Why Should Your Company Install an Energy Recovery Unit?

Energy Recovery UnitDesigned to recover up to 80% of the energy expended, an energy recovery unit is an ideal way to make your company’s monthly expenses lower.  It can be used as a standalone module or can be attached directly to the rooftop, thus allowing it to accommodate more outdoor air quantities. Even better, when opting for the rooftop installation you can often go with a smaller unit capacity, which means a lower installation price.

The energy recovery units (ERU) are ideal for a long list of industries – some of these include hotels, hospitals, sports halls, office buildings, seminar rooms, swimming pools, paint spray booths and many others. At MJC, we offer several types of energy recovery units, so there is certain to be one that fits your unique needs and building design. Below is a list of our ERU types and a brief description:

·      Fixed Plate ERUs – Designed with no moving parts, compact, outstanding corrosion resistance, compatibility with high temperatures applications, the fixed plate design is often the best choice in ERUs for a company.

·      Sensible Plate Energy Recovery – Known for trouble free operation, reduced noise and minimal maintenance, lightweight, compact design, no moving parts, separate air streams and no cross contamination.

·      Enthalpy Plate Energy Recovery – Like the others, the Enthalpy Plate Energy Recovery boasts no moving parts, minimal maintenance costs and reduced noise.

·      Energy Recovery Wheels – Designed to recover sensible and latent energy, it will not promote the growth of mold or bacteria, has increased fire protection and is easy to maintain.

But if you are on uncertain about whether or not an ERU is needed for your business, then consider these additional benefits in having one added to your location.

1.     Fresh air – During the winter, the air can get rather stale as doors and windows are not opened as often. An energy recovery unit will circulate the air keeping it fresher and more breathable.

2.     Healthier employees – As a business owner, you depend on your employees to help you succeed. If they are out sick; the work production is affected. By swapping out the air, you are ridding your place of business of germs and bacteria which creates a healthier environment and lowers risk of winter colds being circulated throughout the office.

3.     Save money – The biggest benefit is the money saved. An ERU eases the strain on your HVAC system so it doesn’t have to work as hard, thus extending the life of the unit. In fact, studies show that energy bills drop by as much as 40% when an ERU is in use.

An energy recovery unit is a must for any commercial space. It combines energy efficiency with ease of maintenance, better health and lower costs to make it a wise decision. If you have questions about how an ERU can benefit your space, give one of our MJC, INC. specialists a call today.

Choosing the Right HVAC System for Your Place of Business

MJC HVAC systems home 2aDid you know that HVAC systems count for 39% of the energy consumption in commercial buildings in the US? This fact alone, has been enough to propel companies to look for ways to design a more energy efficient method of keeping their location. But, when you also consider that use of high performance heating, ventilation and air equipment can save between 10% and 40% in energy and emissions, then looking for a way to stay comfortable, but also save money is important.

At MJC, we offer several types of HVAC systems. These range from outdoor units, portable and rental units, custom design units and gas-fired units for energy efficient systems and produce direct, indirect or heat injector systems, as well as our very own, patented Heat Injector – the most energy efficient direct gas fired heat technology available.

Considerations in Choosing an HVAC System

As you begin the process of selecting an HVAC system that will work for you, there are a number of concerns that need to be addressed:

·      Consider the various aspects of the building. From lighting to square footage, and how the space(s) will be used, to systems in the building that will generate more heat, take a moment to review the building as a whole.

·      Determine your energy goals as soon as possible. If your goal is to merely meet the energy requirements, rather than use less energy then, then your HVAC system needs will be different. This difference will be reflected in both type and size of system.

·      Plan for expansion but don’t automatically buy for it. While you may expect your HVAC needs to change in the future, it is better to buy for the needs of today. Otherwise, you will be wasting money on a system that may very well be obsolete by the time you make the space expansion.

·      Plan now for maintenance and operation needs. When you select an HVAC system, keep in mind that it will require a certain level of maintenance in order to run at its full potential. You will need someone onsite who understands the various components of your chosen system.  Ideally, these people will be trained to understand the controls and equipment needs, so that they can keep your HVAC unit running properly.

So, which type of system is best for your needs? If you don’t know, then talk to one of our MJC representatives. They will be happy to visit your location and help you assess what will be best. We understand how important it is to you to have a system that is both energy and cost efficient, and will be happy to answer your questions and concerns.

