This is a common question since there are many aspects to the world of HVAC — commercial HVAC, residential HVAC, industrial HVAC — it’s a lot to keep track of. To help clarify our role in Hartford as one of the top-rated HVAC Controls companies, we’re going to briefly dive into what our skillsets provide for your business, what duties our technicians perform, and how it can all save your business money and operate at maximum efficiency.


Not all buildings in New England are created equal and so not all buildings need the same type of commercial HVAC system. Some buildings have greater ventilation needs, while other’s main concern is keeping its occupants comfortable. And, so it is with restaurants and the type of HVAC system that they need. If you have been following along with our blog, you will have read about how commercial HVAC systems and home HVAC systems are similar but have a different configuration and with added elements. One part of the commercial HVAC system that is not found in the same capacity as its residential counterparts is a makeup air unit.


For most in the Hartford area and beyond, little thought is given to commercial HVAC systems commonly found in office buildings, malls, stores, and other buildings across the city until these systems fail and the building is sweltering hot or bitingly cold. Though a commercial HVAC system is similar to that of a residential one, due to the sheer size of the buildings that most systems have to accommodate, there are some variances in the components that make the commercial systems function. Today, we are going to discuss the elements that make up the system that cools the building during these hot summer days.

Air Conditioner

An air conditioner is one of the parts that both a commercial and home HVAC unit have in common. An air conditioner’s main purpose is to dehumidify the air and, of course, remove the heat from the building. The air conditioner alone does not cool the building, there are many parts and sub-elements that contribute to cooling the building.


For the building to cool, heat must be removed from the...


Welcome back to the Tradesmen of New England blog! We are glad you are here and hope that you can find valuable information that can not only help you better care for your commercial HVAC system, but also instill confidence in our HVAC company and the services we provide. Lately, we’ve covered a variety of topics:

Residential vs. Commercial HVAC Systems

Many just assume that a commercial HVAC system is just a residential system on steroids that anyone who has serviced an HVAC system, whether it be residential or commercial, can give it proper care. This is simply not the case. A commercial HVAC system is more complex with a variety of factors that affect it. You must employ an experienced HVAC company to service your system. Read more here!

Preventative Maintenance that Will Save AC Costs

We cannot stress how important preventative maintenance is. Preventative maintenance will keep your system running efficiently longer and will mostly eliminate large-scale and expensive repairs. Efficiency and the a low probability for...


In the last several blogs, we’ve talked about why a commercial HVAC system needs special attention from someone who specializes in commercial HVAC and what kind of pre-summer maintenance you need to keep your building cool and your commercial HVAC system running all year long. If you’re just joining us, be sure to check out our past blog posts that address these and other important need-to-know commercial HVAC topics.

Of course, in the last several blogs, we have talked about some of the reasons why you should choose Tradesmen of New England for your commercial HVAC needs. Today, we wanted to tell you more as to why you should choose us.

The Many Choices

In a world clamouring for your attention and claiming they have the best service or solution, it is hard to take everyone’s claims seriously. Frankly, for a business owner, it can be incredibly frustrating, because it’s your business’ well-being at stake. Depending on your business, the functionality of your HVAC system can directly affect the happiness of your employees and your customers or...


Welcome back to our blog! Last week we talked about commercial HVAC systems versus residential and the reason why it’s critically important to hire a commercial HVAC technician who specializes in maintenance. They will have the experience and knowledge to not only help you maintain your HVAC system, but to promptly repair the issues you have.

Also, if you’ve been following our blog you will know the importance that we put upon preventative maintenance. For every client, we suggest preventative maintenance for their commercial HVAC system for several reasons:

  • Preventative maintenance can help keep costs down before they become larger, more expensive problems.
  • It will help prevent system outages.
  • Preventative maintenance prolongs the life of your system.

Preventative maintenance can not only keep general cost down, but also the expense of keeping your building cool during the hot summers of Hartford, Western Massachusetts, Connecticut coastline and surrounding areas.


Have you considered the differences between your home heating and cooling system and the HVAC system in your commercial building? The most obvious difference which you may have probably assumed is that commercial HVAC systems are larger than your home’s system, because commercial buildings are larger than a typical home in Greater Hartford, Western Massachusetts, and Connecticut. You are right in assuming this, but there is so much more to a commercial HVAC system than just being bigger than your residential system.

If you’ve ever wondered how the systems differ, or more importantly, why when your commercial system is broken and in need of repair, you must call a commercial HVAC company instead of the maintenance company that just fixed your home HVAC system, read on!

