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July, 2017


Iconic NYC Church Drills Deep for Climate Control

    Lane Associates' work at St Patrick's Cathedral is the subject of a feature article in the current issue of US Builders Review. We are honored and extremely proud to share this article with you:
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July, 2017


Benjamin Franklin - Founding Father & Air Conditioning Pioneer!

    Did you know that Benjamin Franklin and John Hadley performed the first documented testing for the theory of air conditioning way back in 1758? Through their experiment, they were able to lower the temperature of a thermometer from 64 degrees Fahrenheit all the way down to 7 degrees Fahrenheit! Although the air conditioner wouldn't be invented for some time, Franklin and Hadley tested their theory, that the process of evaporation can quickly cool down an object - evaporative cooling.

    Legend has it that Franklin's interest in the subject started on a hot July day in Philadelphia in the 1750's. Ben was sitting in his room, sweating profusely despite a small breeze blowing in through his open windows. He got up to change his shirt, and he noticed that the dry shirt he picked up felt much warmer than the wet shirt he had taken off. He realized at that moment that the breeze actually felt cooler while he was wearing the wet shirt. This intrigued him, and Ben conducted a series of subsequent experiments in collaboration with a chemistry professor from Cambridge University in England, John Hadley. Ben put various liquids onto the bulb end of a mercury thermometer and discovered that the evaporation of liquids causes heat loss. When he took his thermometer and put liquid onto the bulb end, he watched the temperature drop as the liquid evaporated. If he blew on the liquid to make it evaporate faster, the temperature decreased faster. He carefully noted alcohol had greater a cooling effect than water, due to alcohol being more volatile than water, which means that alcohol evaporates faster than water. He then tested ether, which is even more volatile than alcohol, and found ether to have an even faster cooling effect than alcohol. Ben discovered a correlation between evaporation rate of the liquids and cooling.

In a letter from 1758, he described a thermometer experiment with ether:
    "By dipping first the ball of the thermometer into the ether, it appeared that the ether was precisely of the same temperament with the thermometer, which stood then at 65; for it made no alteration in the height of the little column of mercury. But when the thermometer was taken out of the ether, and the ether with which the ball was wet, began to evaporate, the mercury sunk several degrees. The wetting was then repeated by a feather that had been dipped into the ether, when the mercury sunk still lower. We continued this operation, one of us wetting the ball, and another of the company blowing on it with the bellows, to quicken the evaporation, the mercury sinking all the time, till it came down to 7, which is 25 degrees below the freezing point, when we left off. Soon after it passed the freezing point, a thin coat of ice began to cover the ball. Whether this was water collected and condensed by the coldness of the ball, from the moisture in the air, or from our breath; or whether the feather, when dipped into the ether, might not sometimes go through it, and bring up some of the water that was under it, I am not certain; perhaps all might contribute. The ice continued increasing till we ended the experiment, when it appeared near a quarter of an inch thick all over the ball, with a number of small spicula, pointing outwards. From this experiment one may see the possibility of freezing a man to death on a warm summer's day."

Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July!



May, 2017

St. Patrick's Geothermal - Behind the Scenes Look

      We are very proud to share this Fox News video clip which highlights this historic project. Mechanical work is generally behind the scenes, this clip provides a unique opportunity for us to share a portion of the state of the art work performed on this famous 138 year old building.

      Being involved with the installation of the geothermal system to provide heating and cooling in a structure of this magnitude was one of our finest moments. We are very pleased we have the opportunity to share this with you.






September, 2016

Fall Weather Means FREE Cooling

     During this time of year in the Northeast when transitioning from Summer to Winter, we experience a difficult season for meeting HVAC demands. Temperature and humidity is fluctuating, and this fluctuation can result in the potential need for both heating and cooling to switch back and forth, sometimes even during the same day. But this "Swing Season" also offers a unique opportunity; it is also "FREE" Cooling season, when economizers can be utilized to take advantage of already cool outside air.

Economizers utilize cool outside air when it is available.  This reduces the need for a compressor to run and produce mechanically cooled air, therefore reducing energy consumption.


