s air and transferring it to the refrigerant element that carries it out of your home.
  2. Condenser coils. The condenser coils are typically located in the outdoor portion of your air conditioner. The condenser coils are responsible for “dumping the heat from the refrigerant element to the air outside.

To a large degree, the coils contained in your HVAC system are tucked inside the system, and, to be honest, are difficult to effectively access and clean on your own. And if you’re a business owner (or manager), you don’t want to be tinkering around with the HVAC system while you should be focusing on other aspects of the business. That’s why we’re here. Cleaning air conditioner coils is a job that’s best left to your friendly service contractor such as the team here at Suburban Companies. Remember that maintenance plan we mentioned before? Well, think about it. This is part of that service. Our goal is to make sure your HVAC system is firing at an optimal level so that your comfort is at a maximum.

Contact us today to learn more, and to sign up for your maintenance service. Learn more about maintenance right here.

Once you’ve got us locked in, you’re free to Take Comfort.

Here’s to the sunny days ahead, and total comfort in your home and/or office!

Hot and Cold: How Your HVAC System Effects Worker Productivity

How Your HVAC System Effects Worker Productivity

Have you ever stopped and wondered for a moment how the heating and cooling environment in your offices helps shape your bottom line? No? Well, it’s time to look into it.

Consider this:

A recent CareerBuilder study found that 53 percent of employees said they were less productive when working in an office that is too cold, and, on the flipside, 71 percent said they were less productive when working in an office that is too warm. That’s straight from the horse’s mouth!

A study conducted a number of years back by Cornell University suggested that a company with compromised environmental comfort was negatively effecting the cost of labor by as much as 10%.

“The results of our study also suggest raising the temperature to a more comfortable thermal zone saves employers about $2 per worker, per hour,” Cornell professor Alan Hedge said in a news statement when the results were released in October 2004. Hedge teaches design and environmental analysis.

The productivity effects of your organization’s HVAC system need to be taken seriously. There are myriad impacts including (but not limited to):

  • Performance decrease when too hot
  • Performance decrease when too cold
  • Performance decrease when air is polluted and unhealthy (for example: greater sick time/leave)
  • Performance decrease when HVAC environment runs loudly (due in part to lack of maintenance, age of system, etc.)
  • Performance decrease when equipment causes vibrations in building (also due in part to lack of maintenance, age of system, etc.)

In short, when your heating and cooling environment is healthy, your work force is healthy (literally and figuratively). When your work force is healthy, it’s better bet that your business is healthy as well.

For a full report on that study:


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Hot Topic – Preparing Your Home for the Cold New England Months Ahead…

Be Prepared

The last leaves are barely clinging to their spot on otherwise bare tree branches. A frost was likely stuck to the windshield when you set foot outside to begin your daily commute to work (if it hasn’t yet, it will soon, trust us…). It’s time to break out the winter gear, and likewise, it’s time to prepare you home for what is sure to be a cold, long winter. We got off easy last year. That isn’t going to happen again…

So while you plan your winter budget, we offer you five tips to make sure you’re getting the most out of heat your HVAC system is blowing at you during the season of single-digit temps and snow flurries.

winter-ready-windows-caulkingWeather proofing your home’s windows and door – We’ll start with an obvious one: Utilize a fresh application of caulk, or one of the many weather strip options at your local hardware store to shore up gaps that exist on the perimeter of those pesky windows and doors – especially if you live in an older home. They may exude ambiance, but they also permeate massive amounts of energy. And what good is paying to heat your home if that heat is just escaping through the cracks? None. I mean, it was an obvious answer, but we had to lay out it there…

hvac-air-filtersInspect, clean, and change filters – You know your HVAC system has a filter right? It might even have two. You don’t? Well, it’s time to get close to your investment… Put simply, if you’re not proactively monitoring and maintaining your system’s filter(s) you’re doing the system, yourself, and your bank account a disservice. Nobody wins if a filter isn’t periodically cleaned and/or replaced. Clean filters equal clean air, efficient use of your system, and money savings. Read more here.

