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Proven Methods to Save Energy with Commercial HVAC Systems.

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Strategies for Making HVAC Energy Efficiency Improvements

How can you maximize the return on time and money invested in lowering energy bills? One way is by using proven strategies. Here are some of the most effective actions and HVAC energy saving tips from Alpha Mechanical.

1. Perform an energy audit

The first step in finding out how to reduce energy consumption in buildings is to find out when, and where energy is being used and thus wasted by completing an energy audit. A good place to start when trying to get a handle on your energy usage is to review your buildings expenses and your service, repair and maintenance records. Also a full inspection of your HVAC system should be conducted. You might find that you can reduce energy consumption by taking care of minor problems such as blocked vents or filters.

The more that is known about your building’s general energy consumption, the easier it is to find and address and fix problems.

2. Have a system of preventative maintenance in place and acted upon.

Regular HVAC maintenance from a HVAC professional will make your system more efficient and help prevent costly repairs. Clogged filters, dirty ducts and coils, debris and dust laden vents and fatigued parts will make your system work harder and longer to get to set temperatures. If you have a preventative maintenance contract with Alpha Mechanical, our HVAC technicians will thoroughly inspect and clean different parts of your system to ensure peak system efficiency. 

3. Make repairs promptly

Ensuring that heating and cooling systems are always operating at peak efficiency helps control energy costs. Thus make repairs promptly. Putting off repairs can lead to an even costlier major breakdowns. Also when you add the constantly growing cost of inefficient HVAC operation to the repair expense it is better to act quickly and will end up less costly in the long run.

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4. Use programmable thermostats and smart technology

A variety of major HVAC manufacturers sell HVAC units that may be controlled and monitored by an app on a mobile device. With this technology, a network of sensors and touchscreen wi-fi thermostats can continuously monitor and control the ambient temperature throughout the facility and improve the indoor air quality of the building. All the while allowing data to be collected to facilitate a better program of planned preventative maintenance by Alpha Mechanical, this saves on energy bills, reduces overall costs by not heating or cooling beyond requirements and saves on maintenance and/or expensive repairs.

See more: How Alpha Mechanical use Smart HVAC Technology.

5. Change your older HVAC system, upgrade or retrofit?

A retrofit can be a stop-gap before you have to replace your system entirely. Retrofits, which can include replacing the system’s compressor, adding condenser fan controls, adding demand-controlled ventilation and adding air side economizers, can boost your comfort and reduce your energy bill. Studies have shown that a retrofit can equate to an energy savings of up to 35 percent. That makes a retrofit an attractive option when you’re thinking about how to save energy in buildings.

While a retrofit might not be a good fit in all instances, a large well–maintained, but energy – guzzling system might be a good candidate for a retrofit. 

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6. Improve the system's insulation.

This is not just about walls and windows. Adding insulation around pipes, HVAC ducting, and electrical outlets reduces the amount of air conditioning and heating that is lost without having any impact on your building’s comfort level. For example, if your duct work has not been cleaned or inspected for a long time, it’s possible that the insulation has been compromised over time. It may have holes and tears that leak cool air from the air conditioner and warm air from the furnace. That air never makes it to the registers and the occupied areas of your building, but instead warms and cools the crawl spaces where the ducts are.

7. Educate tenants or employees

Most people are happy to use energy wisely if they are made aware what the best practices are. Simply explaining to them how a particular action affects energy costs positively or negatively may be all the incentive they need to change their habits. If you want to significantly cut your usage, everybody needs to be on board. Conduct training sessions with employees or building tenants to teach them about energy consumption measures. Let them know that you are monitoring consumption, and even provide incentives for changes

 
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Finally - Hire expert mechanical services contractors...

Alpha Mechanical Services & Contractors are one of The United Kingdom's and Ireland's leading providers of high efficiency commercial heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems (HVAC). Services include: new equipment installation & design, repair, replacement and planned preventative maintenance.

We offer a full range of mechanical consulting, installation and maintenance services with expertise in all aspects of commercial and retail HVAC systems. We have our own in-house engineering, fabrication, commissioning and health and safety experts to ensure cost-effective delivery of the highest quality solutions in a zero harm environment.

