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▸ September 7, 2022

Starting on January 1, 2023, the U.S. Department of Energy will raise its HVAC efficiency standards by 7%. Due to the increase, HVAC manufacturers must retool their plants to make new units that meet these standards. The pending regulatory change significantly impacts HVAC equipment availability and pricing.

What’s the Impact?

Since early summer, manufacturers have stopped building old-style units to prepare for the upcoming standard change. HVAC units are becoming increasingly scarce, with inventories steadily dwindling throughout the season. With a lead time of over 20 weeks to receive even simple package equipment, we don’t expect to receive equipment orders until at least February or March. 

What are the Options?

As we wait for manufacturers to build 2023 efficient units, here are some options available to customers needing equipment installed or replaced:

  1. BMI Mechanical will try to find a unit that will work using available inventories. In some situations, we’re able to find close matches that can be modified in the installation.
  2. Customers can change the design to a ductless split system or a variable refrigeration flow split system. Since the systems are modular, multiple small units could handle larger applications. These technologies also already meet the 2023 energy efficiency standards, so there are no supply issues or lengthy lead times.
  3. Customers can approve package unit replacements now and receive the ordered equipment in 2023. Units will not arrive until February or March, but at least customers will have locked in the lead time and price (we expect prices for this equipment to increase significantly after January 1.). 

At BMI Mechanical, we want our customers to be aware of this issue. For customers considering purchasing a new package unit, we advise them to contact us now to get ahead of the supply issues. For customers that already have a proposal from BMI for a unit installation or replacement, we advise them to check the proposal date since our proposals are only valid for 30 days. 

Want to Avoid Equipment Delays?

Customers can also avoid supply issues with BMI’s proactive preventative maintenance. Our proactive preventive maintenance helps extend equipment lifetime and identify issues before they cause extensive equipment failures and unexpected damages. 

Learn more about our proactive preventive maintenance today and see how our skilled technicians can increase the comfort of your building and prevent costly damages, all at a fixed cost!

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▸ August 3, 2021

Many businesses make the decision to go for the gold in green building initiatives and get LEED or ENERGY STAR certified. 

Becoming certified is great for a multitude of reasons — more productive employees, less waste, better optics, and more. However, certification is not your only option.

You don’t need to be certified to practice and enjoy green building initiatives. Let’s take a look at some of the various measures you can implement right now, so you can create a greener building.

Plan ahead for equipment replacement

Aging equipment that doesn’t work as well as it once did can become problematic. This equipment can (and likely will) consume more energy to work and cost more money to repair. 

This is why it’s imperative to plan ahead and create a sound strategy for equipment replacement. BMI can help with this.

We’ll go into your system, evaluate its current standing, quantify these items, and determine viable options for future replacement — including like-for-like replacement, hi-efficiency models, and more.

On top of this, we’ll provide you with creative financing solutions for such costly investments. This way, you can truly plan ahead for these necessary improvements and proactively keep your business above water.

Keep Reading: Learn how to decide between equipment replacement and equipment repair

Implement building automation

Whether you decide to go with building-wide automation or just WiFi-enabled thermostats, any amount of automation can help your business go a little greener.

At BMI, we can help you implement a number of systems (or recalibrate and improve existing systems) to automate your building. In the process, we can help you cut down on waste and control costs.

Integrate preventative maintenance into operations

Preventative building maintenance is a key component of any business. 

When you rely on your building to keep your staff comfortable and your operations consistent, then you need to make sure all of your building’s equipment is properly cared for. 

On top of this, failing to maintain your equipment will result in more waste (both in terms of energy and being forced to replace equipment too early).

Preventative maintenance can involve a variety of components, including regular inspection, computerized scheduling, consistent documentation, and more. These tasks can save up to 30% in energy costs, reduce annual repair costs, and prevent downtime. 

Keep Reading: Learn more about how to evaluate your preventative maintenance program

Are you ready to go greener? Talk to BMI today.

