With all the different input the world has regarding HVAC systems and services, it’s difficult to determine myths from the truth. Continue reading as we break down the truths of four different myths surrounding commercial HVAC services.
Building owners everywhere are upgrading their HVAC equipment to increase their energy savings. In 2017, section 179 of the Internal Revenue Code was amended to allow businesses to deduct up to $1 million of the overall HVAC cost for the system’s first year of use with a maximum of $2.5 million purchase price. Because these tax benefits will start to fizzle out in 2023, now is the perfect opportunity to save money when upgrading your system.
As a building owner, you want to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your investment when it comes to your commercial HVAC system. This typically means keeping your unit running efficiently for as long as possible without needing to replace it. Continue reading as we discuss three ways to prolong the lifespan of your commercial HVAC unit.
Your building automation system (BAS) controls everything from your commercial HVAC to your security system, lighting, and several other critical components of your workplace. With the advancement of automations systems, the industry is seeing a convergence of information technology and operation technology. While this integration is great for efficiency, it also brings about the threat of hackers. You can increase your cybersecurity and protect your BAS by following these tips.
In your quest to automate your workplace comfort and energy efficiency, finding the proper qualified controls technician can be very overwhelming. Your first thought is probably to call your commercial HVAC contractor, but not all HVAC companies are equipped to handle modern controls for commercial systems. Continue reading as we delve into the selection process for choosing a controls technician to manage your automation system.
Technology is advancing every day, and it’s time to bring your commercial HVAC system up to speed. By installing a new control or automation system, you can manage the temperature of your building more efficiently (from your phone, even), schedule HVAC maintenance, extend the lifespan of your system, and monitor/increase the safety of your occupants. When making the decision to upgrade your system, here are a few things you should know about control and automation systems.
One of the biggest responsibilities that most business owners fail to recognize is maintaining their commercial HVAC unit. Monitoring energy costs as well as the productivity and efficiency of your unit is incredibly important not only for your budget, but for the comfortability of your employees as well.
With the weather as unpredictable as it is here in the South, there’s no perfect science to keeping your HVAC costs down. However, we do have a few tips to help you reduce the frequency of system failures and save on repair costs. As a business owner, here are three steps you should take in order to reduce the need for commercial HVAC repairs.
Summer can be one of the toughest seasons for building owners. Keeping your occupants comfortable while simultaneously cutting energy costs can seem like an impossible task; however, it doesn’t have to be. Continue reading for three tips on keeping your commercial building cool on a budget.
Here in Louisiana, heavy humidity is something we’re all too familiar with. Not only do these high levels of humidity affect you, but they affect the performance of your commercial HVAC unit as well. As a building owner, it’s your responsibility to make sure that the occupants of your building are comfortable and that the inside humidity is regulated.
In summer months, consumers are the most vulnerable to failing HVAC systems. Due to the shortage in skilled labor, especially air conditioning technicians, HVAC companies are hiring less than capable techs.
The difficulty in hiring an air conditioning contractor is knowing whether the maintenance is actually being performed. It is rather obvious if your landscaping or custodial service provider has done their job--you can see it.
Summertime in the South can be a grueling experience--especially if your HVAC system isn’t functioning efficiently. As a building owner, you want your occupants to be satisfied. You know that they expect to enter your facility and find relief from the brutal outdoor heat. How can you be sure that your commercial HVAC system is ready for the months to come? The answer is simple.
As a business owner, you want to make sure that your building is a comfortable place to work. This means that your commercial HVAC system will need regularly scheduled cleaning, maintenance, and tune-ups in order to run efficiently and keep your occupants happy.
In order to diagnose a duct leak as your problem, you will need to schedule a duct test with an experienced HVAC professional. If you notice the following signs, it’s time to schedule an appointment:
Are you frustrated with resolving tenant complaints when it comes to the comfort conditions in your building? The A/C contractor tells you something different than the previous contractor. There are many variables that can cause comfort issues within a building.
Many companies in the commercial HVAC industry rely on HVAC systems to break down in order to make money. Rather than wish for your misfortune, however, Star Service uses a different approach. We provide you with scheduled preventative maintenance in order to prevent your system from failing.
Many building owners use their air conditioners daily, especially in the south, but don’t know what is keeping their building cool. Obviously, there are a lot of mechanical components that do everything from cooling the air to venting the air into individual room. But did you know that there are special liquids and gases that are responsible for the cooling of your air conditioner?
Preventative HVAC maintenance is like a flu shot, prenuptial agreement, or flood insurance—it may seem like a nuisance, because "it would never happen to you”, right? Until it does.
Reducing energy consumption is always a great New Year’s resolution for both your property, the environment, and your wallet. The initial energy efficiency investment involves costs upfront, but that money is returned in time through savings. You can drastically reduce your corporate, industrial, school, or home energy consumption using the following tips.
Let’s take a deeper look at some of the benefits preventative maintenance has to offer and discuss the importance of partnering with a company like Star Service.
While ours has historically been a male-dominated industry, women regularly do succeed as HVAC contractors. Here are some things women should consider before getting into heating and AC maintenance.
Building managers, whether they work with office properties or school districts, count on HVAC service technicians to keep their properties cool.
Changes in the commercial real estate market have meant a consolidation of ownership. To put it another way, many owner-operators and off-site management companies have gone from owning and managing an office building or two to having many multi-state – or even multinational – properties.
Commercial building owners and managers have ongoing costs they can’t do much about. These include real estate and property taxes, insurance, management fees, repairs and maintenance, utilities and staff payroll.
Facilities with lower operating costs generate more operating income than those with higher outlays—that’s a no-brainer.
