Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Best Tri-State Security Provider - Guardian Security Services

Guardian Security Services has decades of experience providing property security services for building owners, managers and residential communities across the Northeast.


Using technology and process innovations, we create operating plans for you that are requirement focused and cost effective. In fact, all of Guardian’s solutions — whether security, access control, video surveillance or an integrated system — are custom designed based on your individual requirements and budget.
Whether you’re a property management company, a financial institution, a retail center, a residential community, a school, a medical/pharma facility, or any other organization, Guardian designs and deploy custom security services that target and fulfill all of your requirements.

Guardian offers a broad range of custom commercial and residential security services, including:

  • Uniformed and unarmed security services
  • Background checks and screenings services
  • 24/7/365 Dispatch Center
  • Security trained support personnel
  • Workplace violence solutions
  • Mobile and foot patrol

Servicing the Northeast since 1918, please contact us for a FREE ESTIMATE.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Understanding the value of janitorial services

Understanding the value of janitorial services

by Alan France

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system is seen by many across the globe as the premier benchmark of achievement in green building. Savvy building owners and developers recognize the importance of the janitorial function when it comes to LEED certification in existing buildings, as well as its impact on efficient and cost-effective facilities management. However, not as many realize the true value of bringing an environmental services partner into the planning of new construction or major renovation.
When brought into the process early, a trusted janitorial consultant can actually help ensure many LEED requirements surrounding building maintenance are planned correctly upfront. These experts can make efficient building design and material recommendations that can save money in the long run, as well as help identify and prevent unforeseen—and potentially costly—issues that can appear down the road.
This simple act can help building owners and designers avoid some of the most common pitfalls and inefficiencies hindering LEED certification. Experts can also help meet an owner’s desire for an on-budget maintenance program and tenant’s expectations of a sparkling clean facility.
Consult a janitorial partner earlyBuilding owners and designers should always include a janitorial partner early in the design and construction process to assist with often overlooked maintenance concerns.
Space and storage planningLacking adequate work and storage space to best service the building can affect maintenance team productivity and efficiency, as can the location of this maintenance space within the building or complex. This is especially true with larger facilities and multi-building sites.
Providing the right type of space for the maintenance team and its equipment, and placing it in a centralized part of the building, can reduce travel and transition times. This allows the crews to get to work quicker and stay on task. Having the proper storage space and staging locations for maintenance supplies such as paper towels, toilet paper, cleaning products, and equipment can also dramatically affect efficiency. It should be considered before construction starts.
Equipment requirementsMaintenance equipment should be another factor considered upfront as it can make a significant difference long-term. The design of the building can determine the type of machines the maintenance team will require, and vice versa. Matching resources and availability to the space can be a key factor in efficiency.
For example, if the building has wide lobbies, hallways, and open areas, the janitorial services might need larger equipment, such as riding floor scrubbers, to maximize productivity. If so, designers will need to consider how to store, charge, and deploy them most efficiently. This means the designer may also have to accommodate more storage space, wider doorways, and elevators to accommodate for this equipment.
Proper ventilationJanitorial closets are essential for effective maintenance. However, there are lesser known considerations—incorporating hot and cold running water, access to electricity, and proper drainage for implementing electrolyzed water solutions—that should be included with these closets. For LEED specifically, designers need to ensure there are options for chemical dilution stations and negative air pressure running directly to outside ventilation. This guarantees any off-gassing, fumes, and other pollutants in the area are not being pumped back into the regular air streams and negatively affecting indoor air quality (IAQ).
An expert can pinpoint these requirements upfront, as opposed to waiting until, during, or after construction when it might become more costly to retrofit.. #JanitorialExpert #GreenCleaningJanitorial #GuardianServiceIndustries #GuardianServiceIndustriesSince1918

Monday, July 25, 2016

A breath of fresh air for city's office workers

One way to improve employees' job performance is not only overlooked, it's invisible

