Is it time to replace your commercial HVAC system? Are you feeling a bit stuck trying to decide between quotes for each system? If you’re not an industry professional, all of the quotes, estimates, and conversations with contractors can quickly get confusing. In addition to that, each commercial building has unique and specific HVAC needs, so understanding exactly what your commercial space needs is also essential in choosing the best HVAC system.
Our team at Tri-Tech Energy has put together this useful guide to help you understand exactly what you should be looking for, so you can choose the best HVAC system for your property.
What HVAC System is Best for My Commercial Property?
In order to determine which system is best for your commercial property, you first need to thoroughly understand your building’s needs. For example, if you own a building in a city with very cold winters, you know that a reliable heating system is essential for the safety and comfort of anyone who enters. If you own a building that has very heavy foot traffic, like a museum or a shopping mall, then air purification and proper ventilation will be a key component to ensure your air supply remains clean.
Each building has unique needs, which is why there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all commercial HVAC system. Contractors should visit your property, understand what your needs are, and use that information to make a professional recommendation. It may be the case that your current system simply needs an upgrade, instead of being entirely replaced.
What Role Will Your Local HVAC Contractor and Installer Play?
Your HVAC contractor and installer will manage the process from beginning to end: from giving you an estimate to ensuring you’re happy with the job once it’s finished. We recommend choosing an HVAC contractor who is licensed and insured, as well as one who has great customer reviews.
Before choosing an installer, be sure to ask about warranties on both equipment and labor. Most HVAC manufacturers offer a variety of warranties on their heating and cooling systems, but be sure to establish who is responsible for maintenance and repair costs when that time comes.
Some HVAC installers offer labor warranties, also known as maintenance service agreements, which can save you money in the end. Regular maintenance on your HVAC system keeps it operating at its most efficient and can help extend its life. At the same time, regular maintenance will also reduce the chances that the system will break down, leaving you with expensive emergency repair bills.
Your HVAC contractor will work with you to agree on a price, warranty terms and conditions, and a timeline. The team will then begin the job and they’ll take all the necessary precautions to protect the floors, the walls, and the surrounding areas.
What is the Total HVAC System Cost?
Commercial spaces are hugely diverse in their HVAC needs. Smaller commercial buildings in warm climates won’t have the same heating needs as large commercial properties in cold climates, and that’s just one of the many differences. Smaller, less complex commercial HVAC systems can cost as little as $7,000, while large, high-end systems can cost as much as $30,000 or more depending on the requirements of the building.
As mentioned earlier, there’s no one-size-fits-all commercial HVAC system, so we recommend obtaining several estimates from several different HVAC contractors before making a decision. And don’t ever hesitate to get a second, third, or fourth opinion!