Westland Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing Blog: Archive for the ‘Commercial HVAC’ Category

What Do You Need in a Commercial HVAC Service?

Monday, July 16th, 2018

employee-enjoying-air-conditioning-in-officeWhat makes a commercial HVAC company a good one? It’s when they understand the needs of a business. Most HVAC companies are fully equipped to perform residential services, but it doesn’t mean that they know commercial HVAC. Commercial HVAC requires different systems, methods, and strategies for cooling or heating your building with the utmost efficiency.

Here are a few services and products that a good commercial HVAC company in North Ridgeville, OH should be proud to offer.

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The Benefits of Commercial Rooftop AC

Monday, July 17th, 2017

commercial-hvac-systemsCommercial air conditioners are as important as residential models during our hot and muggy Ohio summers. Indeed, in some ways, they might be even more important, since most people spent the heat of the day in an office, a retail store, a school building, or similar structure that requires commercial air conditioning. That system also needs to perform as expected day in and day out. When it doesn’t, you need a good service to take care of the issue quickly and effectively, without disruption.

In most cases, modular rooftop air conditioning units make the ideal means of delivering cool air to your commercial space (as well as warm air in the winter in most cases). Modular units involve a series of identical HVAC units, each able to deliver a certain amount of cooling power. Why place them on the roof and why use modular units instead of a single AC? There are a number of good reasons, all of which provide key benefits to your office or business.

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How Do Rooftop Units Benefit My Commercial Space?

Monday, March 14th, 2016

Commercial HVAC systems have different needs than residential systems. They need to be more powerful, for starters, since they must heat and cool more space and support a comfortable environment for more people. They also carry bigger consequences when they suffer a breakdown, since an uncomfortable environment can lower productivity and drive customers away. Here in Rocky River, OH, a lot of businesses use rooftop units to heat and cool their business space. It gets around a lot of those issues and helps maintain the dependability that most commercial endeavors need. How? Here’s a quick breakdown.

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3 Advantages to Modular Commercial HVAC Systems

Monday, January 4th, 2016

If you own a business or work as an office manager here in Westlake, OH, you know that commercial HVAC systems have unique aspects to better enable them to meet the specified needs of the space. Commercial buildings aren’t the same as residential buildings, and while the principles of heating and air conditioning are unchanged, the methods used to deliver them need to reflect that. Many businesses opt to use modular units for their HVAC needs: multiple units, usually mounted on the roof, which each combine to deliver the heating and cooling for your building. You may ask yourself what the advantages of such a format are. We’ve provided three of them below.

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The Principles of Commercial Chillers

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

If your large commercial property has unique cooling needs, a commercial chiller may be the right system for your building. Commercial chillers provide excellent and efficient space conditioning throughout a large space, but they may also be used for a variety of industrial process cooling needs. This may include cooling requirements for laboratory equipment, hospital equipment, or factory machinery. There exist many different types of chillers that can be used for a range of purposes, so it will be difficult to select the right type on your own. To choose the correct kind of chiller for your building in Avon Lake, you’ll want to talk to the experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. For now, let’s take a brief look at how these systems operate and how you should maintain your unit.

How Chillers Work

Chillers rely on a vapor-compression cycle to remove heat. A liquid is chilled as it continuously cycles through the system. While this liquid is usually purely water, water may be combined with glycol or propylene as well. First, the water absorbs heat at the evaporator. Then, the compressor allows water to release heat into the outside air. In most commercial applications in the U.S., a type of mechanical compressor is used, in which the refrigeration process lowers the temperature, but other chillers may rely on air cooling or water cooling to remove heat. In any case, chilled water is stored in a reservoir and a pump circulates water to the building or to the area requiring cooling. The liquid is then pumped back to the evaporator to begin the process again.

Chiller Maintenance

Cooling a large space uses a lot of energy, so it’s important to keep your system efficient by scheduling regular maintenance for your chiller and calling a technician at the very first sign of a problem. Listen for strange noises, check for leaks, pay attention to temperature settings, and call a professional technician twice a year for a professional cleaning and inspection.

Call Westland Heating and Air Conditioning for more information about chillers in Avon Lake. We install all kinds of chillers and offer professional installation, maintenance, and repairs.

