Blog/Tips

  • 18 May

    HAYNES Brew Crew on the Job at Green Man Brewery

    HAYNES Brew Crew, including HAYNES Plumbing, HAYNES Heating & Cooling and H&M Industrial, use their knowledge and talents to help the development of breweries in our area, once again!  

    HAYNES Plumbing is currently doing the plumbing for a relocation of their testing lab area, running  sewer and water lines to the new location and will soon be installing new fixtures.  H&M Industrial has also been working on the steam (and other utility systems) for a new keg filling machine. In the main facility, HAYNES Heating & Cooling ran the gas piping to the HVAC equipment.

    Greenman BreweryGreen Man Brewery is committed to making “green” a part of their construction and brewing processes and HAYNES Brew Crew is proud to be a part of their business journey! Check out Green Man Brewery’s website to see great information about their business including:

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    At Green Man we’re always looking for ways to be more green in our new expansion as well as in our current facility. Here’s a list of some of things we’ve put into practice over the years.

    • High efficiency boiler
    • High efficiency, closed cycle chiller
    • High efficiency heat exchange unit to heat water for brewing process and cleaning
    • Optimized insulation for efficient heating and cooling
    • Repurposing spent grain and hops with a local farmer
    • Recycling all cardboard, glass, grain bags, plastic, paper, metals, etc. More than 80% of our waste is recycled
    • Using only recyclable packaging produced with recycled material content
    • Reusing water from brewing, packaging and keg cleaning for cleaning the brewery
    • Compact fluorescent bulbs
    • Clean burning propane forklift
    • Reusing and recycling pallets
    • Not heating or cooling the brewery
    • New grain silo allowing us to buy grain in bulk and reduce the number of deliveries
    • Using a distributor network that maximizes delivery efficiency and cuts carbon footprint
    • Plans to transport finished beer by rail in the near future
    • Exploring solar panel options for the expansion
    • Supporting local environmentally-oriented non-profits
    • State of the art limestone groundwater filtration system, to reduce environmental impact

    By Katy Wyatt Blog/Tips Haynes Brew Crew
  • 02 May
    MB HAYNES is Proud to Play a Role in the Success of the Local Brewery Business!

    MB HAYNES is Proud to Play a Role in the Success of the Local Brewery Business!

    Picture1HAYNES “Brew Crew”  has been involved in many construction projects with successful, local breweries including, Catawba Brewing Co., Highland Brewing Co. & Oskar Blues Brewery, just to name a few.  H&M Constructors – Industrial, a division of MB HAYNES, installed the Brewing equipment and fermentation tanks as well as the Process Glycol Chiller and Chill water piping and the New Steam Boiler and associated steam piping systems to the brew house. Oskar Blues Brewery in Brevard, NC.  Oskar Blues Brewery, not only is a reputable brewery, but has committed to giving back to the community by supporting the development of a Brewing Curriculum at Blue Ridge Community College.  They also offered their newly constructed brew space for students to get first hand experience.  The HAYNES Brew Crew offers specialized services for these breweries and more, including:  Process Piping, Machinery Moving, Plumbing, Electrical, Fire Alarm, Parking Lot Lighting, Solar, Heating & Cooling, New Construction & Renovations, Preventative Maintenance Agreements & Welding.  Picture3
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    Want to know about breweries coming to our area?

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  • 08 Apr

    Assess Your Home’s Efficiency with an Energy Audit

    You may be wondering how to save money on your energy bills this year. Conducting a do-it-yourself home energy audit is a fast, relatively simple way to assess how much energy your home consumes and determine what you can do to make your home more energy efficient.

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    A home energy audit will show you where your home is losing energy, how efficient your heating and cooling systems are, and ways to conserve electricity. All it takes is a thorough inspection of the areas listed here and keeping a checklist of the problems you found.

    Air leaks. Stopping or minimizing drafts can save on annual energy costs. Some places to inspect where air commonly seeps from homes include gaps around baseboards, wall and ceiling junctures, electrical outlets, switch plates, window frames, weather stripping, fireplace dampers, attic doors, window-mounted air conditioners and foundation seals.

    On your home’s exterior, look at the areas where two different building materials meet, such as corners and areas where siding or brick come together with chimneys or the foundation. If you can rattle windows or see daylight around door or window frames, you likely are losing air.

    Once you’ve identified the leaks, seal them with caulk, weather stripping or the same material as the original seal. You can also attach plastic sheets around your windows.

    Insulation. In older homes especially, you may have insufficient insulation in the ceiling and walls. Your attic door should be insulated and close tightly. Openings around pipes, ductwork and chimneys should be sealed. Look for a vapor barrier — tarpaper or a plastic sheet — under the attic insulation. To check your walls, make a small hole in a closet or other out-of-the-way place and probe into the wall with a long stick or screwdriver. If it’s an outside wall, the area should be completely filled with an insulating material.

