How do you prevent HVAC break downs during the summer?

How do you prevent HVAC break downs during the summer?

Keep your building’s tenants (and your chillers) happy this spring & summer

They say the best medicine is preventive medicine – and this adage can and should be applied to commercial HVAC systems everywhere. With the spring and summer months quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to ensure your systems are ready to take the heat.

According to Minnesota’s Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs), more than 50% of business owners still operate with a philosophy of reactive maintenance. While you may incur costs and spend time investing in preventive maintenance, you’ll end up saving time and money in the long run.

Replacing air filters, cleaning and lubricating parts and taking a thorough inspection will go a long way in reducing the chance of a costly summer heat emergency. Whether you choose a company like RWS Facility Services to streamline the process or have your own maintenance team, inspecting for even small issues is important because they can turn into big ones.

Areas to consider for inspection:

  • Air filtration & indoor air quality
  • Control system
  • Chiller & cooling towers
  • Insulation of ductwork & refrigeration piping
  • Ventilation
  • Testing, calibration and air balancing

Well-maintained units keep your HVAC systems running more efficiently, an important goal for many businesses dedicated to reducing their carbon footprint. RWS Facility Services provides businesses like yours, and especially those with multiple locations, with a convenient way to take care of this “preventive medicine” on your HVAC systems — call us today and schedule seasonal check-ups or make sure your maintenance staff have this important task on their calendar.

A New Name, Expanded Services, Same Customer Care

A New Name, Expanded Services, Same Customer Care

By Anthony Dilenno

As you may have learned by now, Recycling Waste Services (RWS) has changed its name to RWS Facility Services, and with that name change comes broader capabilities designed to serve a wider range of needs with best-in-class facilities services alongside our comprehensive waste management and recycling programs. This rebranding coincides with our recent acquisition of SSG (Sustainable Solutions Group), based in Woodstock, GA, a company that offers services like our own but in different industry segments, including retail centers, enclosed malls, office buildings, hotels and mixed-use properties.

Moving from Recycling Waste Services (RWS) to RWS Facility Services continues the same significant value we have offered our customers with our recycling and waste services: focused execution and significant cost reduction. By folding in the experience and expertise of SSG, we now have more boots on the ground to support our customers in establishing and sustaining these best practices and offer expanded environmentally conscious facility services.

Additionally, we have put into place a one-call, one-team approach to ensure your company can count on us to be its 24/7 single point of contact for all its facility service programs. We also have invested in advanced technology that provides the real-time data needed for smart decision making and a positive ROI.

Monitoring and maintaining a physical facility’s day-to-day operation provides a significant way to reduce often overlooked sources of waste and expense, such as outdated and energy-hungry heating and air conditioning systems, and proactively prevents situations that can snowball if left untended, requiring costly repairs or even causing liabilities down the road. I am excited that our broadened spectrum of services offers those benefits and can be customized to your facility’s specific needs, guaranteeing we can serve your long-term needs – and improve your bottom line in the process.

So please check us out at www.rwsfacilityservices.com and let us know how we can help your business meet your sustainability and budget goals. We look forward to partnering with you.

Approaching the Global Climate Crisis

Approaching the Global Climate Crisis

by Anthony Dilenno

You’ve seen the daily headlines on the climate change crisis and its consequences…

How climate change primed California’s power shutdown (National Geographic); Climate change threatening two-thirds of species in U.S. with extinction, report says (USA Today) …and on and on they continue…

According to the Wall Street Journal, a U.N. panel reviewed thousands of research studies that all came to the same conclusions: Oceans are warming, and ice sheets are shrinking due to greenhouse gas emissions trapping heat. The report, signed by 195 countries, urges these nations to act and meet the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement goals. These consequences threaten coastal communities around the globe, with rising sea levels and the potential for more severe weather. Carbon dioxide is also being absorbed by the oceans causing acidification and threatening global fisheries. Additionally, heat waves are taking place on scales not seen in recent history. These examples just scratch the surface.

As I read these articles, one of the first things I think of as a company in the environmental field is how do we lend our voice. We are in an industry that diverts materials from landfills. And while commercial commodity markets are depressed and under financial pressure, we still have an environmental responsibility.

No matter the industry you’re in or whether its regional or global, there are opportunities to lower the pollution and waste its supply chain produces. RWS has helped many companies become leaders in sustainability. For example, we worked with UPS on diverting 165 million lbs. of palettes before they reached landfills, where decaying waste causes CO2 emissions. This effort also resulted in waste collection being reduced from five to two times per week, lowering carbon output from trucks.

On the foodservice side, there are ample strategies for companies along the supply chain to become a leader in stopping global warming. RWS partnered with a major fast food restaurant chain to dispose of excess frozen orange juice, but not in landfills. RWS arranged for the excess juice to be sent to anaerobic digesters, where waste is converted to energy. This also saved the restaurant operator more than 62,000 gallons of gasoline – one of the main sources of greenhouse gasses causing the earth to heat up.

At RWS, we know it is important to get on the right side of history and contribute to a better, cleaner future. Working with us as your full-service facilities provider is a great method to start the process. We offer data-driven reporting on how we are maximizing waste streams and reducing trucks on the road to reduce emissions in the atmosphere. We can audit the kind of waste and emissions your organization is producing each day. With that data in hand, we have the intel needed to set new and exciting goals to lower your facility’s environmental impact.

Picture your organization becoming part of the solution to these global climate issues – you’ll not only feel the satisfaction of having a positive impact on the welfare of people and wildlife, you’ll be able to tout all the good actions your business has taken and reduce operating costs in the process.