EMI Mechanical Blog

Don’t Forget About Your Commercial Heating Tune-Up

December 3rd, 2018

commercial-techsWhen you run a business, the last thing that you want to be worrying about is a heater that is failing to live up to your expectations—not to mention the expectations of those that work in and patronize your property. Unfortunately, there are no guarantees in life, and you cannot just expect your commercial heating system to operate properly at all times. No system is ever truly 100% reliable. Does that mean that you should just sit back and wait for disaster to strike, though?

No, of course not. Take a proactive approach in protecting your commercial heating system. Schedule routine commercial heating maintenance in Jackson, MS. Mild winters do not mean that you can eek by with a subpar performance from your commercial heater. If you want to maintain a happy workforce or impress your patrons and potential clients, greeting them with a warm and comfortable property is a top priority. Read on for more tips about how commercial heating maintenance benefits you.

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Signs of Trouble with Your Commercial Ductwork

November 19th, 2018

commercial-rooftop-ductsDiagnosing problems with ductwork, in general, can be tricky. In a commercial setting, however, it gets even more complicated. Why? Because commercial ductwork is so expansive. Even smaller commercial properties present a much more complex set of issues for ductwork than your average residential setup will. That is why you want to schedule your commercial ductwork repairs in Jackson with skilled, trained professionals.

The technicians on our team not only have the tools to diagnose problems with your ductwork and pinpoint their sources accurately, but the skill to do so successfully! Remember, heating and cooling your commercial property “good enough” just is not good enough. While issues with your air ducts may not render your commercial HVAC systems useless immediately, they are going to cause problems in a number of different ways. Stay on the lookout for signs of trouble with your commercial ductwork, and never try to resolve any problems on your own. This is a task for professional technicians only.

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Commercial Heating Problems to Watch for This Fall

November 5th, 2018

commercial-HVACCommercial heating systems are put under a lot of strain during the fall and winter months. That strain has consequences, namely the higher number of repair needs that often show up during these months. Preventive maintenance can go a long way towards reducing the odds of a serious problem affecting your system, which is why we recommend it to all of our customers. However, no amount of maintenance can guarantee that your system will go the entire season without developing problems. That’s why you need to be on the lookout for any signs that your commercial heating system is dealing with some sort of issue. The faster you can identify signs of a problem, the faster you can have it repaired and the better off your system will be. The following are a few of the more common signs that your system is in need of repairs.

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Signs You Probably Need a New Commercial Heating System

October 22nd, 2018

commercial-HVACCommercial heating systems can last quite a long time. No amount of care and maintenance will extend one’s lifespan indefinitely, though. That’s why it’s important to make sure you can identify when your commercial heating system is getting close to the end of its life. If you can identify that the system needs replacing earlier, you won’t have to deal with not having heat for a few days when it breaks down in the middle of winter. The following are a few of the most common signs that you commercial heating system is in need of replacing.

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October 16th, 2018


New tax changes took effect this year, including changes to Section 179 of the IRS tax code that specifies how businesses can deduct equipment purchases. Under the new Section 179 tax rules for 2018, businesses can deduct the FULL PURCHASE PRICE of qualifying equipment purchased or financed this year.

Luckily for those in need of new or replacement heating and air conditioning, “qualifying equipment” includes HVAC systems.

As you may know, in the past businesses could deduct these expenses only in small amounts by depreciating the cost over a period of years (sometimes decades). Unfortunately, those small savings weren’t much help in paying for a large expense like a new HVAC system.

For 2018, things have changed dramatically. When you purchase or finance new HVAC equipment this year, you’ll get a substantial tax deduction… enough to help offset the expense. That takes a lot of the stress out of making a large investment in equipment!



When you buy or finance HVAC equipment in 2018, you can write off the ENTIRE COST on your 2018 tax return. That includes the cost of installation. No more long 20-year depreciation schedules.

If you have a larger business, there are a limits you should know about:

  • Under section 179, there is a limit of $1 million in deductions on total equipment purchases up to $2.5 million.
  • In 2018 there’s also a Bonus Depreciation clause that lets you deduct 100% of additional expenses up to the $2.5 million limit.
  • And, you can still depreciate additional equipment expenses up to $3.5 million over a period of years.

There’s a helpful website that explains the details and provides a calculator to help you figure out your potential savings: http://www.section179.org/.


Assuming you spend less than $3.5 million on equipment, any American business can take advantage of the Section 179 tax break on equipment purchases. To get this year’s benefits, the new equipment must be put into service by December 31, 2018.

Also, it’s a good idea to check with your tax advisor for details about the new deductions and to learn about bonus depreciation for larger purchases.



Is your air conditioning system more than 10 years old? If so, it probably uses a refrigerant called R22 (also known as Freon). That refrigerant is being phased out by the EPA because it has caused considerable damage to the Earth’s ozone layer. In 2020, R22 will be completely banned in the US.

What does that mean for you? If your air conditioner uses R22, it will get increasingly expensive to fix when it breaks. That’s because, as the supply of R22 dwindles, the cost is rising dramatically.