Written by - Scott Frank

Hundreds of books have been written about how to make employees more productive. Business schools offer courses on it. But an often-missed element in boosting workers’ performance is right under our noses—literally.
It’s air.
With Manhattan projected to need up to 92 million square feet of new office space over the next 25 years, building owners and developers should heed a Harvard-led study that indicates better indoor air quality lifts employee performance. The study reports that an office worker’s cognitive functions improve significantly when ventilation rates increase and levels of volatile organic compounds and carbon dioxide decrease.
The impact of the study, published in October 2015, isn’t limited to new buildings. HVAC system upgrades, building renovations and interior redesigns can accomplish similar air-quality improvements in existing office buildings.
In recent years, many New York City building owners, developers and designers have proactively improved office building air quality based on anecdotal evidence and perhaps a little intuition. The Harvard research data should inspire many more to do so.
Citing extensive supporting research, the study authors concluded that higher cognitive scores in nine criteria tested would translate into improved productivity and increased worker health and satisfaction. This includes a decrease in absenteeism caused by illness.
“The largest effects were seen for crisis response, information usage and strategy, all of which are indicators of higher-level cognitive function and decision-making,” researchers reported.
Clearly, the message is that better indoor air quality is likely to yield better staff and firm performance, along with happier employees who are less likely to leave.
Achieving these improvements economically, however, can be challenging. To bring fresh, outdoor air into a building consumes space, raises capital costs and requires energy to heat and cool this air. But it can be done in a feasible way. Here are a few steps that owners and managers can take to create better indoor air quality in New York City office buildings:
• Increase design ventilation rates to 40 cubic feet per/person (approximately two to three times standard code-mandated amounts), but include heat recovery from general exhaust systems to recapture some of the energy use.
• Use demand-control ventilation strategies that adjust the amount of ventilation air delivered to a space based on the number of people present at that time, as well as by the levels of indoor pollutants detected by sensing devices.
• Strengthen tenant building standards to require low-emitting furnishings and finishes to reduce levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
• Include bipolar ionization technology in air handlers to break down VOCs.
• For existing buildings, consider converting to dedicated outside-air systems, which use smaller overhead duct distribution to deliver 100% outside air to fan-powered terminal units above the hung ceiling. The units then distribute the prescribed ventilation air quantity on a space-by-space basis. These systems also use chilled water to regulate space temperature.
Every office building is different, and some do not lend themselves to extensive reconfiguration for air-quality improvement. But considering the results presented in the Harvard study, it seems prudent for New York City office building owners and managers to look for ways to reap the benefits of improved indoor air quality for employee performance and satisfaction.
Scott Frank is a partner with Jaros, Baum & Bolles, a consulting engineering firm based in Manhattan.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Beat The Heat And Lower Your Bill!

As the temperatures continue to rise, we have some hot tips to keep you and your home cool this summer. Not only are these tips energy efficient, but they help lower your energy bills as well! 


HVAC

When's the last time you checked your HVAC system? If your HVAC equipment is older than 10 years or not keeping your home comfortable, have it evaluated by a contractor. Learn how to ensure it's working efficiently from an EPA expert.


Sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it? When used properly, a programmable thermostat can help you save energy when you're asleep or away from home. Use the thermostat's pre-programmed energy-saving setpoints as a guide, setting the temperature up in the summer and back in the winter. And use the vacation setting to save energy while you're away!



Air leaks through a home’s envelope (outer walls, windows, doors, and attic) are a big source of energy waste and high heating bills. Sealing and insulating your attic is a great place to start saving energy; plus, you'll save money and help make your home more comfortable this summer. If you’re the DIY type, check out our Rule Your Attic! video series on how to seal and insulate your home.
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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Did you know Guardian has been servicing the residential market for over 45+ years?

Providing excellence in commercial and office cleaning services is what were known for…but did you know Guardian has been servicing the residential market for over 45+ years?
Our people are the key to Guardian’s success and a critical factor in consistently providing the very highest quality residential cleaning services. Servicing New York City and the Tristate Guardian offers an extensive range of expert contract residential cleaning and complementary, specialist cleaning service to multiple dwelling environments such as:
  • Active Adult Communities
  • Affordable Housing
  • Apartments
  • Condominiums
  • Gated Communities
  • HOA’s
You may hire us for one service, but as were a full service facility provider, we can maximize your cleaning, maintenance and security dollar.
Additionally, we are an environmentally sustainable full service facility solution provider delivering a single source for services, including:
We specialize in provide subject matter expertise, management and staffing in all areas of facility management and deliver to customer –
  • CIMS Certified & LEED Certified Experts on Staff
  • Customized cleaning services to meet your specific needs
  • Comprehensive Proprietary Green Cleaning Training & OSHA Training
  • Customized unarmed and armed security services to meet your specific needs
  • 45+ years’ experience in servicing the Tristate residential community

