Generators for Storm Season

Screen Shot 2015-07-26 at 11.00.44 PMThe last few summers we have seen severe storms in the Northeast region. Tropical storms and hurricanes normally mean a good possibility of power outages. Controlled Air, Inc. can install stand-by generators or cogeneration systems that can also function as generators. Cogeneration works best in situations that require heat and hot water. We can also install standard stand-by generators powered by natural gas or diesel. Generators sized 35-50kW, we find natural gas is more economical, where as for generators sized 40kw up to 750kw and above we recommend diesel power. Controlled Air, Inc. will evaluate your specific requirements and location to determine your ideal equipment. If you are worried about losing power this storm season contact us for a quote.

Controlled Air Inc, recognized by Johnson Controls, Inc. as Contractor of the Year

MAL_1943.JPGFor Immediate Release: Controlled Air, Inc. of Branford, CT, was recently recognized by Johnson Controls, Inc. (NYSE: JCI) as a top performing Authorized Building Controls Specialist (ABCS) contractor at a national sales conference in Orlando, Florida. Controlled Air, Inc. was honored for exceptional sales over the previous year measured as a combination of sales volume and percentage of sales growth. Christian A Eichmann, Vice President & General Manager of Controls & BAS Distribution, N. America for Johnson Controls presented the 2014 ABCS Contractor of the Year Award to Controlled Air, Inc.

Vincent Chiocchio, President of Controlled Air, Inc. was honored to have received this award. Vincent states, “Our twenty year partnership with Johnson Controls helped us become the local leader in providing energy efficient HVAC solutions.” Vincent and Controlled Air, Inc. believes improving energy efficiency is the first and most important step toward achieving sustainability in buildings and organizations. Energy efficiency helps control rising energy costs, reduces environmental footprints, and increases the value and competitiveness of buildings. Building Controls from JCI are a big step into attaining energy efficiency and control over a buildings environment. Controlled Air, Inc. is an Authorized Building Controls Specialist (ABCS) for Johnson Controls Facility Explorer product line for Connecticut. Controls combine the ability to see, identify, and act upon critical systems information and possible problems almost as quickly as they occur, as well as the ability to monitor and operate all of your systems from one place.

Johnson Controls, Inc., is a global market leader in automotive systems and facility management and control. In the automotive market, it is a major supplier of seating and interior systems and batteries. For nonresidential facilities, Johnson Controls provides building control systems and services, energy management and integrated facility management. Johnson Controls, founded in 1885, has headquarters in Milwaukee, Wis. Visit for more information about Johnson Controls.

Boiler Lite CPACE

cpace-logoWe have talked about CPACE before, but there are some new aspects of CPACE that are of interest. CPACE not only can help fund larger million dollar projects, but can also help you upgrade and perform fuel switches on boilers.

CPACE allows for no out of pocket expenses. They provide 100% financing. The main requirement is that the cost savings must pay for the project. If the project cost is $1000, then the savings must be at least $1001. This can easily be accomplished if you are upgrading an inefficient boiler.

We have all the paperwork required to apply and can help walk you through the process. The application requires at least 14 months of utilities to use for comparison for the new equipment.

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Porta-Fab Enclosures

environmentally-controlled-printing-roomControlled Air, Inc. is now an authorized dealer for PortaFab enclosures. PortaFab products allow us to design and build critical environments such as cleanrooms, data rooms, security enclosures, environmental rooms, temperature and humidity sensitive rooms. PortaFab’s modular walls can be installed quickly and cleanly, with no mess or construction debris. Contact us for more information

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Controlled Air Inc. truly is a family owned business.

ryanControlled Air, Inc. has been a family own business since 1980. Now, almost 35 years later the legacy continues. The business started with Vincent Chiocchio Sr. and Vincent Chiocchio Jr. and over the years more family members have been added to the company. This past week Ryan Chiocchio, nephew of Vincent Chiocchio Jr. and son of Mike Chiocchio, received his Controlled Air truck. Vin & Mike realized how proud Vincent Sr. would have been to see his grandson behind the wheel of a company vehicle.

