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Why Facility Managers And Property Managers Should Consider An HVAC Rooftop Unit For Their Building

Why Facility Managers and Property Managers Should Consider A HVAC Rooftop Unit For Their Building

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Commercial HVAC Rooftop InstallationHow old is your building? Is it a newer construction or one built over 50 years ago?

Depending on its age, your facility may have an outdated heating and cooling system. As time wears on and technology improves, you could be wasting valuable dollars on HVAC costs.

Wondering how you can save some money?

Then join us as we look at the difference between newer a HVAC rooftop unit and old-style heating & cooling systems.

Let’s Look At Some HVAC Rooftop Unit Terms

RTU Info - Facility Manager PortalTo understand the difference between the two systems, it’s important to clarify our terms.

An old-style heating and cooling system are commonly known as a centralized system. It uses water for cooling and duct work to distribute the air throughout the building. The furnace is often a separate unit while using the same duct work as the cooling system.

A rooftop unit is commonly referred to as a package unit. It combines the heating and cooling components into one system. This often saves space for the building owner and offers unified control of both systems.

The 3 Primary Rooftop Unit Options

While commonly referred to as a package unit, rooftop units actually come in three different varieties.

1. Air Conditioner: In some regions of the United States, buildings don’t need anything but a rooftop air conditioner unit. While still referred to as a package unit, they’re simply rooftop cooling systems.

2. Gas & Electric: these are package units that use natural gas in some situations and electric in others. We call these YAC, or Year-round Air Conditioners.

3. Heat Pump: These collect outside air and convert it to heat or cooling, depending on the season.

Benefits Of A Commercial HVAC Package Unit

In general, you’re going to have a better experience with a package HVAC rooftop unit. Here are 4 big reasons why this should be your next building purpose.

1. Quick Installation: Technicians can install HVAC rooftop units significantly quicker than a) repairing your older unit and b) installing a similar older-style system.

2. Lower Energy Cost: Rooftop HVAC units are far more energy-efficient than systems manufactured even 20 years ago. For example, dampeners improve airflow in the building and thermal wheels expel building heat to the outside.

3. Flexibility and Space Usage: We’ve mentioned this once, but it bears repeating. Rooftop units save space inside of your building. Often, your facility’s roof is wasted space. Take advantage of it and free up valuable inside square footage!

4. Streamlined Maintenance: Because an HVAC rooftop unit is easier to access, it’s also easier for technicians to perform your yearly maintenance call. Technicians shouldn’t need access to the inside of your building too often. Also, because HVAC rooftop units are built similar to each other, repair and services costs are less fluid.

CMI Mechanical Is Here To Help

For over 40 years, CMI Mechanical has served facility and property managers just like you.

We offer everything from repair service to new HVAC rooftop unit installation. Are you ready to upgrade your buildings heating and cooling system? Contact us today for a free consultation!

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