Condensation Control on Florida Commercial and Industrial HVAC Systems

Posted By Jason Barron / March 14, 2017 / News

When the air around you is too humid, you can feel it. Your mechanical equipment can, too—unless it has been properly insulated.

Controlling condensation has long been a challenge for Florida HVAC companies, and it’s not hard to see why. Florida’s weather is the second most humid in the U.S., and that can make it hard to maintain the right ambient temperature—especially in mechanical rooms or around hardworking process equipment.

A little condensation on ductwork or pipes may not seem like a big deal. Yet this seemingly small problem can cause major damage of it is not controlled.

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3 Straightforward Ways to Improve Hospital Energy Management

Posted By Jason Barron / February 21, 2017 / News

The current healthcare environment is one of uncertainty and complexity. Pending changes in reimbursement, a potential rollback of the Affordable Care Act, and a focus on population health have caused healthcare organizations to reevaluate their business and financial strategies. 

A focus on year-over-year cost increases is a necessary component of prudent budgeting for both small local practices and large national healthcare systems.  However, now more than ever, cost containment is a priority for healthcare administrators.   

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How to Optimize Your Hospital's Existing Energy Use

Posted By Jason Barron / January 30, 2017 / News


Healthcare facilities spend over $6.5 billion on energy each year, according to Energy Star. That amount is constantly rising as these facilities work to meet the rising needs of patients.

Energy savings does more than simply improve a company’s bottom line; rather, a focus on energy conservation helps healthcare facilities meet the IHI Triple Aim. By being more energy efficient, hospitals around the country can save money, reduce or even prevent greenhouse gas emissions, improve the air quality within their communities, and support their commitment to public health. Hospitals can reinvest savings from improved energy performance into improving patient care or into the facility itself.  

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How to Tell if Your Pipe and Mechanical Insulation is Too Old

Posted By Jason Barron / September 21, 2016 / News


Think about your cell phone.

You use it for almost everything in your daily life, and you get to know it extremely well. People love their phones, and the thought of switching to a new one—and having to learn the ropes all over again—is daunting to many people.

But cell phones don’t last forever. These days, they become obsolete fairly quickly.  The time eventually comes when you have to upgrade your cell phone to a newer model, one with more capabilities and better features.

As with cell phones—and with any technology for that matter—your facility’s mechanical insulation system eventually needs to be upgraded. New innovations and standards continue to emerge in the insulation industry, and, before long, your current system simply may not cut it.

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The Simple Facility Energy Management Idea Everyone Forgets

Posted By Jason Barron / September 16, 2016 / News



There are countless resources online describing the many ways that facilities can save energy. And with the ever-increasing emphasis on energy accountability in facilities management, that’s no surprise. Decision-makers are investing more than ever in resources to help staff more carefully manage energy use and, ultimately, control budget. In fact, many cities and states are now making it mandatory to benchmark energy use, leading to the use of software such as Energy Star Portfolio Manager, an energy management tool for commercial buildings to track energy and water consumption as well as greenhouse gas emissions.

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How Do Insulation Energy Audits Help with Budgeting for Facilities?

Posted By Jason Barron / September 2, 2016 / News


Maintaining a facility budget is a true balancing act. Between issues of cost, performance, environment, sustainability, repair costs and more, it can be difficult to determine how to make facility improvements without going significantly over budget. Plus, proposed facility improvements have other departments’ budgets and priorities to contend with, meaning that recommended projects may not always be approved.

The key to creating an effective facilities budget is planning. Of course, budgets for maintaining the plant and/or facilities are often determined by the company’s overall goals. Insulation energy audits are one way that facilities managers and other decision makers can take a realistic approach to budgeting for a facility upgrade that benefits the whole company by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving money on the bottom line.

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How Does a Mechanical Insulation Energy Audit Work?

Posted By Jason Barron / August 18, 2016 / News


When many people think of an energy audit, the first thing that comes to mind is evaluating their home to determine where they may be losing energy and money. A mechanical insulation energy audit is not the same as a home energy audit, but the purpose and benefits are the same.

An insulation energy audit gives business owners, building owners and facilities managers a complete understanding of the true dollar and performance value of their insulated systems. The process is an effective way to calculate how much money and energy a facility is losing with its current mechanical insulation system, whether because the mechanical equipment is under-insulated, or because the insulation is missing or damaged.

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4 Simple Habits That Could Save Your Mechanical Insulation System

Posted By Jason Barron / August 12, 2016 / News


It’s sad but true—most people don’t think about their mechanical insulation systems until something goes wrong. But to have truly effective insulation that generates a positive ROI, it can’t the right approach is not to “set it and forget it.” Problems arise when mechanical insulation is neglected. But there are a few simple habits that are low-maintenance and easy to implement that could help save your insulation and increase its lifecycle. These tips will help you spot small problems--before they become bigger problems.  

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How to Know You’re Hiring the Right Mechanical Insulation Contractor

Posted By Jason Barron / August 4, 2016 / News

Finding the right mechanical insulation contractor is critical to the timing and budget of your project. But it can also have an impact on the overall health and efficiency of your facility for years to come. As with any industry, a certain insulation contractor may not be right for every job. Here are four good signs that you’re on the right track when it comes to hiring a mechanical insulation contractor.

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Common Mechanical Insulation Misconceptions and the Truth Behind Them

Posted By Jason Barron / July 28, 2016 / News



As with any industry, there are many questions surrounding mechanical insulation and its role in the overall performance of a facility. Along with questions about types, thickness, and function, there are misconceptions about mechanical insulation that lead people to question whether the investment is really worth it.

In this article, we’ll clear up four common misconceptions about mechanical insulation and reveal the real answers to these frequently asked questions.

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