THE ULTIMATE HVAC GUIDE FOR YOUR BUSINESS: SELECTING THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT (Part 2)
When choosing a new HVAC system for your building, you need to consider:
1.) Which brand is best
2.) What size system your building needs?
3.) The type of system that is right for you
There are many brands on the market today that focus primarily on HVAC systems. If you chose a reliable contractor, he or she can recommend a reliable brand. Most major manufacturers make quality equipment.
When it comes to picking the unit or units you nee for your building, you want to make sure that your contractors is performing lots of tests. The tonnage or size of the system that is right for your building is determined by the square footage, occupancy, infiltration rate, exterior exposure, duct system design, and other factors. The right size system is critical to your overall experience. An oversized system will lead to high utility bills, and poor humidity and temperature control. An undersized system will run all the time and still won’t be able to keep your building at a comfortable temperature.
You will hear a lot of industry jargon such as: EER, HSPF, and AFUE. These are all terms that describe how efficient the equipment operates similar to the mpg of your car. The higher the efficiency number, the lower the cost of operation. Superior systems are quieter, last longer, and save you money on the long run.
There are a lot of incentives available for commercial building to upgrade to energy-efficient equipment. Ask your contractor about any state, local utility programs or tax incentives. Contractors should be aware of them and should help you select equipment that qualifies.