Business leaders understand that by analyzing potential risks and implementing measures that control and minimize those risks, they will ultimately reduce their cost of goods and services and maximize profits. Why not apply this proven business principle to the ownership and operation of your HVAC systems as well?
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October 01, 2014 – Bachman’s, Inc. is celebrating the 60th Anniversary of their founding by Richard Q. Bachman on October 1st. Bachman’s, Inc. was the first mechanical services contractor in Cincinnati to offer HVAC maintenance agreements and is the only contractor in the Greater Cincinnati metro area chosen to represent the international Linc Service franchise network, a brand of ABM Franchising Group.

"We at Bachman’s, Inc. would like to thank all of our loyal customers and vendors for their business and support throughout our first 60 years of business," said Marc Bachman, President of Bachman’s, Inc. 

"My father and the founder of Bachman’s, Inc., Richard Q. Bachman, was correct when he said, ‘When you give an honest day’s work and show people value, you will be successful!"

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Have you scheduled seasonal HVAC maintenance for your facility’s equipment? To prevent possible equipment failure, a proactive and preventive maintenance program is a must.

Last month, we discussed the importance of having the condenser coils cleaned on your facility’s HVAC units. This vital service should be part of a thorough evaluation to ensure your air conditioning units are ready to handle the demands of the coming cooling season. While air filters aren’t challenging to replace and do not usually require a certified HVAC technician, seasonal maintenance also includes a complete visual, electrical, and operational inspection of your equipment that is best left to a professional. An assessment should be made to ensure your AC units’ refrigerant is at the correct level, compressors and fans are functioning properly, and belts aren’t worn and are at the proper tension.

Preparing ahead and scheduling seasonal maintenance for your HVAC equipment can help to ensure uninterrupted performance and reduced operating costs in the warmer months ahead. In addition, taking advantage of a guaranteed preventive maintenance program can help to avoid unexpected expenses related to your HVAC equipment. Contact Bachman’s, Inc. for a complete overview of our preventive maintenance programs.

Worldwide, commercial and residential buildings account for 35% to 40% of total energy consumption. Commercial buildings particularly consume large amounts of energy related to HVAC, lighting, water heating, etc. And, because new buildings account for a smaller percentage of energy used in the building sector, retrofitting existing buildings can yield significant energy savings.

As countries look to reduce overall energy use, energy efficiency retrofits are increasing for existing commercial buildings. Learn more about the expected growth rates for energy efficiency retrofits and download a recently released market analysis and forecast report, here.

The phrase “you get what you pay for” might be more than a bit cliche but perhaps no other combination of words more aptly describes the fate of many lowest-bid maintenance contracts in today’s commercial buildings industry. Is the lowest bid process still a way of life at your building?

Utilizing a “lowest bid” approach results in a D-I-S-C-O-N-N-E-C-T between price and service delivered. Too often, the lowest bid does not match the best value for your dollar. Many service providers provide bid responses without ever visiting or touring the building. In this case, bid quotes are prepared using the scope of work provided by the facilities team vs. preparing a personalized plan designed specifically for maintaining your building. Price is important, however it shouldn’t be the deciding factor

During this Spring season, when you are reviewing and bidding upcoming maintenance or cleaning projects, be sure to make your service provider part of your team and help you design a personalized approach to address your needs. Include an outline of the project’s objectives, and establish some budget parameters for the prospective service provider to work with in completing the project.

When reviewing bidders’ responses to your RFPs, be sure to look at the overall responsiveness of the prospective service provider to the RFP. Don’t look simply for price. Does it contain information on the service provider’s experience, qualifications, and current references? Do you know who will be responsible and personally overseeing your project until its successful completion? The successful bidder should do an outstanding job putting together a package telling you how good they are and why you should place your confidence in their services. Some RFPs even go as far as providing you with sample potential issues which may arise during the contract term, affecting how service providers will deliver their service. They’re looking to see how the service provider would address and manage these issues. If “all of the above” can be provided to you during the RFP process, then the best service provider will surface among the crowd, validating their ability to provide the best service EQUAL to the value that’s on your books.

Join the movement…..and help bring value back as THE way of life.

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