At BMI, we help businesses all over California integrate green building initiatives into their day-to-day operations. As a result, they save money, reduce waste, and improve productivity. 

Whether you’re interested in improving only certain facets of your operations or becoming LEED certified, we’d love to help.
Give us a call or send us a message today. Let’s talk about going green.

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▸ August 3, 2021

Athletes aren’t the only ones going for the gold this season. At BMI Mechanical, we’re helping our clients go for the gold, too. 

But not in the traditional sense. 

Rather than gold medals, we’re helping our clients achieve a gold standard in energy conservation and sustainability through a LEED building rating.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building types, LEED provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership.

LEED certification is available for both new and pre-existing buildings (no matter what age the building is) and ultimately, helps buildings reduce their environmental impact and become more energy efficient. 

Let’s take a few moments to cover what the benefits of LEED are and how your business can pursue LEED certification. 

What are the benefits of LEED certification?

Aside from simply conserving energy and reducing your building’s environmental impact, there are many additional benefits of pursuing LEED certification. Let’s address those now.

  1. You can become more competitive and differentiate yourself from the competition. “Going green” is considered a positive and could play a role in purchasing decisions from your target market.
  2. A building that reduces waste and saves energy is typically more attractive than a building that doesn’t. If you’re leasing out spaces to renters, this means you could charge more — or at the very least, use it as a selling point.
  3. With a better-managed and greener building, it’s only “natural” that you’ll benefit from a better indoor (and outdoor) environment. This will lead to happier and healthier employees and occupants, which can improve productivity, retention, and more.

Keep Reading: Learn more about green building trends and how they can improve your building

How to work towards LEED certification

When attempting to pursue LEED certification, it’s best to work with a qualified partner like BMI Mechanical. There are a variety of categories that must be addressed and standards that must be met in order to qualify. Without a knowledgeable partner, this process will be much more difficult (if not impossible) to work through.

Specifically, BMI Mechanical can help your business with design, equipment selection, installation, and maintenance practices. All of these facets earn you “points” — which ultimately decides your rating. Your rating can be anything from certified (lowest) to platinum (highest). Points earned can vary drastically based on how your building performs, what types of materials your building is using, how your building uses energy, and more.

Not interested in LEED certification? Consider pursuing ENERGY STAR certification. This process achieves similar goals (emitting less, saving more money, reducing waste), but it’s focused on energy performance standards that are set by the EPA. However, this certificate is renewed every year — which means standards must be maintained.

Are you ready to go green? Contact BMI Mechanical.

At BMI Mechanical, we have decades of experience helping companies everywhere reduce waste, save money, and go green, and we’d love to help you, too.

We can help you better understand the rules and standards set forth by LEED and ENERGY STAR, make changes to your building and maintenance practices, and collect and report on the appropriate data. 
If you’d like to learn more about this process, give us a call or send us a message today.

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BMI Mechanical is an official Linc Service Contractor, and we are extremely proud of this title. Generally speaking, being part of Linc Service means we are committed to our environment, and we actively engage in prudent energy usage and conservation practices. Here’s how Linc Service breaks down being a Linc Service Contractor:

“Contractors in our network specialize in meeting the unique needs of clients by customizing a solution that maximizes the client’s operating budget, increases the building’s efficiency, and helps to prolong the life of building assets. Service and solution offerings include building design, equipment retrofits and replacements, commissioning and recommissioning, proactive and preventive maintenance, controls, energy audits, measurement and verification, and energy management.”

There are lots of reason why we’re a Linc Contractor, but that’s not really what this blog focuses on. Rather, they’re really the 6 ways we’re committed to sustainability. Commitment to the environment in our Linc Code of Ethics is just one of those ways… and not all Linc contractors necessarily adhere to the 6 items we’ve highlighted below.

Let’s take a few moments to cover 6 ways we embody what it means to be committed to our environment.