At Alpha Mechanical Services Ltd. we bring industry leading expertise and cutting edge technology to create uncompromising solutions. Lets work together!

www.alphamech.ie


How Alpha Mechanical Ltd use Smart Commercial HVAC technology.

Alpha Mechanical News

At Alpha Mechanical Mechanical we are using the latest commercial HVAC technology can allow us to determine HVAC issues as and also before they arise and allow building operators to significantly reduce costs.

With smart wifi connected HVAC integrated systems, a major advantage of using these types of technologies is that they we can remotely troubleshoot the heating or cooling system before calling it escalates into a serious issue. On many units, this can be accomplished on both the control panel for the unit and remotely via the mobile app. These devices can monitor the operation of such components as blowers, condensers, compressors, and fans, alerting you to issues before they become hazardous. 

  • Smart HVAC systems allow demand control, by improving the response of systems to the heating, cooling and ventilation needs.

  • Smart systems can also embed, in addition to sensors, learning algorithms in order to better fit with users behaviour or building's use.

  • Another strength of smart systems is their ability to communicate information about their operation, energy consumption, energy efficiency and potential problems.

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Intelligent HVAC Systems

We are moving towards an age where technological advances have altered every facet of our lives. The HVAC industry has become one of the fastest technologically evolving industries. Manufacturers have become more innovative in designing heating, cooling, and ventilation products. Commercial HVAC systems and controls are getting smarter and more efficient. 

Commercial building operators are busy and managing a number of competing priorities. Wi-Fi thermostat for commercial buildings. An example here shows a touch-screen thermostat allows for control of a building’s heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) system from anywhere in the world - from within their facility, or via smartphone, tablet or computer.



Integrated HVAC systems

There is a growing trend for HVAC systems that are integrated into the design and construction of a building. This means that HVAC systems are now required to be integrated in a meaningful way with the mechanical systems of a building and consequently into the building management system that controls lighting, water or security. These mechanical systems can be integrated into one point of control and be managed on one panel making it easy and convenient for building owners to monitor energy use.

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As the industry embraces smart solutions, systems not only allow users to control their air conditioning units remotely on the smart devices but also help create a program for preventative maintenance. A variety of major HVAC manufacturers sell HVAC units that may be controlled and monitored by an app on a mobile device. With this technology, a network of sensors and touchscreen wi-fi thermostats can continuously monitor and control the ambient temperature throughout the facility and improve the indoor air quality of the building. All the while allowing data to be collected to facilitate a better program of planned preventative maintenance by Alpha Mechanical, this saves on energy bills, reduces overall costs by not heating or cooling beyond requirements and saves on maintenance and/or expensive repairs.


The goal of smart HVAC is to have a system that compiles and utilises all of the data from what’s going on in a building, that keeps everything properly cooled/heated, saves money, and mitigates any issues associated with usage. 

At Alpha Mechanical we are leading the way in using the very latest technology to achieve these goals and reduce costs to you and significantly increase your HVAC performance.

 
 
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The expert mechanical services contractors...

Alpha Mechanical Services & Contractors are one of The United Kingdom's and Ireland's leading providers of high efficiency commercial heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems (HVAC). Services include: new equipment installation & design, repair, replacement and planned preventative maintenance.

We offer a full range of mechanical consulting, installation and maintenance services with expertise in all aspects of commercial and retail HVAC systems. We have our own in-house engineering, fabrication, commissioning and health and safety experts to ensure cost-effective delivery of the highest quality solutions in a zero harm environment.

At Alpha Mechanical Services Ltd. we bring industry leading expertise and cutting edge technology to create uncompromising solutions. Lets work together!

www.alphamech.ie







We are Hiring! - Mechanical Estimator - Dublin - Attractive Salary Package.

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We are currently seeking to hire a Mechanical Services Estimator for a permanent opportunity, based in Dublin. This is an exciting new vacancy with one of the fastest growing companies in Ireland. This is an fantastic opportunity to take on a role where you are a valued team member in a great company. An excellent and well remunerated position awaits the right candidate.

