Author: Andy

Signs Your Boiler is Due for Service or an Upgrade

A Tap Running Hot Water From A Functioning Boiler - Springbank Mechanical Toronto HVAC Company

With the cold weather arriving in Southern Ontario, it’s essential for commercial property owners to keep their building’s heat flowing as energy-efficiently as possible.

The heart of your building’s heating system is your boiler. Its prime purpose is to convert gas or electrical energy to heat energy and transfer that heat energy to the heating fluid used in your building. Although some boilers are very large, they do come in all sorts of heating outputs designed specifically for your buildings need. Either steam or hot water will be produced and circulated in your building’s pipe systems until arriving at the radiators, which will, in turn, heat the building.

An efficient boiler keeps your tenants comfortable and safe without wasting energy. However, there are a few warning signs to be aware of that could indicate a problem with your boiler that needs to be addressed:

  • Water Leaks: Leaking water is one of the more common signs of a problem with your boiler. Water leaks cause the boiler to consume more energy to maintain temperature settings and is unsafe to operate. If unchecked, your boiler may rupture, so be sure to contact your HVAC service provider at the first sign of water leakage.
  • Strong, Unexpected Smells: If you go near the HVAC’s boiler system and smell anything like a strong chemical or metallic smell, this could signal a severe and potentially dangerous problem – especially if the system runs on gas. There is also a potential issue of carbon monoxide being generated because of the poor operating efficiency, which could present a danger to the health and safety of everyone in the building. Using CO detectors in the boiler room can help you identify any immediate risks, but in any case, unusual smells should be reported to your HVAC service provider immediately.
  • Unusual Noises: Boilers are whisper-quiet when they’re operating normally. Certain noises accompany such functions as the burners firing up. However, if you hear rattling, grinding, whistling, or other sounds that seem unusual, it should be investigated immediately by your HVAC service provider.

Problem noises could signal issues such as:

  • Internal damage to the heat exchanger’s structure
  • Sediment that has blocked the pipework
  • A broken or inefficient draft fan
  • A circulating pump that has broken or been damaged

In many cases, these problems present themselves through the simple aging out of parts or poor boiler maintenance on newer systems. You can mitigate the risk of boiler issues in three ways:

    • Improve Your Water Quality: Poor water quality can cause imbalance in PH, organic material, magnesium, bicarbonates, and chlorides to build up inside boilers and pipes. This buildup often causes blockages, leading to other system issues, such as reduced heat exchange efficiency, which increases your operating costs. The best way to prevent these issues would be to have the water quality tested by a professional who could recommend the appropriate solution, such as a water filtration system or chemical treatment.
    • Upgrade Your Boiler: Some buildings may have a boiler that’s too small or to big for the building’s requirements. When this happens, the boiler is not running at its peek efficiency or could be working overtime, leading to premature failure. Talk to a qualified HVAC technician who can tell you if your boiler needs an upgrade. Investing in a new hi-eff boiler will pay off in energy savings over a short period. There are also incentives from your natural gas utility provider to upgrade to a more efficient product.
    • Professional And Regular Cleaning: The debris that will inevitably be found inside the boiler will need to be regularly cleaned before they have a chance to clog up the heating tubes and flue passageways. By having a professional regular maintain your boiler, as well as the rest of your HVAC system, you stand the best chance of staying on top of any serious issues.

The boilers in a commercial HVAC system will be the largest energy consumers by far. A comprehensive maintenance program will help ensure your entire HVAC system runs as smoothly as possible, keeping your tenants comfortable and minimizing your energy bills.

Read More : 5 Important HVAC Checks For Your Maintenance Team

When you need professional, reliable HVAC maintenance, service, or replacement, talk to the professionals at Springbank Mechanical Systems. Our trained, licensed HVAC technicians specialize in all brands and types of HVAC equipment, including hot water boilers, rooftop units, water-cooled heat pumps, cooling towers, circulating pumps, steam humidifiers, make-up air units, and much more.

Our goal is to take the work and worry about HVAC maintenance away from you so you can focus on other aspects of your business. We’re always happy to discuss how Springbank makes HVAC maintenance easier, safer, and more cost-effective for our customers. Feel free to contact us anytime with your questions.