Power & Complexity

When you rightly assume that a commercial HVAC system is larger, you are on the right track for understanding a commercial HVAC system. However, this is just the start. Commercial HVAC systems are not only larger systems, but they are also more complex with...


Spring is around the corner and if you are like most, you are more than ready for warmer, longer days, and to say goodbye to snow and ice and all the extra maintenance that winter brings. If you are a commercial building owner of any kind there are some things you need to know about the maintenance you must perform before spring is in full swing. Here are some of the most important areas of maintenance that you should attend to.

Check the Roof

Though icicles hanging from roofs and snow sparkling on the grounds is beautiful, snow can wreak havoc on your commercial building’s roof. Not only can the cold and ice speed up the aging process, but it can also cause more maintenance to be needed not only for the roof, but also the exterior of your building. Check your roof for missing shingles, rock, or other missing or damaged coverings and check the outside of your building for peeling or chipped paint, cracks in the bricks or foundation, ripped window screens and broken seals and more.

Prep the Landscaping

Another area of...


Picking your commercial HVAC company can be difficult. Who do you trust with the functionality of your building and the health of your employees? Your building is essentially one of the assets of your business, and trusting someone else with your business’ assets can feel a little scary. You don’t want to be cheated and you want to make sure that your HVAC system gets the care that it needs.


Building automation is a fairly new technological advancement considering the age of indoor heating, but for most of us commercial HVAC systems are a normal, commonplace, and an often overlooked part of our everyday lives. Building management systems and commercial HVAC systems include the running of not just the building’s HVAC system, but also its lighting system, and much more.

Building automation shouldn’t be something you think about, because it should keep you and those in your building comfortable and it should function the way it has been programmed to function. The only time you should be thinking about your system is when it may be in need of it’s regular maintenance appointment. Though you shouldn’t have to focus on your system, we feel it’s important for you to know more about what makes your HVAC automated system work. Here’s a brief overview of a system’s parts and how they contribute to your comfort.


The history of “creature comfort” has progressed extensively throughout the ages. The caveman could probably never even fathom an automated system, and “auto-fire,” that would automatically turn on and keep his corner of the earth, his cave warm to his liking. Even in more modern times, drafty homes were typical and battling to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer was a day’s work. Lucky for us postmoderns, most of us enjoy comfortable warm homes in the winter and cool homes in the summer due largely to HVAC systems and building automation.

As an HVAC company, we are hyper-aware (obviously) of how greatly building management HVAC systems affect all us on a day to day basis. As with many of our modern conveniences, the significance of even having an HVAC system and automated system is greatly overlooked because it is commonplace. The HVAC automated system is the “child” of years of innovation by multiple people.


In several of our previous blogs, we have mentioned HVAC efficiency in relation to other aspects of a commercial HVAC system and how an efficient system can dramatically affect your budget and ultimately your business’s bottom line. Efficiency can also affect the overall life of your system, because a system that isn’t running at it’s best may become over overworked in some areas of the system to make up for the system parts that are not working as they should. So what does it mean to have an efficient HVAC system and what do we as commercial HVAC company professionals do to ensure your system’s efficiency?


The efficiency of your HVAC system is dependent on many factors, but one of the main factors is the control system. Every HVAC system has a control system: The complexity of the control system can be anything from a simple thermostat to a fully automated system. No matter what kind of system you have, the importance of your HVAC controls functioning properly can not be stressed enough. Here the ways HVAC controls affect your entire system.


In a digital society like ours, it’s easy to feel bombarded by those who say they are one of the best commercial HVAC companies. If you aren’t familiar with commercial HVAC systems, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and unsure even where to start when it comes to taking care of your system, making sure it is running most efficiently, and at the lowest cost to you. Here are services and qualities that the best HVAC commercial companies will have:

Performs Preventive Maintenance

As discussed in a previous blog in detail, HVAC preventive maintenance is, of all the ways you can take care of your system, the most important. Preventive maintenance can guarantee lower operating costs, because issues that begin as small, easily repaired problems can be caught before they become major and expensive fixes; your system will function at it’s most efficient, also lowering costs. HVAC preventive maintenance can give you peace of mind, and as a business or building owner, we’re sure you can agree that we all could use a little more peace of mind.