      If your equipment has economizers, now is the time to make sure they are fully operational so that you can take advantage of the energy savings they provide.
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July, 2016

Equipment Life Expectancy

     Nothing lasts forever.  And no matter how well you take care of your HVAC equipment, it will one day need to be replaced.  So how long can you expect your equipment to last?  

     Below is a partial list of useful life expectancy for various equipment types:

Equipment Type Life Expectancy (Years)
Roof-top air conditioners
15
Cooling Towers
20
Chillers
20
Gas or Electric Unit Heaters
13
Heat Pumps (water-to-air)
19

How to Fully Reach Expected Useful Life

     The best way you can help your equipment do this is by performing regular maintenance.  Lack of maintenance can result in additional wear and tear on equipment, drastically reducing its life.  For peak HVAC equipment performance this summer, consider preventive maintenance that includes this partial task schedule for your equipment: 

Standard equipment
     1. Replace air filters
     2. Inspect and change belts as required
     3. Check voltage, amperages, temperatures
     4. Check for proper refrigerant levels and oil levels
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October, 2015

Carbon Monoxide: an Odorless, Colorless, Tasteless, Toxic Gas

     With the heating season rapidly approaching, now is the ideal time to have a trained professional examine your Heat Exchangers.  A Heat Exchanger does exactly what its name would suggest: it allows for the transfer of heat when fuel is burned inside of a heating unit.  While the design of different heat exchangers vary, they all transfer heat to the supply air as it moves past the hot heat exchanger without letting any of the exhaust fumes mix with this supply air.  This newly heated air is then distributed throughout the building's space.  

Potential Hazards

     A very serious (and potentially deadly) problem can arise if a heat exchanger develops a crack.  The leading cause of cracking is the normal, repetitive process of heating and cooling the metal heat exchanger.  Over time, this stress on the metal can develop into cracks.  Carbon Monoxide will leak through these cracks and into the supply air as it passes by to get warmed.  This toxic gas would then be distributed throughout the building, instead of continuing through the heat exchanger and exhausted, as intended by design.  

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July, 2015

Common Causes of Insufficient Cooling

     Summertime is officially here!  And it's during this hot stretch of the year the most that we rely on our air conditioning equipment to keep us comfortable.  But what happens when our AC isn't living up to its expectations?  Insufficient cooling in the workplace is not only uncomfortable, but studies show it can also decrease worker productivity by up to 10% or more.

     A wide variety of factors can result in insufficient cooling, but if you are experiencing it don't assume a major costly repair is needed.  Many causes of reduced cooling can be fixed relatively easily and inexpensively.  

 

Here are a few of the most common causes:

Dirty Coil

     A dirty condenser coil restricts airflow and thereby reduces the system's capacity to provide cooling.  A simple cleaning of a dirty coil can restore cooling to an underperforming system.

      

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March, 2015

Condenser Coils: Dirty vs Clean

     Regular cleaning of condenser coils is one of the most important tasks that can be performed on your HVAC equipment.  Dirty coils can result in reduced efficiency, increased energy usage, and even costly repairs.  But these risks can be drastically reduced by simply making sure the condenser coil is clean and ready for use.  

Summer is right around the corner - now is the time to make sure your condenser coils are ready for the upcoming cooling season!

Dirty Condenser Coils Can Cause:

  • Loss of Capacity
  • Increased energy consumption
  • Increased wear on compressor
  • Possible loss of compressor
 
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September, 2014

What is Your Plan for the HVAC "Swing Season"?

     During this time of year in the Northeast when transitioning from Summer to Winter, we experience a difficult season for meeting HVAC demands.  Temperature and humidity is fluctuating, and this fluctuation can result in the potential need for both heating and cooling to switch back and forth, sometimes even during the same day.  But the "Swing Season" also offers a unique opportunity; it is also "FREE" Cooling season, when economizers can be utilized to take advantage of already cool outside air.