Community Involvement

Since we’re an HVAC contractor for large companies throughout California, we have the opportunity to really make a difference and encourage sustainability on a broader scale. To do this, we are actively involved in a variety of associations, including:

Electronic Systems

At BMI, we’ve switched to a fully electronic system, and by doing so, we have nearly eliminated the need for paper in our service department. Not only does this encourage a greener work environment, but it also enables us to improve communication and benefit from real-time data when we’re out in the field. 

As an added bonus, our customers can access their complete work order history online through our secure e-Service portal. Contact [email protected] for more information regarding this benefit.

Fleet Management

We use cloud-based technology to more strategically manage our fleet of service vehicles. This allows us to maximize fuel efficiency, plan for proactive maintenance, and minimize our carbon footprint.

Refrigerant Management

The EPA regulates refrigerant use in conjunction with the Clean Air Act. To help our clients remain in compliance and better manage their use of refrigerant, we utilize a computerized system to track and report on usage. This allows us to assist our clients with environmental reporting mandates, while simultaneously encouraging greener operating practices.  

Learn More: What you need to know about the R-22 refrigerant phaseout

AMP Testing

At BMI, we don’t just keep track of EPA-regulated issues; we also track other components of your HVAC system that, if left unmanaged, can simply consume too much energy and cost more money than they should. One facet of this is AMP draw testing, which we conduct on a regular basis for our clients. This testing allows us to make sure your equipment draws are not exceeding the manufacturer’s RLA (rated load amps). Not only can excessive draws lead to excessive energy consumption and costs, but it can also indicate that there are underlying mechanical issues that could lead to catastrophic failure later down the line.

Keep Reading: Learn more about how to lower HVAC costs in your business

Green Proactive Maintenance

We offer proactive HVAC maintenance services for our clients, all of which are green-focused. These services include tasks associated with proper filtration and thorough cleaning — tasks that ultimately promote energy conservation and help extend the life of equipment. To learn more about our processes, take a look at our Spring HVAC Cleaning Checklist

Interested in learning more about Linc Service Contractors?

If your business is interested in partnering with a Linc Service Contractor, we’d love to talk. Together, we can discuss all the various benefits of working with an HVAC contractor that promotes and encourages sustainability and green practices in the workplace. 
Give us a call or send us a message online, and let’s start a conversation.

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▸ January 4, 2021

HVAC technology and what it can mean for your business will be more important than ever in the coming years. But what exactly does this mean in 2021?

Let’s take a quick look at some of the top trends for commercial HVAC systems in 2021 and break down what benefits they can provide for your business.

Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization

As businesses seek out new ways to control the spread of COVID-19 in their buildings, needlepoint bipolar ionization (NPBI) will become more and more mainstream. NPBI cleans and disinfects the air with electrically-charged ions. These ions neutralize odors, kill pathogens, and reduce unwanted particles. When it comes to COVID-19, in particular, NPBI can reduce the spread by 99.4% in 30 minutes. However, going beyond COVID-19, NPBI can reduce the spread of airborne viruses in general and in the process, create a healthier and cleaner environment for employees and guests.

Keep Reading: 3 HVAC Technologies That Can Reduce The Spread Of COVID-19

Smart HVAC Technology

Homes are getting smarter and smarter, so why can’t businesses get smarter, too? When it comes to HVAC manufacturers, this is exactly what they have in mind… a smarter commercial HVAC system. In 2021 and beyond, you can expect to see companies investing in Wi-Fi enabled devices and equipment that’s integrated into their commercial HVAC system. With features such as real-time temperature adjustments, scheduling, and automation, smart HVAC technology will provide more control, cost-efficiency, and energy savings. 

Keep Reading: How to optimize your HVAC systems for future success

Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF)

While some people don’t consider indoor heating and cooling to be a very exciting topic, we certainly do. And if you’ve ever worked in an extremely cold or uncomfortably stuffy office environment, then you can at least appreciate updates in HVAC technology — especially when they concern individual temperature zones. With Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF), commercial buildings can now benefit from a multi-split type air conditioner. This gives building managers the opportunity to provide heating and cooling simultaneously in different rooms or floors of a building. Ultimately, this results in greater comfort and efficiency and saves you in energy and maintenance costs. 

