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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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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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Commercial HVAC Issues that Could Be Wasting Money

Published: March, 15 2017

Just like any other business, a commercial building needs to bring in more money than it costs, or it’s not going to last long. Many building owners are shocked to learn how much money they’re wasting due to relatively simple HVAC issues that go unresolved. If you’re looking for ways to economize, here are three areas you can look into with the help of a professional commercial HVAC company:

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Exploring Energy Rebates to Boost Your Commercial Facility’s ROI

Published: October, 03 2016

Have you ever found a wallet lying on the ground?

If so, you’ll understand the different factors that go into deciding what to do in such a situation. You could pick it up, take any cash that’s in it, and drop it in a garbage can. And, in all likelihood, you’ll never be reminded of it again. Or, you could do the right thing by locating the wallet’s owner and returning it to him intact.

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High Energy Efficiency is Not Always the “Best-Fit” Option for Mechanical Systems

Published: September, 19 2016

Energy efficiency is of prime concern to businesses and individuals alike, both from a financial and an ecological standpoint. On the surface, it makes sense to push for the highest possible efficiency for mechanical systems, in order to save the most money.

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Save Green by Going Green: Energy Efficiency Incentives for Commercial Buildings

Published: September, 12 2016

While we contend that investing in energy efficiency for your commercial building almost always pays for itself through enhanced performance and reduced operational costs, there’s another big financial factor that some building owners and facility managers may not be aware of.

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HVAC System ROI: The Power of Metrics

Published: August, 30 2016

Commercial facility owners and managers find incredible value in using operating costs, projected usage, historic analysis, and other metrics that have a bearing on the true ROI of an HVAC upgrade. These metrics enable facility owners to quantify the value of investing in commercial HVAC services. Here is a real-life example of a project driven by such data.

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HVAC Analytics - How to Turn Data into Bottom Line Profit

Published: June, 15 2016

This is true in the area of HVAC system upgrades and commercial facility energy optimization as it is anywhere else: In order to effectively improve a commercial building’s energy efficiency and see real, tangible results that affect the bottom line, the hardware and software needs to work together to actively collect, analyze, and act on a tremendous amount of data.

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3 Smart Strategies to Reduce Energy Costs Right Now

Published: June, 02 2016

It’s no surprise that commercial buildings focused on efficient energy use can save tens, even hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.  But there is more to this story than simple cost savings.

Becoming more energy efficient impacts long-term sustainability and the quality of the environment we’re leaving for our children and grandchildren to enjoy.  By focusing now on reducing demand on the current power grid, we create capacity for continued economic growth and expansion that will inevitably increase demand in the future. We also reduce CO2 emissions (20% of which are directly related to building usage) and create a more sustainable environment.

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5 Reasons Commercial Facilities Should Perform an Energy Audit

Published: May, 18 2016

You’ve likely heard the maxim, “You can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been.” At its heart, that’s the basis of the energy audit performed on commercial facilities: to see where the facility has been in terms of energy usage and efficiency in order to determine where it’s going - and how to improve that course.

Essentially, an energy audit reviews past energy usage by the facility and compares it to expected energy usage if the building were fully optimized. The difference between the two becomes a list of actions the building owners can take to improve efficiency, lower energy usage, and control costs.

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