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3 Commercial AC Tips from the Pros

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Commercial services are the obvious choice for keeping your workplace AC unit working at its best. As annoying as it must be to have a home air conditioner suddenly stop working, the harmful impact is much greater in the workplace. Everyone from customers to your employees relies on your HVAC, and an uncomfortable environment can put a serious dent in production. It can even lead to a lost day of work (or more), depending on the severity of the weather. Following these tips can help you steer clear of setbacks like this.

Save with Programmable Thermostats for Your Commercial Space

Picking the best temperature for a work setting can be tricky, given that there will be numerous different occupants with their own preferences. A programmable thermostat will allow you to set the schedule ahead of time and focus on consistency and reducing your expenses. You can set them to run with less energy consumption when the building isn’t in use, and you can customize the scheduling to accommodate your business hours.

Change Your Commercial HVAC Filters

You have more than enough to worry about when you're running a business, but failing to keep up with changing your air filters will have serious consequences. Aside from reduced air quality, you'll also restrict the flow of air and waste up to 10% of the energy that goes into your system. Experts recommend you change out the filters every three months at the very least.

Cut Your Commercial Upkeep Costs with Regular Maintenance

Commercial maintenance ensures your system works at its best, without the risk of a debilitating malfunction in the middle of the workday. You'll also cut down on wasted energy due to a faulty mechanism, as maintenance allows technicians to spot problems early on before they can develop into something worse. Between your energy savings and the repairs you'll avoid, calling in for commercial maintenance pays for itself over time!

At Morelli Heating & Air Conditioning, we'll look at the entirety of your system to identify any areas that need improvement or repairs. We'll also help you save on your utility costs, so you have nothing to lose. To learn more about our commercial services and how they can help, contact us today.

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3 Quick HVAC Habits to Change This Week

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Just like all the other habits we have, our heating and air conditioning habits aren't always good. Sometimes they lead to us wasting energy (and money, by extension), or they can be harmful to the wellbeing of our HVAC systems. Given how expensive a new unit can be, you should avoid practices that shorten their lifespan or cause breakdowns at all costs. Read on for a look at some habits you should drop sooner rather than later.

Ignoring Outside HVAC Units

During the warmer months of the year, your outdoor unit can be on the receiving end of a great deal of "nature." Leaves, weeds, dirt, debris and general vegetation can pile onto and around it, which will clog the cooling fins and fan filter. This kind of buildup will wear your unit down much faster, and will also have a harmful effect on its efficiency. Keep the unit as clean as possible — you can use a gentle spray setting on your hose to wash off the dirt and grass you see on the coils.

Hiding Indoor HVAC Components

If you have an older unit that looks particularly ugly, don’t hide it away in shame! Firstly, judging its appearance makes you shallow (yes, we’re judging you). Beyond that, hiding components behind shrubs and plants will potentially block the ventilation. This can make units less effective and lead to a clogged condenser.

Being Overzealous with Your System’s Thermostat

When you walk in after a swelteringly hot day out in the sun, it might be tempting to push the thermostat to the max. But you should fight off the urge to lower the thermostat temperature too far. If you're comfortable at 75 degrees, don't go 5 degrees lower for the sake of being colder. This practice won't make the system work any faster, and it'll only serve to waste energy as it tries to reach the excessively low temperature.

At Morelli Heating & Air Conditioning, we take pride in bringing our customers service they can depend on to keep them comfortable. For more heating and air conditioning tips, to schedule an appointment, or to learn about repairs and regular maintenance, contact us online or call us at 843.554.8600 today.

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3 Pointers for Keeping Your Electricity Bill under Control

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When you’re talking about energy efficiency, HVAC costs usually enter the discussion at some point, and for good reason. Heating and cooling account for a significant portion of our energy bills, and we're always trying to come up with ways to cut down on what we consume. This isn't always easy, especially during the hottest months of the year. Luckily, there are ways to keep the bills under control without giving up the cooling we need. Keep reading for three pointers to minimize your electricity bill this summer.

1.Cut Energy Costs by Helping Your HVAC

Your HVAC works overtime when the weather reaches extreme levels, so it's important to give it a break when the opportunity presents itself. This can include opening the windows on cooler nights instead of running the AC or utilizing ceiling fans to help rooms feel cooler. Fans allow you to feel just as comfortable with a more conservative setting on the thermostat. Even a few degrees can make a big difference once the bills arrive.

2.Keep up with Maintenance to Ensure Efficiency

Preventative maintenance from a reputable provider can keep your bills down by ensuring the HVAC system is always working at peak efficiency. Aside from that, you can perform some maintenance of your own to make sure the unit doesn't need to work harder than necessary. Keep an eye on air filters and change them regularly to keep airflow from blocking up, which is a cause of wear and tear as well as reduced efficiency.

3.Get an Energy Audit

Even the smallest issues and inefficiencies can lead to higher electric bills. An energy audit highlights the little problems so you can fix them, thus cutting down on your consumption and allowing you to save money right away and also over time.

At Morelli Heating & Air Conditioning, we offer a thorough inspection that will cover all potential problem areas, and we'll do whatever it takes to get you the best results possible. To learn more about better energy efficiency and our audits, feel free to contact our team of experts at Morelli today.

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2 Simple Ways to Know If Your AC Unit Is the Right Size for Your Business

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If you believe the only way to accurately calculate the proper size for an AC unit at work is to enlist commercial services, you're probably right. At the same time, some fundamentals may shed light on whether you have the right size unit for your commercial space. When it comes to HVAC, size does matter, and bigger isn't always better. A unit that is too large for the space will drive up your electric bills and an undersized unit will actually do the same.

Calculating the Ideal Size for Your Commercial AC

Although figuring out the exact size won't be easy for anyone who isn't a professional (due to factors like sunlight exposure, building materials and the space's design), you can still come up with an estimate on your own. If you're fond of numbers (and your space doesn't have a ceiling higher than eight feet), you can actually use the following to come up with an approximate estimation of the ideally sized unit:

  • First, calculate the square footage of the area you will be cooling.
  • Divide the square footage number by 500.
  • Multiply the new number by 12,000, which will give you the total BTUs the unit will need to offset to effectively cool the space.
  • For every person who will occupy the space, add 380 BTUs. For every kitchen, add 1,200. For each window, add another 1,000.
  • The total cooling needed will be the final number, which can be a good starting point but won’t be completely accurate without professional input.

Signs Your Commercial System Is the Wrong Size

If you're not keen on doing the math but believe your system might be incorrectly sized, there are warning signs. A system that is too big will cycle itself on and off constantly, which will lead to excess humidity and hot areas within the space. On the other side, a system that is too small will struggle to cool properly and will need to be working all the time to compensate.

When in Doubt, Don’t Risk Workplace Comfort

An experienced HVAC technician will be able to assess your space and determine the optimal size for your commercial AC unit. This sizing will be much more precise than what an amateur can achieve, and a reputable service provider will be able to offer valuable guidance as you seek out the best options for your workplace.

At Morelli Heating & Air Conditioning, we're eager to show you how we can help your business. We offer a wide range of commercial services that can get you set up with a dependable, correctly-sized system, and we’ll take steps to help you avoid issues in the future. Get in touch with our team of experts today to learn more.

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