So, save yourself what promises to be an exorbitant expense (repairing your old R22 air conditioner). Instead, replace it in 2018 and save a bundle. Once R22 is banned, you’ll be faced with having to replace your old unit or potentially incur a costly expense retrofitting the equipment with alternative refrigerants (that may or may not be compatible with your system). Why not replace the equipment it now and get the tax break?



Older air conditioning systems usually break down at the worst possible time – in the extreme heat, forcing you to spend thousands of dollars on out-dated equipment just to get it running as quickly as possible. A planned replacement will have your AC down in the fall or winter, when it’s NOT crucial to your business.



Energy-Efficient. Commercial buildings use significant amounts of energy every month. This translates to a large portion of your company’s utility bill. A new, energy efficient system can easily save you up to 50%.

Comfort. A new system means consistent temperatures, humidity control, and better air quality for your employees and your customers.

Warranty. Buying a new system means that you can breathe a sigh of relief and trust that your system is covered under warranty. Our heating and cooling systems come with warranties that allow you to make repairs if needed. No matter what the weather throws your way, a new system will keep you comfortable inside and offer the reliability, energy efficiency, and comfort that you require for your business.


Whether you’re responsible for the installation of a new HVAC system or repairing and maintaining existing equipment, EMI Mechanical has the experience to service and maintain any system throughout its lifecycle. Across central Mississippi, we’re recognized as one of the region’s most respected and referred HVAC experts. When you purchase a preventive maintenance service agreement from EMI, you’re backed by an industry leader with that has earned its reputation over 60 years of trustworthy business conduct and quality service.



Your account is managed by an EMI project manager and backed by an expert staff of over 100 highly trained professionals. EMI boasts a comprehensive program of continuous staff training and professional development on state-of-the- art practices and processes.


EMI customers also enjoy these benefits:

  • Quick-to-respond, accessible workforce and a fleet of 65+ vehicles
  • 24/7 emergency standby service
  • In-house 7,000 sq ft sheet metal fabrication shop
  • Over 60 years of trusted, professional service, design and installation

We invite you to call us for a quote on your equipment purchase or service needs. We think you’ll  agree that hearing what we have to say will be one of the best decisions you make in researching  your HVAC needs.




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Tips on Preparing Your HVAC System for Heating Season

October 8th, 2018

commercial-HVACWe have a few weeks of hot weather left before the temperature starts to drop consistently. That doesn’t mean that it’s a good idea to wait until the last minute to get your building ready for the cooler seasons, though. Luck favors the prepared, after all, and the best way to prepare is to follow the tips below! Take these steps, and your commercial HVAC system will be in prime shape to keep you warm and comfortable throughout the fall and winter seasons.

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When to Call for Commercial Plumbing Repair Services

September 24th, 2018

pipe-inspectionCommercial plumbing problems are not things that anyone really wants to deal with. They’re often expensive, gross, and disruptive to the daily operations of the business in which they occur. You know as well as we do, though, that ignoring a plumbing problem only gives it the time it needs to get even worse. If you suspect that your commercial plumbing system is dealing with some sort of plumbing problem, you should call for repairs as soon as possible. The faster you have the issues dealt with, the better off your commercial plumbing system will be. Below are some common signs that your plumbing system is dealing with a problem that requires repairs.

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Commercial Air Conditioning Issues You Need to Watch Out For

September 10th, 2018

commercial hvac ductworkWith warmer temperatures still hanging on for at least a few more weeks, it’s important for your business that you keep an eye on your commercial air conditioning system. After all, the last thing you want is for it to break down when you need it the most. And given how much work it has gone through this summer, that could happen—at least, if you didn’t have maintenance done at the beginning of the season.

The best way to prevent commercial AC problems, and therefore a major business interruption, is to keep an eye (and ear) out for any warning signs that something is amiss, so you can give our team a call for repairs right away. Read on for a closer look at some of the most common commercial AC service calls we receive.

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When to Schedule Preventive HVAC Maintenance

August 27th, 2018

Air-Conditioning If residential air conditioning systems are put under a punishing amount of strain during the summer, then industrial air conditioners are even worse off. Providing cooling to possibly hundreds of people at once during the daylight hours is no small feat, and comes with its own challenges. Of course, commercial air conditioners are designed to cope with that kind of strain. They can’t cope forever on their own, though. Sooner or later, the wear and tear will cause problems to develop in the system. That’s why it’s so important to take steps to ensure the health of your commercial air conditioning system.

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Things That can Rob Your Commercial Air Conditioner of Energy Efficiency

August 13th, 2018

commercial-air-conditionerThe middle of summer is absolutely the worst time to have your commercial air conditioner break down on you. You’ve probably already taken steps to make sure that doesn’t happen, since no one likes spending their workday in an unconditioned building. Still, an air conditioner doesn’t need to break down in order to cause problems. There are plenty of ways that your air conditioner’s efficiency can be negatively affected, even if the system is still technically working. Have a look at the following ways that your air conditioner can lose efficiency, and how to restore it.

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