Gregg Little, Paul DeThomasis, and Hugo Lopes are co-owners of Springbank Mechanical Systems. You can reach them at 905-569-8990 or via email at,, or

2022 Trends In Commercial HVAC

A light bulb surrounded by eco friendly signs to illustrate your carbon footprint - Springbank Mechanical Toronto

The commercial HVAC market is set to continue changing in 2022 as a result of new technological innovations and growing market demand for more sustainable and efficient systems. Here, we delve into some of the most exciting HVAC trends for 2022 and discuss how they promote positive transformation in our industry.


Reducing Carbon Footprint Through Technology And Equipment Efficiency

Sustainability is one of the factors currently driving positive world change. With more companies looking to reduce their carbon footprint, commercial HVAC systems will grow increasingly more efficient. This will be achieved through new technological advancements that reduce energy consumption and increase the use of materials in HVAC systems that reduce their carbon footprint.

In addition, going green is becoming more cost-effective, with commercial clients willing to pay more for eco-friendly solutions. This, coupled with HVAC companies also looking to take on more social responsibility, will result in more sustainable HVAC systems available for commercial use.

So, as Canada aims to reduce carbon emissions by up to 45% by 2030, compared with 2005 levels, and reach carbon neutrality by 2050, the commercial HVAC market is expected to continue offering solutions to improve its ecological footprint.


Recommissioning Of Existing Equipment To Recapture Original Efficiency

The circular economy will continue playing a significant role in the commercial HVAC industry in 2022 by utilizing existing systems after refurbishment returns them to optimal efficiency. This trend lends itself well to the previous point, as more sustainable materials will further reduce the carbon footprint when recommissioning older units.

HVAC systems represent a large portion of energy consumption in commercial buildings. Therefore, increasing the popularity of recommissioned HVAC systems provides a win-win solution that reduces costs for clients and allows HVAC companies to play a more significant role in reducing the carbon footprint of Canada’s HVAC industry as a whole.


Connectivity And Data To Improve HVAC Control

The global smart building market value is projected to reach a staggering CAD 336bn (USD 265bn) by 2028, up from CAD 85.50bn in 2021. This figure highlights the growing demand for connectivity and data in all smart building infrastructure, including HVAC units.

The use of the Internet of Things (IoT) and connectivity will enable HVAC software to better relay data on improving cost efficiency, sustainability, and operational efficiency. These solutions will allow commercial building managers to control and monitor various aspects of HVAC systems from a portable mobile device, including temperature, humidity levels, and airflow.

For example, IoT can identify areas where heating needs to be maximized and reduced, creating a more efficient way of controlling commercial building environments. The main benefit of connectivity is to increase remote maintenance and improve repair times.


Use Of “Smart” Technology For Automation

The growing popularity of IoT and smart buildings will increase the possibilities for automation in HVAC systems. These solutions will enable HVAC software to utilize data and information to self-manage systems. As a result, buildings will experience cost reductions in commercial HVAC maintenance. Issues will also be identified at a quicker rate and dealt with before they grow into significant problems.

Smart automation also means that systems can utilize data to analyze usage trends and performance statistics, and identify errors before they happen. In addition, smart automation ensures that HVAC systems operate more efficiently, such as maintaining rooms at an optimal temperature.

Ultimately, smart automation reduces costs for commercial buildings by implementing energy-efficient consumption, reducing errors, and improving convenience and environment quality. Large establishments that experience significant activity, such as hotels and office buildings, will benefit from automated solutions that can work in unison with other technology to reduce costs.

Read More: How IoT Is Revolutionizing Commercial HVAC


Final Thoughts On Commercial HVAC Trends For 2022

Customers are now looking for commercial HVAC systems to provide more than an optimal building environment. Sustainability measures and global efforts to go green mean that HVAC systems are expected to reduce costs and promote efficiency through minimizing energy consumption.

As a whole, HVAC trends for 2022 are mostly centered around improving cost and operational efficiency while maintaining sustainability. These are positive trends for the industry and are in line with global sustainability efforts. The introduction of IoT and more smart automation technology will also help reduce maintenance costs and improve recovery speed and customer satisfaction.

As always, we’re happy to discuss what we’re seeing in the future of commercial HVAC systems, and how Springbank Mechanical Systems makes system maintenance easier, safer, and more cost-effective. Feel free to contact us anytime.


