How to Tell You Need a Commercial Electrical Service Upgrade

November 27th, 2023

In the fast-paced world of commercial enterprises, where every operation relies on a reliable power supply, the state of your electrical system is critical. If your facility has been standing operating since the ‘90s or earlier, there’s a good chance that your electrical system is out of date and no longer up to the challenges of current electrical requirements. 

In this post, we’ll explore the signs that indicate it’s time to contact a commercial electrician in Elgin, IL or elsewhere in Chicagoland to arrange for an electrical service upgrade, as well as look at how you’ll benefit from making this change.

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Smart Outdoor Lighting Systems: A Bright Investment

November 13th, 2023

In the ever-changing landscape of commercial spaces, staying ahead in energy efficiency and technological advancements is crucial. One avenue where businesses can shine (quite literally) is through the implementation of smart outdoor lighting systems. In this blog, we’ll explore the benefits and considerations of integrating smart lighting into your commercial property.

You want your business to stay ahead when it comes to energy efficiency and the newest technology advances that have made energy savings more effective and powerful than ever before. One method where you can improve your energy efficiency is in outdoor lighting. For businesses where outdoor lighting is a critical component of operation, implementing smart outdoor lighting systems can make a significant change in energy efficiency.

Below, we’re going to look at the benefits and several considerations of integrating outdoor lighting in Chicago, IL into your commercial property.

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The Importance of Field Heating for Athletic and Sports Fields

November 6th, 2023

We know we have a lot of sports fans reading this: Chicago has been the home of numerous great teams in all types of sports. But the winter weather in Chicagoland poses some serious problems for spots that have to play outdoors during the coldest part of the year. When temperatures drop and people are watching baseball or football (and if they’re lucky, get to see their team in the playoffs), they may not realize that many of these stadiums deal with the chill in the ground with something called field heating systems. These specialized installations help with snowmelt as well as make the ground softer to reduce the impact on athlete’s joints. (If you’ve ever jogged across a frozen field, you’ll know how much impact ice-cold ground has on your knees!)

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How Commercial Heating Systems Handle Extreme Weather Conditions

October 16th, 2023

When you think about the heating systems that keep your business running through our winter weather, does it ever seem amazing that these heaters are able to keep going considering all they’re up against? It’s no accident that they can withstand extreme weather: they’re built specifically to handle the job, and commercial HVAC contractors know the strategies necessary to keep them running year after year.

We’re experts when it comes to commercial heating in Waukegan, IL. After all, we’ve been serving Chicagoland with the best commercial and industrial services since 1961. In this post, we’re going to look at several of the measures employed in commercial heating that help these systems make it through the extreme winter weather we experience in Chicagoland while maintaining efficiency and high performance. 

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The Importance of Fall Commercial HVAC Maintenance

October 2nd, 2023

As the leaves start to change color and temperatures begin to drop in Chicago, it’s essential for businesses to prepare for the upcoming cold weather. Any type of commercial enterprise needs to be able to withstand the intense temperatures and humidity changes that come with our winters, and the maintenance necessary has to come from experienced professionals.

One of the most crucial services that we provide for our customers is commercial HVAC maintenance. When you work with us to develop a regular HVAC maintenance program, we’ll ensure that your heating and cooling systems are in top-notch condition. In this post, we’ll discuss why fall HVAC Maintenance in Naperville, IL and throughout Chicagoland is so vital.

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How to Know When a Pipe Should Be Lined or Replaced in Your Commercial Plumbing System

September 18th, 2023

When it comes to the plumbing in your commercial facility, you’ll sometimes have to face the question of what to do about deteriorating pipes. There are two basic options: have the pipe completely replaced or arrange for pipe lining to repair the pipe from the inside. 

Pipe lining technology has advanced significantly, making it an option in more situations than before. But sometimes it’s better to have a replacement. Making the right decision about “repair vs. replace” can save you plenty of time and money in the long run—both valuable commodities for your business.

At Althoff, we understand the importance of this decision, and we offer both pipe lining and pipe replacement in Elgin, IL and throughout Chicagoland. Below we’ll look at several of the factors that will affect whether you need us to reline your aging pipes or replace them.

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Process Piping: What It Is, And Why You Need Experts to Handle It

September 4th, 2023

Process piping may sound like it’s simply another part of a plumbing system, but it’s quite different. The plumbing in a building, such as a commercial facility, is used to transport both water and waste and usually connects to municipal systems such as the freshwater supply and the sewer system. Process piping consists of the pipes that connect to processing machines, such as the machines used in commercial and industrial facilities: chemical plants, oil refineries, power plants, pharmaceutical plants, food processing plants, manufacturing or chemical plants, etc. 

The short version of this is that process pipes are used to facilitate process, i.e. the actual business of a manufacturing plant, chemical plant, food processing plant, etc. 

Because process piping must transport a wide range of gases and fluids other than water, they have special requirements for materials, size, and engineering.

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The Vital Role of Switchgear Maintenance for Commercial Businesses

August 21st, 2023

Without switchgear, your commercial facility wouldn’t have power sent to the right equipment and locations in your facility, which would not only harm general efficiency, it could also lead to extensive damage and even safety hazards. 

To ensure that the switchgear in your facility continues to work correctly for many years with few power interruptions, you’ll need to schedule routine maintenance for it from professionals. 

For comprehensive switchgear maintenance services in Chicago, IL, trust to Althoff Industries Commercial. Our team of professionals has more than 60 years of experience working with all types of commercial electrical services in the Chicagoland area. 

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Signs Your Commercial Boiler Needs Service

August 7th, 2023

Whether you run a hotel, office building, manufacturing plant, or healthcare facility, the commercial boilers delivering the necessary heat are essential for your business to keep running. If you can get ahead of repair issues before they become major problems, you’ll avoid numerous headaches.

We’re here to help you with a list of the warning signs that your boiler needs professional service. If you detect any of the signs below, reach out to our trained team for repairs. We’re the experts when it comes to commercial boilers in Naperville, IL and throughout Chicagoland.

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Common Challenges With Adopting Commercial Solar Energy Solutions

July 24th, 2023

One of the many jobs we do for local commercial and industrial businesses is solar panel installation in Naperville, IL, and throughout Chicagoland. We have handled several major solar projects for businesses, but we also handle projects on smaller scales. We can help find a solar solution for your business!

Adopting commercial solar energy doesn’t happen with just a snap of the fingers. There are several challenges to overcome. Thankfully, our slogan at Althoff Industries is “Challenges Accepted!” We’re used to tackling big projects and major challenges, and we overcome them. For all of the challenges below, you can put your trust in our experienced team to help you past them and into the future with solar energy.

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