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March 2023

Commercial Maintenance Checklist

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As a commercial and industrial facility provider, maintaining your HVAC system is crucial to ensuring the comfort of your building’s occupants and the efficiency of your operations. A well-maintained HVAC system can also help to extend the lifespan of your equipment and reduce the potential of unexpected breakdowns or repairs. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the importance of commercial HVAC periodic maintenance and provide a commercial HVAC maintenance tasking to help you keep your system in top condition.

Commercial HVAC periodic maintenance involves regular inspections, cleaning, and adjustments to your HVAC system to ensure that it is functioning properly and efficiently. This type of maintenance can help to identify any issues before they become a problem and help prevent costly repairs or replacements down the road. A periodic maintenance program can also help to extend the lifespan of your equipment and improve indoor air quality, creating a more comfortable and productive environment for your building’s occupants.

To help you get started with commercial HVAC periodic maintenance, we’ve put together a list of tasks that should be performed regularly:

1. Replace air filters: Dirty or clogged air filters can restrict airflow, reduce efficiency, and impact indoor air quality. Replace filters every 1-3 months or as conditions require.

2. Check and clean coils: Dirty coils can reduce efficiency and cause your system to work harder than necessary. Check and clean coils as needed to remove dirt, debris, and buildup.

3. Inspect and lubricate motors and bearings: Over time, motors and bearings can become worn or damaged. Inspect and lubricate them regularly to reduce friction and prevent premature failure.

4. Check systems pressures: Low refrigerant levels can reduce efficiency and cause your system to work harder than necessary. Refrigerant leaks can cause major damage to your components.

5. Test controls and safety devices: Improper programming on your thermostats and controls can cause your system to operate inefficiently. Properly functioning safety controls can protect your equipment from costly major failures.

6. Conduct regular inspections: A comprehensive maintenance schedule allows the technician to set baseline operations and observe trends that identify minor issues before they grow to much larger problems.

In conclusion, maintaining your commercial HVAC system through periodic maintenance is crucial to ensuring the comfort and efficiency of your building’s occupants and the longevity of your equipment. By following a comprehensive commercial HVAC maintenance checklist, you can stay on top of your system’s performance and prevent costly repairs and replacements in the future. At MSD, we offer customizable commercial HVAC periodic maintenance plans tailored to your unique needs and budget. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you keep your system in top condition. Don’t forget to mention this blog post for a chance to win a prize!


How to Save Energy in Commercial Buildings

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Small businesses are always looking for ways to save money, and one area where they can make a big impact is by reducing their energy consumption. In commercial and industrial buildings, energy usage can account for a significant portion of operating costs, but there are many ways to reduce energy usage and save money. In this blog post, we’ll explore some small business energy savings tips, how to save energy in commercial buildings, and the importance of HVAC maintenance for commercial buildings. Additionally, we’ll discuss how MSD can help small businesses reduce their energy usage and save money.

Small Business Energy Savings Tips
There are many small changes that small businesses can make to save energy and reduce their energy bills. Some of these tips include:
1. Use energy-efficient lighting: LED lights use significantly less energy than traditional lighting and have a longer lifespan.
2. Turn off electronics when not in use: Turn off computers, printers, and other electronics when they’re not in use to reduce energy consumption.
3. Adjust thermostat settings: Adjusting the thermostat settings to reflect the occupancy of the building can significantly reduce energy consumption.
4. Unplug chargers when not in use: Chargers continue to use energy even when they’re not actively charging a device, so be sure to unplug them when not in use.

How to Save Energy in Commercial Buildings
In addition to small changes, there are also many larger-scale energy-saving measures that small businesses can take to reduce energy consumption in commercial buildings. Some of these measures include:
1. Upgrade HVAC systems: Upgrading to energy-efficient HVAC systems can significantly reduce energy usage and save money on energy bills.
2. Install insulation: Properly insulating the building can reduce the amount of energy needed to heat or cool the building.
3. Install energy-efficient windows: Installing energy-efficient windows can reduce the amount of energy needed to heat or cool the building.
4. Install a Building Automation System (BAS): A BAS minimizes the amount of energy required to operate HVAC, lighting and other facility systems while maintaining comfort and safety.

HVAC Maintenance for Commercial Buildings
Proper HVAC maintenance is an essential aspect of reducing energy consumption in commercial buildings. Regular maintenance can ensure that HVAC systems are operating efficiently and can identify any potential issues before they become major problems. MSD offers comprehensive HVAC maintenance services for commercial buildings that can help identify areas for improvement and ensure that HVAC systems are operating at peak efficiency.

MSD Has a Plan That Might be Suited for You
At MSD, we understand the importance of energy savings for small businesses. That’s why we offer a range of energy-saving solutions that can be customized to suit the unique needs of your business. Our team of experts can assess your building’s energy usage and identify areas for improvement, such as upgrading HVAC systems or installing energy-efficient windows. Contact us to learn more about how we can help your small business save energy and reduce operating costs.

In conclusion, small business energy savings is an important topic for any business looking to reduce operating costs. By making small changes and investing in larger-scale energy-saving measures, small businesses can significantly reduce their energy consumption and save money on energy bills. Proper HVAC maintenance is also essential for reducing energy consumption in commercial buildings. At MSD, we offer a range of energy-saving solutions that can be customized to suit the unique needs of your small business. Contact us today to learn more.

