Renowned Cincinnati Mechanical Engineering and HVAC solutions provider reaffirms itself as an industry leader.

Bachman’s, Inc. proudly announces the launch of its new website showcasing their nearly 60 years in business of providing superior customized service programs in engineering, fabrication and installation of energy efficient heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and lighting solutions throughout the tri-state area. Continue Reading →

Proactive Preventive Maintenance vs. “Drive-By” Maintenance is an interesting topic. “Drive-By” is an industry term used to describe the style of service typically delivered by HVAC contractors who win bids with half-price quotes. Simply put, the contractor cannot do the preventive work promised in the low number of hours billed in order to win the bid. Corners have to be cut to make the low price work!

Rather than losing money by taking the time to do the work required for true proactive preventive maintenance, most low-bid winning contractors drive by the building and simply make sure the equipment is still there – thus the term “Drive-By”. Our new customers are shown pictures of how dirty and clogged their equipment’s critical parts have become, and quickly understand how their previous “Drive-By” contractor was able to offer such a low quote. In the long run, the “Drive-By” contract actually costs more, sometimes a lot more, because of all the additional follow-up service calls.

The World English Dictionary defines “Proactive” as tending to initiate change rather than reacting to events. “Preventive” is defined as something that serves to prevent or hinder. Our job as professionals is to “initiate change” to help “prevent” failures of mechanical equipment.

This article, written by Rod Bachman, Vice President, Bachman’s, Inc., can be read in its entirety here.

Newsletter, June 2013, Volume 4, Issue 2

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released their list of the U.S. cities with the most Energy Star certified buildings in 2012, highlighting how owners and managers of commercial buildings across the country are taking action on climate change while delivering real financial savings to the bottom line. 

For the fifth consecutive year, Los Angeles held on to first place with 528 commercial buildings earning the energy-efficiency seal. One reason for its success is a state-wide policy that requires buildings disclose their energy use. Washington, D.C., where the federal government encourages green construction and retrofits, placed second for the fourth consecutive year with 462 buildings.

The other top metro areas, in descending order, include Chicago (353 buildings), New York (325), Atlanta (304), San Francisco (291), Houston (241), Dallas Fort-Worth (214), Phoenix (202) and Boston (188.) Among the top 10, Phoenix has shown the most improvement, moving from 22nd place in 2008 to ninth last year. New York, which recently required its commercial buildings to disclose their energy use, moved up from 12th in 2008. For a complete list of the top cities, visit Energy Star’s website.

Newsletter, April 2013, Volume 3, Issue 12

The following is a list of 5 things you can do this Earth Day – and every day – to conserve water and energy, reduce waste and lower emissions:

    1. Use sleep mode. Enable the power-management settings on your computers and office equipment so they shift to sleep mode when not in use.
    2. Shine a light. Replace lamps with high-efficiency fluorescent lights, extending their lifetime, significantly reducing energy, and producing more light per watt.
    3. Adjust thermostats. Avoid wasted energy by adjusting temperatures at night and on weekends when your facility is unoccupied.
    4. Conserve water. Water landscaping at night when it is more effective and consider using moisture-sensing controls. Install low-flow toilets and check for leaks in faucets.
    5. Team up. Start a Green Team to reduce waste and increase energy efficiency. For more information, check out Bring Your Green to Work from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Newsletter, April 2013, Volume 3, Issue 12

2012 is officially in the record books. The NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) recently announced that 2012 was the hottest year ever on record for the continental United States, the second-worst for “extreme” weather, such as hurricanes, droughts or floods, and the 10th warmest year globally since record keeping began in 1880.

The year’s national average temperature of 55.3 degrees Fahrenheit was more than 3.2 degrees warmer than the average for the 20th century. Every state in the U.S. saw above-average temperatures in 2012, with 19 of them setting annual records of their own. During the summer, nearly 100 million people experienced 10 or more days with temperatures greater than 100°F and there were 356 all-time high temperature records set or tied in 2012. 

With the record heat we experienced last year, your HVAC systems may need maintenance before they will be fully operational again. Contact Bachman’s, Inc. to begin implementing a preventive maintenance plan. Following a proper maintenance plan will add longevity to an HVAC unit’s life-span, as well as strengthen the unit’s performance leading to fewer breakdowns, more affordable repair, greater efficiency, and energy and cost savings. 

Newsletter, February 2013, Volume 3, Issue 10

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