A top tier HVAC system is vital for your company’s success. Whether you are a small business that only employs a small team or a large storefront that entertains customers in a big commercial space, a cool workplace is vital for both comfort and success. Installing a new HVAC system is a labor-intensive, and costly endeavor, but commercial HVAC installation is a necessity that is worth spending for. Here are some things you can expect when repairing or installing a commercial heating and cooling system.

The Cost

The cost of air conditioning is entirely dependant on the scope of your specific project. The size of your building, how many air conditioner units you need, and how labor-intensive the project is, all play a role in driving up the cost of installing a new commercial HVAC system. The best way to figure out how much a new HVAC system will cost to install is to call your top-rated HVAC suppliers for a project estimate. Here are a few figures that might help give you an idea of how much your project may cost based on national averages:

Average Cost Per Commercial Outdoor Unit: $4,000
Average Cost of HVAC Labor: $50-$100/hr
Average Duct Restructuring: $10 per square foot

When receiving a quote for a new HVAC project, be sure the company you are dealing with includes labor. Many times labor will not be included in the quote, so it is vital to ask for a labor estimate for an accurate figure.

The Parts

Generally speaking, every HVAC system includes the following major pieces that contribute to how air conditioning works:

The Infrastructure 

This consists of air ducts, supply vents, return air vents, and the thermostat.  The thermostat triggers the cooling process and sends air back and forth through the air ducts, which keep cold and hot air separated. The supply vents are the entry points for new, cold air to enter the house, and the return air vents are the system through which hot air is sucked out of the building.

The Outdoor Unit

This consists of a large fan, condenser coils, refrigerant, and a compressor. The fan cools the condenser coils and draws out heat and moisture from returning refrigerant which is then sent back inside via the compressor.

The Indoor Unit 

This consists of a blower motor, evaporator coils, a circuit board, and a filter. The blower motor sucks hot air through the return vents and then pushes that same warm air through the evaporator coil. The evaporator coil removes heat and moisture from the hot air making the air cool and conditioned. Once the air has been cooled, it is returned to the building via the air ducts. This process is repeated until the thermostat tells the circuit board that the air is cold enough in the building to shut the whole process down.

The Labor

When installing a new HVAC system, your entire business will need to be shut down for at least some period. Although much of the HVAC installation process takes place on the exterior of your building, it is essential to remember that the heart of your HVAC system is an interior entity. 

The HVAC company you hire will need to open up the ceiling within your building to repair, or install brand new, air ducts. This process of going into the ceiling will create debris that may be toxic for employees to breathe in without the proper equipment. Not to mention HVAC is a noisy process, so even when you are allowed back into the building, you should be prepared for excessive noise.

Repair

Repair and maintenance is a significant part of any commercial HVAC system. It is essential to stay ahead of, or at the very least, on top of your maintenance plan. Upkeeping with the maintenance can be as simple as HVAC duct cleaning and even that can make all the difference. However, falling behind on regularly scheduled HVAC maintenance could result in poor efficiency or even worse, a catastrophic failure which often requires expensive and intensive work. This work could disrupt your work schedule and may even cause your business to shut down temporarily. Make sure you stay on top of maintenance and schedule an appointment when the time comes!

Most HVAC companies have a maintenance plan built into the contracts they offer during installation. It is important to note that not all HVAC is the same. While there are similarities between companies, the systems that they use are specific, and each HVAC supplier has their preferred system and equipment. This means that if you switch to a new HVAC company, they may not be able to service your current commercial HVAC equipment

Don’t get caught having to start from scratch, do your research and pick the best HVAC company for commercial HVAC installation and repair the first time around. the job on the first go around. When it comes to HVAC systems, paying up for quality parts and quality service means significantly less money and far fewer HVAC emergencies in the long term.


Sources:

https://www.vanderfordair.com/commercial-hvac/
https://www.shavitz.com/blog/signs-commercial-hvac-system-needs-repair/
http://madisonheatingcooling.com/commercial-hvac/much-commercial-hvac-cost/