The Department of Energy (DOE) in response to the climate crisis has increased the minimum Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) standard from 80% to 90% for all new heating and cooling units to move America closer to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.1 For example, a high-efficiency gas furnace with an AFUE of 97 percent creates 97 BTUs of heat with every 100 BTUs of gas it uses. The rest is typically lost to the outdoors and flue emissions. A higher AFUE means greater efficiency. The DOE sets the minimum efficiency standards for ALL heating and cooling equipment manufacturers. Currently, it is 80 percent. Effective January 1, 2023, the new minimum efficiency will be 90 percent. What does that mean to you? Typically, the more efficient [...]
INDIANAPOLIS — Sycamore School in Indianapolis is updating its air filtration system to keep students and staff safe. The private school on the north side reopened August 13 with in-person instruction only. The new air system cost the school about $40,000 and will "clean the air of SARS, which includes COVID, also cold and flu viruses, dust and mold," according to the Head of School Diane Borgmann. Complete air exchange is supposed to occur every 10 minutes. The school will also implement extra cleaning, install automatic faucets and soap dispensers in bathrooms, and provide plexiglass for in-between students when they have to work in groups. As of now, Sycamore School is not offering simultaneous virtual classes as an option for students. "That’s not to say [...]
By installing a Bipolar Ionization (BI) or Ultraviolet Light Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) system within your HVAC system, you can reduce or even eliminate airborne particles such as bacteria, virus cells, mold, allergens, odors, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). What is Bipolar Ionization (BI) Technology? Bipolar Ionization technology produces a natural bio-climate rich in positive and negative ions much like sunlight does in the atmosphere. The negative ions contain an extra electron while the positive ions are missing an electron resulting in an unstable condition. To re-stabilize, these bipolar ions seek out atoms and molecules in the air to trade electrons with, effectively neutralizing particulate matter, bacteria and virus cells, odorous gases and aerosols, and VOCs. What is Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI)? As radiation, Ultraviolet (UV) [...]
It’s a FACT! Our technician traveled to a nearby church — the before, a draft inducer, barely held together by spittle, rust, and dirt. The draft inducer is designed specifically to ensure that combustion gases are vented properly out of the furnace to the outside. We called the manufacturer. The lead time to order and ship a new fan – a whopping EIGHT weeks!! That means, the church would be affected in the months of October through December – without proper air circulation. We all know how fickle Mother Nature can be in Indiana. We weren’t satisfied with status quo. Our solution? We built a new fan 100% from scratch and the system was up and running in a week. At VASEY, we have [...]
Toyota Industrial Equipment has been a VASEY service and project customer since 2011. The Toyota’s server room cooling system connected to production ceased operation. Consequently, the server was overheating. If left unattended the server would crash and production would come to a halt. VASEY received an emergency service call in the middle of the night. With VASEY’s 24/7/365 service operation and highly skilled technicians, the server room cooling system was repaired with no adverse effect to production. By the next morning, VASEY had the cooling system up and running. More importantly, manufacturing and production kept running without any interruptions.
Recently, VASEY Commercial Facility Solutions hosted a Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) meeting at a client’s facility, Modular Devices, Inc. Modular Devices manufactures mobile Cath and CT lab units which are available to rent or purchase. Cleanroom Design LLC is an industry expert in cleanroom consultation, design, engineering, construction and installation of turnkey cleanroom applications. The portable labs (manufactured by Modular Devices) require state-of-the-art technology and health-protecting equipment to fit into a small footprint. The 50 million-dollar question, what’s the best way to heat, cool, and purify the environment while maximizing energy efficiencies? Oh, by the way, it must be done in a lab unit that’s 65 feet long by 8.5 feet wide ̶ maximum ̶ the same size as a semi-trailer. By leveraging [...]
Free Methodist Church/World Ministry Center has been a VASEY service and project customer since 2014. They have struggled with their building for years – rising utility and maintenance costs with little to no increase in performance. Another service provider couldn’t provide any solutions for their past and present issues. Over a series of multiple service calls, one of VASEY’s highly skilled, trained and experienced technicians analyzed the existing system and increased the power circuit from 70 to 100 percent. Additionally, VASEY performed several retrofits and upgrades without replacing the core system. VASEY could have capitalized on an unneeded and expensive retrofit. That wasn’t in Free Methodist’s best interest. VASEY continued to support their existing 20-year-old equipment. Simply by bringing the existing system up to maximum [...]
VASEY is committed to helping our clients optimize their buildings and their budgets. We analyze your facility’s operating expenses – at every level. Your property needs are evolving. We can help you find areas of improvement in the management of your facility. We can also help you navigate through complex sustainability and green initiatives – understanding and implementing them. With the increasing complexity of building systems and aging infrastructures, it’s important to know when systems require maintenance or replacing to maximize the use of every dollar spent. Facility services? Think VASEY!