Things To Consider Before Installing Air Conditioning In A Commercial Building

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Air conditioning certainly makes life easier when temperatures are on the rise. In many parts of the country, it's incredibly uncomfortable and sometimes even dangerous to not have air conditioning during the hot summer months. This is especially true for commercial buildings. Not having enough cool air can be a danger to both employees and customers. Commercial air conditioners are a must in these buildings. Commercial air conditioning is similar to the residential air conditioning in that it works to provide a comfortable indoor environment. However, there are a few key differences. Here are a few things that should be considered before installing commercial air conditioning:

Cost

Installing air conditioning in a commercial building requires hiring an HVAC contractor who works on commercial systems. The cost of the system will vary depending on the size of the building, the type of air conditioning system being used, and the manufacturer. It's also important to remember that installing an air conditioning system involves more than just the air conditioning unit. Duct work and pipes must also be factored into the budget. Operating costs are also something that needs to be considered when choosing an air conditioning system for a commercial building.

Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is very important in commercial buildings. Ignoring energy efficiency altogether can cost a business a lot of money when it comes to energy costs. HVAC systems make up a large share of energy use in commercial buildings. In fact, these systems make up around 40% of energy use in commercial buildings. The more energy efficient the air conditioning system, the more money a business can save in energy costs. Energy efficient systems do cost more money. However, the cost is usually recouped within a few years in energy savings.

Maintenance

Hiring a contractor is essential to getting a commercial air conditioning system that can effectively cool an entire building. Contractors are able to do the load calculations that are needed in order to determine the proper size system for the size of the building. Regular maintenance is also something that is needed in order to keep commercial air conditioning systems operating at an optimum level. Commercial building owners should consult with their contractor in order to come up with a maintenance schedule that will keep the system working as efficiently as possible.

Keeping a commercial building at a comfortable temperature inside can be a big task. Commercial air conditioning systems are able to do this but they are different from their residential counterparts. When installing a commercial air conditioning system it's important to consider cost, the system's energy efficiency, as well as future maintenance. 

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