What You Need To Know About Commercial HVAC Installation
Whether you are starting a new business or you can’t remember the year your HVAC equipment was made and installed, it is time for you to consider commercial HVAC installation. New commercial HVAC installation is important so employees can enjoy where they work and customers can stay in your business longer and more comfortably. Arguably more importantly, a new commercial HVAC unit will also save money in the long run with new energy efficient units. If you are ready to see lower energy bills and perfect heating and cooling service, learn what you need to know about commercial HVAC installation.
Go Green With Energy Efficiency
Everyone is talking about energy efficiency these days, but why? Green efficiency means not just having a system that is eco-friendly and energy efficient, but it is efficient with something else that is green: money. The best system to find is one that is efficient with the energy output and does not waste energy trying to cool or heat the business. The more energy is used by your commercial HVAC system to regulate the property’s temperature, the more money you will be wasting.
Commercial Air Conditioning Options
When you are deciding between the many, many commercial HVAC units out there, you need to do your research. Of course the first thing you will look at is price, but it is never a good idea to go for the cheapest unit. Often cheaper units do not have the longevity that is needed for your investment to be worthwhile.
The first thing you should look at it what type of HVAC unit you will need for your business. There are two main types of air conditioning units:
- Single-Stage Units are most always are in homes and hotels, but they can also be found in small business or small office settings.
- Multi-Stage Units allows facilities manager to control the air conditioning system at different outputs. The air conditioner can run at full capacity at the hottest times of the day and once it cools down outside, it will run at half capacity. Multi-Stage Units are more efficient than the single-stage, but might cost more than the single-stage units.
There are a few different options for where your commercial air conditioning installation can take place in or on your building. It’s best for each business owner to call a commercial HVAC technician before purchasing the air conditioning unit to get their expertise on where the commercial HVAC installation will occur on your building. These are the three main options for the system to have installed:
- Rooftop System – If your business has more than one or two stories, then it’s best to avoid a rooftop system because they typically do not work that well when trying to cool down a building with many stories.
- Split System – The heat is moved away from the building via a coil system, which is cooled by the use of a gas (most likely Freon), so that the cold air can move through the building’s duct system.
- Air Handler System – This system sends cold air to separate parts of a business to allow for cooling duties to be divided up. This will reduce the overload of work on just a single air conditioning unit.
Commercial Heating Options
In addition to an AC unit, you will also need some type of heating unit for your HVAC system. There are multiple options available to choose from.
- Heat Pump – Heat pumps are becoming a more popular option for business owners as they can help lower energy bills while still providing comfort to a business. A heat pump will transfer air from a heat sink, or an area of cool air, to an area that is warmer. This usually means it draws air from the outside and heats it when it comes inside. Think of it as an air conditioner in reverse. A mini-split heat pump system moves heat throughout a building, instead of generating heat and leading to using less energy.
- Furnace – The big difference between a heat pump and a furnace is that furnaces uses some type of fuel (electric, gas, oil, etc) to heat the inside air on its own before circulating it. No matter what, a furnace will always heat your space no matter how freezing it is outside. Heat pumps will struggle to keep up in cold temperatures since they are taking outside air.
- Commercial Boilers – Commercial boilers are generally recommended for larger office spaces and industrial facilities. There are two types of commercial boilers, combustible fuel (usually gas) and electric, but both are used to heat up water to create steam which is dispersed throughout your business’ building to give off heat.
Commercial HVAC Installation
Finally, you will need to consider the ventilation and vent fabrication needs of your business, especially for new construction businesses. Talk to a commercial HVAC company about your space to figure out if there is a pre-done ventilation system that will fit within your space or if you require custom fabrication.