Gregg Little, Paul DeThomasis, and Hugo Lopes are co-owners of Springbank Mechanical Systems. You can reach them at 905-569-8990 or via email at,, or

Maintaining Optimal Fresh Air Requirements in Commercial Buildings

A Plant Showing Fresh Air Quality In A Commercial Building - Springbank Mechanical Toronto HVAC Company

Most commercial property managers understand that the unseen aspects of their building tend to be the most important. Your HVAC system falls under this category because although your tenants can’t see if something’s wrong with the airflow or quality, they’ll definitely feel the effects.

As people begin to return to work in greater numbers and with more regularity, they will expect an enhanced level of fresh air standards to prevent the spread of dust, allergens, and – especially – viruses. COVID-19 is sure to be top of mind with many people even as we move into the post-pandemic phase, and their worry about breathing clean, virus-free air likely won’t abate for some time.

Taking the steps now to protect your indoor air quality (IAQ) will help safeguard your occupants from airborne pathogens and provide a clean, fresh air experience for everyone in the building. Having the correct amount of fresh air and filtered air will also help prevent your HVAC equipment from premature wear while lowering your energy bills at the same time.


Regular Preventative Maintenance Focus Areas

HVAC maintenance in tall towers, retail malls, and commercial sites is non-negotiable as it plays a large part in maintaining the health and safety of its occupants. Although we’re just coming through an unprecedented time that has transformed the way many companies do business, it’s important to remember that HVAC maintenance is an investment – not a cost – that can save you money in the long run. The more you stay on top of your system, the less you’ll be paying out in parts replacement and repairs that are, in most cases, completely avoidable.

Here are some critical focus areas to keep your HVAC system running efficiently while maintaining the freshest air possible within your site:


Cleaning and Replacing Air Filters To Allow For Fresh Air Flow

Looking after your air filters is a simple way to save a lot of money. If the filters get clogged with dust and other contaminants from outside, your system will use more energy than usual to keep the same amount of airflow in the building. Clogged filters can also cause potential health issues to tenants who are allergic to dust and pollen. If you’re still using MERV-8 filters, ask your HVAC service provider about upgrading to MERV-13 filters, which will help keep your recirculated indoor air cleaner.

Read More: Springbank In The News: Commercial HVAC Air Filters To Fight COVID 19


Cleaning Air Ducts

Sometimes the most overlooked parts of an HVAC system, ducts can be considered the “veins” of the building, providing passageways of clean, fresh air to every room. Their role in maintaining indoor air quality (IAQ) makes checking for structural damage and any potential corrosion issues vital to your system. Holes in the system can lead to wasted air and a rise in energy costs.


External HVAC Components

External components such as the condenser are exposed to weather elements and extreme temperatures throughout the year. Pollen, leaves, or other blockages should be removed to clear airflow into the HVAC system. Regularly scheduled maintenance will help keep things clear and unobstructed preventing strain on your fans, cooling towers, and coils.


Mold Prevention To Increase Fresh Air

Wherever you have a significant temperature difference in the air, there will be moisture. Excessive moisture can lead to mold growth within your HVAC system, which can present several potential health hazards to your building occupants. Ask your HVAC service team about their mold control strategies.


Replacing Worn Parts

Regular inspections may also uncover parts that need to be replaced sooner rather than later to prevent a system shutdown. It’s especially critical to check the heating ignition systems, heating control devices, heat exchangers, and fan belts for wear as their breakdown will affect your entire system’s performance.

Read More: Why An HVAC Inspection Should Be Part Of Your COVID 19 Return To Work Policy


A Do-It-All Preventative Maintenance Strategy

Commercial HVAC systems are very complicated and specialized. It’s wise to invest in a preventative maintenance program with a qualified HVAC service provider who will create a maintenance schedule that will cover all the critical aspects of your HVAC system.

These preventative maintenance programs are customizable to your building’s specific needs. However, they also reap the same results no matter the size or scope of your particular setup, including extending the life of your equipment, reducing your energy bills, and keeping everyone in your building safe and happy.

As always, you’re welcome to call us anytime to discuss how Springbank Mechanical Systems makes commercial HVAC maintenance easier, safer, and more cost-effective with a customized HVAC preventative maintenance strategy.