Keep your thermostat constant – It’s okay to drop the thermostat a few degrees when you’re out the door to work in the morning. That actually saves you significant monies on your monthly electric bill. But dropping the system down to 50 when you’re gone, and 75 when you’re back is using excessive resources – from electricity to finances. Keep it constant. You’ll do yourself and your system a huge degree of betterment by being smarter about your use of the thermostat dial.

thermostat-consistantUse a programmable thermostat – This harkens back to the entry above about being smarter about the usage of your thermostat dial. A programmable “smart” thermostat may be a great option for you because you can “set it and forget it” based on peak usage hours, etc. There are myriad options here. Check this out to learn more about programmable thermostats and how they can benefit you, your home, and your bank account.

Consult an HVAC specialist – In short, a certified, trusted HVAC contractor on your side guarantees that you’re running smoothly and efficiently during the winter, and also throughout the other three seasons that exist in these parts as well. Scheduled maintenance plans are a thing of beauty for the busy homeowner that is best served with a “plug and play” option. At Suburban, we’ll give you just that – Ease of mind, a fully optimized heating and cooling system, and, as our tagline suggests, ultimate comfort.

At Suburban, your comfort is our comfort.
Contact us today to learn more.

Exploring the Ducts: Putting Quality Back into the Air You’re Breathing.

Residential Duct Cleaning

Are you constantly cleaning and dusting around the house? Have you thought of purchasing a “duct-cleaning” to take the dust out of the ductwork?

Do you find the “fresh air” you’re breathing in just doesn’t feel so fresh?

These could be a direct product of improperly installed or aged ductwork, which are jeopardizing the air quality of your home as it gets filtered by your heating and cooling system. How does the dust get into the ductwork?

The average home loses about 30% of the air that circulates through its ducts, causing major inefficiency in your heating or cooling system. This causes a loss of air that you have already paid to heat or cool and causes your HVAC system to work harder to make up for anything that was lost due to the poor seals.

For example, if you have a three ton cooling system with ductwork in the attic. 30% leakage means that you are only delivering two tons of cooling to the space. In addition, that 16 SEER air condition system you’re running now loses 30% of its efficiency.

In fact, of the literally millions of miles of duct work installed in homes throughout the country, industry experts estimate that 90% of them are posing enough of a compromised leak that you are best served to take action. Because isn’t the quality of the air you’re living in important?

Of course it is.

In short: don’t hesitate in taking control of the air that’s filtering around in your home. This issue goes beyond mere temperature. If it isn’t clean, it’s impossible to fully enjoy the comfort you deserve.

Allow us to list a few of the issues you’re going to into if you’re home is suffering from a leaky duct system:

  • Leaks in the ductwork will inevitably cause expensive conditioned air to be dumped into your attic, crawlspace or garage instead of into the house. And that’s not what you intended, right? No. Not at all. That’s an expensive “whoops.”
  • Ductwork leaks pull outside air (hot in summer, cold in winter) into the duct system, which greatly reduces both efficiency and capacity. In humid climates, moist air being drawn into return leaks can (and will) overwhelm the dehumidification capacity of air conditioning systems and cause your home to feel clammy even when your air conditioning system is running. Again, an expensive “whoops.”
  • Heat pumps are particularly susceptible to myriad comfort complaints due to duct leakage. Duct leaks can cause the air coming from your heat pump to feel luke-warm or even cold during the winter (not good). As a form of “remediation,” it has been found that in these instances, there exists an increase in the use of electric strip heaters in heat pumps during the heating season. This is not good. In fact, it’s quite counter-productive.
  • Leaks in ductwork draw air into the house from crawlspaces, garages and attics bringing with it dust, mold spores, insulation fibers and other contaminants. Remember that first question we posed above – you know, the one about constantly cleaning and dusting? – yeah, this is quite possibly why that is happening.

duct-work-dusty-homeYou don’t want to continue down this path… Do you?

Air quality is important. In order to achieve a maximum level of comfort (while offering you a maximum level of energy savings), your system, and the underlying components that work in conjunction with it, need to be operating effectively and efficiently. It’s those satellite components that can get tricky, and are the “silent killers” of energy consumption and cost. Allow a professional to analyze your home, and make the adjustments necessary to keep you running cool and/or warm.