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Beefed-Up NYC Energy Code Will Cut Carbon, Improve Buildings

July 18, 2016
Donna DeCostanzo

New buildings in New York City—both commercial and residential—are about to get a whole lot more energy-efficient, thanks to improvements to the New York City Energy Conservation Code (NYCECC), green-lighted last week by the New York City Council.
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The code governs new construction (and renovations) in the five boroughs. And thanks to this update, which builds upon improved national and New York State building codes, new commercial buildings will be almost 9 percent more energy efficient, while new one- and two-family homes will be as much as 32 percent more efficient, and solar-ready, too. For more details see this post from Chris Halfnight, our colleague at Urban Green Council.
A mind-boggling 32 million square feet of built space per year, on average, has been constructed in the Big Apple over the last 15 years—nearly the size of 15 Empire State Buildings combined, annually. So the improvements the NYCECC will bring about can have a substantial impact on the energy performance of New York City’s buildings well into the future as we work towards meeting the City’s goal of cutting carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050.
The new code will work its magic in some important ways. First, it focuses on improvements to what architects and engineers call the “building envelope”—essentially, the barrier between indoor space and outdoor space—walls, roofs, windows, and doors. A well-sealed building envelope prevents heated or cooled air from escaping when it shouldn’t, thereby saving energy. The new code helps increase the energy efficiency of new (and renovated) buildings by upping insulation requirements, improving testing for air-tightness, and making sure architects and builders account for air conditioning and heating units that go through building walls (and can thus allow significant energy losses), when they do required energy modeling. Lighting improvements that generate more and better light with less energy are another component of the new code. And all new low-rise residential buildings will, as of October 3rd, when the code takes effect, need to be solar-ready, which means built so they can easily accommodate solar panels on their roofs.
Almost three-quarters of New York City’s carbon pollution comes from our buildings. So these improvements in the NYCECC are just the kinds of changes, along with others, that can help the Big Apple meet its appropriately ambitious climate goals. They can add up to big savings on energy for the home- and building-owners of New York and show the way to cities around the country that look to New York as an energy-savings pioneer, resulting in important carbon savings for us all.

DONNA DE COSTANZO

Director, Northeast Energy & Sustainable Communities, Energy & Transportation program

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

How Often Should You Clean Your Office Windows?

Cleaning Your Windows

If you wonder how often your office windows should be cleaned, the answer is not as simple as you may expect it to be. In fact, it depends on many different factors, including the type of business you run. 


The profile of your business can influence how often your office windows get dirty, both inside and out. In addition, there are other influencer's that dictate how often you need commercial window cleaning services, including:

·        Landscaping – Although an office surrounded by trees is beautiful, office windows will probably need frequent cleaning due to the birds and insects associated with trees as well as dripping sap in some cases. When your office is located near a parking lot, you may also need to perform cleaning more often because there will be a lot more debris in the air. If you have mulched areas up against the building, you will also have the same problem.

·        Weather – In rainy areas, office windows need to be cleaned more often in order to remove the mineral deposits associated with water. That is one factor that you can’t keep under control. It really depends on the weather just how often your office windows get dirty and require more frequent cleaning.

·        Office location – If you are lucky enough to have an office in a quiet suburban area, you will most likely use office window cleaning services less frequent than a company located in a busy street or close to highways. Knowing what can affect a commercial window cleaning schedule will help you make the best decisions for cleaning your office windows. Every building’s windows need to be professionally cleaned at different intervals depending on the type of business.

Here are some simple guidelines:
·        Healthcare Facilities – Everything needs to be perfectly clean when it comes to healthcare facilities. Hospitals, clinics, private practices and so on need to present a well maintained appearance and should have their office windows cleaned on a daily and/or weekly frequency.

·        Office Buildings – While offices can be cleaned twice a year, office windows belonging to lobby areas need daily and/or weekly cleaning since they are really important areas for a company to make a good first impression. An office building with dusty windows gives off the impression that the business is not exactly doing well. It simply does not inspire trust.