    Fill the gaps in any openings with expanding foam. Flexible caulk should be used to seal any electrical boxes in the ceiling. If your home lacks a vapor barrier, consider painting interior ceilings with vapor barrier paint. This reduces the amount of water vapor that can pass through the ceiling, which reduces your insulation’s effectiveness.

    Heating and Cooling Equipment. Inspect your heating and cooling equipment. See if ducts and pipes located in unheated spaces and your water heater and hot water pipes are insulated. Dirt streaks around your ductwork, especially near the seams, are evidence of leaks.

    Have your equipment checked and cleaned by a professional annually. If you have a forced-air furnace, replace your filters as soon as they are dirty. Even if they aren’t, replace them every 30 to 60 days.

    Lighting. Look at the bulbs in your home and determine if a lower-watt bulb would work just as well for your needs. For lights that will be used more than two hours each day, replace your incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs and you can save up to 75% of the energy used for lighting.

    A home audit is a great way to find out your home’s energy deficiencies and make simple improvements that will save you time and money in the long run.

     

     

     

    By Katy Wyatt Blog/Tips
  • 29 Mar

    Make Sure Your Home Is Ready For Spring From Top To Bottom

    Your home may be the biggest investment you will ever make. Taking good care of it with regular maintenance is necessary to preserve its value and ensure it will provide a comfortable, safe shelter for you and your family for years to come. Visit the National Association of Home Builders website for more tips and info.

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    NAHB Remodelers recommends these top 10 tips for home owners to inspect for damage and make sure your home is ready for spring from top to bottom:

    1. Inspect roof—Check your roof for loose, warped or missing shingles and make sure the chimney flashing and skylight seals are intact.
    2. Clean and repair gutters—Clear winter storm debris from gutters and downspouts, and check that they are still securely attached to the house. Blocked or loose gutters can allow water into your home and damage trim.
    3. Look for leaks—Common culprits for hard-to-find leaks are attics, crawl spaces and washing machine hoses. Inspect these areas, look under sinks for damage from frozen pipes and check your water heater for signs of corrosion.
    4. Clear exterior drains—Remove leaves from underground or exterior drains to clear the way for spring showers and prevent backups.
    5. Inspect siding—Inspect siding for pieces that have come loose during winter storms.
    6. Check window and door seals—Examine the exterior caulking on door and window seals to ensure it remains watertight.
    7. Patch cracks—Patch cracks in concrete driveways, sidewalks and steps to keep water out and prevent further expansion.
    8. Paint the exterior—Painting or touching up paint on the exterior of your home not only makes it look better, but will also help protect the home from the elements.
    9. Inspect the HVAC—Hire a qualified technician to service your home’s HVAC system to make sure it is running properly before hot temperatures call for air conditioning. Now is also the time to replace your HVAC filters.
    10. Check your home’s grading—Ensure the grading of your yard slopes away from your home’s foundation to keep excess moisture at bay.

    Don’t wait to inspect your home and get damage fixed. Many professional remodelers not only renovate homes; they repair or replace damaged or deteriorating roofs, windows, doors and other home features. Remodeling and repair projects can require your home to be open to the elements and companies may have a backlog of work due to the length and severity of the winter season. Choose your repair and renovation projects for the year ahead and start planning now.

  • 10 Mar

    Solar Helps Companies Save Money

    Data from SEIA’s annual Solar Means Business report show that major U.S. corporations, including Walmart, IKEA and Macy’s, are going solar at an incredible rate. The top 25 corporate solar users in America have installed more than 569 MW of capacity at 1,100 different facilities across the country as of August 2014.
    Other key takeaways:
    • 129 million people – 41% of Americans – live within 20 miles of at least one of the solar installations reviewed for the report.
    • The average price of a completed commercial project in 2014 dropped by 14% year over year and by more than 45% since 2012.
    • The top 25 corporate users have more than doubled their solar capacity since 2012.  

  • 02 Sep
    4 Myths about Geothermal Heat Debunked

    4 Myths about Geothermal Heat Debunked

    Using geothermal heat in your home or business ensures that the temperature inside doesn’t fluctuate and you, your family members, or your employees remain comfortably warm when it’s cold outside. Despite the multiple advantages of geothermal heat, many myths have abounded and continue to be spread regarding these systems.

  • 12 Aug
    Do You Know If the Wiring in Your Hot Tub is Safe?

    Do You Know If the Wiring in Your Hot Tub is Safe?

    wiring in Asheville, NCMost homeowners don’t realize it, but the wiring of a hot tub is a major consideration. The reason is due to the amount of power required for the heaters to work efficiently to provide that wonderful ‘hot tub experience’ for the people in it. In fact, wiring is so important that the National Electrical Code for Hot Tubs has a special section dedicated to it.

