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Business Owners Guide to Commercial HVAC

When business owners are in need of a new or replacement HVAC system, there may be many questions that arise. First and probably most importantly is the cost. However, cost not only pertains to the price of the equipment, but to the installation cost as well. Equipment cost will vary from one brand to another and between companies performing the install. Since most buyers are usually not HVAC experts, they often defer to the expertise of the engineer or contractor and may not search or understand that there are alternatives.

When it comes to Commercial HVAC systems many can be quite large. Furthermore, in many cases they were installed when the building was under construction. Typically, an HVAC system consists of condenser section placed on the rooftop or outside the perimeter on the ground. While outdoors these units are susceptible to weather damage and vandalism. Next, the installation of an evaporator section takes place, usually inside a mechanical room where it cannot be easily relocated.

How Replacements can be Made Easier

Generally, HVAC units need to be replacement after just a few decades. However, replacing an existing unit can be a very involved process. Installers routinely tell building owners that replacing the unit would be a daunting task. To complete the retrofit installation, it is often recommended to remove some of the walls or part of the roof. The reason is although the old unit can be chopped up and removed, it is very difficult to get a replacement unit in the space. Additionally, a crane is often needed to hoist the replacement unit into place, especially if the height of the building is several stories.

The total cost of an installation is broken down into separate categories; labor materials, and tasks. Installation companies will compute hourly wage times how many laborers it will take to complete the change out. Other expenditures could include permits, insurance, supervision, warehouse, crane rental, and delivery. 

The selection of the proper HVAC system is yet another consideration. Owners, architects, engineers, and contractors have the choice of chilled water, refrigerant direct expansion, packaged, air-cooled, water-cooled, and VRF systems. Will the system be a central or floor-by-floor method? Each of these will have pro and cons and can be one of the more difficult decisions to be made. Sometimes decisions are based on building codes.  Historic districts usually have restrictions on placing units outdoors or on the rooftop.

There is a better way!

For retrofit installations, the design of United CoolAir  (UCA) products helps avoid all of the unnecessary costs that can occur. This is due to United CoolAir’s design that involves a complete indoor installation. This factor alone saves the unit from weather damage and potential vandalism. Additionally, UCA units are built as modular units that fit through doorways, meaning there is never a need for expensive rigging or demolition of the building. UCA units can also fit into historic buildings, thus avoiding the aggravation of code restrictions. Additional permits or non-allowance for outdoor equipment. United CoolAir HVAC units not only save in installation cost but their units last longer over the competition.