Airtek Indoor Air Solutions frequently works with mechanical contractors on large projects to ensure that HVAC leaks are sealed properly. During a major air duct cleaning project a few years ago at the University of California, San Diego, Airtek worked closely with a mechanical contractor as well as a sub-contractor who trailed behind to re-seal the ducts after the cleaning was completed. It became evident that these services go hand-in-hand.
When Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) parts break down, replacing them can create a large fiscal impact on your company or corporation. If you encounter an unexpected, non-budgeted HVAC dilemma, next time consider HVAC restoration instead of replacement. Continue reading
On January 29, 2015, the hallways of Southern California Hospital at Culver City filled with smoke, prompting immediate evacuations of approximately 175 patients and 225 staff members. Fortunately, the quick response of hospital employees and the 55 firefighters from the Culver City Fire Department and Los Angeles Fire Department who responded to the scene prevented the loss of lives.
May 27, 2015 was a typical Wednesday evening at the popular Fish Market Restaurant in Downtown San Diego. However, on that particular night, a kitchen fire broke out in the midst of the dinner rush, causing fearful patrons and employees to evacuate quickly. The end result was over $1.2 million in damage to this local eatery. It was determined that the grease buildup in the kitchen hood was the culprit and origin of this devastating fire.
Although most air duct systems in buildings cannot be seen with the naked eye, they are an integral part of a structure and employees’ well being. More often than not, employers overlook the need for commercial duct cleaning, and only when they have a problem or complaint do they look into the option for improving their air quality needs. Choosing to maintain your system with a routine commercial duct cleaning process can lead to better employee productivity as well as profitability for the entire company.
Did you know?…Any restaurant or establishment that cooks food commercially is required to have their kitchen hood system cleaned on a regular basis? Most industrial and commercial buildings neglect the maintenance of their kitchen exhaust systems.
HVAC cleaning should be a regular part of home maintenance to help keep the dwelling safe and to maintain the integrity of the system. Whether you’re a homeowner wondering how to tell when it’s time to call an HVAC professional, or you’re a new to the industry and you want to provide exceptional service by making the most accurate recommendations to your customers, here are five questions you can ask that will help you identify when it’s time for an HVAC cleaning. Continue reading
The redundant household chore of doing laundry has been assimilated into our everyday routine. It has developed into one of those day-to-day tasks that become second nature – we do it without even thinking: piles of clothes, washing machine, detergent, start button… dryer, fabric softener, start button… fold, put away, complete. If you pause to ponder a little deeper into the process, however, you will find there are a copious amount of factors that need to be taken more seriously and require more than what seems to be “programmed” into our schedules. The greatest danger: clogged dryer vents. Continue reading
The Federal Clean Air Act sets standards for maximum pollutant levels. Each state has an implementation plan to reach those levels, with different Air Quality Management Districts (AQMD) responsible for pollution levels within a clearly defined geographic area. AQMDs are responsible for the enforcement of control regulations and implementation of creative methods to help cut pollution. Understanding, adhering to, and demonstrating your knowledge of AQMD compliance is critical for all parties involved in your business, from the community your business operates in, to the owners and employees, to your customers. Here’s a look at the ins and outs of AQMD compliance:
Public Hearings Allow Input on Proposed Laws
Individuals and corporations concerned about the effect a proposed law will have on their particular situation have the opportunity to comment at a series of public workshops and hearings. Workshops are less formal occasions where the public has a greater opportunity to voice opposition or support of a proposed law. A final public hearing precedes a vote by the AQMD board.
Classes Provide Clear Understanding of Compliance Requirements
AQMDs provide compliance classes so company environmental officers can have a complete understanding of how certain laws affect their industry. The classes cover all applicable rules and permit requirements. An AQMD speaker’s bureau also provides experts who will come to your company or civic group and address pre-arranged topics of concern. AQMD’s public information center is a great place to stay on top of proposed new laws and industry trends that will help your business stay ahead of the environmental regulation curve.
Follow the Permitting Process
The two most common permits issued by the AQMD are the Permit to Operate (PO) and Permit to Construct (PC). As their names imply, you must get a PC before either installing new equipment or moving existing equipment to a new location. A PO is necessary before you can turn the new equipment on. Application forms and instructions for all permits are available on the AQMD website. You must submit all applicable fees at the time you file the permit for approval.
Hearing Board has Authority to Grant Variances
If you can show good reason as to why your company should not have to adhere to a particular regulation, the AQMD Hearing Board has the power to grant a variance. The board is made up of an independent group of industry professionals appointed by AQMD. Along with considering variances, the hearing board also considers abatement orders, appeals from companies denied a permit, and third party appeals. Although the hearing board can grant a variance, it cannot modify rules, review violation notices, or grant a variance from compliance with a public nuisance law.
Online Tools Assist in Reporting Process
Some AQMDs have web-based tools that cut down the paperwork involved in reporting emissions, applying for permits and calculating fees. The Facility Information Detail (FIND) tool for the South Coast AQMD provides links to public information about regulated facilities within the district’s boundaries. The Flare Emission Notification System helps refineries and similar facilities report when an event is expected to exceed a particular emission threshold.
Advisory Group Membership Provides Insider Knowledge
One of the best ways to stay informed on the workings of a local AQMD is to join one of the many advisory groups that play a major role in the implementation of new rules. The Air Quality Management Plan Advisory Group consists of members from all walks of life, including large and small businesses and government agencies. Attending AQMD public hearings and regular meetings is the best way to become known and receive an appointment to a working group.