Althoff Industries, Inc. Blog: Archive for the ‘Commercial Services’ Category

Benefits of Commercial VRF Air Conditioning

Monday, May 16th, 2022

If you aren’t familiar with commercial air conditioning or commercial HVAC in general, it’s easy to think of air conditioning systems as basically all the same. The difference is in power, and as long as you have a commercial AC installation in Chicago, IL that matches the load requirements of your facility, you’ll have the AC equipment you need.

But AC technology constantly changes and improves, and what you need for basic day-to-day operations may not be the best you can have. This is why we want to talk about commercial VRF systems, which we install and service in Chicagoland.

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Top Benefits of Solar Installations

Monday, May 2nd, 2022

At Althoff, we take pride in offering an enormous range of commercial and industrial services to our customers. We take on all challenges and offer genuine solutions, not simple fixes. One of our specialties is handling solar installation in Chicago, IL for commercial businesses interested in the enormous benefits of using renewable energy sources. 

If you’re looking into a solar energy installation for your business in Chicagoland, we’d love to speak to you and examine your options. If you have some hesitancy about going with solar power, we understand—it can be a big leap. The potential benefits, however, are enormous. Below are the top benefits you may enjoy from a high-quality solar energy installation from our professionals.

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Maintain Your Commercial Solar Energy System

Monday, April 18th, 2022

Solar energy systems are growing more popular now with businesses than ever before. Illinois has pursued an aggressive solar program with tax credits, leading many businesses to arrange to outfit their buildings with solar. 

This rush to install solar energy has caused several difficulties, however, as many businesses owners who are new to using solar power are running into problems due to poor installation and lack of maintenance. We encourage you to look into solar as an option for your business, but we want you to understand the importance of professional service and regular maintenance—it’s the best way to see that you receive the full benefits of solar energy while keeping your facility safe.

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Plan Ahead for Your Rooftop Unit Installations and Replacements

Monday, April 4th, 2022

Packaged rooftop HVAC units are the basis of most heating and cooling systems in commercial buildings, from small businesses to major high-rises. Handling the installation and replacement of rooftop units in Chicago, IL is a big part of what we do, and we want to make sure that our customers receive the best service possible.

However, there are ongoing disruptions in the global supply chain that have created difficulties for contractors to maintain current supplies of important equipment such as commercial/industrial rooftop units. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has waned in the US, it’s still prevalent in many other countries that are part of the supply chain. The recent Russian invasion of Ukraine and the continuing war in Eastern Europe has further worsened the supply chain issue. 

The upshot of all this is that we’re currently experiencing a delay with installations for rooftop units. The delay for installing these units can be from 12 to 30 weeks. We’ll do all we can to accommodate our customers, but we recommend that businesses plan ahead and assess their needs on a longer timeline. 

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Why Trust Us With Your Commercial Pipelining

Monday, March 21st, 2022

Pipelining—the plumbing term, not the computing term—is a way to repair or replace broken and aging pipes. Rather than removing damaged sections of a pipe, pipelining does the repairs from the inside of the pipe, creating a new pipe (the “lining”) within the older part and sealing along it to close off leaks and create a new, stronger pipe. Pipelining can repair small sections, or it can line the entire length of a pipe to effectively replace it with a new one. 

When it comes to pipelining in Chicago, IL, you can find various commercial contractors who will do the job of fixing your commercial pipes. But at Althoff Industries, we have several advantages that make us a top-notch choice. For starters, we have more than 60 years of history serving businesses of all sizes and types in Chicagoland. We understand what businesses need when it comes to plumbing. We’re family-owned and operated and provide true 24-hour service. We aren’t here just to fix problems—we are here to offer solutions.

But it goes farther than that. We use the best available technology for all jobs. When it comes to pipelining, we use NuFlow technology.

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How Long Will Your Commercial Heating Systems Last?

Monday, March 7th, 2022

The heating equipment for a business facility accounts for a significant amount of the annual budget, especially in a place like Chicago with its severe winters. If you own or operate a business in Chicagoland, you’ll want to get the longest possible service life from all the heating systems: replacement systems are costly.

So how many years can you expect from your commercial heating systems? We’ll look into this more below, as well as how you can help your company’s heating systems last as long as possible.

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How Long Will Your Commercial Heating System Last?

Monday, February 21st, 2022

When you invest in heating systems for your commercial space, whether rooftop HVAC units, a commercial furnace, or a commercial boiler, you’ll want to get as many years as possible from them. But how many years can you realistically expect? 

Although we can’t give you single definite answer about the service lives of your equipment in a blog post, we can offer guidelines and advice to ensure you get the best service from your vital HVAC equipment.

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Can Your Rooftop Units Manage Winter Snow?

Monday, December 13th, 2021

For many decades, the most common type of commercial heating system in Chicagoland has been the packaged rooftop unit. These HVAC systems provide both cooling and heating and have many advantages, such as freeing up space inside the building, easy access for technicians without disrupting the workspace, and keeping noisy equipment far away from employees, customers, etc. 

But because Chicago receives snow during the winter, you might wonder if this is a serious problem for your business’ rooftop units. Althoff has a long history of working with commercial heating solutions for all types of commercial facilities, and we want to address concerns business owners like you may have about their rooftop units vs. the snow.

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Ways to Tell Your Business Needs Lighting Upgrades

Monday, November 15th, 2021

Lighting is essential for any type of industrial or commercial facility, but it is also a part of these facilities that owners and managers can easily overlook when they are considering important upgrades and expansions. Quality lighting increases productivity, helps appeal to customers in retail spaces, lowers energy costs, and allows for more flexibility for business growth.

If you’re wondering whether your business needs to have new interior or exterior lighting, we’ve listed several ways to tell. When in doubt, you can consult with us about what changes you may need. 

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Don’t Gamble With an Obsolete System: Ask Us About Niagara 4

Monday, October 4th, 2021

One of the most important services we offer to our Chicagoland commercial customers is the installation and maintenance of building automation systems (BAS). These controls give businesses an unprecedented amount of manipulation over multiple systems and devices—HVAC, lighting, security—providing a level of efficiency that was previously impossible.

Like any advanced technology, BAS has a life cycle. As technology advances, older building automation systems will become legacy platforms: outmoded and obsolete. A current point of concern for commercial facilities that use building automation is that the widespread AX versions of Niagara software, which is used in a variety of BAS including those from Lynxspring, Honeywell, and Johnson Controls, was listed as  “End of Life” as of July 1, 2021. The last update was made back in Q1 2020, and now parts, licenses, and additional devices will no longer be available. We have a solution for customers who are using this legacy platform, which is a migration to the Niagara 4 platform from Tridium. 

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