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The Visible, Thick Pollen is Gone – Maintenance is Ramping Up

As you've probably experienced, tree pollen gets everywhere. Especially noticeable is the yellow pine pollen. As the clouds of pollen disperse, our trucks roll to clean it up. Planned Commercial HVAC & Refrigeration Systems Maintenance Not all businesses require the same maintenance tasks for their HVAC systems. BlueHat Mechanical offers customized commercial HVAC maintenance plans. In general, planned [...]

By | May 31st, 2018|Planned Maintenance|Comments Off on The Visible, Thick Pollen is Gone – Maintenance is Ramping Up

2018: Buy HVAC Equipment, Reduce your Tax Bill this Year!

HVAC Now Qualifies for Section 179 Small Business Expensing US Tax Code Sec. 179: A taxpayer may elect to treat the cost of any section 179 property as an expense which is not chargeable to capital account. Any cost so treated shall be allowed as a deduction for the taxable year in which the section 179 property is placed in service. [...]

By | January 30th, 2018|Business, HVAC|Comments Off on 2018: Buy HVAC Equipment, Reduce your Tax Bill this Year!

Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) HVAC Systems are Tops in Efficiency

BlueHat is now a Samsung Preferred Dealer! VRF systems move refrigerant around a building instead of heated or cooled air the way a traditional system does. Variable Speed Compressors Standard compressors are either 100% off or 100% on - wasting energy when the system may not need full compression (97% of the time in most [...]

By | March 1st, 2017|Energy Efficiency, HVAC, Technology|0 Comments

Facilities Must Collect More and Better Asset Information

Self-reporting assets connected to the 'Internet of Things' are the holy grail - but these solutions can be expensive. You could work with a partner who does it for you.  Why it is Important Physical assets are one of your company’s largest investments and your business depends on deploying them efficiently.  An effective maintenance program [...]

By | January 30th, 2017|Equipment Repairs, Technology|Comments Off on Facilities Must Collect More and Better Asset Information

Energy-Saving Tips for Auto Dealerships

Considering that auto dealerships use, on average, more energy per square foot than a typical office building (110kBTU – 93kBTU respectively), it’s important for dealers to explore all their energy efficiency options. Fortunately, there are many cost‐effective opportunities that exist for significant reductions in energy usage. These opportunities focus on auto dealership‐ specific areas of energy [...]

By | October 11th, 2016|Energy Efficiency, HVAC, Roof Top Units (RTU), Technology|0 Comments

Cracked Heat Exchangers Can Introduce Carbon Monoxide into Your Building

  Inspect now before you need to heat your building.  Yes - It's still nice and warm outside - but it gets cold fast in North Carolina. For Raleigh, the average low temperature in September is 61 - and the average low in October is 48.  You'll be needing the heat in the mornings before you [...]

By | September 28th, 2016|Energy Efficiency, Equipment Repairs, Safety|0 Comments

Facilities Management Success: 13 Areas of Focus for the Future

ServiceChannel, a provider of facilities management software used in over 170,00 locations around the world, has recently published an e-book titled "What You Need to Know to Succeed in Facilities Management in 2020" Check it out here. My synopsis is that, like many industries, Facilities Management will be transformed by technology. Data will drive two trends: Visibility [...]

Beverage Temperature Matters – How Glycol Systems Chill

According to the Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on Military Nutrition Research, "The available data clearly show that temperature can be an important variable in flavor perception...". The bottom line seems to be that "...as temperature rises, perceptions of sweetness and bitterness tend to intensify, and perceptions of sourness and saltiness tend to remain the same..."  The [...]

Save $ on the Biggest use of Power in your Building

What's Your Plan? 44% of a commercial building’s energy consumption is attributed to its HVAC systems. It is important to properly maintain these assets to reduce energy use and reduce total cost of ownership. Maintenance Approaches Currently Implemented in Commercial Buildings (2000 US DOE Study) 55% - Reactive Maintenance Most people do almost nothing... Little if any maintenance is done (usually filter [...]

Sales Tax Changes Coming March 1, 2016

  Taxation of additional Repair, Maintenance and Installation services - Taxes will apply to equipment attached to the building. Agreements signed before March 1, 2016 lock-in the tax plan that only taxes freestanding equipment for the term of the agreement. In a Nutshell: Service providers used to collect State sales tax only on the work performed to equipment that [...]

By | February 9th, 2016|Business, HVAC, Planned Maintenance|0 Comments