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Your Commercial HVAC Systems Purchasing Guide

Posted by Rob Brown

August 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM

If you are like most professionals, you have a lot on your plate and don’t have time to spend hours learning about the intricacies of commercial HVAC systems, such as what they do and how they are installed. Don’t worry! We have a brief, simple guide to help you select a new commercial HVAC system that’s just right for your business.

Selecting the Right HVAC System

Commercial HVAC systems have their own intricacies, different from those bought on a smaller scale, but many people don’t realize the variances. There are many systems available with many differing functions. What are the most important components to consider?  

Need. A company must determine the needs of their building in terms of air quality and temperature. Some HVAC systems provide both heating and cooling, while others are strictly cooling systems. Some areas run hot because they are higher up or because there is a lot of data-driven, telecommunications equipment stored within. Others may just need to be warmed and cooled to ebb and flow with normal weather fluctuations.

Size. An HVAC installation specialist can determine the appropriate size of the HVAC system. Buying the wrong size will only prolong unsatisfactory temperatures in the office and cause trouble. To determine the appropriate unit size, an installation specialist will perform a load calculation, or manual J, by assessing these key factors:

The size of your space
Heat produced by equipment
Number of people present daily

Efficiency. An HVAC system buyer must choose between standard efficiency or high efficiency for the system. Efficiency levels affect the lifespan of the model, so that while many companies see the upfront savings in buying standard efficiency, they will be repairing or replacing long before the high efficiency buyers. Making this choice depends largely on the importance of temperature control and the anticipated energy bill cost.

Redundancy. Dual HVAC systems may be a significant investment for companies whose equipment is particularly temperature-sensitive. HVAC redundancy allows for sensitive equipment, especially located at a remote site, to be kept desirably cool without human intervention and in a way that doesn't overwhelm a traditional HVAC unit. 

Now that a list of important components has been rendered, it is important to know which features and qualities are most important for your commercial HVAC system. We have developed a short list of the most pertinent features for a commercial HVAC system.

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Topics: HVAC

The Benefits of Buying a Used Industrial Generator

Posted by Rob Brown

August 26, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Buying used is a good option; today, it seems fewer people are buying used merchandise. However, with high quality industrial generators from Lattice Communications, buying used is still a viable and economical option.

Consumers may wonder if an industrial generator is an important commodity, but industry experts in the telecommunications field know they are. The following list of considerations explains just why.

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Topics: Generators

The Benefits of Fire Suppression Systems for Telecommunications Equipment

Posted by Rob Brown

August 21, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Research shows the United States has the highest number of fire related fatalities each year. That’s a shocking statistic for a country that requires strict fire protection when building structures. What gives? Let's take a look at fire statistics to better understand this heinous problem:

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Topics: Fire Protection

A Brief History of Telecommunications

Posted by Rob Brown

August 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM

From smoke signals and pigeon post to email and mobile phones, the history of telecommunications is incredibly rich and interesting. Perhaps more so than any other industry, the history of telecommunications closely parallels the progression of human history and thinking. Let’s look at where we’ve come from, how we’ve gotten here, and what’s next.


Prehistoric Era

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Topics: Telecommunications

How Do Commercial HVAC Systems Work?

Posted by Rob Brown

August 14, 2014 at 9:00 AM

A heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system is one of those things we take for granted on a daily basis. We know it is there, we appreciate what it does, but we don’t really spend much time thinking about the intricacies of the system. Are you curious about how commercial HVAC systems work and what they do? Let’s take a look. 

How HVAC Systems Work

Understanding the primary functions of an HVAC system is an important part of being able to purchase or upgrade your system in the future. These are the basic functions: 

Air Conditioning. Air conditions are made up of temperature, humidity, odor and movement. HVAC systems control all of these functions. Most people think of their HVAC systems as controlling temperature alone but there is much more to it than that.

Meeting Air Quality Standards. The ASHRAE, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Engineers have developed a set of standards that are to be complied with in terms of air condition and quality. HVAC systems are the only way to ensure air conditions will meet standards.

Maintaining the "Comfort Zone.” Most people prefer internal temperatures to be no lower than, in Fahrenheit, 68 degrees in the winter or 73 degrees in the summer, and no higher than 75 degrees in the winter or 79 degrees in the summer. HVAC systems allow your commercial space to stay in this zone.

With a greater understanding of what a commercial HVAC system is comprised of and how it functions, it is also important to understand the major components of a commercial HVAC system.

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Topics: HVAC

5 Reasons Your Company Should Recycle Old Telecommunications Equipment

Posted by Rob Brown

August 12, 2014 at 12:18 PM

As “green” business practices are sweeping the nation, maybe your company should sit down and discuss ways in which it can participate. Have you ever considered recycling old telecommunications equipment? There are many environmental and financial benefits to doing so. Let’s take a look at the possibilities.

What is Recycled?

The most important thing to note when moving, closing up shop, or revamping your fleet of telecommunications materials is that nearly everything needs to be recycled or otherwise disposed of in a non-trash manner. The following things are just a short list of what needs to be properly wasted or recycled:

  • Cell sites
  • Power supplies and UPS
  • Batteries
  • Mainframes and switches
  • Hard drives
  • Telecommunications equipment
  • Computer towers and monitors
  • Circuit pack boards
  • Mobile devices
  • Televisions and monitors
  • Much, much more

Ultimately, if you are unsure of whether or not something needs to be disposed of professionally, it probably does and you can always ask. Knowing for certain is better than making the wrong choice. Some wonder whether or not it really matters to recycle or properly dispose of telecommunications materials. It does—we promise. Here's why:

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Topics: Recycling


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