Mechanical Estimator Role

  • To provide effective commercial and contractual support to operations on a number of major projects in accordance with procedures.
  • To prepare tender and contract documents, including bills of quantities.
  • To ensure timely submission and agreement of applications, cost plans, variation details, claims and other documentation.
  • To liaise with clients and Consultants from initial enquiries through to final accounts on the production and agreement of account details and securing final payment without undue penalty.
  • Liaising with suppliers and sub-contractors and internal team members pricing variations.
  • Cost Control/Management of Projects
  • Preparing measures and works packages for procurement and valuation purposes.
  • Negotiating and purchasing of Sub-Contractors and suppliers.
  • Closely monitor and process project variations.
  • Issuing tender queries and preparation of tender reports.
  • Reporting to management on the financial progression of projects.
  • Monitor project costs against budgets, identify problems/opportunities and recommend /implement change where necessary.

 

Key skills and experience required: Mechanical Estimator Role

  • 2 Years industry relevant experience.
  • A knowledge of commercial mechanical services installations.
  • Ability to read drawings and do take-offs.
  • Able to communicate politely and professionally at all levels, internally and with customers.
  • Enthusiastic with ability to work to tight deadlines.

 

An attractive package for the successful candidate.

  • Immediate start available.
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Excellent Salary Package
  • Reply with CV’s to the following emails: vincent@alphamech.ie alan@alphamech.ie and info@alphamech.ie

www.alphamech.ie

 
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The expert mechanical services contractors...

Alpha Mechanical Services & Contractors are one of The United Kingdom's and Ireland's leading providers of high efficiency commercial heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems (HVAC). Services include: new equipment installation & design, repair, replacement and planned preventative maintenance.

We offer a full range of mechanical consulting, installation and maintenance services with expertise in all aspects of commercial and retail HVAC systems. We have our own in-house engineering, fabrication, commissioning and health and safety experts to ensure cost-effective delivery of the highest quality solutions in a zero harm environment.

At Alpha Mechanical Services Ltd. we bring industry leading expertise and cutting edge technology to create uncompromising solutions. Lets work together!

www.alphamech.ie

Exposed Ducting & Branding Combined...

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Alpha Mechanical Ltd recently completed the HVAC installation at Five Guys in Dundrum, County Dublin.

Exposed ductwork is on the rise as an energy-efficient design element in retail environments. Our designers know how to make a simple, utilitarian feature pack a major design punch. Playing with size, shape, colour and angles allows exposed systems to work in almost any space. At Five Guys in Dundrum the design goes one step further and incorporates the Company branding into the design, bold reds stand out to make a statement.

 

What are the benefits?

One of the main goal’s of any retail store is to leave a memorable impression with its customers so that their experience will be worthy of another trip back. Branding, colours, flooring, fixtures, music, and imagery are often used to help further create an environment for the customer. The use of coloured ducting here helps elevate what would normally be a hidden entity. 

  • The result gives a 'wow' factor.
  • Higher ceilings giving a spacious impression.
  • Lower overall costs than a traditional suspended ceiling HVAC.
  • Incorporates the 'brand' vibe.
  • Clean and minimalist.

 

 

The expert mechanical services contractors...

Alpha Mechanical Services & Contractors are one of The United Kingdom's and Ireland's leading providers of high efficiency commercial heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems (HVAC). Services include: new equipment installation & design, repair, replacement and planned preventative maintenance.

We offer a full range of mechanical consulting, installation and maintenance services with expertise in all aspects of commercial and retail HVAC systems. We have our own in-house engineering, fabrication, commissioning and health and safety experts to ensure cost-effective delivery of the highest quality solutions in a zero harm environment.

At Alpha Mechanical Services Ltd. we bring industry leading expertise and cutting edge technology to create uncompromising solutions. Lets work together!

 

Sustainability tips for Commercial HVAC that save you money.

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Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are among the most energy-intensive mechanism of any business. In fact, space cooling alone accounts for 15% of the electricity used in commercial buildings on average. Much of the energy and cost that goes into powering HVAC is lost to waste – upwards of 30% in the average commercial building.