5 Fall Maintenance Tips for Your Commercial HVAC Unit

hvac-tipsFall is officially here and with it comes cooler temperatures. And while many of us embrace the cool after the hot weather of a Georgia summer, these lower temps are a reminder to prepare for the colder days ahead. This preparation can take on many aspects, but one job that should not be overlooked is ensuring that your commercial HVAC unit(s) is ready for winter. After all, you don’t want to lose holiday business because your space is too cold to spend time in!

5 Fall Maintenance Tips for Your Commercial HVAC Unit

Performing basic HVAC maintenance tasks is about more than just minimizing problems. It is a way to reduce energy costs for your company. By installing a programmable thermostat, ensuring that your system is designed to benefit your business, and by making upgrades when needed, you can make HVAC maintenance a smaller portion of your responsibilities.

Basic Commercial HVAC Maintenance Practices
· Should you have a system that uses filters, be sure to change these according to the instructions. This will improve the system’s performance, efficiency, and lifetime. Studies show that nearly 30% of electricity used in a typical commercial space comes from the HVAC unit. By keeping it clean, it doesn’t need to work as hard, so energy costs are lower.
· Do planned maintenance checks on the various pieces of equipment to be sure that your warranty stays current. Many HVAC companies will not honor a warranty if the piece has not been properly checked or updated as needed. Consider creating an HVAC maintenance schedule to ensure that each element of the system is checked when it should be.
· Be sure that your HVAC unit’s thermostat is properly calibrated so that you can set it for a specific temperature.
· Check around ductwork, vents, windows, and doors to make sure that no air is escaping. Should you find any leaks, have them sealed asap.
· Check elements such as heat exchangers, any tubes or other orifices where debris can build up and prohibit efficiency.

These maintenance tips for your commercial HVAC unit are not difficult, or lengthy to do, but failing to do them can have significantly adverse effects. Take time now to check out your company’s HVAC units. If you feel as though your older commercial system is not working as needed, or that you are spending more than necessary trying to maintain your existing system, consider having a custom commercial HVAC system designed by MJC.

For questions about the state of your HVAC unit, or to get an expert’s advice, give the MJC team a call today. We can check out your system, provide tips for getting more from it, or even custom design an HVAC system that meets your needs. Don’t wait to see “if” something will happen. Be proactive, and prevent HVAC problems before they can occur.

Common HVAC Problems and Solutions

PDDU viewCommercial HVAC units are generally very reliable, but that doesn’t mean they are invincible. When there is a problem with your HVAC system, it can often be a stressful time for you, your employees, and your customers/clients. In the South, where temperatures during the summer can be rather warm the loss of a working HVAC can even cause you to need to shut down or work a restricted schedule.

As HVAC professionals, the MJC Inc. team has seen and repaired many HVAC problems over the years, and has identified some common heating, ventilation and air conditioning problems. While these aren’t the only problems that may be encountered, having a basic knowledge of the problems and what can be done to resolve them can be extremely beneficial. Continue reading

Getting the Most Out Of Your HVAC System

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According to the U.S. Department of Energy, space cooling alone accounts for 14% of the electricity used in commercial buildings. In addition, up to 30% of the energy and costs that are needed for powering an HVAC system is lost to waste.

But, what if you could lower you energy bill by 5% – possibly more – just by making some simple changes? As a business owner, chances are, you would love to find ways to minimize your energy costs and thus reduce your bottom line. At MJC, we want your commercial HVAC system to work at its peak performance all year long. To help that happen, here are some tips for getting the most out of your HVAC system. Continue reading

8 Benefits of a Rooftop HVAC System

PDDU viewAs a business, it is important that you always look for the most efficient and cost effective way to do things. So, whether it is in the way you invoice to how you keep the building comfortable, it is necessary to look for ways to improve your bottom line. One such way is with a rooftop HVAC system.

While having a programmable thermostat, sufficient weatherization, and clean air ducts will contribute to lower energy costs, there is a long list of reasons to opt for a rooftop HVAC system. In fact, there are so many reasons for choosing a rooftop HVAC system, that for many companies, the decision is not even a discussion. However, if you are undecided on where to place your commercial HVAC unit, then consider these reasons. Continue reading