    Regardless of size, all hot tubs must have proper grounding and GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) protection. These are the most important steps in making sure that users are safe. In case of emergencies, it should also have a disconnect, and the wiring should be protected from chemical damage and moisture.

    If you are not sure if the wiring in your hot tub is right, contact us at HAYNES Electric Construction. Our certified electricians are experienced in running dedicated circuits to pools, decks, patios, etc. We’ll make sure your hot tub is correctly grounded and protected with a GFCI device. This way, you’ll no longer have to feel jittery when you’re trying to relax!

    The cost of a hot tub inspection is minimal in comparison to the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your family and friends are safe in the water after our electricians have brought its wiring up to code. Also, if your hot tub has the option of running jets and heaters at the same time, we’ll make sure the wiring for this is properly done.

    Contact us now and get the most from your home spa experience! We serve all of Asheville, Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson and Madison Counties.

  • 22 Jul
    3 Ways to Encourage Your Employees to Help You with Air Conditioning and Heating Savings

    3 Ways to Encourage Your Employees to Help You with Air Conditioning and Heating Savings

    If you own or operate a commercial location, you likely want to reduce your air conditioning and heating costs. However, you probably won’t get very far if your employees don’t cooperate with your goals. Here are a few strategies we recommend that may convince your employees of the importance of minimizing your air conditioning and heating costs and encourage them to work on this goal with you.

  • 16 Jul

    Rainwater Harvesting

    rain-drop-1217298Rainwater is an important agricultural product whose value is overlooked. Every year thousands of gallons of rainwater run off onto our land and property. There is a way to catch and redistribute that water known as rainwater harvesting.

    Rainwater Harvesting is the gradual gathering of rainwater for reuse, instead of letting the water run off as it normally would. The water can then be used for irrigation, greenhouses, livestock, indoor heating, and with proper treatment, domestic use. Rainwater harvesting is especially useful during times of drought when the regular water supply, say from the city, is running low or being regulated.  Harvesting provides an independent source of water that you can use at your discretion. Not only can harvesting save loads of money on your water bill, but it also has the potential to eliminate it all together. There are also numerous environmental benefits in harvesting rainwater and it is becoming increasingly popular in those interested in green living. Harvesting systems help you attain LEED credits toward your LEED certified commercial or residential building. For more information about the LEED program, you can visit: usgbc.org.

    The main components of a rainwater harvesting system are the collection surface, gutters, downspouts, pre-filtration systems or first-flush devices, storage tanks and distribution systems — which can include sanitization. Modern tanks used for residential and commercial applications are available in all sizes, depending on how you plan to use your water.

    HAYNES Plumbing Systems is ready and available twenty-four hours a day to answer any and all questions you have about rainwater harvesting.  We are a friendly, knowledgeable, and hard working team that gets the job done right. There are many different ways that you can harvest rainwater and use it your benefit. Let us help you figure out what system is best for you and your needs today by visiting us at mbhaynes.com/haynes-at-home/haynes-plumbing-systems/ or by calling 828.254.6141 today.

    By Melissa Cannady Blog/Tips Haynes Plumbing Blog
  • 01 Jul
    Lighting Has a Significant Effect on Workplace Productivity Levels

    Lighting Has a Significant Effect on Workplace Productivity Levels

    An international architectural firm conducted a study in America about environmental factors that affect employees in the workplace. These include spatial layout, lighting and décor – all of which can have a positive or negative impact on productivity levels.

    Improper lighting can lead to headaches, eye strain, and neck problems as a result of fatigue, itching/burning eyes, double vision, nausea and craning. In turn, these symptoms create an unhealthy work environment and lead to low employee morale.

    The symptoms are most commonly caused by the following:

    1. Over-lit offices and an excessive amount of background lighting on computer monitors
    2. Using standard fluorescent overhead lights

    Excessively bright lights compete with the radiance of computer monitors. Although only 25% of people are sensitive to the flickering effects of fluorescent lighting, the blue-hued, jarring brightness that emanates from the tubes can cause extreme nausea and headaches for those who are affected.

    The solution is relatively simple. A workplace with natural lighting makes for a perfect environment; however, the level of natural brightness must be controlled because too much sunlight causes glare on computer monitors and reduces visibility.

    To achieve illumination that doesn’t pose health risks to workers, layered lighting is best. It combines warm task lighting with natural light at different angles and in different intensities. An ideal office environment would therefore look something like this:

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    If you would like to have the lighting in your workplace professionally assessed, contact us at HAYNES Electric Construction. We serve all of Asheville, Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson and Madison Counties.

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