Sometimes it’s easy to cut corners when business costs start piling up. It’s easy to put off HVAC preventative maintenance: Why “fix something that isn’t broken?” HVAC preventative maintenance is of the utmost importance not only to your HVAC system, but also the workings of your Hartford business or organization and here’s why:

Extends the Life of Your Commercial HVAC System

Preventative HVAC commercial maintenance will extend the life of your system, because technicians will be able to find HVAC system issues before they become major issues. Often, unaddressed problems that may be minor at first, if not fixed, can be more expensive to fix in the long run. Staying on top of your HVAC preventative maintenance will not only save your system, but it will save your pocketbook a lot of grief.

Keeps Your Air Systems Clean

Preventative maintenance will also keep the air filtration system of your commercial HVAC system at its purest. Though it can take a while for dust and other particles to build up in your system, a system that...


If you haven’t been having any difficulties with your HVAC system at your Hartford business, it may be difficult to justify hiring an HVAC professional to come in and look around. However, an HVAC tune-up is the perfect way to ensure that you and your employees stay comfortable year-round. Here are a few of the reasons you should consider an annual cleaning and tune-up:


When it comes to productive employees, comfortable customers, and satisfied clients, good air quality is essential for any commercial facility. But exactly what does it mean to have good indoor air quality? That’s a question for Hartford’s HVAC professionals, the Tradesmen of New England. Designing, installing, repairing, and maintaining systems that ensure the highest air quality is our specialty. Here’s a brief overview of the three basic components of indoor air quality.


Every building is different, and has different heating and cooling needs. Nobody understands this better than the Tradesmen of New England, Hartford’s HVAC professionals. When designing and installing a building energy management system, we make sure that it will be capable of handling the needs of each unique facility to ensure optimum energy efficiency and cost effectiveness. Here are some of the factors we consider.


From primitive fireplaces to state of the art building energy management systems, every heating and cooling system operates on the principle that hot air rises. That’s why attics need insulation, different floors of the same building require different amounts of energy to maintain the same temperature, and hot air balloons can float. Why does this happen? Here’s a brief overview of the science of hot air rising from your trusted Hartford HVAC professionals, the Tradesmen of New England.


Today’s building energy management systems are a marvel of modern technology. Integrating air conditioning, boilers, thermostats, and computer networks, there’s no doubt that these systems are complicated, and require installation and maintenance by HVAC experts like the Tradesmen of New England. In case you find the prospect of updating your Hartford business facility with a building management system intimidating, here are a few of the many capabilities you will be able to enjoy.


If you operate a business or organization that employs any number of workers in your commercial facility, you’re probably always on the lookout for new ways to increase productivity. Sometimes, it’s the most basic things that can make the biggest differences. As Hartford’s leading HVAC company, the Tradesmen of New England understand how much effective heating and cooling can impact productivity. Here’s why.


There is a lot of science that goes into heating and cooling systems, and the professionals who work on your business or organization’s energy management system must have a solid understanding of basic thermodynamic principles. Here’s an informative science blog from Hartford’s trusted HVAC professionals at the Tradesmen of New England. This time, we’ll explore the three ways that thermal energy can be exchanged from one object to another.


The Tradesmen of New England provide more than just heating and cooling systems to businesses in Hartford and the rest of Connecticut; our team has the experience, skills, and resources to design and install comprehensive, fully automated building management systems. If you’re wondering what that entails, here are a few of the major components of a complete building system.


As a commercial HVAC company, we are very aware of the effects of a building’s climate, not only on the efficiency of your system or your energy budget but also on your occupants. Your employees are your assets: You must keep them happy as well as comfortable. Cold employees will be unhappy and may not feel like working as hard as they would if comfortable. Also, employees even if they would like to work harder, may find it physically harder, sometimes impossible to work when, for example, they have cold hands and fingers that are not able to function or type well.

Here are some of the elements of a building climate and HVAC system that affect your employees’ productivity.


As alluded above, temperature can greatly affect a person’s productivity. Uncomfortable employees will be unhappy, especially if they already alter their clothing choices and still feel like they can’t stay warm or cool. Discomfort can not only be distracting but also tiring. Employees that are unnecessarily cold are more susceptible to getting sick and feeling...


Whether you own or manage a factory, office building, or an apartment complex, your commercial HVAC system is a huge investment. Depending on the quality of its components and of the service you select to install, repair, and maintain it, your facility’s heating and cooling system can either help you save money or be a severe drain on your finances. You need an HVAC company you can trust to get the job done right; here’s why you should choose Hartford’s Tradesmen of New England for all of your heating and cooling needs.