Keep Reading: Your guide to seasonal HVAC planning and coordination

Ready to upgrade your HVAC system?

At BMI Mechanical, we have decades of experience helping companies upgrade their commercial HVAC systems. Whether you need help deciding between equipment repair and equipment replacement, you’re looking for a new preventative maintenance program, or you’re simply ready to modernize your HVAC equipment, we can help.
Give us a call or fill out our online form. We’d love to talk about your HVAC technology and solutions.

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▸ December 29, 2020

There are a million and one things you’re required to keep up with as a business owner, including regulatory updates for HVAC refrigerants — in particular, the current phaseout of R-22 refrigerant. Regulatory updates such as this one should be taken care of swiftly. Failure to do so in a timely manner could result in unwanted fines and penalties.

This being said, let’s take a quick look at the most important facets of this current regulatory update for HVAC refrigerants. 

What’s the deal with R-22?

Since the beginning of 2020, R-22 refrigerant has no longer been produced in the United States, and since 2010, no new HVAC equipment requiring R-22 has been produced either. 

It is currently illegal to import or produce R-22 refrigerant in the United States. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t use R-22. If you have a pre-existing HVAC system that requires R-22, you can still use this product. But over time, you can expect R-22 to become more expensive and much more difficult to find. 

R-22 has been banned by the EPA due to ozone-depleting substances found within it. The installation of R-22 AC or heat pumps has also been banned.

If you currently have a system that requires R-22, it might be time to consider upgrading or retrofitting your equipment.

What to consider with pre-existing R-22 equipment

  • R-22 Supply: As we previously mentioned, the price of R-22 will likely spike. However, supply is fine at the moment, and we have yet to see any noteworthy increases in price. This doesn’t mean it’s not coming, though. You can almost guarantee that it is coming. Keep in mind, you should not attempt to stockpile R-22. This material can only be purchased and handled by certified technicians
  • R-22 Replacement vs Retrofit: If you’re considering changing up your current R-22-dependent equipment, you’ll need to decide whether or not to upgrade your entire system or to retrofit specific components. To learn more about how to make this decision, check out these 3 questions to ask yourself
  • Retrofit pros and cons: There are a handful of R-22 systems that can be converted to an acceptable refrigerant. This can result in a slight drop in cooling capacity; however, it will equate to better overall energy efficiency (and plus, you won’t be on the EPA’s radar anymore). If you need help planning and implementing a new solution, we specialize in HVAC installation and design projects. We’d love to chat. 
  • R-22 Requirements: If you do decide to carry on with R-22, there are certain requirements you must adhere to. For starters, you’ll need to maintain detailed records (required for 50 pounds or more of refrigerant per HVAC system — typically multi-story commercial buildings or large industrial plants). These records must be kept for at least three years. If you need help maintaining your records, an HVAC service provider can help you make sense of everything. You can learn more about these requirements by reading the Section 608 Regulatory Changes from National Refrigerants, INC. 

Need help updating or replacing your R-22 system?

At BMI Mechanical, we have decades of experience helping companies across California update, maintain, and modernize their HVAC systems. If you need help replacing or retrofitting your current R-22-dependent system, we can help. Give us a call or send us a message online.

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77% of executives say their office workers request “the right temperature for them” most often as the best way to improve their productivity. Steelcase National Study

BMI’s corporate mantra of ‘Where Better Really Matters’ is not only true, but stringently adhered to by their staff. The typical less onerous route of letting someone else deal with an obvious warranty issue would have been the reaction by a number of service companies, especially over a holiday period. The perseverance of BMI’s staff speaks volumes about the company’s integrity and capabilities. Charles J. Gill President Integrated Service Group, Inc.

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