Reducing wasted HVAC energy consumption is an important building block in the push for greater sustainability in the business world. It is also a great way to substantially reduce operating costs. And many of the steps that business owners and managers can take to improve sustainability and reduce costs require little to no expense. Many of those steps are also incredibly simple, and the more complex waste-reducing practices often offer excellent return on investment.

 

Reduce wasted energy by 5-10% by regularly changing HVAC filters

Dirty filters overwork HVAC systems by restricting air flow, cost far more to use, lead to poor indoor air quality and result in far more commercial HVAC maintenance issues and costs. Check HVAC filters on a quarterly basis. Finding an HVAC technician to perform regular check-ups can help.

HVAC filters should be changed every month. At the longest, HVAC filters should be switched out every three months. Switching out dirty filters is one of the simplest sustainability steps a business can take, and it can reduce wasted energy costs by 5-10%.

Reduce costs, save energy with programmable thermostats.

Temperature settings in a business can often be contentious. Installing programmable thermostats removes much of the burden of tailoring temperature settings to meet the desires of a diverse workforce and customer base by focusing on sustainability and reduced costs.

Installing programmable thermostats can affect sustainability and wasted energy in a number of ways. Building temperatures can be set to run at higher or lower temperatures depending on the season, but it is critical that they are correctly programmed.

Programmable thermostats are available in 7-day models, which are ideal for regularly changing schedules; and 5+2-day models, which are appropriate for businesses that operate on regular five-day schedules where less energy use is required on weekends or other two-day periods.

Reduce commercial HVAC maintenance costs by 40% with planned preventative maintenance.

Commercial HVAC maintenance is like getting a tune-up for a car – both are necessary for top performance. Regular planned preventative maintenance on all HVAC systems and equipment ensures that those systems and equipment are not wasting energy due to substandard, ageing or faulty performance.

Taking a proactive approach to a building's HVAC systems through regular quality maintenance can reduce commercial HVAC maintenance costs by up to 40%.

Planned Preventative Maintenance greatly reduces call out costs and labour fees, causes less disruption and is a much better alternative to risking a potentially damaging breakdown of equipment.

Improve HVAC efficiency by 20% by properly sealing heating and cooling ducts.

Doing something as simple as properly sealing heating and cooling ducts can improve HVAC efficiency by 20% or more.

Ducts can be sealed using mastic, foil tape or blown-in duct sealant. The sealing effect is further improved by wrapping the ducts in insulation. Focus first on areas of the building that are unprotected – underneath the building or in unheated/cooled storage spaces.

Improve efficiency by 5-20% with HVAC upgrades and/or HVAC replacement.

Sometimes the best ways to improve HVAC efficiency come through upgrading or replacing existing HVAC equipment and systems. Running HVAC systems and equipment past their suggested lifespans leads to exorbitant energy and maintenance costs.

If a building’s air conditioner or heat pump is more than 10 years old, consider replacing it. Furnaces or boilers that are more than 15 years old will also likely be due for upgrades or replacement, and offer significant cost and energy savings.

Retrofitting existing packaged rooftop HVAC units with advanced digital economizer controls and/or sensors that bring in ventilation air only when needed – also known as demand controlled ventilation – is yet another important and successful way for businesses to significantly improve energy efficiency.

 

Hire expert mechanical services contractors.

Alpha Mechanical Services & Contractors are one of The United Kingdom's and Ireland's leading providers of high efficiency commercial heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems (HVAC). Services include: new equipment installation, repair, replacement and planned preventative maintenance.

We offer a full range of mechanical consulting, installation and maintenance services with expertise in all aspects of commercial and retail HVAC systems. We have our own in-house engineering, fabrication, commissioning and health and safety experts to ensure cost-effective delivery of the highest quality solutions in a zero harm environment.

At Alpha Mechanical Services Ltd. we bring industry leading expertise and cutting edge technology to create uncompromising solutions. Always on budget and on schedule. Lets work together!

www.alphamech.ie