Midwest Mechanical - An HVAC Blog

Why Include Chicago HVAC Maintenance into Your 2018 Capex Budget?

Published: February 13, 2018

With a new year upon us, we recognize most of our current and future customers across Chicago are working hard to finalize their 2018 operational budgets and capex planning for their commercial facilities.

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Can Your Chicago Commercial Building Really Get Sick?

Published: January 30, 2018

Strange as it may sound, there really is such a thing as Sick Building Syndrome, and it could be affecting your commercial facility right now.

Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) notably affects tenants and employees in commercial buildings, and it’s been a problem for decades. Indications include occupants experiencing acute negative health symptoms that are directly connected with the time they spend in a particular structure or area within the facility.

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The Facility Manager’s Guide to Effective Commercial Refrigerant Management

Published: January 25, 2018

While it may not be top of mind at all times, refrigerant management is an important topic for commercial building owners and facility managers to consider. Understanding and optimizing it for your building can potentially mean thousands of dollars on your annual balance sheet, especially if your HVAC equipment is more than eight years old, but is not yet in need of replacement.

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How Routine Commercial HVAC Service Can Boost Your Chicago Building’s Bottom Line

Published: January 23, 2018

Every business is different and constant change is a guarantee in the market and broader economy and industry. But one thing that never changes in any business model is the need to maintain positive cash flow and a healthy bottom line.

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3 Reasons to Prioritize Mission Critical HVAC Services for Chicago’s Data Centers

Published: November 13, 2017

A company’s data center encompasses nearly all of the digital assets, customer interactions and transactions that pass through a business on a daily basis. It’s essentially the nerve center of the entire organization. No company can be fully prepared for the consequences of an outage at their data center.

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Is Full Service or Planned Building Maintenance Right for Your Commercial Building?

Published: November 09, 2017

When we spend a significant amount of money on something like a car or an appliance, it’s pretty common for us to pitch in a little extra to make sure that item is covered under a warranty of some kind. After all, investments deserve protection: it gives us peace of mind and ensures we’ll be able to keep our purchase in top form for as long as possible.

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The Commercial Building Owner’s Guide for Chicago HVAC Planned Maintenance

Published: November 06, 2017

As a commercial building owner or facility manager, you’re not alone in thinking about your HVAC system primarily as a line item on the balance sheet. It’s either a capital expenditure (when upgrading or replacing it) or an operating expense (to keep it running and handle any emergency repairs.) However, the most important aspect of professional HVAC care is actually what happens in between those major events, and it has a direct impact on the same balance sheet:

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4 Reasons an Energy Star Rating Makes Sense for Chicago Commercial Buildings

Published: September 25, 2017

The Energy Star program is “the most successful voluntary energy conservation movement in history.” But is it just a feel-good thing to do, or is there any real business value in pursuing an Energy Star rating for commercial buildings?

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Is Boiler Service Really Necessary for a Healthy HVAC System?

Published: August 14, 2017

As a savvy commercial building owner, you probably keep a master list of all the things that are paramount to keeping your facility running smoothly vs. those maintenance items you deem unnecessary. You know your facility and just because a professional tells you a particular service is important doesn’t mean that will be the sole criteria for making a decision.

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The Chicago Facility Manager’s Commercial HVAC Service Checklist

Published: August 10, 2017

As a facility manager in the Windy City, you’re responsible for all the mechanical assets of the commercial building you’re caring for, including the HVAC system. While paying the bills may be the building’s owner responsibility, budgeting is your concern too.

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