·        Restaurants – Unlike other commercial areas, restaurants need to have their windows cleaned more often – sometimes daily and/or weekly. It is the moisture and grease traveling around in the air that imposes the frequency of cleaning for restaurants. If you want to project an image of quality, you need appetizing windows, not just food. Fingerprinted, dirty, and grimy windows will drive your customers away.

·        Retail stores – Daily and/or weekly is enough to clean office windows for retail stores and other similar business experiencing lots of foot traffic. In a highly competitive environment, the impression you make is vital to a positive image.

Keeping your windows clean is one of the most important aspects of keeping your business looking great inside and out. To find out more about office window cleaning and the other professional cleaning services we offer, head to our website Guardian.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Maintenance Technician Job In NYC!

We’re hiring in New York City for a Maintenance Technician!


The Role:
This position is for someone with managerial and technical experience.

Necessary Knowledge, Experience and Certifications:
  • Experience in Hotel/Residential front and back of house scenarios is a plus
  • Experience in large building mechanical/electrical systems operations, maintenance and repairs
  • Experience in all phases of Handyman work: painting, patching, plumbing, electrical, etc
  • FDNY Refrigeration License (C of Q) is a must
  • Driver’s License
  • Basic computer skills including Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Experience with BMS systems
  • 5+ years of “hands on” maintenance experience
  • Ability to work evenings or days
  • Must be able to respond to emergencies 24/7
Compensation: Salary and benefits will be based on experience and industry standards.
The requirements and duties described above may be modified or waived by the Company in its sole discretion without notice apply here.

Guardian Service Industries is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, citizenship, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  Guardian Service Industries is committed to integrity, excellence, and diversity among its employees.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

What is green cleaning and what are the environmental impacts?

Green cleaning refers to using cleaning methods and products with environmentally friendly ingredients and procedures which are designed to preserve human health and environmental quality. Green cleaning techniques and products avoid the use of products which contain toxic chemicals, some of which emit volatile organic, compounds causing respiratory, dermatological and other conditions.

Green cleaning can also describe the way residential and industrial cleaning products are manufactured, packaged and distributed. If the manufacturing process is environmentally friendly and the products are biodegradable, then the term "green" or "eco-friendly" may apply.

Environmental impacts of cleaning agents are the consequences of chemical compounds in cleaning products. The human impact on the environment has produced a range of unnatural compounds that have been specifically developed to achieve the goals of the consumer. Synthetic chemicals exposed to the environment introduce novel, bioactive opponents to ecosystems with consequences ranging from mild to severe for terrestrial and aquatic animals, humans and plant life. Increased focus concerning the impact of cleaning products has emerged as developmental and endocrine disruptors have been linked to cleaning agents.  


Some chemicals have been found to alter gene function. Altered gene function often leads to changes in an organism's proper development, with negative consequences to animal populations, e.g. resulting from grander upset in ecosystems.


For example, many cleaning agents contain oestradiol-mimicking compounds that hinder proper development in male offspring and accelerate puberty in young females. Consumer concerns have also been instigated by skin and eye irritation that occur upon contact. In green cleaning, alternative methods of cleaning that makes use of environmentally friendly chemistry that can be as effective as the chemicals contained in cleaning products.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Keeping cool at the office: fresh tips for a hot summer

Summer is delightful! But what if the temperature keeps climbing and you don’t have air conditioning in the office? These simple tips will make sure your work does not suffer from the heat. You’ll keep your cool and stay fresh the whole day through.

Plan your day
If possible, reschedule your work hours to the freshness of the morning: start before the sun reaches full power and head back home when the heat undermines your efficiency. Tackle the most strenuous tasks in the morning, before the heat really gets to you. Plan routine chores in the afternoon when your brain has heated up and your head is not as clear.


Water: wash the heat away
Make sure you always have a bottle of water at hand. Drink at least two litres of water through the day. And if you’re worried about the humidity in the air? Mint tea helps more than water. It sounds strange, but a warm drink actually helps your body to cool down more quickly. Don’t drink anything that dehydrates you: beverages containing coffee and caffeine are off the menu.

A fresh lunch
Fresh watermelon or a piece of cucumber will work as both food and drink at once, giving you immediate refreshment. And why not bring a bag of cut, frozen fruit with you to work? It’s the perfect ice-cold snack! In any case, choose a lunch that will add to your body’s hydration level. You’re better off bringing a green salad instead of a sandwich. And strangely enough, a hot, spicy meal will lead to a cooler body.

