In hospitals and other wellness facilities, heating and cooling inefficiencies have a direct bearing on the comfort, health and well-being of patients and visitors alike. Additionally, energy costs associated with the inefficient heating/cooling of such massive facilities can quickly add up. So when HVAC control and reliability became a problem at one of the country’s most respected Ohio-based hospitals, AEB stepped in to help.
Because the facility’s aging air handling system was becoming increasingly inefficient, wild temperature variations of anywhere from 8 to 15 degrees off set-point were common.
This inefficiency resulted in:
Not only were energy and money being wasted; but the facility’s maintenance staff was constantly called in during off hours or away from other duties to make adjustments to the control units and dampers. And so, when an opportunity to upgrade the dampers arose, the hospital knew exactly where they would turn for the solution.
AEB was awarded the project to retrofit the hospital facility with new dampers. TAMCO low-leakage airfoil blade dampers are aluminum constructed and completely maintenance-free for 20 years. As TAMCO’s authorized Ohio representative, AEB worked with the hospital to plan and carry out the project.
“TAMCO certainly has a reputation for quality and we’ve always had good experience with their dampers,” said the hospital’s facility manager. “They seal up tight with precise and smooth functionality. For us, the choice to rely on AEB and TAMCO was a no-brainer.”
Today, following renovation, uncontrollable temperature swings are a thing of the past. “The difference is nothing short of incredible,” said the client. “Today we set a temperature and know with confidence that throughout our facilities will be within plus or minus one-tenth of a degree.”
Aside from obvious comfort improvements, the new dampers are delivering a fast return on investment. In addition to lower energy costs, cost-savings can also be tied to labor. “Because of the reliable performance of the new tightly sealing TAMCO units we no longer waste time, money and resources continually making adjustments to the dampers,” explained the client. “This eliminates overtime costs and allows us to focus our resources and attention in other areas.”
And what was the client’s experience with AEB? “AEB was extremely professional and responsive throughout the entire project. As an example, because of a contractor error one of the damper units needed to be remade. AEB worked to get the replacement unit turned around very quickly.”
“The difference is incredible. We set a temperature confident that throughout our facilities we will be within plus or minus 1/10 of a degree.”