Investing in a rooftop HVAC unit for your business could be one of the best investments you make. With a rooftop HVAC unit in place, you’ll get all the benefits you’d expect from functional climate control – plus some additional advantages over traditional units.
Let’s take a look at why rooftop units are so beneficial.
Upgrading From Nothing
If you don’t already have an air conditioner and/or heater for your business, upgrading to any HVAC unit is going to come with some impressive advantages:
- Better temperature control. You’ll get to set the temperature you want for your business and maintain that temperature consistently; you’ll no longer be at the whims of the weather outside, nor will your inside temperature be dictated by your other running equipment.
- Humidity and environment comfort. More than that, AC units can control the humidity and ambient “feeling” of your internal environment, ultimately making everyone in your business more comfortable.
- Happier customers. The end goal for most businesses investing in a good HVAC unit is achieving happier customers. If your customers are more comfortable and more relaxed in your business, they’ll be more likely to come back for future purchases.
- Happier employees. It’s not just about your customers either. With a better HVAC system, your employees will be more comfortable as well – and therefore, more productive, with higher morale.
Advantages of a Rooftop Commercial Unit
You can get the aforementioned advantages from any functional HVAC unit. So would a rooftop commercial HVAC unit offer unique advantages of its own?
The short answer is “yes.” These include:
- Less occupied space. As a business owner, you know that space is important. The more space you have, the more tables you can fit, the more products you can shelf, and the more customers you can serve. If half your space is occupied by a massive, cumbersome HVAC unit, you’re going to lose opportunities – and therefore lose money. Instead, your rooftop unit will be completely out of the way, affording your business more space where you can serve people.
- Easier maintenance. If you have a unit that’s tucked away into a corner of a business’s back room, you may encounter problems with maintenance accessibility. Whether you handle maintenance in-house or hire someone else to come out and inspect/repair your unit, dealing with this positioning can be a major inconvenience. It’s much easier to access and make changes to the unit if it’s on the rooftop – since you’ll have ample space to work with.
- Better security. You don’t want to risk your HVAC unit being the target of a malicious actor. If someone gets in contact with it, they could sabotage the unit, resulting in thousands of dollars of damage to your company – and making your customers uncomfortable in the meantime. But if your unit is on the rooftop, with limited accessibility, it’s going to be much more secure for your business.
- Less noise pollution. No matter how clean, powerful, and efficient your unit is, it’s going to make some noise. It’s a reality of air conditioners and heating systems. However, you don’t want that noise to impact your business; you don’t want your customers to complain about mechanical reverberations overshadowing their conversation, nor do you want the noise to impact your employees. While you may still hear your rooftop commercial HVAC unit, the noise is going to be much softer and more manageable – especially if your business has great insulation.
- Modularity and flexibility. Most commercial rooftop units are designed with flexibility in mind, so they’re made to be modular. You can add components, upgrade specific parts, and make changes to the unit over time as you need. You may not get the same kind of flexibility with a traditional HVAC unit.
- Higher efficiency. Depending on the type of unit you choose and how it’s installed, you might see some efficiency benefits as well. If you can heat and cool your business more efficiently, you’ll reach your target temperature faster and save money in the process.
- Durability and reliability. Rooftop units are designed and manufactured with durability and reliability in mind. They’re sturdier and better protected than traditional units because they have to be; they’re made to exist outside and withstand high winds, precipitation, and other inclement weather. They’re also designed with business owners in mind, so they’re made to experience as few failures and interruptions as possible.
- Greater convenience overall. Overall, rooftop units are easier, more flexible, and more convenient for business owners. They cost a bit more than a traditional unit, but they offer more than enough advantages to make up for those costs.
If you’re interested in a rooftop commercial HVAC unit, there are some important additional tips you’ll want to follow:
- Choose the right size. Getting the right size is imperative for any HVAC investment. Too small, and your needs won’t be fulfilled. Too big or too powerful, and you’ll be wasting money (not to mention cooling inefficiently).
- Choose the right contractor. Hire the right professional to help you choose the right rooftop unit (and install it properly). If you have a partner you can trust, you can be sure they’ll do a great job – and maximize the value you get from the unit.
- Get advanced controls. With a rooftop unit, you may be able to install an economizer and advanced controls to optimize how the unit works. You can adjust fan speeds, outdoor compressor functionality, and other variables to get the best results for the minimum expenditure of energy.
- Prepare for maintenance. Your rooftop unit has the potential to last 15 to 20 years, or even longer, but you need to take proper care of it in the meantime. That means investing in routine maintenance and taking care of small issues proactively – before they become big issues.
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