Cool down
Do you feel overheated or drowsy? Don’t start waving paper fans! They’ll only leave you feeling hotter. Here are a number of quick cool-down methods that do work – even at the office:
  • You have important blood vessels running through your wrists: run ice-cold water over them for ten seconds and you’ll cool down more quickly.
  • Hold a cold compress against strategic points: your elbows and knee cavities, your fingertips, your forehead, the base of your skull, your neck and the spot just behind your ears.
  • Mint will also keep you fresh and lively: use a shower gel or lotion with mint before you leave for work.
  • Spray your face regularly with a water mist.
A fresh feel, appropriate hygiene
Hot weather makes you transpire. It’s the most natural thing in the world. But how do you prevent excessive sweating and odours?
  • Wash your armpits twice a day with pH neutral soap. You’ll remove the bacteria that cause the sweaty smell.
  • Preferably don’t wear your clothes two day in a row. Wash them or put them in a plastic bag and leave them in the freezer overnight. The ice-cold temperatures will kill the bacteria and ensure that any unpleasant odours disappear. Bonus? Getting dressed will be cool and fresh.
  • Use antiperspirant instead of deodorant. Your sweat glands will be less active. A powerful antiperspirant is Syneo5. And to camouflage any odours? Keep a good deoderant in your handbag – for emergencies.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol: they make you sweat more – even the day after.
  • Shave your armpit hair; it’s where smelly bacteria lives.
If these tips don’t help or you notice that you are sweating a lot – even in cooler temperatures – make sure you consult a doctor.

Light dress code
In hot weather, people dress a little less formally. Nevertheless, heat does not give carte blanche for sports clothes or beachwear at the office. Keep to the company dress code – in a light version. Are you expected to wear a two-piece? Choose a linen one with a stylish, sleeveless blouse. Avoid see-through materials, tops or T-shirts that are a little too tight. Wear natural, light materials that breathe. Clothing that is 100% linen, cotton or viscose is great, while polyester and compositions with synthetic materials are out of the question. If you’re choosing a white outfit? Always wear red lingerie underneath: only red ensures that your lingerie will remain completely invisible.

With cool regards.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Tips To Cool ---- Efficiently

Cool Efficiently

As much as half of the energy used in your facility goes to cooling. So making smart decisions about your home's ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can have a big effect on your utility bills — and your comfort. Take these steps to increase the efficiency of your cooling system. 

Change your air filter regularly

Check your filter every month, especially during heavy use months (winter and summer). If the filter looks dirty after a month, change it. At a minimum, change the filter every 3 months. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool — wasting energy. A clean filter will also prevent dust and dirt from building up in the system — leading to expensive maintenance and/or early system failure.

Tune up your HVAC equipment yearly

Just as a tune-up for your car can improve your gas mileage, a yearly tune-up of your heating and cooling system can improve efficiency and comfort. 

Install a programmable thermostat

programmable thermostat is ideal for people who are away from home during set periods of time throughout the week. Through proper use of pre-programmed settings, a programmable thermostat can save you about $180 every year in energy costs.

Seal your cooling ducts

Ducts that move air to-and-from a forced air furnace, central air conditioner, or heat pump are often big energy wasters. Sealing and insulating ducts can improve the efficiency of your cooling system by as much as 20 percent — and sometimes much more.

Consider installing ENERGY STAR qualified heating and cooling equipment

If your HVAC equipment is more than 10 years old or not keeping you comfortable, have it evaluated by a professional HVAC contractor. If it is not performing efficiently or needs upgrading,consider replacing it with a unit that has earned the ENERGY STAR. Depending on where you live, replacing your old heating and cooling equipment with ENERGY STAR qualified equipment can cut your annual energy bill by more than $115. But before you invest in a new HVAC system, make sure that you have addressed the big air leaks in your house and the duct system. Sometimes, these are the real sources of problems rather than your HVAC equipment.

Ask about Proper Installation of your new equipment

Replacing your old heating and cooling equipment with new, energy-efficient models is a great start. But to make sure that you get the best performance, the new equipment must be properly installed. In fact, improper installation can reduce system efficiency by up to 30 percent - costing you more on your utility bills and possibly shortening the equipment's life.