Designing Heating and Cooling Systems in Large Buildings
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Designing Heating and Cooling Systems in Large Buildings

Have you ever wondered what goes into a heating or air conditioning system for a large office building or another large building like a mall or a school? My name is Evelyn, and I am an HVAC architect. I design heating and air conditioning systems for large, corporate buildings. Making sure that a large building with many rooms or offices is efficiently heated and cooled is a very large job and is much more complicated than simply heating or cooling a home. This blog will educate the reader on how heating and cooling jobs this large are designed and completed.

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Your Building's Standby Generator: Developing A Preventative Maintenance Plan

Nicole Jacobs

Standby generators only get used every so often, so it's easy to forget about performing their regular maintenance. Unfortunately, forgetting to take care of your generator can lead to big problems during your next power outage. Developing a comprehensive preventative maintenance plan can help you maintain your standby generator and ensure that you have the power you need during your next power outage.

Inspect the Generator and Storage Area on a Bi-Monthly Basis

Assign a point person to be in charge of inspecting the area around the generator on a bi-monthly basis. The person who checks the generator should certify the cleanliness and safety of the generator's surroundings. Leaks and other maintenance issues in the area around the generator need to be addressed immediately. While the point person is inspecting the area where the generator is stored, he or she should check the coolant levels, fuel and oil.

Keep a sign-in sheet in the area near the standby generator, so that your maintenance point person can certify the inspection each time he or she checks the generator.

Appoint a Maintenance Supervisor to Inspect the Generator After Every Use

Your generator will burn through fuel and oil during each use. Assign a maintenance supervisor, or assign the maintenance point person who handles the regular bi-monthly inspections, to check the generator after every use. This person will top off fuel, oil and coolant and will check all wires and connections.

After checking the functionality of generator, the point person will sign in on the sheet to certify that he or she performed the inspection.

Schedule Semi-Annual Inspections

Assign a person—someone who is not the person who performs regular bi-monthly inspections—to conduct semi-annual inspections of the unit. This person will perform all the regular maintenance and will perform a more in-depth inspection of the generator. He or she will run the generator and inspect parts like the alternator, drive belts, air filters and fuel filters to ensure that these parts are in proper working condition and meet the requirements for safe use.

Keep Updated Contact Information for a Field Service Technician On Hand

During your regularly scheduled maintenance it may become apparent that your generator has a maintenance problem that your maintenance workers cannot address themselves. Keep the number for Original Donnelly Heating Cooling & Electric on hand and appoint one person to be in charge of the coordination with that service technician.

Following these tips will ensure that your standby generator is in proper working order when you need it during an emergency.


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