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What’s new regarding cooling techniques in IT?

Published: September 10, 2018

Remember the days when mixing water with anything electrical was unthinkable? Well, what if we said that water could actually be a computer’s saving grace? With IT departments being a fundamental hub for entire organizations, knowing current trends and best practices for cooling electrical systems is essential.

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How to Deal with Building Wide Pressurization in Chicago’s High Rise Buildings

Published: April 17, 2018

Even if you’ve never heard the term “stack effect,” you’ve probably dealt with this problem at one time or another. It’s extremely common in high-rise buildings throughout Chicago, and, really, everywhere where the climate includes dramatic changes in ambient temperature.

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Unraveling the Energy Rebate Process for Your Chicago Commercial Building

Published: March 12, 2018

As a commercial building owner, you have more than enough on your plate without wading neck-deep into constantly-changing regulations and procedures that don’t impact your life or business. However, in the case of Chicago’s available energy rebates for commercial buildings, it’s definitely worth investigating and taking action where it makes sense.

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Best Practices for Data Center HVAC Usage and Maintenance

Published: February 19, 2018

With the average data center in and around Chicago using more than 100-times the energy of any other similarly-sized commercial facility, energy efficiency is understandably of keen interest to local companies in numerous industries. These buildings, dedicated to housing network servers and supporting equipment, are the hub for billions of increasingly vital online interactions and data storage that’s become essential to day-to-day life throughout our region.

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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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