High humidity levels during the summer months can cause a number of challenges for building owners and occupants, for a few months of each year mold is often one of those challenges. While 30 – 50% relative humidity (RH) is ideal, we don’t usually see mold growth until indoor relative humidity exceeds 60%. On a… Read more »
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Pleune Service Company Earns American Standard & Commercial Sales Awards
Congratulations to Pleune Service Company for 2017 Top Performance through Munch’s Supply Company!
Do I need a Permit for that?
Because the State of Michigan adopts building codes on a three year cycle, Michigan adopted a modified 2015 International Building Code on April 20th of this year. As a licensed contractor we are frequently asked whether certain types of work will require permits. To help clarify what does and does not require permit documentation, here… Read more »
Are Your Employees Breathing Easy?
All buildings must have some fresh air circulation to maintain a healthy workplace. Otherwise, you may be looking at health risks for your employees. There needs to be a way of exchanging the carbon dioxide that we exhale for fresh oxygen. Without this, your employees are at risk for complications such as headaches, increased… Read more »
Contactor Pitting, Inrush Mode, and the Health of Your HVAC System
Why is it so urgent when your technician tells you about pitting on your contactors? One way to maximize the life expectancy of an HVAC compressor is to minimize its operation time in the inrush amperage mode. Inrush mode, in HVAC systems and other electronic devices, is the momentary burst of current that flows… Read more »
The Risk You’re Taking With Dirty HVAC Coils
Yesterday, the crew at Pleune sent out a technician to visit a new customer. The service call was the result of the customer’s cooling not keeping up with the hot weather. With a brief inspection, it didn’t take long for our technician to figure out what the problem was. Many customers who are not… Read more »
New Technology Will Change Your Heating and Cooling
There’s an exciting Japanese HVAC technology, and it’s gaining more acceptance in the states. Invented by a company called Daikin in 1982, VRF systems, or variable refrigerant flow systems, use refrigerant for both heating and cooling. This puts them in the same family as ductless mini-split air conditioners. However, they differ from those units… Read more »
The Importance of Lighting Maintenance
All lighting systems experience deterioration of performance during operation, and so require ongoing maintenance. As the useful light distributed by a lighting system decreases, wattage stays the same, resulting in energy waste. In many buildings, lighting system maintenance consists of reactive rather than proactive solutions. Fixtures are rarely cleaned, although dirt and dust build… Read more »
Maintenance Is Key to Saving Money on Your Rooftop Unit
When it comes to our rooftop units, “out of sight, out of mind” applies to most of us. That attitude can change quickly when our roof doesn’t keep us cool on a hot summer day. Having routine preventative maintenance done is the best way to keep rooftop units in good working condition. It is… Read more »
Is Your HVAC Causing Sick Building Syndrome?
When employees suffer health or comfort issues linked to time spent in a building, and no specific illness is at fault,“Sick Building Syndrome” could be the culprit. Many times the cause can be flaws in the HVAC system, which can be fixed with regular maintenance. Sometimes, though, the cause is mold, use of industrial chemicals,… Read more »