Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Heating Emergency at American Steakhouse

 When American Steakhouse in Norwalk had a rooftop unit heater malfunction. They had a dining room full of customers that was getting colder by the minute. They called Controlled Air for help. Our technicians found the unit non-repairable. We located a stock unit and had the heat back in a timely manner so they did not lose any of their customers. They called for help and we responded. Another satisfied customer that knows when there is a problem with their HVAC system, “Who you gonna call ? Controlled Air, Inc.!” Submitted by Frank Lazowski

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Fuel Cells and Bloom Energy

We are excited to announce that we  now referral partners with Bloom Energy fuel cells.
Bloom Energy® is making clean, reliable energy affordable. Their unique on-site power generation systems utilize an innovative fuel cell technology with roots in the NASA Mars space program. Derived from a common ceramic powder and leveraging breakthrough advances in materials science, the technology significantly reduces operating costs while dramatically lowering greenhouse gas emissions, practically anywhere. By generating power where it’s consumed, Bloom Energy offers increased electrical reliability, improved energy security, and a clear path to energy independence. Bloom’s Energy Server™ is an easy, smart choice in today’s economic and environmentally focused economy.
  • Typical 3-5 year payback
  • Cut CO2 emissions by 40%-100%
  • Virtually eliminate SOx, NOx, and other particulate emissions.
  • Can run on natural gas or biogas.
  • The technology is capable of both energy generation and storage
  • Able to generate power 24/7/365
  • Some of the current Bloom Energy users include: Walmart, FedEx, The Coca-Cola Company, Google, and Staples.
  • Can be used in conjunction with cogeneration to make your building even more energy efficient.
  • The are federal tax credits and state incentives available.
Contact us for more information 800-840-9101

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Service and Maintenance

Service contracts and preventative maintenance are very beneficial to your equipment and your piece of mind. The equipment that is covered under the contract will be kept cleaned and maintained to run at optimum efficiency. What is important to note is what equipment is covered under your specific contract and what equipment is not. You  may want to review your contract periodically to know what equipment items need to be maintain by internal staff or other contractors. We will always do our best to inform you or suggest maintenance to equipment where we notice issues, but it is up to you to make sure that additional equipment is maintained. Most commonly your service technician will notify you immediately of anything he notices while conducting your service inspection. You may find over time that it would be easiest to add those items/equipment to your contract so that you no longer have to worry about it. A service and maintenance contract can help ease the burden of your worries about your heating, air conditioning, and controls system, but it is important to remember what is specifically covered to prevent any long term or costly damage to your equipment.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Eco Company TV for Teens

Although not necessarily part of our field. I found this program for teens worthy of sharing, Eco Company TV. The program is a national tv and website run, organized, and hosted by teens around the country about green technology, sustainability, and eco-wise information. It is a great opportunity for teens to get involved in green technology and get a chance to be on television. We have all kids in our lives children, nieces or nephews, friends children, grandchildren, that may have some interest in this. If your business in green it might be a nice way to showcase your own business. Here is a link to the Eco Company site:

A little more about Eco Company from their website:

About Eco Company

What does it mean to "go green" as a teen? More and more young people want to know the answer to that question. Now there's Eco Company, a national TV show on a quest to find answers. Eco Company is hosted by a dynamic group of teens who combine their natural curiosity with their enthusiasm to preserve the planet they will inherit.

Every week Eco Company explores all aspects of being green and understanding how we impact our world. From reporting on the latest technologies in energy, recycling, conservation and organics to sharing the stories of young people making a positive impact on the environment. In addition every week Eco Company provides a practical tip that teens and people of all ages can use in their daily lives. Eco Company is designed to be an interactive program from finding out what's on the mind of all teens by talking to them wherever we find them to providing a forum on this website for teens to share their own videos about going green. Find out whereEco Company is airing near you and make Eco Company appointment viewing in your house!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Remember to Change Your Air Filters

Air filters within your heating and air conditioning system are easy to forget; you don't see them, and there are no warnings when they are dirty, but they are important for the life of your equipment and the comfort of employees.

Filters that are not changed regularly enough will eventually stop filtering the air. A plugged filter will sometimes collapse and get pulled out of its filter track. Air can now bypass the filter and accumulate in coils, fan wheels and ductwork. Dirty coils and fan wheels reduce the performance of the equipment.

Secondly, dirty filters can reduce the air flow through a heating or cooling system. Reduced air flow will cause heat exchangers to run hotter and cooling coils to run colder than they were designed to. Uncorrected, this will lead to shortened life expectancy or failure of the equipment.

Filters vary in quality performance and price. Selecting the proper filter to meet the requirements at the most economical price is important. Filter performance is based on required air quality, equipment, and occupancy. Make sure that if you do not have a maintenance contract that you change your filters often based on the requirements of your equipment and facility. This could be as often as once a month to once a year. Clean air filters and proper maintenance will lead to happier employees, customers, and longer equipment life.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Energy Efficiency Funding in Connecticut versus Federal

It is hard to tell what direction energy efficienct funding will go. The Federal Government may be making huge cuts to energy efficiency and green technology funding, but it may be a little time until we know for sure what is going to happen. But Connecticut is moving in its own direction, continuing and even increasing funding for energy efficient projects. The new legislation SB 1243 that was signed by Governor Malloy in July, makes huge strides forward.
SB 1243 is an act concerning the establishment of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and planning for Connecticut's Energy Future. The bill merges the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Department of Public Utility Control (DPUC) into the newly created Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). The legislation also allocates $2 mil in funding/grants for cogeneration, as well as continuing much of the funding for solar pv, solar thermal, including grant programs, tax rebates, and tax exemptions.
To further increase the use of renewable energy, the public utilities are required to obtain a minimum portion of their retail load by using renewable energy. By 2020 27% of their retail load must be from a combination of renewable energies. The types of renewable energies are broken into classes: Class 1 includes solar, wind, fuel cells, ocean thermal; Class II includes energy created by trash to energy facility; and Class III Source which is combined heat and power or cogeneration.
The law also sets forth new standards  for state buildings as well, requiring them to become more energy efficient. Here is more infomation about Energy Standards for State Buildings.
There are many opportunities within this bill to help pay for energy efficient improvements. If you are interested please contact us and we can find the best incentive opportunities for your business.


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Winter/Fall Maintenance

Fall & Winter Maintenance
It is time once again for fall and winter maintenance to begin. The benefits of completing regular maintenance are: avoiding failure and downtime, continued employee comfort, as well as preventing shutdown of critical equipment. 
The Fall & Winter Maintenance check includes: Inspection and adjustment of equipment for proper operation;  replacement of weak or failing components; Inspection and tightening of electrical connections to avoid burnt wires, opened circuits or major failure of electrical motors and components; Chassis inspection to avoid corrosion damage; and draining of exterior water lines to prevent freeze damage and flooding. We work from specific checks list for each maintenance. These lists have been developed over our years of experiences and recommendations from the manufacturers of your equipment. 
If we notice any further problems we will always discuss them with you immediately, that way your business avoids any unnecessary downtime. During your maintenance check it is also a good time to ask questions about your equipment, so make of list of things as they come up. Of course you are always welcome to call at any time with questions.