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Greater Envelope Efficiency for Toronto’s High-Rises

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Toronto is North America’s leader in “the number of high-rises and skyscrapers being built,” according to a recent study.  These high-rise office and condominium towers are constructed with glass-cladding, but glass-cladding, reports the University of Toronto, is “thermally inefficient” and has “questionable performance.”

Most of Toronto’s towers therefore have potentially poor energy efficiency for their building envelopes—the interior space bounded by the glass-cladding. 

Intelligent Comfort Solutions is a leading servicer of Toronto’s high-rises for greater envelope efficiency.  Here are two things that property managers can do to improve their high rise’s envelope efficiency:

(1)    Window Caulking: Available at any hardware store, winter season interior-window sealing can be applied in minutes around a window’s seams to prevent air leakage.  In the spring, the caulking simply peels away for operating windows, or keep it on until it naturally loses adhesion, and then reapply.

(2)    Preventative Maintenance: Having a tight envelope means that you reduce the load or strain (‘heat-load’) placed on your entire HVAC system and thereby increase your building’s operational efficiency—which in turn saves you money.

Enacting a regularly scheduled preventative maintenance program ensures that your HVAC system is not overworked.  Ensuring that your heating system is not overworked extends its life. 

Finally, preventative provides great ROI.  Efficiently operating equipment results in low energy bills, less strain on equipment, lower energy bills, and no real likelihood of costly, emergency stoppages. 

Intelligent Comfort Solutions performs dedicated, regular preventative maintenance programs to ensure that Toronto’s towers have the most efficient building envelopes possible.

>> Intelligent Comfort Solutions has many convenient preventative HVAC maintenance plans that can be customized for your particular building’s needs.  Contact us today for a complimentary building-envelope consultation.

Dave Morrison is the General Manager at Intelligent Comfort Solutions. He has over 20 years of experience in residential and commercial HVAC maintenance, repair, installation, and indoor air quality improvement. He prides himself on finding the best HVAC solution for your business, and building a lasting relationship that your business can depend on. Dave is known for his open and honest communication and his friendly top notch customer service.

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