Installing a new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) unit is a major investment that requires detailed planning of multiple factors. Before finalizing a contract for HVAC installation, building owners and facility managers should assess the following considerations.
- Load Capacity–The load capacity of a new HVAC system is based on the layout of a building and its size. Internal and external temperature factors, such as equipment that generates heat and the positioning of the building, should also be assessed.
- Condenser Location–Most HVAC installation projects require the installation of a condenser. Depending on the building’s layout, this equipment may need to be installed on the roof or at another location on the property.
- Existing Ductwork—Inefficient, aging ductwork can result in a 20% energy loss of cooled and heated air moving through a commercial HVAC system, which can unnecessarily result in rising energy bills. Prior to the HVAC installation process, the installer should provide information about whether the dampers should be cleaned, adjusted, or repaired, or if other changes should occur.
- Zoning—Different areas in a large commercial building may have different heating and cooling requirements, necessitating the creation of different zones. Sometimes these zones are based on the building’s layout, but in others, zones may need to be based on the heat produced in certain areas of the building.
- Cost—For the majority of businesses, the budget drives the equipment selected for a new HVAC installation. If building owners are unsure about the need for a new unit, the cost of repairs and how the old equipment affects energy efficiency should be analyzed.
Careful planning at the onset of the project can lead to a smooth, successful HVAC installation. contact Cullum today for additional information on HVAC repair, HVAC service, HVAC maintenance or HVAC installation.