What Are the Mechanical Services in a Building?

HVAC

When referring to mechanical services within a building, this commonly includes plumbing, electrical systems, HVAC, ventilation, elevators, and possibly even escalators. If moving components are involved, such as water, electricity, or gas, it is most likely a mechanical system. Mechanical systems exist to provide an environment that not only protects the building but also creates a safe, healthy surrounding for the occupants. Therefore, an understanding of the needs of these mechanical systems is important. 

HVAC System 

Though often considered the machinery that controls the climate of a building, the HVAC system is more sophisticated than simply the rooftop or ground unit. Modern HVAC systems include rooftop or ground units along with air ducts, CO2 sensors, fans, dampeners, and thermostats, while some even include carbon monoxide detectors along with humidifiers and dehumidifiers. All components of this system work in tandem to maintain a comfortable environment within the building beyond temperature control. Thermostats should be programmed according to the time of day and year as well as anticipated occupancy levels to prevent toxic gases and eliminate allergens and mold. If the CO2 sensors malfunction, failing to detect the amounts of CO2 in the air, the dampeners fail to open to allow fresh air into the building. To prevent stagnation, dehumidifiers and humidifiers monitor the moisture in the air and force the fans and blowers to circulate air within the building. When all the components work together effectively, the building occupants are comfortable, and “sick building syndrome” is avoided.  

Plumbing 

Because plumbing systems do more than distribute liquids and gases, they are often complex. In fact, there may be more than a single system for plumbing. Typically, drinking water is fed to indoor faucets, bathtubs, showers, dishwashers, and washing machines. However, some buildings also have hot tubs, swimming pools, fountains, and irrigation systems. With multiple water systems, backflow preventers are necessary to prevent water contamination. Process piping is commonly used in industrial buildings such as bakeries or chemical manufacturing plants. While these pipes may contain water, they may also carry natural gas, propane, chemicals, or food such as cola syrup, oil and grease, and other baking or cooking ingredients. Regular inspection, monitoring, and cleaning are necessary to maintain safe, reliable operations. 

Why Choose McIntosh Corporation? 

At McIntosh Corporation, our trained service technicians are on call 24 hours a day, ready and equipped to handle your mechanical systems and keep your building operating smoothly. Do not wait until one of your systems is malfunctioning. Our scheduled maintenance programs will extend the life of your equipment and have it operating with maximum efficiency while saving you money in the long run. To ensure that your systems are functioning at optimal capacity, contact us today to schedule a visit from our team or call 918-270-1414.