Commercial HVAC systems are costly, complicated and built for heavy-duty action. As a business owner you know you can’t live without such a system, but if the financial ramifications of replacing your old HVAC equipment are keeping you up at night you need to learn more about what you’re getting yourself into.
Commercial HVAC Equipment
Equipment prices will vary based on the reputation and quality of the manufacturer, the heating and cooling capacity of the units and the technological details of the system’s functioning.
Commercial HVAC systems come in two categories: water-cooled and air-cooled. The former is less expensive but the latter works more efficiently, especially if you purchase a variety of air-cooled system that uses a technology known as Variable Refrigerant Flow, or VRF for short. VRF systems cost more to both purchase and install but are so highly energy-efficient you’ll gain your original investment back through reduced energy costs in just a few years’ time.
Of course those long-term savings might not be as important to you if you expect to sell your business or move it to a new facility within five years or less. In this case upfront costs will matter more and a decently efficient water-cooled system might make more sense.
Commercial HVAC Duct and Pipe Work
To install a new commercial HVAC system it may be necessary to put in new duct work along with new pipes to transport water or refrigerant for cooling. However, in some instances new equipment can piggyback on the ducts and pipes already in place.
Needless to say your installation costs will plummet if you don’t need new ductwork or piping. But you will have to consult with your contractor to see if compatible systems are available and if they will deliver the quality of performance you seek.
If you do need new ducts or pipes, the best way to hold down installation costs is to close your business for a few days—or close sections of it at least— so the installation team you hire will have unimpeded access to the premises. They should be willing to work around your schedule if closing your business is not an option, but that will make the installation a more delicate operation and will inevitably boost your labor costs.
Commercial HVAC Controls
As you would expect, the cost of control systems for commercial HVAC systems can expand exponentially depending on the size of the system you need to have controlled and monitored. Smart thermostats are all the rage these days, and if you include them in your system that will make your costs rise even more.
But while centralization of HVAC equipment control and smart thermostats increase the size of the initial investment, they also add efficiency to the system and will save you a ton of money over the long haul. Therefore you should be looking for control systems that are as integrated and technologically sophisticated as possible, even if you’ll have to pay more at the beginning than you’d previously expected.
Commercial HVAC Pre-Startup Testing
Unfortunately commercial HVAC systems are about as far from plug-and-play as you’ll ever find. Once the original installation is complete every component of the systems will need to be inspected and tested, and in a system with so many moving parts it is virtually certain that adjustments will need to be made before everything is functional.
When you evaluate various quotes from contractors be on the lookout for companies that try to hold down costs by skimping on the pre-startup procedures. That approach is cheaper but could cost you a lot more money in the future, when mechanical problems arise that could have and should have been caught in earlier stages.
Need Commercial HVAC Equipment? Advent Air is There
Advent Air has extensive experience with commercial HVAC installations, and no job is too big or too small for us to handle. We are an authorized dealer of Carrier HVAC products, which have set new standards for excellence that other brands would be wise to emulate.
If you are in Lewisville, Dallas-Fort Worth or elsewhere in our service area and need new commercial heating and cooling equipment please get in touch with us right away. Together we will assess your situation and develop an affordable yet comprehensive plan of action.
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