While HVAC system manufacturers give a guarantee of 10 years on their systems, this doesn’t mean you should rely on that single appliance for that long. Wear and tear among other factors reduce the system’s efficiency thus making it hard to keep the workplace warm or cold. This also means the systems will be consuming more energy than it should for smooth operation.
Discussed below are some of the reasons you should consider upgrading HVAC systems in your company.
1. Improved energy efficiency: Although your HVAC system may be functioning properly to this date, it may not be as energy efficient as newer systems. Systems more than 10 years waste lots of energy thus attracting huge energy bills. Nonetheless, replacing the old systems with new and technologically advanced ones not only helps cut down on energy costs but also saves the environment as well. In addition to this, some of the vital components such as the ductwork may be leaking hence causing massive heat loss.
2. Improved indoor air quality: The principle idea of having an HVAC system is to provide adequate ventilation, filter allergens, and keep humidity at acceptable levels. While the system may have been the best in the market a decade ago (when you acquired it), these have been replaced with more efficient ones. Newer HVAC systems are capable of filtering out all allergens among other pollutants thus keeping the workplace friendly and fun to work in.
3. Zoning capabilities: Traditional or older HVAC system units worked by cooling the entire space or rooms. This means the system would struggle to keep temperatures at set levels – thus consuming more electricity. Nonetheless, newer systems have a zoning capability that makes it possible to cool only the rooms in use instead of the whole-space approach. This makes it even more energy efficient hence saving your company thousands of dollars. These systems only monitor and cool/heat designated areas hence very efficient in this.
4. Reduced cooling load: Almost all electronic systems suffer from reduced efficiency as time goes by. The same applies to having an oversized/undersized HVAC system for your workplace. Using an inappropriately sized HVAC system means it will be inefficient, suffer from wear and tear, and have a shortened lifespan as well. Nonetheless, shopping for a newer system means you have a chance to correct the problem, hence reducing the cooling load. Aside from this, such systems have smart detectors that calculate the building envelope for precise cooling or heating.
Whether the existing HVAC system is more than 10 years old, or you just need something new for your company, some market research will be necessary to acquire the right equipment for the job. You also ought to make sure it is energy star certified before making the order. Contacting a local HVAC expert near where you live is also a good idea. They will understand your area and weather cycles to properly suggest the right equipment.
For example, I have family in Los Angeles, CA and their AC is rarely needed or used. Their local HVAC contractor suggested a bare bones unit to just cool down the house when it gets a little warm outside. On the other hand, I have a friend who lives in the Corpus Christi, TX area and his local HVAC expert suggested a very strong and top of the line unit because AC is needed constantly for about 7months out of the year. Their Corpus Christi humidity also takes a toll on the AC unit so you always want to make sure they are serviced properly and ready for those hot days.