If you are considering a replacement system or just experiencing some of the aforementioned issues, a diagnostic test (duct blast) can be performed to confirm the actual leakage of your ductwork. Many times there are simple repairs to remedy the situation. In some cases the dust is cause by negative pressure in the home causing infiltration through recessed lights and poorly insulated areas. A “blower door” test can be done to verify this condition. Remediation consists of typically adding an ERV (Energy Recovery Ventilator) to bring in fresh air with a program to properly insulate and seal the structure.

Speak to Suburban for assistance with any of these problems. Place your trust in us.

Suburban. Take Comfort.

 

 

 

 

Understanding the Thermostat: How to Take Complete Control over Your Heating and Cooling System

Thermostat

With regard to your heating and cooling system, the hot topic of any season is whether you’re warm or cool enough. In short: Are you comfortable?

The follow up to that question: Is your heating and cooling system providing you with the comfort you long for in an efficient, and cost-effective manner?

Take into consideration that all three of those pieces (comfort, efficiency, and cost) are driven by one single device. What is that device? Please allow us to divulge:

The central force of any heating and cooling system is the control you use to activate it. There are a couple of typical options here:

1. The Classic Dial: The standard option is the thermostat dial that we’ve all seen at one time or another. You turn it to the desired temperature, and, if the temp dips or rises below that mark, your heating and cooling system responds. There are no bells and whistles here. It simply “is what it is.”

2. The Nest: From there the bar rises. One of the hottest trends on the market right now is the “Nest” thermostat. It has roused a cult following and has quickly become the “status symbol” of heating and cooling system controls. The Nest is sleek, and can be accessed and controlled similarly to a standard thermostat, but with a much more dynamic digital interface. It can also be activated remotely through applicable plugins downloadable to your handheld device (such as your phone, tablet, etc.)

When it comes to the temperature of your home (or business), these two options will suffice, but there’s a fundamental flaw that is shared by both of them that you may be overlooking…

Humidity.

There are two basic types of residential heating systems: water based (boiler) and air-based (furnace or heat pump). Residential air conditioning systems are primarily air-based. Your air-based heating and cooling system is made up of two basic components: The furnace and the coil/condenser. The first piece adds heat, the second removes it. Your air-based cooling system is also made up of a fan coil and condenser. The part that both of the aforementioned thermostats don’t deal with when cooling is high-moisture in the air when temperatures are moderate. During the cooling operation, removing moisture is a big piece that supports environmental comfort but the control you may be using isn’t communicating this to your system.

That’s why you need:

3. The Communicating Thermostat: Most commercially available heating and cooling systems have a proprietary communicating thermostat that is specifically designed to get your system working in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible. While temperature control is important, so is controlling the humidity in the air. Controlling both with a single device is the ultimate in comfort support. Each “element” of the HVAC system is “controlled” to operate at its optimum level to provide comfort and efficiency based on individual comfort profiles. This is the “smart” technology you’re really looking for.

This technology allows you to control:

  • Humidity levels
  • Fan speed (variable)
  • Temperature settings
  • Ventilation

In addition, the Communicating Thermostat provides internal diagnostic information for each component to proactively fix problems prior to loss of heating or cooling.

The communicating, programmable thermostat allows you manage your heating and cooling system remotely from any handheld device (smartphone, tablet, computer, etc.). You’re saving money, energy, and headache by knowing that your system will be operating at peak performance. With a basic thermostat or the Nest product you only have the ability to turn your heating and cooling system on and off. With a Communicating Thermostat you’ve gained the ability to take full control of your environment – and that equals maximum comfort.

Contact us today to learn more!

Introducing Ecovent

Environmental Web

EcoVentIn most homes, the heating and cooling system is controlled by a wall-mounted thermostat that is typically located at a convenient and easily-accessible spot within one of the main living areas. Makes sense right? It’s something that gets used a lot, so why not put it somewhere that’s easy to get to? There’s only one issue with this – something that unless you’ve been told, you probably never thought about.

Here’s a little secret about thermostats: they can only sense the air temperature at their exact location.