Gregg Little, Paul DeThomasis, and Hugo Lopes are co-owners of Springbank Mechanical Systems. You can reach them at 905-569-8990 or via email at,, or

The Importance of Humidity Control In Commercial Buildings

Humidity on an Office Window - Springbank Mechanical Toronto

Maintaining optimal indoor air quality (IAQ) in commercial buildings relies heavily on several factors, including humidity control. Poor humidity control can affect your HVAC equipment, building materials, and your tenants’ health. The challenge for many commercial property owners is knowing the right humidity level for their building to ensure that the best quality air reaches the indoor space and prevent the damage caused by too high or low humidity.


The Effects Of Air That’s Too Dry

Excessively dry air in your building can cause the wood behind your walls to deform and crack. Paint may begin to chip and fall. Dry indoor air also increases the risk of electrostatic discharges, damaging sensitive electronic equipment, and possibly compromising essential or sensitive data.

When indoor air is too dry, small particles such as dust or viruses linger in the air longer. These contaminants can irritate the eyes, skin, and respiratory system or cause viral illnesses in your building occupants, which could spread through your building and have devastating effects on your tenants’ business.


Problems Caused By High Humidity Levels

If you feel the air is too dry in your building, which is a common concern during winters in Southern Ontario, raising the humidity level may solve the problem. However, like air that’s too dry, excessively humid indoor air can cause damage to your building’s materials, tenant discomfort, and health problems.

The problems high humidity can cause depends on where moisture gathers. For example, condensation on metallic surfaces or systems constructed of cast iron can cause rust. Wood within walls and paint are also vulnerable to the effects of accumulated moisture.

High humidity creates a breeding ground for mold and dust mites, which can trigger allergies, cause asthma flare-ups, and result in respiratory irritation in your building’s occupants. You can rectify this problem by keeping humidity levels at an optimum level, in which case mold and dust mites die off.


What Is The Right Humidity Level For My Building?

In most buildings, we recommend a humidity level of between 40 – 45 percent. Humidity levels that drop below 30 percent are typically considered too low. Over 50 percent humidity is generally considered too high.

Your building’s recommended humidity level will depend on several factors, including whether you’re located in an area that experiences extreme outdoor air temperatures or levels of humidity. The proper humidity level also depends on whether your building has adequate ventilation, the age or condition of your HVAC system, and if you operate combustion appliances and equipment that can increase indoor humidity.

It can also be helpful to check for visual signs of improper humidity levels. Although it might not be feasible to look for damage to wood within the walls or your machinery, you can look for these indicators that might suggest if the humidity level needs to be adjusted:

  • Condensation on outward-facing windows
  • Signs of mold
  • Building occupants seeming congested or complaining they can’t breathe very well

Your HVAC system plays a significant role in controlling the relative humidity level in your building. Call your HVAC technician for recommendations on the proper humidity levels for your building and how to maintain them.


Keep Humidity Levels With The Proper Range

The easiest way to control relative humidity in your commercial building is to have a qualified HVAC technician inspect the condition of your HVAC system and, if necessary, get recommendations on components that will keep your air humidity level within the optimal range.

For example, energy-recovery ventilation (ERV) systems can help by recovering moisture from exhausted indoor air to raise the humidity of dry incoming air from the outside. They also work in reverse to remove some of the moisture from incoming outdoor air that is too humid.

In other words, ERVs operate as both humidifiers and dehumidifiers, ensuring that the indoor air is kept at an optimal level throughout the year.

Remember that devices that help you better control humidity should be considered an investment, not a cost. The price of installing an ERV unit is significantly lower than trying the fix the damage to the walls, equipment, and components within your commercial building – not to mention the cost of shutting down your building due to a viral infection breakout.

As always, you’re welcome to call us anytime to learn how Springbank Mechanical Systems makes commercial HVAC maintenance easier, safer, and more cost-effective.


Gregg Little, Paul DeThomasis, and Hugo Lopes are co-owners of Springbank Mechanical Systems. You can reach them at 905-569-8990 or via email at,, or

Protecting Air Quality in Retail Malls and Shopping Centres

A Retail Mall With High Air Quality - Springbank Mechanical Toronto HVAC Company

With back-to-school shopping behind us and the busy retail holiday season on the horizon, retail centres and shopping malls are once again places where people will congregate in large numbers.

