How to Choose the Right HVAC System

Consider replacing any HVAC unit over 10 years old.

When should I replace my HVAC?

Your HVAC system is essential for your business. When it’s maintained regularly it can last for years. But with time and age, you might see a decline in efficiency from your HVAC system. When you do, it may be time to replace that system.

Before you replace your commercial HVAC system, you will need to determine its age. Any heating and cooling system more than 10 or 15 years old should probably be replaced. At this age some components might be deteriorating and it’s possible an older system is using R-22, an outdated refrigerant harmful to the environment.

If your system is costing more than half in repairs than it would cost to buy a new system, replacement is in order. Older systems or those in need of frequent repairs are also probably costing you in energy savings. Higher energy bills are common for systems in need of replacement. Older systems might also be noisy. Systems in good condition tend to run quietly.

It’s also likely that if your system is problematic, you’re not able to keep your business at a comfortable temperature no matter the time of year.

If you’re seeing a great deal of dust, your commercial HVAC system isn’t providing proper ventilation. An efficient system will improve the air quality. Unusual smells could mean mold is present and affecting air quality as well.

Looking to replace your heating and cooling system? For reliable commercial HVAC in Baltimore, MD, Rocky HVAC is the company you can trust. Learn more about our commercial HVAC contractor services by calling (410) 216-0077.

How long do HVAC units last?

Even with regular maintenance your commercial HVAC system will last between 10 or 15 years before problems like component deterioration begin to arise. Still, to keep your system in it’s best operating condition throughout its lifetime, make sure to keep it regularly maintained.

For some business, HVAC systems are located on roofs. Commercial roofing systems need regular maintenance as well.

How much does it cost to replace HVAC system?

Finding the best HVAC system for commercial properties should be a priority whether you’re installing a new system or replacing an old one. Your decision in choosing an HVAC system will usually rest on one main factor: cost.

Generally, a new HVAC system will cost between $1,000 and $4,000 for smaller systems. The average price usually runs around $2,400 plus installation and labor fees. Many businesses will require bigger HVAC systems that can cost anywhere between $6,000 and $8,000 or more.

Generally, most commercial HVAC units will be larger and more complex than residential units. All the parts are modular and housed together.

Of course, the primary factor that will affect cost is the size of the unit you’re installing. And you’ll need a unit large enough to meet the requirements of your building size.

HVAC systems come in a variety of sizes for various needs.

What size HVAC do I need?

The size of  commercial HVAC units will vary depending on the size of the space you’re heating and cooling.Without an appropriately sized unit, your building won’t be comfortable and energy bills will be affected. Besides building size, you’ll also factor in weather conditions and the internal and external loads generated by the system.

If you need help determining the size of your HVAC system, give us a call at (410) 216-0077.

What are the most common types of HVAC systems?

There are four common types of HVAC systems:

  • Standard split systems: Common to residential systems. They have components inside and outside. Some common split systems are furnace and air conditioner, air handler and heat pump and furnace and heat pump.
  • Ductless split systems: These units are made up of an outside air conditioner  and a heat pump for cooling and heating.
  • Packaged systems: All the major systems are manufactured together in a single large cabinet and are always installed outdoors.
  • Geothermal systems: Uses stable temperature of earth for heating and cooling.

Best HVAC system to buy

For most home or office systems, standard split systems or ductless systems are the most commonly installed. If split systems aren’t an option, packaged systems will have to be chosen. Currently, geothermal systems are usually too costly for installing as a commercial HVAC system.

Best HVAC system for business

When you’re choosing commercial HVAC units for your business, your most important decision will rest on what your needs are for temperature control. If you’re heating a large warehouse along with offices, your needs will differ from someone just heating a small group of offices. A large operation might want to consider a packaged system, while smaller offices could by with a ductless split system or even a ductless mini-split system.

You’ll also want to consider outside weather conditions. A system designed to handle extreme temperatures wouldn’t be necessary in an area with a moderate climate.

HVAC repair

Repair and maintenance will keep your HVAC system running smoothly for years. Look to the professionals at Rocky HVAC, when your system needs service. Find out what we can do for you in Severn and Baltimore, MD by calling (410) 216-0077.