When it comes to repairing or maintaining commercial HVAC systems, many people are unclear about what exactly it is they need or what they should be looking out for – and they have lots of questions!
In this article, we answer some of the most frequently asked questions we get about commercial HVAC systems, from why preventive maintenance is important and what you should consider when hiring an HVAC company, to how long a system should last for and what the different types are.
As a business person, one of your primary concerns should be to minimize the overall costs of maintaining your business, and hiring a reputable commercial HVAC company is one way you can significantly reduce these costs.
Not only do HVAC companies have expertise in estimating the overall cost of materials and labor, they also usually have their own network of suppliers that provide discounts on materials. This is why it’s more cost-effective to hire an HVAC company that specializes in repairing HVAC systems, especially if it’s for a large commercial space, like a shopping mall, where economy of scale comes into play.
You should compare quotes from different HVAC companies to ensure you get the most competitive price for what you’re looking for. The total cost is usually directly proportional to the floor area of the building that requires internal climate control through an HVAC system.
It may sound like a cliché, but an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure, and this definitely applies to HVAC systems. If you have regular preventive maintenance work done on your system, you’ll likely avoid major problems and periods of downtime because potential issues can be caught before a catastrophe happens.
If you don’t carry out regular maintenance, serious problems could develop with your HVAC system over time. This can lead to expensive repairs and even temporary shutdowns. Shutting down your business for even one day can lead to serious losses, let alone shutting it down for several days while your HVAC system is being repaired. Preventive maintenance safeguards against these possibilities by never letting the system get to that point in the first place.
Whether it’s a commercial heating service or a full HVAC system, many types of businesses are reliant on internal climate control for their staff and customers. Carrying out preventive maintenance on your HVAC system can help you in several ways. Here are some of the benefits:
Not all commercial HVAC companies are the same. There will always be differences in prices, capacity and in the quality of work, and you must find the delicate balance between these factors. For example, while some companies offer both quality and cost-effectiveness, they may not have the capacity to deliver based on floor area. Alternatively, a company may have the capacity and the quality, but higher prices as a result. The key is to think closely about what is most important to you – and remember, cheapest isn’t always best.
Here are some of the things that you should consider when choosing a commercial HVAC system:
If properly maintained with regular calibrations, cleanup, and component replacement, a commercial HVAC system can last 15- 20 years. Some of its parts, such as the heat exchanger, and evaporator coil, need to be regularly cleaned and might need to be replaced if you want your system to last as long as possible.
There are a few different types of HVAC systems you can choose from, and the size of the building is the main factor that determines which type you should install. Your location and type of climate are also determining factors.
Here are the categories of HVAC systems for commercial use:
If you’re in the Kansas City metro area and would like to chat about your commercial HVAC system, contact us today for your customized quote.