As welcoming as this development is, commercial property owners are cognizant of reports claiming that the COVID-19 pandemic still isn’t behind us, placing scrutiny on the air quality in their buildings. The last thing any property owner wants is shoppers or store employees to catch or spread a virus, especially in the weeks leading up to the holidays.

Commercial property managers can help stop the spread of viruses through airborne articles by optimizing their HVAC systems to provide the cleanest, most pure air possible. Continue reading “Protecting Air Quality in Retail Malls and Shopping Centres”

5 Best Practices to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Commercial Properties

An Office Space With Clean Indoor Air Quality - Springbank Mechanical Toronto HVAC Company

With Ontario continuing its reopening strategy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses are inviting their employees back into their offices. Although many welcome this development as a return to “normalcy”, many people are hesitant to go back.

They cite several reasons for their reluctance, including social anxiety after being isolated and preference for their home-based routines. However, top of mind with many people is the fear of infection.

Commercial property managers can help alleviate these fears by ensuring they provide optimal indoor air quality (IAQ). Top-level IAQ can be accomplished by reducing the contaminants that can spread indoors through their HVAC system.

You can help enhance the IAQ in your commercial property with these five strategies: Continue reading “5 Best Practices to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Commercial Properties”

How IoT Is Revolutionizing Commercial HVAC

Internet of Things Technology - Springbank Mechanical Toronto HVAC Company

It’s no secret that companies are going through revolutionary changes to adopt more sustainable practices. The public at large is now expecting corporations to demonstrate how they are viewing new product research and development through a climate lens. This has left many businesses scrambling to reallocate resources toward new environmentally friendly innovations.

Commercial property managers face the same challenges, especially when upgrading their HVAC systems to embrace new green innovations that attract tenants, manage energy consumption, and keep operations profitable.

Enter the IoT (Internet of Things) to help solve these issues.

IoT technology has revolutionized the commercial HVAC industry in several ways. They improve energy efficiency by allowing complete control of a space to be heated or cooled. Remote connectivity provides better customer service and product support. It also provides rich data that helps you optimize your system for continued efficient operation.

Continue reading “How IoT Is Revolutionizing Commercial HVAC”

Re-Opening Ontario : Safely Starting Up Your Commercial A/C System

A Person Using a Fan To Stay Cool With An A/C System - Springbank Mechanical Toronto HVAC Company

As COVID-19 case numbers decline, the Government of Ontario is moving forward with its reopening plan. This means that companies in commercial office buildings will be starting to welcome their employees back to the workplace.

The phased reopening also coincides with the return of hot, humid weather in Southern Ontario, prompting property managers to prepare their buildings’ air conditioning systems for regular seasonal use.

Here’s how you can properly start up your A/C system to preserve climate-controlled comfort for your building occupants, especially if it’s been sitting idle for several months. Continue reading “Re-Opening Ontario : Safely Starting Up Your Commercial A/C System”

Should You Get A Rooftop HVAC Unit?

Rooftop HVAC Units - Springbank Mechanical Toronto HVAC Company

When exploring HVAC options for commercial buildings, many property managers take a close look at rooftop HVAC units (RTU’s) for the number of specific benefits they offer over split systems.

RTU’s are generally used for low-rise buildings with large, open spaces such as department stores, shopping malls, warehouses, factories, and more. They’re best suited for single-story installations because the air doesn’t have to travel far to the internal space. However, they’re also popular with multistorey buildings less than nine stories high, as long as there is ample space on the roof and appropriate ductwork already in place.

Continue reading “Should You Get A Rooftop HVAC Unit?”

9 Tips for Running Your HVAC System During Low Occupancy

A Building With Low Occupancy And a Tumbleweed In Front - Springbank Mechanical Toronto Commercial HVAC Company

The ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic has seen an unprecedented shift in the number of people working from home. The work-from-home trend has left many office buildings and other high-occupancy buildings operating with fewer onsite staff than ever before.

During periods of low occupancy, property managers need to balance the climate needs of security, maintenance, reception, and other essential staff still on the premises with the need to scale down their HVAC requirements to save energy.

Here are nine ways you can optimize your HVAC energy consumption while your building has low occupancy:

Continue reading “9 Tips for Running Your HVAC System During Low Occupancy”

Skip to content