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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 info@bmimechanical.com 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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If you operate with a 5% net profit, it would take $1,000,000 in additional revenue to pay for an unplannned $50,000 repair or replacement.

For nearly 19 years BMI has supplied services to Laurelglen Bible Church under an annual maintenance contract. Our experience with BMI has always been exceptional. Your staff is professional and always available to meet our needs in a timely manner. The maintenance contract has taken ‘the risk out’ of servicing and repairing our HVAC units. John F. Penrose Senior Administrator Laurelglen Bible Church

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