Choosing a commercial HVAC system for a building is not an easy task. However, if you know what to look for, you have nothing to worry about. To make things easier for you, here are 5 things to consider when choosing a commercial system.
You can save energy costs by choosing an HVAC system with good energy-efficiency ratings. Here are some energy ratings you should keep in mind when making your decision.
The seasonal energy efficiency ratio is an efficiency indicator for air conditioners. Higher SEER ratings result in better energy efficiency. The lowest SEER rating in the United States is 13. Any of the above is considered very efficient.
The heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF) is used to measure the efficiency of the heat pump. An HVAC system with an HSPF rating of 8.2 or higher is considered very efficient. HVAC systems have an HSPF rating of less than 7.7.
Annual Fuel Consumption Efficiency (AFUE) is used to measure the efficiency of heating systems. Therefore, this rating is important when choosing furnaces based on electricity and fuel. Look for an oven that dates back to the mid-90s or higher.
The best way to ensure that your commercial HVAC system is energy-efficient is to choose the right size system. A smaller system may need to operate at a lower temperature than is required to cool the building. Because of this, you may have to spend more on energy costs. Worst of all, fluctuating temperatures can make office space uncomfortable.
Choosing a larger unit can cost you more than the previous costs. In addition, it can also struggle to control humidity, which can lead to increased mold. This, in turn, can damage the equipment and increase repair costs in the process. Be sure to hire a professional to help you determine the right size for your HVAC system and choose the most suitable one for the build plan.
Keep in mind the structure of your building
An HVAC system interacts with the lighting and design of a building, natural ventilation and daylight. These factors can affect a building’s cooling, heating, and energy needs. Therefore your HVAC system must comply with these factors to improve efficiency and reduce your energy and maintenance costs.
Every building or part of a building has different indoor air quality (IAQ) requirements. You should keep that in mind when choosing an HVAC system so that you can maximize energy efficiency and improve the air quality of the entire building. If your building is more susceptible to dust, mold, pollen and other contaminants, you may need a system with a better air filter.
You should look for a system that can be uploaded without a complete overhaul. Upgrading may be necessary after a refurbishment, so you do not have to spend a lot of money on a completely new system at that point.
Once you know how to choose a commercial HVAC system, be sure to find a contractor who remembers all of the above factors.