     So what should my plan be for this "Swing Season"?  At what point should I switch my HVAC system to heat and what happens if I need cooling after my heating equipment has been started up?  Are my economizers operational and ready to take advantage of cool outside air?  Below are some key points to consider as we enter the HVAC "Swing Season." 

Economizers Provide "FREE" COOLING

Economizers utilize cool outside air when it is available.  This reduces the need for a compressor to run and produce mechanically cooled air, therefore reducing energy consumption.

Below is an example of potential savings resulting in using "FREE" Cooling from an economizer, available during the "Swing Season":

 

Assuming a compressor draws approximately 15 amps to run on a cooler day, at 220v, that equates to 3.3kW

With a utility cost of approximately 20 cents per kWH, that means it costs about 66 cents per hour to run the compressor.

Let's assume you have 10 Rooftop Units at your building that is occupied 40 hours per week.  (that's 66centsx40hoursx10units)  Therefore, by utilizing the "Free" Cooling from economizers, you could save approximately $264.00 per week!


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August, 2014

Heating Season Officially Begins October 1st!

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     Municipalities vary, but New York City officially defines the heating season as October 1 through May 31.  During this time period, building owners are required by law to provide heat as follows:  

  • Between the hours of 6:00 AM and 10:00 PM, if the outside temperature falls below 55 degrees, the inside temperature is required to be at least 68 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Between the hours of 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM, if the temperature outside falls below 40 degrees, the inside temperature is required to be at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit.


We Are Nearing the 11th Hour for 2014 Heating Projects

thermometer     Although the weather outside has most people focused on air conditioning, time is quickly running out for planning and implementing those 2014 Heating Projects (large or small).  

     Several factors will determine whether or not a project can successfully be completed on time:


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July, 2014

 

Which Service Calls are Avoidable and How Can I Identify Them?

     During the hot days of summer, it is critical that a building's Air Conditioning system provide sufficient and reliable cooling for its occupants.  When cooling is insufficient or not working at all, a call to your HVAC contractor is the logical step to restore cooling.  However, prior to placing that service call, there are a few simple things that can be checked that often get overlooked and may eliminate the need for the call all together.  Eliminating preventable service calls not only saves you money and time, but is also important for LANE during the busy summer season.  By eliminating these service calls, LANE can then better allocate resources and technicians by responding to other, more serious service calls, thereby serving our clients with more efficiency.  

     So what should I check before placing a service call for no cooling?   

Power

Often overlooked, there are some simple checks to ensure power is getting to your HVAC system:
Is the circuit breaker tripped?
Is there a blown fuse?
Is the disconnect turned off?

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June, 2014

 

Ductless Cooling & Heating Systems

In many situations and applications, a ductless system makes much more sense to implement versus using the traditional building HVAC system for heating and/or cooling.  Typical applications for ductless systems are IT rooms, conference rooms, or any other enclosures that may require additional supplemental cooling or heating beyond the building's existing capabilities.  Ductless systems also allow for more user control, can reduce installation, maintenance, and operation costs, and are much quieter when in use.  

But what exactly is a ductless system, and what can it do?  

What is Ductless?
     Similar to other traditional HVAC equipment, a ductless system is comprised of two main components: a condenser and an air handler.  The condenser cools or heats refrigerant, and the air handler uses this refrigerant to cool or heat the air that it distributes in the building space.  What makes a ductless system unique is that the condenser and air handler are separated (sometimes by very large distances), connected only by a thin line set that transports the refrigerant between the two.  By having no costly, invasive ductwork, this design allows for quicker, more cost effective installations.

      The lack of invasive ductwork also makes a ductless system the perfect solution for small or remote spaces that require additional cooling or heating. Only a thin line set needs to be run to the air handler, allowing for versitile installations and applications.


Why Ductless?
1. Flexibility
  • Small Space Applications Since no Invasive Ductwork is Required

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March, 2014

 

Proactive vs. Reactive: HVAC Service

For peak HVAC equipment performance this Summer, consider preventive maintenance that includes this partial task schedule for your equipment this Spring. 

