Jack Hopkins, P.E.

Defining Comfort

Defining Comfort

For most of our final customers, an HVAC system is ultimately about comfort. To most building occupants, the HVAC system remains invisible or unnoticed until a problem occurs. The one exception – if one becomes uncomfortable. Comfort is easy to detect, but sometimes difficult to explain. Let’s take a look at the factors that are a part of comfort conditioning. Temperature This is the intuitive measure of comfort for most people. If a space seems uncomfortable, the first statement is usually something like “Hey, it is warm in here, what is the temperature?” Most folks have an idea of the […]

Customer-Supplier Relationships

During the design process, have you ever asked yourself who your customer was? If one is working on a building mechanical system, who is the customer? Is it the architect, who is paying to you to provide that design? Is it the owner/tenant of the building, who will occupy the space and pay the utility bills for it? Or, is it the mechanical contractor, who will install the system using the plans that are developed by the designer? The initial answer is usually the architect, as the word “customer” is generally associated with the flow of money. It’s initially difficult […]