A commercial HVAC system differs from a residential one in that it’s designed for heating and cooling a much larger area. Its components are larger and more complex. The system must be more reliable, as improper temperature and humidity levels can cause damage to expensive inventory and equipment. Air quality issues can be substantial as they can affect a larger number of people in a commercial space.
As reliable as a commercial unit can be, it requires regular maintenance. This is important for any air conditioning system. However, with commercial systems, they’re often in utility rooms, on the roof, or in other remote locations. Reliability can become a concern if no one notices a problem or if something goes awry overnight, on the weekend, or whenever people aren’t on the property. Choosing the right system for your commercial building can address these and other factors, which is why you should consider these tips:
An HVAC system must be just the right size. As a business owner, you must avoid choosing a unit that is too big. It will consume too much energy while increasing indoor humidity levels in a smaller building. If the system is too small, it won’t reach every area so, aside from a lack of control, you’ll just be wasting money on an insufficient system.
HVAC BRAND AND TECHNOLOGY
Consider the brand carefully, as the best companies offer excellent warranties, guaranteed performance, and customer service. When shopping around, look at the best systems for your building. For example, packaged systems contain heating and cooling components in a single cabinet, which improves efficiency. Heat pumps serve a range of climate needs while reducing energy consumption, while ductless systems warm or cool different zones without the extensive duct systems used in larger structures.
If the contractor tries to sell you on the reputability of an older model, consider that HVAC technology has been evolving quickly. Newer versions may cost more upfront, but you’ll benefit from the reliability, better technical support, and maintenance plans. The design of newer systems focuses on comfort, quality, and savings as well as protecting the environment.
Look for systems that are ENERGY STAR certified. The energy performance rating on the label shows the product meets stringent requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Although the program is voluntary, it provides an excellent benchmark to compare different products and get maximum comfort and savings.
Energy efficiency is most often associated with cost savings. An ENERGY STAR-rated HVAC system will lower your monthly heating and cooling bills and allow better control of your business’s operating costs. However, a more efficient system can provide better comfort as well, so your employees and customers have a positive impression of your company. Also, consider different efficiency features, such as central heating/cooling, two-stage heating, and variable speed blowers.
The location of your business is important to consider too. Whether the climate is hot and arid, or cool and dry, can impact the type of system to install. If your facility has more stringent temperature control requirements, such a warehouse with, refrigeration equipment, the choice is even more crucial. The right system will maintain the same indoor temperature year-round in areas that see frequent temperature extremes or dramatic seasonal variations.
CONTACT THE AC HERO
The AC Hero is open for HVAC, plumbing, and emergency repair services during the coronavirus pandemic. Customers can depend on our highly skilled contractors for HVAC installation, repair, and maintenance. To receive help selecting the right system, request emergency service 24/7, or learn about the systems we install and financing options, call us directly at (817) 631-2507.