If you’re in commercial real estate, you know Net Operating Income (NOI) is the key to making your property more valuable.
Are you putting off decisions regarding your HVAC system?
Unfortunately, those complaints you’re getting about temperature fluctuations and air quality aren’t going to go away. Even if your HVAC system is still within its average lifespan, a range of factors can contribute to a system’s premature aging.
Commercial HVAC systems here in the South don’t just keep the hot air outside so the people who work indoors can do their jobs in comfort. Some of that hot air is generated indoors, too.
(And no, we aren’t just talking about your boss.)
The Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs, Mississippi is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the works of artist, illustrator and author Walter Inglis Anderson.
How’s your air?
Is your building’s air quality contributing to a productive and healthy workforce?
Unreliable, inefficient commercial chillers are budget-killers.
Picture this: One location of a corporate retail chain has rooftop units (RTU’s) that date back at least ten years. One of the units is approaching "failure mode,” meaning it isn’t performing as well as it should and the other units are working harder to compensate.
Commercial HVAC systems are as the same as home systems, only larger. Right?
Modern facilities management means always looking for ways to increase net operating income. That’s why cost-effective HVAC control systems are a win-win for FM professionals and tenants. They give occupants more control over workplace comfort and can deliver tremendous savings to commercial properties.
A pilot program run by Star Service is helping St. Landry Parish high schoolers learn to save on energy costs while saving local taxpayers real money on repairs and energy costs. The program is also giving school administrators a lesson in the value of retrofitting outdated systems.
At Star Service, our approach is entirely different. Instead of waiting for systems to fail, we provide scheduled preventative maintenance to ensure they don't.
Fall is a great time for Gulf Coast businesses to give some TLC to their AC systems. Here are some tips and ideas for keeping your system up and running while keeping your costs down.
In the world of HVAC contractors, technology is always changing. Check out these technological advances on the commercial and residential market.
Summers in the Gulf Coast region can be unbearable. However, we are fortunate to live in the era of air conditioning. So who do we have to thank for this now-indispensable invention?
Since the population shifted south after the 1960s, the demand for reliable air temperature control has only increased. The HVAC industry has changed greatly over the years as new technology emerges to solve heating and cooling issues. Commercial buildings have experienced an increased need for effective, dependable HVAC systems.
Our clients from New Orleans to Mobile run businesses that require reliable heating, cooling, and ventilation. Whether Star is working with a school, a warehouse, or a manufacturing plant, we have to keep these requirements in mind.
School districts in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Alabama often struggle with poor indoor air quality. But how do you know if your school is affected and, what's more, how can you fix the issue?
Fort Bend Independent School District (FBISD), outside of Houston, has relied on Star Service for its HVAC needs for several years. Here's what we do for them. What can we do for you?
If you are left wondering if your air conditioning maintenance contractor really knows how to service and maintain your HVAC equipment, it will be worth your while to pay attention to a few important things.
The Jefferson Parish School System is one of the largest and most innovative in the state of Louisiana. The administration, school board, teachers, and staff all share a deep devotion to providing the best possible education.The Jefferson Parish School System also takes great pride in their facilities and understands the importance of a healthy, comfortable learning environment.
When working with a limited budget, facilities managers must grapple with the problem of effectively managing HVAC systems. While it's tempting to avoid the initial costs of upgrading, inefficient energy usage can quickly burn through money that could have been put to better use elsewhere.
Star Service, Inc. of Mobile is proud to announce we have partnered with Chevron Pascagoula Refinery to maintain and service its HVAC equipment needs.
Every building owner usually gets to a point where they feel married to the controls manufacturer. Here's how Star Service saved Rodos Realty Partners thousands of dollars by mitigating unnecessary equipment repairs and controls upgrades.
We needed an experienced and skilled technician who could maximize energy efficiency and keep costs as low as possible. Taking a little extra time to find the right contractor in the beginning will pay big dividends in the years ahead.
A building that's too hot or too cold results in poor productivity for everyone. A constantly failing HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system too often results in closed doors--something that a school or business can't afford.
Most people buy a home or business with a pre-existing heating system, then keep this same system for years.But as more energy-efficient options are introduced to the market, should you stick with what you've already got?
Business owners and school administrators know that "going green" applies to more than the home or office. Here are the best reasons why you should seriously consider making a few changes, not only to save money, but also to improve the quality of life at your school or other facility.
If you've ever looked into an industrial air conditioning or HVAC system--or at your filthy AC filters--then you know exactly how much dust, mold, and particulate matter is floating around in the air. What you may not know is exactly which contaminants are in that air--as the list is long. And those contaminants can cause a range of health issues. Luckily, industrial-grade air filtration can filter those out.
Does your unit need some AC maintenance, to be replaced entirely, or does it simply need some life breathed into with refurbishing?
The best way to know for sure is to call us with your specific system's details, but here's a list of ways to tell if refurbishing or replacement might be the right path for you.
Star Service's HVAC contractor business model proved exceedingly interesting to BAE Systems for their BAE Shipyards. Our model of accepting risk for their industrial air conditioning created a win-win scenario that in the paraphrased words of The Godfather 'was an offer they couldn't refuse'. This is what we offered:
When Parkview Baptist Church approaches a task they are deeply committed to doing it well-- just look at their reputation in both academics and sports. Their cooling and industrial air conditioning needs were no exception.
Here at Star Service we develop long-term, on-going relationships with our clients in the form of service contracts. These industrial air conditioning contracts focus highly on preventative care amortized over time, as opposed to expensive emergency service. Here's how you can benefit.
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