To better explain, imagine this – You’re in the study doing some reading. It’s freezing. You go out of the room and walk down the hallway to the thermostat. It tells you that it’s 73. Well, it may be 73 in the hallway, but it sure isn’t 73 in the study…

This type of situation is not uncommon. In fact, the typical residential home has an average of a 7-degree difference in temperature between floors. Cold spots, hot spots, and inconsistency is one of the most common problems in heating and cooling.

While you may be tempted to use a space heater or window air conditioner to remedy those spots, there is a better solution.

Enter Ecovent.

Ecovent enables you to achieve maximum control over your heating and cooling system to eliminate the “problem spots” that are currently a struggle to keep at the perfect temperature. With Ecovent, you can easily install (or even retrofit) your home’s existing vents with an intelligent zoning system that will cover every room in the house.

So how does it work?

Well, it’s simple really. The Ecovent system includes three simple components:

  1. A standard wall outlet sensor that reads and controls the environment of the room per your settings as specified via the central Smart Hub unit.
  2. The Smart Hub is controlled through a mobile application that you can download and access with any handheld device (your smart phone, tablet, computer, etc.). Your Smart Hub dynamically communicates with your existing WiFi powered thermostat to send signals to either open or close the vents in the areas in which the Ecovent has been installed. (If you don’t have a “smart” thermostat, don’t worry, we can help you out with options to obtain one).
  3. Vents which are installed wirelessly. They’re powered by 4 AA batteries, which last 3-5 years. Don’t worry, when the batteries are low, an alert will be sent right to your device.

full_stack_square_webEcovent is the prime solution for effectively and efficiently providing the different “zones” in your home with exactly what you need to achieve maximum comfort. It literally puts room-by-room comfort in the palm of your hand.

Give us a call today to discuss any questions you might have regarding the Ecovent system. We’re happy to schedule a consult, and have you up and running in no time at all.

Ecovent: Built by rocket scientists (literally) to deliver real comfort you can feel. This system is taking smart heating and cooling to the next level.

Contact us today for more information (or for any questions you may have)!

Are you proactive or reactive?

It’s a fair question to pose. Think about it. If you’re an organization looking for cost savings, you ought to lean more towards the proactive end. If you’re a gambler, or just don’t know any better, reactive is probably where you’re at in your operative energy strategy. We suggest you at least think about minimizing the risk, and are happy to talk through it with you and offer helpful suggestions.

Here’s the thing, a reactive approach to maintenance could wind up costing you 3 to 5 times more over the lifespan of your heating and/or cooling system. Here are some questions to consider:

  • Do you have a time set aside for the downtime that will be required to service an ill functioning HVAC system?
  • Do you have time set aside to take a hit to your revenues due to be closed for business because of your HVAC system?
  • Do you have the measurement of loss built into your bottom line that occurs when your working environment falters and productivity takes a nosedive?
  • Can you tell when any of these things are about to happen due to an aging, unmanaged system?
  • Do you know how much money you’re about to lose if you lose the gamble that your HVAC system is going to be operatively sound for eternity?

We’re going to ask you again:

Are you proactive, or reactive?

If you’re still leaning towards reactive, we hope you have a very deep wallet, and a backup plan in place in the event something catastrophic happens to your business.

Truth be told, we are here for you at any hour of the day, any day of the week. But we would rather be visiting you for routine service to help your system run at its best, to save you money. Because we know that being proactively conscious of how to make your HVAC system a highly efficient, highly effective operating entity is greatly beneficial to you from an all-encompassing business standpoint.

In short: the proactive approach of HVAC maintenance requires careful planning and forward thinking – saving you time, money, and headaches. Reactive thinking is the most costly way to maintain your building’s HVAC system.

Ready to be proactive?

Here’s what we can offer you with a management contract for your HVAC needs:

  • Existing equipment evaluations – Transparency is the best policy.
  • Suggestions for appropriately planned installs where applicable.
  • Suggestions for appropriately planned maintenance schedules.
  • Budgetary planning advice and estimating for energy initiatives.
  • Scheduling of work at times that is most conducive to not being intrusive to your business operations.

Response. Expertise. Dependability. Suburban.

Take comfort in knowing that we’re here for you.