When Is It Time to Call for Service for Your Commercial Heating System?

February 6th, 2023
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In the middle of a Chicago winter, you depend heavily on the heating system for your commercial property. Even a small interruption in the heater’s operation can mean significant revenue loss from downtime. Acting fast is the key to mitigating these problems, so let’s look at how you can tell it’s time to schedule professional service for your commercial heating system.

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Indoor Air Quality Problems That Can Affect Offices

January 23rd, 2023
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Indoor air quality for offices is a major concern today because of the ongoing pandemic and its effects on businesses around the world. Although the worst of the pandemic appears to be behind us, it has altered the way people think of air quality inside offices and brought more focus to the general ways to identify and combat low commercial indoor air quality.

We work extensively with commercial indoor air quality in Bolingbrook, IL and throughout Chicagoland, and we’ve been doing so since 1962. We handle indoor air quality (IAQ) for all types of commercial and industrial facilities. Office spaces are frequently overlooked when it comes to IAQ. We’re going to look at how the IAQ in your office can drop and the different sources behind it.

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The Benefits of Commercial Humidification Control

January 9th, 2023
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People have a general sense that high humidity is “bad,” but often don’t consider the consequences of low humidity, which can be just as extreme. The ideal humidity level is balanced between the two. For example, when it comes to comfort, the ideal relative humidity level is 45%. Above 60% is too humid, and below 30% is too dry.

However, we’re specifically addressing the needs of commercial buildings when it comes to humidification. These can be complicated, and we strongly recommend any commercial facility have a commercial humidification system to balance indoor relative humidity. We offer commercial humidification and air cleaning systems in Chicago, IL that can solve your troubles with imbalanced moisture levels in your facility.

There are many benefits to commercial humidification control. Some will affect your business more than others, but almost any business will find humidification control advantageous.

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The Advantages of Camera and Video Drain Inspections

December 26th, 2022
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Your commercial facility has extensive plumbing in it, no matter what type of business you operate. Whether this plumbing is essential for process or is necessary for basic sanitation and water supply, you’ll want to ensure it’s kept in the best shape possible. 

This is where commercial camera and video drain inspections in Chicago, IL is immensely helpful. Thanks to advances in technology, our commercial plumbers do not need to disrupt your business to handle jobs like pipe and sewer line inspections, drain and sewer cleaning, and diagnosing plumbing problems. This technology also makes it faster and easier to locate issues in commercial plumbing and devise solutions that remove time-consuming guesswork and physical disruption to the workspace.

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Pipe Lining Can Solve Your Commercial Plumbing Worries

December 12th, 2022
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Plumbing problems for a commercial facility can be standard annoyances, such as clogged drains or problems with low water pressure (often a problem in high-rises). You’ll need professional commercial plumbers to handle these repairs, but they’re straightforward and you won’t have to worry about disruption or damage to your property.

But what about dealing with issues like leaking pipes within the concrete structure of your facility, or having to replace worn-down older underground pipes? The repairs can require extensive excavation and the breaking up of concrete slabs. This kind of work is extremely disruptive to a commercial operation, not to mention expensive and messy. 

There is a way to solve this dilemma, which is pipe and drain lining. Not all commercial plumbers can offer this more efficient and cost-effective approach, but Althoff is proud to offer pipe and drain lining in Chicago, IL and throughout Chicagoland. We help you solve problems, not create new ones!

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The Different Levels of EV Charging Stations and What They Mean

November 28th, 2022
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We offer EV charging station installation in Chicago, IL to our clients, and it’s an addition we recommend for many businesses. We’ve previously written about the many benefits of commercial electric vehicle charging stations, but as a quick reminder of the biggest ones:

  • You’ll draw in more customers
  • You’ll help to retain current employees and attract new ones
  • You’ll improve your brand as a forward-thinking company
  • You’ll reduce your carbon footprint and support green business initiatives
  • Your property value will increase
  • You’ll increase your digital presence

So let’s say you are now interested in installing EV charging stations (and we hope you are!). Now you need to know more about the different types available, specifically the different “levels” of stations. What might work well as a home station may not provide enough benefits for your business. We’ll look into the three levels of charging stations below.

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The Challenges of Commercial Kitchen Ventilation

November 14th, 2022
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Any commercial building or space requires the right type of ventilation. For some spaces, this can be as simple as ensuring fresh air can enter and stale air escape so the interior retains the proper air pressure. But when it comes to commercial kitchens, ventilation becomes more complicated as well as more vital. 

Althoff Industries works with commercial kitchen exhaust systems in Elk Grove Village, IL and throughout Chicagoland, and we understand all about the special challenges that come with proper ventilation for this space. It takes much more than a conventional HVAC system. There are several specific challenges involved in proper kitchen ventilation:

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We Accept Challenges—Like Heating a High-Rise

October 17th, 2022
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We have offered commercial heating repair in Chicago, IL and other commercial heating services since 1961. We have taken on numerous challenges during our time in business and found innovative ways to provide effective and energy efficient solutions to a wide range of commercial facilities. 

One of the biggest challenges when it comes to providing commercial heating (and cooling) is for high-rise buildings—and Chicago has quite a few of those! Not every commercial HVAC contractor serving the Chicagoland area can handle the obstacles of high-rise HVAC, but we can.

High-rises pose a specific series of challenges for heating and cooling. In this post, we’re going to talk about the obstacles we overcome when we install a heating system for a high-rise. (The definition of a high-rise is any building which has an occupied floor more than 75 feet above the lowest level of fire department vehicle access.)

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It’s Fall: Time to Schedule Maintenance for Your HVAC Systems

October 3rd, 2022
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When October arrives, you know it’s truly fall. The temperatures will start to drop, and although this may at first come as a relief after a hot summer, it also warns of the extreme cold that is around the corner when winter starts.

Ask yourself if your commercial facility in Chicago is ready for the approaching winter. What important steps do you need to take to ensure your operations continue as normal when the outdoor temperature drops below freezing?

You might already have a list of what you need to get done. We want to make sure that you have commercial HVAC maintenance in Chicago, IL on that list. Few services are more important for a business to handle the effects of winter than ensuring the heating systems can operate properly, at the highest efficiency, and with little chance of an abrupt breakdown.

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Is It Time to Replace Your Rooftop AC Units?

September 19th, 2022
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The standard air conditioning systems for commercial facilities in Chicagoland are packaged rooftop units, many of which are heat pumps that also provide heating during the winter. As we move into the fall, we recommend business owners assess the performance, condition, and age of their rooftop units so they can make decisions about whether it’s time to have them replaced. If commercial air conditioning repair in Chicago, IL becomes too expensive, it’s better to arrange early to have new rooftop units installed. 

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