Property managers and building staff know that one of the largest risks buildings face is equipment damage – especially larger, older, or complicated equipment. Whether it’s from wear and tear, age, or bad luck, equipment repairs can ruin budgets – that’s where Proactive Maintenance comes into play.

A smart approach to building maintenance is proactive maintenance. Proactive maintenance aims to prevent equipment failure before it occurs.

Proactive maintenance maximizes the lifespan of equipment, reduces unplanned downtime, and minimizes the cost of repairs or replacements.

Proactive maintenance typically involves regularly scheduled equipment inspections, routine equipment servicing, training and educating maintenance staff, and good record keeping.

Traditional methods of proactive maintenance are prone to human error or neglect. Parity’s real-time monitoring platform can help mitigate these factors.

 

PARITY’S ROLE IN PROACTIVE MAINTENANCE

 

A relatively new part of proactive maintenance is predictive maintenance. Using data and technology (sensors, monitoring systems, and analytics) to predict when maintenance is needed based on real-time data and historical trends. Predictive maintenance helps to identify potential problems before they lead to breakdowns.

This is where Parity comes in.

Parity is an HVAC Optimization as a Service company. We maximize energy efficiency and reduce energy costs through remote optimization of HVAC equipment.

Through Parity’s remote control and monitoring of HVAC systems, buildings unlock savings from avoided maintenance visits and equipment failures. This translates to increased equipment lifespan and reduced unplanned downtime, while maintaining resident comfort and freeing up building staff’s time.

A person with a blue hard hat and orange jacket is adjusting a control panel for proactive maintenance purposes.

Photo by Fatih Yurtman on Pexels.

HOW HVAC OPTIMIZATION CAN HELP

 

Often, small fixes or improvements early on can prevent costly and invasive repairs later.

Parity’s control optimization software automatically monitors and adjusts set points, motor speeds, and other performance parameters in real-time, based on up-to-the-minute data from your building and external factors like weather.

We upload building data into our Pi (Parity Insights) dashboard to visualize the performance of your HVAC systems in real-time.

If we detect an operational anomaly with your equipment, we send color-coded alerts, tiered e-mails, and text messages to building staff as soon as the issue arises.

Examples of conditions that trigger alerts from Pi include:

1. Low or high domestic hot water temperatures

2. Low pressure on domestic cold water booster supply

3. Unexpected changes in cooling or heating supply temperatures

4. Ventilation and make-up air units (MAUs)

5. Low steam pressure

Pi is our window into your HVAC system’s performance. Our platform can identify issues in a building before the tenants are impacted.

 

THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW

 

Proactive maintenance is a cost-effective way to maintain your HVAC equipment. Buildings can maximize the lifespan of their equipment, reduce unplanned downtime, and minimize the cost of repairs or replacements by working with a company like Parity.

Let Parity micromanage your HVAC systems and save you money. Email contact@paritygo.com to learn how we can help your building.

 

New York City faced an unprecedented situation over the past few days.

The air quality was the worst in the world on Wednesday, June 7th, according to IQAir.com because of the Canadian Wildfire Smoke. Multiple sources put the highest recorded Air Quality Index (AQI) above 350 out of 500.

Due to the Canadian wildfire smoke, NYC building ventilation systems were unknowingly pumping bad air into buildings.

The effects of the Canadian Wildfire Smoke in Toronto Canada.

Photo by DESIGNECOLOGIST on Unsplash

Makeup Air Units

As time went on, building staff across the city raced to rooftops to turn off Makeup Air Units and other sources of outside ventilation to protect their building’s air quality.

We received several requests from our customers to turn off any systems that were mechanically pulling outside air into the building.

Parity remotely controls a building’s HVAC system. Our customers didn’t have to worry about manually turning off their ventilation systems and sucking in Canadian wildfire smoke.

Parity’s building intelligence engineers could turn off Makeup Air Units that bring in outside air, avoiding the smoke-riddled air being pumped into the building. By issuing commands, these units were remotely shut off almost instantly, saving time and allowing on-site staff to focus on other tasks.

As the smoke cleared on Friday afternoon, Parity turned these units back on and restored building operations to normal, ensuring safe and breathable air for their residents.

We quickly responded to our customers’ needs and ensured safe, breathable air for their residents during the alarming wildfires in Canada.

 

To learn more about our company and how we handled the Canadian wildfire smoke situation, please visit our website or email contact@paritygo.com.