Choosing a commercial HVAC unit is one of the most important decisions you can make for your business. The system you choose is not just for heating and cooling. It will also affect the health, welfare, and productivity of the employees.
You cannot base your decision solely on price or a recommendation from a friend without knowing whether the unit will serve the building effectively. In fact, we suggest consulting with experts who will advise you on the right unit for your business. Here are the important factors to consider when choosing a commercial HVAC system.
The cost of an HVAC system goes beyond the upfront cost. It will be consuming electricity, contributing to your monthly energy bill. To cut that cost, buy an energy-efficient unit that consumes less electricity.
You can judge energy efficiency by checking the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) figures. A higher SEER rating indicates that a unit is efficient. By choosing an energy-efficient system, you will also be reducing your carbon footprint and playing your part in saving the environment.
A commercial HVAC system is costly, unlike a residential unit. One of the mistakes that most business owners make is buying the cheapest unit to try and save money. Most cheap units are not energy efficient and don’t last a long time. It is better to invest in a model that will serve you for longer.
When considering the costs, think of the monthly expenses, such as energy bills and maintenance during the system’s lifespan. A cheap unit will keep breaking down, requiring maintenance and repairs. It is better to spend more on the upfront cost but enjoy an efficient unit.
Performance of the HVAC Unit
Over the last couple of years, HVAC technology has improved, giving users more capabilities. A feature like sensor technology allows the unit to adjust automatically during the daytime. Another sensor tracks occupancy and enables the unit to adjust depending on the number of people in the room. You can also incorporate a dehumidifier into your unit for cleaner and high-quality air.
All these are features that the different types of HVAC systems offer. When shopping for a unit, ask yourself which features are more important for your business and will make your life easier.
Design and Specs
Even as you look at performance, consider designs and specs that will not limit you. Ask yourself the following questions:
- How much space do you want to heat and cool?
- Does the property have centralized ductwork?
- Do you have enough room for these units?
- Where will the outdoor and indoor units be located?
If the building does not have centralized ductwork, it means either buying a ductless system or investing in ducts. Your layout will also determine the kind of unit you get. Ensure it is a unit that can efficiently heat and cool your entire space.
If you need guidance in choosing a commercial HVAC system, contact ACMS Group for more information. We will be happy to analyze your building and suggest the right system for your needs.