Energy Efficiency in HVAC Systems

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R&S United Services
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With more than 15 years of experience in mechanical engineering, Avi Polischuk received his degree from George Washington University in 2000. A few years later, Avi Polischuk became an owner of the commercial building design firm R&S United Services.

R&S has established itself as the only firm in New York City that is entirely self-performing, which means it does not employ subcontractors. The business also serves as one of the city’s primary developers of high-quality HVAC systems, designing for high-rise condominiums, hotels, and commercial buildings.

HVAC means heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning, a combined system that is common in most modern buildings. Traditionally, HVAC systems have not been energy efficient, but recent advances in technology have improved cost-effectiveness and minimized the ecological footprint of HVAC units.

The efficiency of individual HVAC systems is monitored and rated by the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). The higher the SEER rating, up to 23, the more efficient the unit. In 1992, the US government updated the minimum efficiency rating for future HVAC systems from 6 to 10. In 2006, this minimum was increased again, to 13.

Systems that receive superior ratings (performing within the top 25 percent) can be identified by the recognizable Energy Star label, and offer as much as twice the efficiency. R&S United Services is dedicated to upholding these high standards in energy efficiency.

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