Why Being on a Maintenance Plan is Beneficial

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Being on a maintenance plan for your home or business has many benefits. First, it can save you money in the long run. Regular maintenance can prevent small problems from turning into costly repairs. For example, if you have a plumbing issue that is caught early on and fixed, it will likely cost less than if you wait until the problem becomes severe and causes extensive damage.

Second, regular maintenance can help extend the life of your assets. For example, if you have your HVAC system serviced regularly, it will run more efficiently and last longer. This can save you money on energy costs and prevent the need to replace your system prematurely.

Third, maintenance can improve the safety of your home or business. For example, if you have your electrical system checked regularly, it can help prevent fires. Similarly, if you have your gas appliances serviced, it can help prevent carbon monoxide leaks.

Fourth, regular maintenance can improve the overall function and comfort of your home or business. For example, if you have your plumbing and HVAC systems serviced regularly, you will likely experience fewer issues with hot water and heating or cooling. This can make your home or business more comfortable and enjoyable to be in.

Fifth, maintenance can increase the value of your home or business. If you have a well-maintained property, it will likely be more appealing to potential buyers or renters. This can increase the value of your home or business and make it more attractive to the market.

Overall, being on a maintenance plan is beneficial because it can save you money, extend the life of your assets, improve safety, increase comfort, and increase the value of your property. It is a smart investment that can pay off in the long run.

If you’d like to learn more about MSD and our maintenance plans, feel free to give us a call at (614) 357-9181 or email us at!

“Wreck-less” Driving Tips

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released estimates indicating that 31,785 people died in traffic crashes between January and September 2022. In 2020, four leading behavioral causes of collisions resulting in fatalities were driving under the influence (11,654), speeding (11,258), not using a seatbelt (10,893), and distracted driving (3,142).

While MSD has workplace policies that addresses all four leading behavioral causes of collisions, we believe safety doesn’t stop at the end of the workday and want to share the following tips for “wreck-less” driving.

Speeding triples the odds of crashing and results in one-third of motor vehicle fatalities. You can avoid the need for speed by planning your route ahead of time, leaving early and allowing plenty of time to arrive on-time, adjusting speed for road and weather conditions, and obeying traffic laws.

Do not drive if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Be sure to check prescriptions for warnings about operating a motor vehicle. If you must drive somewhere, opt for a designated driver or Uber instead.

It’s estimated that by wearing a seatbelt 14,000 lives are saved per year and the risk of injury and death is reduced by approximately 50%. Use a seatbelt at all times and require passengers to do so.

Nearly 1 in 10 fatal accidents are caused by distracted driving. Do not use electronic devices while driving. Avoid getting lost in thought or caught up in a conversation with a passenger. Keep your focus on the road.

Sending or reading a text message takes your eyes off the road for about 5 seconds, that’s long enough to travel the entire length of a football field while driving at 55 mph. Stop and take a moment to think about what can happen in that amount of time.

The risk for behavioral caused collisions can be reduced by recognizing our own contributing behaviors and making adjustments to eliminate them.

Safety Always!

Vicki Dix
Safety Coordinator

Sources: NHTSA & NSC

Closing out Spirit League Season 1

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It’s a bittersweet moment for The Spirit League Ohio program as they wrapped up their last week. The program, sponsored by MSD Inc, has brought joy and positivity to the lives of special needs teens and young adults through the power of sports. And while we’re sad to see it come to a close for this season, we’re also excited to see what the summer has in store and will be announcing that plan soon. The Spirit League is a program that’s near and dear to our hearts, as it provides a safe and inclusive environment for special needs teens and young adults to come together, play basketball, stay physically active, and make new friends. It’s all about acceptance, teamwork, skill development, and most importantly, having fun.

As we say goodbye to this season, we want to extend our deepest gratitude to all those who came out to support The Spirit League this year. Your support and encouragement mean everything to the athletes and their families, and we couldn’t have done it without you.

Since its inception in North Carolina back in 2016, the impact of Spirit League has been truly remarkable. The program has positively impacted nearly 200 athletes with special needs and disabilities in the Triangle area. With two growing locations and a commitment to continue making a positive impact, Spirit League is on a mission to change lives for the better.

This year, the Spirit League Ohio program was held at the Henley Hall in Beavercreek, OH, and ran every Friday evening from January 6th to February 24th, 2023. The program was open to children, teens, and young adults with special needs aged 5 and above. There were two sessions every Friday, with the younger kids (Rebounders) playing from 6:15-7:15 pm and the older kids (Flyers) playing from 7:30-8:30 pm.

We’re proud to have Nick Davis from Team MSD run the Dayton Program and have plans to expand into the summer months. We know this program has been a positive force in the community, and we’re excited to see it continue to grow and thrive. The Spirit League Crew presented a signed game ball to Team MSD for our sponsorship this past season.

In conclusion, we invite you to join us any Friday night next season and be a part of this exciting and uplifting program. The Spirit League Ohio program is a truly remarkable initiative that is making a positive impact in the lives of special needs teens and young adults. If you have a passion for helping others and believe in the power of sports to bring people together, we encourage you to be a part of our Give to Grow Community Involvement Initiative. Let’s continue to make a difference together!