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Signs of Trouble with Rooftop Units in Bay Village

Friday, July 25th, 2014

The workhorses of the commercial HVAC world are packaged rooftop heating and cooling units. Since the earliest days of electromechanical air conditioning for businesses, these rooftop units have been the standard way to deliver comfort for a workplace. The modular nature of these systems allows for easy expansion, and because they are designed as packaged units with all the components located in one cabinet, they are convenient to repair and maintain.

If the rooftop units in your Bay Village, OH business start to show signs of malfunctions, then it’s time to call on the work of commercial repair specialists. Westland Heating and Air Conditioning handles many commercial HVAC services and has for over a quarter of a century. Place your company’s comfort in our skilled hands.

Watch for these signs of rooftop unit troubles

  • Uneven heating or cooling: It’s likely that you have more than one rooftop unit working to condition your business. If one stops working, you may at first not notice it because the others will continue to supply conditioned air from the vents. However, not all the rooms or zones of the workplace will receive the same level of heating/cooling, and you will start hearing complaints from customers and employees regarding hot and cold spots. These are early warnings that one or more of the rooftop units is encountering trouble.
  • Odd noises from the vents: One of the advantages of rooftop units is that they remove noise from the workplace. However, a malfunctioning rooftop unit can often begin to make large amounts of mechanical noise, and this can echo down through the vents. If odd noises start to disrupt your business, then you should bring in HVAC repair specialists to look into the issue.
  • Spike in utility bills: Rooftop units are durable and will often continue to produce their standard levels of heating and cooling despite having operational problems. However, they will drain far more energy to achieve their normal heating and cooling levels, and you will see this reflected on your bills. Since you keep a close watch on your company’s finances, you should quickly notice these leaps in costs. Don’t ignore them, since they will not improve over time. Instead, contact reliable repair professionals to see what work needs to be done.

To help avoid trouble from the rooftop units that keep your workplace comfortable for employees, customers, clients, and/or tenants, make sure to schedule twice-yearly maintenance visits.

Westland Heating and Air Conditioning provides comprehensive maintenance in Bay Village, OH for rooftop units, and we are available whenever you need repairs.

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Advantages to Installing a Chiller

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

If you have a business that needs cooling for a large space—especially one with industrial machinery that generates large outputs of heat—a commercial chiller is an excellent option. A chiller is a type of refrigeration equipment that uses water for cooling instead of the standard system of using chemical refrigerant to carry out heat exchange (this is how regular air conditioners work). A chiller removes heat from water that circulates through its coils, and this chilled water is what cools down the air—a process called evaporative cooling.

Whether you need to replace your current chiller or wish to install one for the first time, the people to call for the job are at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. We offer numerous services for commercial HVAC needs, and when it comes to chillers in Westlake, OH, we have you covered for installation, maintenance, and repairs.

Reasons to Install a Chiller at Your Business

  • Protection for your equipment: The best reason to have chillers working in your business is that they protect your equipment. Losing one of your industrial machines to overheating can result in expensive replacements that can account for a huge chunk of your annual budget—one that you might not be able to afford. But with a chiller, you have a cost-effective way to cool down the vital machinery for your business.
  • Reduced costs: Chillers circulate water; they do not constantly draw outside water from a municipal source and then send it out into the sewer system. This means you will save money on utility bills for water and sewer. Water chillers are also more effective than water towers when it comes to summer operation, and will cost much less to run. And even though chillers produce heat exhaust during operation, there are special efficient units that recovery this energy to use as part of its cycle.
  • Enormous cooling output: A chiller can provide powerful cooling levels considering its reduced costs to run: depending on size, a chiller can provide between 180,000 to 18,000,000 BTUs of cooling per hour, making them ideal for large industrial spaces that standard air conditioners simply cannot handle.

If your company needs installation of chillers in Westlake, OH, contact our commercial specialists at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. You need commercial experts for this job who have extensive experience working with chillers. You can also count on our team for quality repair work for your company’s chillers, and we also handle many other commercial HVAC services.

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3 Common Repairs for Avon Chillers

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Chillers are an alternate form of air conditioning common to offices and business spaces. Like traditional air conditioning systems, they use refrigerant gas to facilitate the cooling process. With chillers, however, the gas cools water rather than air, which keeps costs low while still providing solid air conditioning abilities for your business. Here in Avon, chillers are a common feature, which means that air conditioning repair companies are well versed in handling most kinds of service calls.

