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Danger: Hospitals and the CMS Crackdown

Chances are you know someone who has been hospitalized or stayed in a nursing home and developed pneumonia. How does that happen? The latest science proves some of these cases are coming from the facility water supply.

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Factory-built Grease Duct: It's Easy Greasy!

Posted on June 11, 2018 by Brian Gomski - HVAC, grease duct, kitchen hood, hood exhaust

Architects and engineers have two options when specifying the design and construction of kitchen hood exhaust ducts. They can use field-fabricated or factory-built grease ducts.

But, which option is the best?

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Chiller Startup: Stay Cool This Summer

It took a while for the spring weather to arrive in the Midwest, but now the temperature is quickly warming up, and we can finally say that the cooling season has started.  In the HVAC world, that means it is time to start up your chiller(s).

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Is Copper-silver the Best Disinfection Method for Potable Water?

Did you know that metals such copper and silver can be used for water treatment when ionized?

In fact, copper-silver ionization is one of the oldest and most effective water disinfection solutions that we are aware of.

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2 Tweaks that will Improve Your Cooling Tower Water

Posted on April 18, 2018 by Brian Gomski - water treatment, HVAC, cooling tower, filtration

Cooling towers attract all kinds of airborne debris. Fine particles, sometimes smaller than 5 microns, greatly affect heat transfer surfaces.

Filtration is vital to cooling tower water treatment.

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Johnson Controls Acquires Triatek, Keeping Hospital Air Monitored and Clean

Posted on April 11, 2018 by Brian Gomski - airflow, Johnson Controls, Triatek

 HVAC systems are a vital piece of critical environments. Triatek mitigates the spread of dangerous airborne contaminants and prevents harmful chemicals from re-circulating in the air. 

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7 Reasons Why You Should Consider a Physics-based Water Treatment System for Your Cooling Tower

Chemical water treatment has always been one of the biggest safety concerns when managing a facility. The reasons are numerous: drums of toxic chlorine, wash stations, emergency contact procedures and legionella to name a few ...

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Commercial Water Treatment. Chemical or Non-Chemical?

Posted on March 28, 2018 by Brian Gomski - energy savings, water treatment, HVAC, cooling tower

In the HVAC industry, water and energy use are closely related. In fact, we could say that they are interdependent.

poorly maintained cooling tower with basin leaks or overflow and a high concentration of dissolved solids can have its...

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3 Things You Can do to Reduce Your HVAC Energy Expenses 

Posted on March 27, 2018 by Brian Gomski - energy savings, heat pumps, boiler, HVAC, cooling tower

Sum up high energy rates in your facility to over-billing by energy companies and you 'll see profits drop. Add old equipment in your building and it sounds even worse.

What can you do?

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The Ultimate Boiler System Layout Tips

Posted on March 8, 2018 by Brian Gomski - system design, boiler

Midwest Machinery has sold and started up A TON of boilers to date.

In the last 10 years, high-efficiency, high turn-down boilers have become the gold standard. Just like a Ferrari, which needs the right fuel, brakes, tires and equipment...

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