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10 Steps To Energy Efficient Buildings

10 steps graphic36% of the US electricity usage is drawn by commercial building space and 18% of the entire country’s energy consumption, and its pretty certain that a good portion of that is wasted. This Wall Street Journal article lists 10 relatively simple – and often inexpensive- ways  to slash energy use in your buildings. Read More and Save Energy Here



No More Excuses For Not Using EnergyStar

Energy_Star_LogoEvery facility manager and property manager knows about Energy Star? The program is now in its 20th year, and more than 20,000 facilities carry Energy Star certification. But as well known as Energy Star may be, there are many industry professionals that have misconceptions about the program, which may be preventing them from taking advantage of powerful resources that will help them to use less energy.

This 3-part article from Building Operating Management debunks many of the widely held misconceptions and excuses about the EnergyStar program, its many resources and the benefits available to building professionals.  Read More.Commericial HVAC, Building Controls, EnergyStar, Mechanical Contracting




Cool It In The Bedroom

Cold bedroom iglooCOAC is not suggesting any diminished amorousness in the bedroom, but a recent New York Times.com article describes the benefits of cooler sleeping temperatures on your health.

The article discusses how lower temperatures during sleep produce measurable metabolic enhancements. Chill out and sleep your way to better health.  Read More.



Cooper Oates Air Conditioning Joins The Unified Group

tug_logo_proud_mbr_fThe Unified Group is a national organization of commercial HVAC companies. Founded in August 1998 by a core group of quality driven, independent mechanical contractors. They believed in order to thrive, they needed an organization in which they could work together with other like-minded commercial contractors, while at the same time retaining their independence.

Today, the Unified Group is made up of the best contractors from all over the United States. Through their sharing of information, best practices and training, members are able to provide the finest possible service.

Cooper Oates Air Conditioning is very proud to have been chosen to join this prestigious alliance of mechanical contractors. We will endeavor to continue this tradition and increase the standards of excellence in our industry.


Retrofit for Rooftop HVAC Package Units Yields Substantial Savings

HVAC, Energy Savings, Mechanical Contractor, CatalystA case study provided by Bonneville Power Administration in the Pacific Northwest, described how a small retailer retrofitted 2 rooftop packaged HVAC units with a new efficiency technology and was able to save over 24,000 kWh (a 45% reduction) per year.

Similar results were identified in another 12-month field test  at malls, grocery stores, offices and other commercial buildings throught out the US.

This technology, from Transformative Wave, is called CATALYST and it combines conventional energy saving measures with new innovative fan controls in an easy-to-implement device for single zone rooftop units.

PG&E and SMUD have both acknowledged the accuracy of the savings from this new technology and are providing incentives to customers who retrofit their HVAC systems. The incentives for PG&E are based on HVAC tons (as high as $194/ton) and the SMUD incentives are currently based on kWh saved ($0.08 per kWh).

Interested in decreasing the energy use of your rooftop HVAC units or would like more information on the CATALYST system?  click here to learn more.



Helicopter Winner

Kathy Towne of McClellan Business Park was the winner of the Cooper Oates Air Conditioning remote control helicopter. Kathy won helicopter from the drawing of all the industry professionals who visited the COAC booth during the  IFMA Facilities Solution Showcase. Have fun buzzing the neighborhood Kathy!

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Kathy Towne of McClellan Park &
Cyndi Soares of Cooper Oates Air Conditioning

Thermal Discomfort: Understanding the Root Causes Increases Tenant Comfort and Energy Savings

Mechanical Contractor, HVAC, Air Conditioning, Cooling & HeatingIt’s true, when it comes to temperature comfort, you will never be able to make everyone happy or  influence personal factors such as clothing or individual metabolism. But if you ignore thermal dissatisfaction complaints, it could cost you in the long run in both tenant satisfaction and energy consumption.

This article from Buildings Magazine will help you understand the four underlying causes of thermal discomfort. With this insight, you can take an investigative approach and make adjustments that satisfy occupants and your budget. Read More

ACHR News Highlights COAC’s Helicopter Lift Video

COAC on the ACRH News WebsiteThe editors at the ACHR News (Air Conditioning Heating & Refrigeration) requested the use of the COAC Amazing Amazon Helicopter Lift video to highlight on their industry website. The website is a very well respected news and information source in the HVAC/R industry and to be included on their site is a very nice achievement. Click here to see the video on the ACHR News Website.