3 Common Repairs for Avon Chillers

  • Pump problems. Chillers rely on pumps to circulate the water and ensure that it remains cool. If the pump experiences problems – if the motor shuts down for instance or there is a problem with the pressure – the water won’t circulate and the chiller won’t function. Most kind of pump problems involve a faulty part which must be replaced, though in some cases, the pump can be repaired instead.
  • Low refrigerant. Like other types of air conditioner, chillers need refrigerant to facilitate the cooling process. When the refrigerant leaks, the cooling process is restricted and the chiller can’t do its job effectively. A technician needs to hunt down the source of the leak and seal it before it will work again.
  • Thermostat problems. Chillers have thermostats and freezestats to make sure the water is at the optimum point. If such components are malfunctioning, the water will be insufficiently cold to function, or may become too cold and freeze in the lines.

For these and other common repairs for Avon chillers, the experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning can be relied upon at all times. A malfunctioning chiller can be devastating to your business: driving away customers and making it difficult for employees to do their jobs in the summer heat. You shouldn’t have to wait when you’re experiencing problems with your chiller. Call us today to make an appointment and get your system back on track!

We have the skills to find the source of the problem with your chiller and implement the proper repairs the first time. More importantly, we pride ourselves on your complete satisfaction.

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What Can Rooftop Units Do for My Business?

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Rooftop air conditioning units are a common sight in office buildings and similar commercial spaces such as malls. They’ve become the staple for most types of business and here in Bay Village, rooftop units make an easy and advantageous choice for your commercial HVAC system. If you’re considering a new system for your building, you should seriously consider such units. But why specifically? “What can rooftop units do for my business?” you ask. Here’s a quick rundown.

Commercial space, whether it be an office building, a piece of retail space or a restaurant, has much different air conditioning needs than a residential home. Homes tend to have a set number of occupants regardless of who owns them at the time. Businesses, on the other hand, must deal with a constant ebb and flow of occupants: not only customers who might come and go but expanding and contracting numbers of employees, depending upon the needs of the business in question. Not only must a commercial HVAC system support a much larger space, but it must be able to grown and shrink to meet ever-changing needs.

Rooftop units are perfect for that. They have a modular natures, which means you can add and subtract new ones as the need arises. If you expand into a new floor, there’s no need to completely revamp your HVAC system. Just add another unit or two. Similarly, if a tenant leaves one section of your office building, you can remove the extraneous units with little or no fuss. Furthermore, since space is at a premium in most businesses, you don’t want to take up precious square footage with a big system. Rooftop units are out of the way, and yet easily accessible in the event you need repair.

For more on what rooftop units can do for your business, or to schedule an installation session, give the experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning a call. Our trained staff has years of experience handling commercial HVAC services in Bay Village, and we’ll set up a system that fits both your needs and your budget. Give us a call to make an appointment today!

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This is How Cooling Towers Work

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

You often see cooling towers in commercial and industrial sites, helping to keep components cool and allow the HVAC system to do its job with less stress and strain. Here in Avon, cooling towers are a common site for many commercial HVAC units, and installing one could be a very wise move towards keeping your costs down. But what do cooling towers do for you that you wouldn’t fin in an air conditioning system without one? Here’s a brief rundown of how cooling towers work.

In basic terms, they facilitate a heat exchange with the condenser in the HVAC systems, usually using water to transfer away the excess heat.  It starts with a stream of cold water, which pulls excess heat form the convert and helps cool it down. The now-warm water moves through the cool, cooled by a second flow of cool water which evaporates and helps cool off the hot water. Once the water has been restored to a cooler temperature, it can then return to the compressor to continue cool it as well.

Cooling tower come in multiple types, including crossflow cooling towers (which blow the air horizontally while the water flows vertically) and counterflow cooling towers (which blow the air vertically and use pressurized sprays to hit the air with the water). Both types periodically need to be refilled with water, since the process leads to a lot of evaporation and can dry out the unit if you’re not careful. On the other hand, it helps the existing HVAC system handle the load much more effectively, reducing wear and tear and helping lower your overall energy costs in the bargain.

If you know how cooling towers work, you know that they need care and maintenance just like the rest of the HVAC system. In Avon,  We have the experience and know-how to deal with any problems you might experience and we stand by our work with your complete satisfaction in mind. For all of your cooling tower and commercial HVAC system service needs in Avon, look to the experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. Give us a call today to make an appointment. You’ll be glad you did!

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