Featured Tool of the Month: Freeze Free Heating Cables

The Chicago winter is in full swing and temperatures are steadily dropping throughout the region. While ensuring the building has the adequate conditioned indoor air to keep employees, customers and tenants warm, building managers are facing the same headache this year as during the previous years when it comes to water supply and drain lines. How do you keep the pipes from freezing? Continue reading

Real-Time Energy Data Changing How Facility Managers Lessen Building Pollution

Building pollution is never a word that a facility manager wants to hear about their operations. It calls up images of black smoke pumping out of building stacks, black water being dumped into nearby water sources, and electrical loads substantially pulling energy from the utility grid. Your building operations have adopted more enhanced machinery and equipment to move away from such wasteful systems used in the past. Yet you know there are many more ways to make your building more cost efficient and lower the amount of energy that is used. Continue reading

How to Reduce Energy Costs for Commercial Boilers in Chicago

Heating commercial buildings, factories, schools and residential apartment complexes in the winter can be a tricky process for building managers. There are many buildings, especially ones that have separate office spaces and apartment units, that do not rely on regular furnaces. These facilities may use steam radiators and baseboard radiators to heat individual rooms, spaces or floors. These radiator systems rely on boilers to heat water at high temperatures. This heated water can be pumped into pipes for baseboard radiators, or the steam is collected and pushed into pipes for steam radiators. Continue reading

Building Envelope Maintenance: Prevent Air Leaks and Moisture Penetration

When it comes to the protection of the operations of your facility, it is the building envelope that provides the best level of defense from the outdoor elements. The building envelope consists of the walls, roof, and foundation working together to create a protective barrier that prevents moisture and air leaks from entering the building. If any part of the building envelope fails, the other systems can become impacted. Continue reading

Dealing With Dry Winter Air: How Increasing Humidity Causes Issues

Winter is approaching as building managers are being placed at an interesting facility management dilemma. With the colder temperatures, you are trying to make the building feel warm and comfortable for employees, workers, clients, and customers of the business. You also are taking special precautions to monitor the working operations of equipment and machinery that can be affected by either rising or falling temperatures.

Yet with the warmer indoor air temperatures, the air can become dry and pull out moisture from everywhere in the building — including room occupants. This dryness can lead to people feeling uncomfortable as they have to deal with dry skin, a dry throat and dry, inflamed sinuses. People who suffer from respiratory issues such as asthma may also have breathing problems due to dry air. In addition, people can become more vulnerable to colds, the flu or sinus infections that will affect work productivity. Continue reading