FREQUENTY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ'S)

We  will try to answer your questions, the best we can.  If these FAQ's are not helpful, just give us a call.
 
Why Do I Need An Engineer For My HVAC Project?
 
Most states, by law, require a licensed engineer to generate stamped drawings for projects that add or modify ventilation systems, especially those used for comfort heating and cooling.  With stamped drawings, the proper permits and inspections can be obtained for the work.  The work can be competitively bid out based on the drawings.  The systems are engineered based on science not rules of thumb or "that is the way we always do it".   By placing a stamp on the drawings, the engineer becomes the "engineer of record" and stands behind the design.

Why Should I Hire Mechanical Edge?

If you are looking for someone with 25+ years of experience with HVAC engineering and design, will provide designs based on industry standards and practices, is responsive to schedules, and is competitive in pricing, then give us a call. We work in alot of different industries and for alot of different clients.  We bring this to the table as we work on your project. 


When Should You Get Us Involved?
   
Let us help you on your next project. From concept to completion, we can tailor our services to meet your needs. We offer practical engineering approaches for new construction, retrofits, and troubleshooting.  We provide our services a lump sum, hourly, and retainer basis.
No project is too small.  

What Kind of Projects Do We Work On?

We consult for clients in a variety of industries that include chemical, power, food processing, automotive, health care, education, research, and electronics.  We share our experience from these industries with our clients because our clients value what others are doing outside their own markets.   We continue our focus on quality, safety, and ingenuity for commercial office, retail, and private business projects as well.   



How Much Do Your Services Cost?
 
We provide our services on a lump sum, time and material, or hourly basis.  It all depends upon the project...how well defined it is, what type of work it involves, and where it is located.  We don't work on percentages.  We charge only for the work we do.  Our overhead is low.   Just call us for a quote.  You'd be surprised that we don't charge alot higher than your auto mechanic. 

When Do I Need To Get Mechanical Edge Involved?
 
Once an customer recognizes a need for a new HVAC system or problem with a current system, it is best to call us sooner rather than later.  For new systems or new buildings, we will work with the assigned architect to make sure the mechanical systems are integrated into the building from the start rather than trying to figure out how to fit it all in after the fact.  We can work with the contractors on any questions they might have and review their product selections.  For problems with a current system, we can help at anytime but it is better if we get involved in a timely manner (ie - witness a cooling problem during the summer season, for example, rather than during the winter).        

  
What Type Of Facilities Do You Work With?
 
We have worked with a large variety of commerical and industrial facilities over the past 10 years.  The commercial list includes restaurants, bars, offices, schools, churches, warehouses, and stores to name a few.  The industrial list includes automotive, beverage, chemical, food, paper, and steel as examples.  It is not uncommon to apply a HVAC solution from one industry or facility to another.
  
What Type Of Systems or Equipment Do You Work With?
 
We design and troubleshoot any system that heats, cools, ventilates, or refrigerates.  We take each problem or project on without bias and apply our expertise to provide the best solution.  We try to stay current with what various manufacturers offer for HVAC equipment, what the Codes require for health and safety, and what the industry is doing to stay competive and efficient.  So the list could include chillers, boilers, air handlers, VRF, unit ventilators, VAV systems, geothermal, heat pumps, economizers, energy recovery units.....the list goes on and on.


What Is The Difference Between Design-Build and Design-Bid-Build?
  
Both are approaches to engineering and construction.  Design-build integrates the engineering and construction as one team who provides a turn-key installation for a client.  Design-bid-build (aka Bid-Spec) involves separate teams, one who does the design and another that does the construction.  We participate in both approaches for our clients.  In design-build, we work with the client's preferred contractor to complete the design which often results in a faster overall schedule and smoother project delivery for the client.  In design-bid-build, we  complete the design directly for the client then they shop the installation (bid) from various contractors.  This approach often results in lower costs but involve more involvement and coordination by all parties.
 

What Are We Doing For The Environment?

Mechanical Edge believes in the environment. Here’s what we are doing to protect it.  If you have additional ideas on how we can improve, let us know.  We are always looking for better ideas.  We buy local products for everything we can.  We minimize travel by taking photographs during site visits for future reference versus a return trip.  We combine stops when traveling.  We volunteer for clean-up events in our community. 

Our business is paperless.  Electronic submittals, invoicing, product information, and project management.  We use paper only when we have to.  We often bike commute to reduce our operating costs, improve our health, and help the environment.  We size equipment to match the loads and specify the most energy efficient equipment our clients can afford.  We perform life cycle cost analyses to help our clients make informed decisions based on all costs including capital, maintenance, and energy. 

We recycle glass, paper, metal, and plastics.  We choose to use rechargeable batteries.  We wear comfortable clothes during the day that suit both work and personal activities thus reducing dry cleaning and wash water needs.  Comfortable clothes allows us to adjust our office temperature by a few degrees to save energy.  We drink tap water.  No more bottled water for us.  We reduce our consumption and buy only what we need. 
 

What Motivates Us?

We believe in donating our time and professional services.  We have donated our time to the YMCA, the Boy Scouts of America, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, city and river clean-up events, and inner city music education centers.