Things You Need to Know About Commercial Air Conditioning

It’s very important to keep your commercial property’s atmosphere well maintained and comfortable for everyone, including your employees and customers. In Canada, the temperatures change throughout the year and it can get bitterly cold during the winter. As a business owner, you need to make sure that your property remains comfortably warm. However, commercial air conditioning is different to residential air conditioning. Consider the following points:

Before Purchase

Before you buy a commercial HVAC system and install it, it would be wise to observe certain precautions. Most business owners would blindly install the HVAC system, but that’s not always a good idea.

  • Before purchase, you need to get your commercial property evaluated thoroughly. You need to consider the insulation system, the size of your property, and the potential use.
  • Hire a professional inspector to carry about the inspection. This would ensure that every corner is assessed to see if it’s energy efficient.
  • Purchase a HVAC system according to your store’s needs. Buying a system with a larger capacity that you need would only lead to increased energy bills. You need to make sure that the HVAC is sufficient for the size and needs of your commercial property.

Before Installation

Before installing the newly purchased HVAC system, you need to make sure that your commercial property is ready to support an energy efficient structure. Keep the following points in mind:

  • You need to implement the improvements that the inspector might have suggested. The overall energy efficiency of your property doesn’t just depend on the HVAC system, but also on the property itself.
  • Make sure that there are no leaks and all windows and doors are tightly sealed. You might need to add weather stripping to them to ensure that they seal shut whenever they’re closed.
  • Install windows that are energy efficient and have high R value. This would help ensure that the warmth isn’t leaking out of your property or the cold isn’t seeping in.
  • Install lighting that doesn’t emit too much heat. It would be a good idea to use fluorescents and LED instead of incandescent bulbs and halogens.
  • Use appliances and equipment that emit less heat as well.

These measures would help you save money on your energy bills. According to research, he HVAC accounts for 40% of the energy bills in commercial property. By increasing efficiency, you can reduce that amount.

After Installation

The HVAC isn’t a set and forget system that you can ignore after installation. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on it. Regular maintenance would ensure that it’s always working at peak efficiency. You’ll need specialist to handle the maintenance and repairs. Unlike residential ventilation, commercial one is complex and requires skills and experience. You need to keep a reliable expert’s number on hand and engage a regular maintenance contract. This would ensure that you have someone to turn to during emergencies.

 

Sources:  HotFrog Small Business Hub-Canada