A Closer Look at the HVAC Retrofitting Process

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Completely replacing an aging commercial HVAC system can be a costly, disruptive process, and if not planned with precision, the project can result in lost revenue and lost employee productivity. Most commercial HVAC systems have a functional lifespan of up to 30 years, depending on the style of equipment and brand. An alternative to a full replacement, at least right away, is to integrate new components into the existing HVAC network, a process that can enhance system performance without replacing all the equipment.

A Closer Look at the HVAC Retrofitting Process

The following should be considered before the initiation of an HVAC retrofitting project:

  • Have energy bills begun to escalate without a logical explanation
  • Are repair costs continually rising
  • Is the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system older than a decade
  • Are building occupants complaints about comfort rising
  • Has indoor air quality become a problem

HVAC commercial retrofit options depend on the type of equipment that currently services the building. In most cases, boilers and chillers, as well as rooftop units, can benefit the most from the retrofitting process. Some of the most common retrofitting actions include sealing or replacing ductwork, updating pumps and water flow valves, adding condenser fan controls, installing supply fan speed controls, adding CO2 sensors, replacing compressors. and changing out old R-22 refrigerant.

Cullum is a capable, experienced HVAC contractor that can help commercial businesses increase energy savings, reduce repair costs, establish greater indoor comfort, and increase system lifespan through the retrofitting process. To learn more or to schedule a consultation for your next HVAC project, contact Cullum today.