Standard equipment
     1. Replace air filters
     2. Inspect and change belts as required
     3. Check for proper refrigerant levels and oil levels
     4. Lube all motors and bearings, as required
Chiller Spring Start up
     1. Check refrigerant and oil levels
     2. Replace liquid line driers and oil filters
     3. Check pressures.
     4. Pull and clean strainers
Cooling Tower Maintenance Task Schedule
     1. Replace belts and adjust as needed
     2. Adjust float valve
     3. Check strainers and clean
     4. Check tower pumps

 

Upon completion of a preventive maintenance inspection, we provide you with a comprehensive report on any upgrades and corrections that may be needed.

 

Additional Preventive Maintenance Benefits

  • Preferred pricing
  • Preferred response time
  • Fewer service calls/breakdowns
  • Increased energy efficiency
  • Extended equipment life
  • Ensure proper filters/belts are being used for system

 


February, 2014

Lane Celebrates 70th Anniversary!

2014 marks Lane's 70th Year in business! Founded in 1944, Lane began servicing and installing refrigeration equipment in homes, small delicatessens and bars under the name, Lane Refrigeration. The company evolved to become a leader in the installation of refrigeration equipment. It was in the mid 1960's when Lane began to expand its horizons into the field of Heating and Air Conditioning. In the 1980's, the name of the company was changed to Lane Associates and refrigeration service was phased out. Since then, Lane Associates has dedicated itself to design/build, maintenance and servicing of HVAC equipment.


February, 2014

Time is Running Out!

Now is the time to begin planning for 2014 cooling equipment replacement (ie: cooling towers, chillers). Many manufacturers have long equipment lead times that need to be factored into project scheduling. Contact Lane for more details on how to ensure your 2014 cooling projects get completed before the summer cooling season is here.


November, 2013

Come Visit Lane at the 8th Annual MABFM Show & Conference!


Register today for this FREE Conference and Show!

Visit Lane at Booth #513


And don't miss the Networking Reception
Wednesday, November 6th: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
FREE BEER, WINE, SOFT DRINKS AND FOOD!



October, 2013

Heat Start-Up: 5 Critical Tasks


In preparation for the upcoming heating season, it is important to perform essential tasks on your mechanical equipment to ensure proper, safe and efficient operation. Below are 5 critical tasks that are performed as part of a heat start-up:

  • Examine heat exchanger for cracks to avoid carbon monoxide infiltration
  • Check wiring for any damaged wire
  • Clean all dirt and grease from combustion air openings
  • Clean pilot and main burners for scale and dust accumulation
  • Check gas valve to ensure gas flow, check pressures

October 15th is the typical switchover date for heating. Contact Lane for more details or to schedule your Heat Start-Up.


August, 2013

LIPA Rebates Doubled Through October 31, 2013!


LIPA is now doubling their rebate amounts for qualified projects completed by October 31, 2013
2013 Commercial Efficiency Program:

  • Receive up to $800 per ton
  • Projects must be completed by 10/31/2013, otherwise standard rebate applies
  • Projects must be pre-approved by LIPA, let Lane help you get approved!
  • Old equipment must be 9 EER or less
  • Example: $16,000 Rebate for each 20 ton unit!

Act now to take advantage of this limited time DOUBLED REBATE! Contact Lane for details on how to get started.

Full Program Details are available from LIPA ...read more




June, 2013

Condenser Coils: Dirty vs Clean


One of the most important maintenance tasks for your Heating & Air Conditioning system is cleaning the Condenser Coils

Dirty Condenser Coils can cause:

  • Loss of capacity
  • Increased energy consumption
  • Increased wear on compressor
  • Possible loss of compressor

Clean Condenser Coils can reduce these risks!

A 2006 ASHRAE study verified that Clean Condenser Coils also Reduce Energy Costs!!!