There are seven additional Chiocchio family members working throughout the company. What continues this “family” atmosphere are the other multiple “families” we have working here at Controlled Air, Inc. We have three sets of father and son, a husband and wife team, and a pair of brothers. These family members, along with all of our employees, are an integral part of the Controlled Air, Inc. team.

We look forward to continuing the family legacy within the Chiocchio family as well as welcoming other “family members” to the Controlled Air team. Happy Holidays from the entire Controlled Air, Inc. family to yours.

Quick Winter Tips

Taking care of these basic items can help save you money and energy.

  1. Clear off roof hatches of snow and ice. If hatches are not cleared and there is an emergency we will not be able to access the roof.
  2. Clear snow & ice away from heat pumps. Heat pumps can freeze, causing improper functioning.
  3. If you run A/C in the winter due to internal load, be sure:
    • Clear snow & ice away from condensing unit.
    • Make sure your A/C is capable of low ambient operation.
  4. Keeping snow away from equipment electrical panels will help prevent water from entering and possibly causing short circuiting.
  5. Safety with snow & ice is always a concern. Keeping your equipment accessible during the winter time can make it easier for our service technicians to access your equipment safely if repairs are necessary.

Efficient Building Controls

energy-efficient-bcBuilding controls systems are one way to save money and energy on your building. If your system is not set up correctly you could lose energy and money. There are many reasons you system may not function optimally and we will discuss a few of them here.

It is important to make sure that staff does not manually override any of the settingsand that they are trained in reading any errors within the system so that they can react properly.

Monitoring & Evaluation
Another very important part of building controls is evaluation. Once a system is set-up it should be monitored to determine if the building is operating as efficiently as expected. Building controls systems are not a set it and forget it system. You may have expectations that a building will need a certain amount of heating or cooling, but it may actually need more or less.

The building controls system, as well as the equipment connected to it, need proper maintenance. Like all things mechanical,building controls systems require maintenance so that they perform at top efficiency. Maintenance includes calibrating sensors, checking valve actuators, damper actuators and backup information. It is important to make sure all equipment and systems are updated and have the proper service and maintenance.

Improper Set-up
All equipment should be connected to the building controls system. If not, improperly functioning equipment may go unnoticed. This could lead to a decrease in the equipment’s efficiency or a breakdown of the equipment. The building controls system helps to identify smaller issues occurring in the equipment thereby decreasing larger ones. Having more items visible to the building controls system, such as lighting and HVAC has many benefits. Lighting levels within a building can make a very large impact on the energy use and the air conditioning load.

Need Updated Equipment
We often install Facility Explorer supervisory controllers that provide integrated control, supervision and network management services to one or more local networks of field controllers. These controllers also provide system-wide coordination to automate building control operations. All Facility Explorer supervisory controllers provide modular and scalable supervision and control for your building automation system. You choose only those hardware and software features that are applicable to your project requirements. One feature includes the ability to visually see how systems are functioning.

Make sure you are getting the most out of your building management system by using it to its fullest capabilities. The small investment in training, monitoring and maintenance will provide a true cost savings to your company.

What is a Green Building?


How do we provide green building?

Reduce energy consumption by:

  • High Efficiency Lighting
  • Energy Management Systems
  • High Efficiency HVAC
  • Envelope Improvements

Cut carbon emissions by:

  • Reducing Energy
  • Sustainable & Renewable Energy
  • Sustainable Construction

Create healthy and comfortable workspaces with:

  • Natural Lighting
  • Proper Ventilation
  • Low VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds)
  • Proper HVAC Control
  • Green Cleaning Products

Help make a sustainable environment with:

  • Recycled Construction Materials
  • On Site Power Generation
  • Waste Reduction
  • Water Efficiency
  • Operation and Maintenance Optimization