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April, 2013

EPAct Tax Incentives for NYC Buildings May Be On The Rise

Tax deductions of up to $1.80 per square foot are currently available to commercial property owners who meet criteria as outlined in Code Sec. 179D and the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct). But this tax deduction may be increasing. According to a recent article published in Corporate Business Taxation Monthly, Senators Snowe, Cardin, Bingham, and Feinstein proposed a new law that could increase current tax deductions from $1.80 per square foot to up to $4.00 per square foot. This can translate into big savings for buildings with below average benchmarking results. And according to a report by the NYC Mayor's Office, NYC's Buildings have a median Benchmarking score of 64 out of 100.

  • "Large EPAct tax savings are available to the large buildings, subject to the mandatory energy benchmarking... The 2010 NYC Benchmarking Report concludes that targeting the office building sector for energy reduction makes the most sense "because so much energy is used in relatively few buildings." These office buildings can use large EPAct tax incentives to improve their existing building energy benchmarking results...continue reading"


March, 2013

The Value of a LANE Preventive Maintenance Agreement

When it comes to building operation, essential services are a large part of your company's annual budget. Performing preventive maintenance on your Heating/Air Conditioning system is your best defense when it comes to prolonging the life of your HVAC equipment and avoiding costly repairs by replacing worn parts before a breakdown occurs.

A proper maintenance visit includes:


  • changing of the air filters
  • checking of belts for wear and proper tension
  • lubrication of motors and bearings
  • checking refrigerant levels
  • cleaning of condensate pans
  • checking pressures
  • checking coils
  • checking dampers
  • checking temperature for all heat exchangers
  • checking system operation

Upon completion of a preventive maintenance inspection, we provide you with a comprehensive report on any upgrades and corrections that may be needed.

And in addition to this, a Preventive Maintenance Agreement provides you with even more benefits:


  • Preferred pricing
  • Preferred response time
  • Fewer service calls/breakdowns
  • Increased energy efficiency
  • Extended equipment life
  • Ensure proper filters/belts are being used for system


Contact us to schedule a survey and design a plan which best suits your individual needs.



October, 2012

Come visit Lane Associates at:

The 7th Annual Mid-Atlantic Buildings & Facilities Mgmt Show & Conference


Booth #513


Wed-Thurs, Nov 7-8, 2012
Garden State Exhibit Center, Somerset, NJ

Receive a FREE LUNCH at the show by clicking the above link to register before October 22!




June, 2012

Did You Know:

Most HVAC Water Leaks Occur on the Hottest Days of Summer

Common Causes of Water Leaks Include:

Dirty Coils Clogged Drains Dirty Air Filters Uninsulated Pipe Improper Refrigerant Charge


Make Sure Your HVAC System is Ready for the HOT Summer Ahead




May, 2012

Come visit Lane Associates at:

The HIA-LI 24th Annual Business Trade Show & Conference


Booth #421


Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 9am - 4pm
Suffolk County Community College Sports & Exhibition Complex, Brentwood campus

Listen to a Radio Commercial for the HIA-LI Trade Show:




April, 2012


A properly performed inspection of your equipment can identify issues before they become expensive emergency service calls.

Make Sure Your HVAC System is Ready for Summer:
Call Lane Associates today to schedule your Spring Start-Up!




February, 2012

Lane feature in ACH&R NEWS Magazine


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February, 2012

Refrigerant Cost on the Rise: R-22's Expensive Future


Recent actions by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding HCFCs have led to uncertainty about the availability of R-22 in the coming months and years. In response, contractors have noticed a ramp-up in the chatter about R-22 and recent dramatic price increases (cost nearly doubled in January this year) as some manufacturers and importers have amended their sales policies.

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December, 2011

TIGHTEN YOUR ENERGY BELT BEFORE
YOUR ENERGY BELT TIGHTENS UP ON YOU!



Several cities are now benchmarking buildings to determine energy usage.
In New York City, it is the law!**

**All buildings 50,000 square feet or more are required annually to benchmark the buildings energy usage
Lane Associates Energy Benchmark service is the quick and easy way to increase profitability and asset value through operating costs. Find out how we have helped thousands SAVE THOUSANDS!

   

Energy Benchmark
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