Reasons to Upgrade Your HVAC System
Are you stuck with an old and outdated commercial HVAC system? This problem is more common than you might think. It’s one of the few areas where you’ll still find systems that are 20, 30, or even 40 years old. Heating and cooling systems are designed to work for decades, and because they’re out of sight and out of mind, there’s no big rush to get the latest model. With those facts in mind, there are some great reasons to upgrade your building’s HVAC system.
The Old System Just Isn’t Cutting It
The biggest reason a commercial building owner invests in a new heating and cooling system is because the old unit stops working. While it’s certainly possible to repair air conditioners and furnaces, in many cases, the cost of HVAC maintenance may be almost as much as the cost of a new unit.
For instance, air conditioners are made up of two primary components: the coil and the compressor. Most times, it’s the compressor that fails first, and replacing it isn’t that hard. However, replacing a corroded coil can be a real hassle. If these components fail simultaneously, it may make more sense to upgrade the unit than it does to replace the parts.
Old Coolant and Its Environmental Effects
All new commercial heat pumps and air conditioners are supposed to run on R-410A refrigerant, which is ozone-safe and chlorine-free. If you’re still using an old commercial HVAC unit, it may rely on R-22 or an older refrigerant that is likely contributing to the breakdown of the ozone layer.
While there’s no South Carolina law requiring business owners to upgrade to new, eco-friendly HVAC units, it’s an environmentally responsible decision. Because R-410A works just as well as the old refrigerants, there’s no need to give up comfort when upgrading to a new heating and cooling system.
Many business owners cool and heat their buildings with split system installations, which consist of interior air handlers and exterior condensers. While these systems offer numerous benefits, it’s important that the components be evenly matched. If not, such a system may:
- Offer inferior comfort
- Work at reduced efficiency
- Cost more to operate
- Be at greater risk of a mechanical breakdown
If your commercial building is equipped with an improperly matched system, it’s important to upgrade those units as soon as possible.
Incompatibility With New Programmable Thermostats
With a programmable thermostat, you can control the heating and cooling in your building. For instance, many business owners reduce system operation during off hours, which allows them to save money and reduce wear and tear.
Older HVAC systems may not work with these new thermostats because the technology didn’t exist when those systems were manufactured. If you’re using an outdated commercial HVAC system, you may be wasting money and energy that a programmable thermostat might help to save.
The System Uses an Uncommon Fuel
Combustion units have been used for decades because of their wintertime heating capacity and capability. Despite their long lifespans, many of these systems were designed to use fuels that are becoming increasingly scarce. If your building still uses an oil- or coal-fired furnace, consider upgrading it sooner rather than later.
The Existing Unit’s Warranty Has Expired
Warranties serve an important purpose: they assure customers that the product will last. If your HVAC unit goes bad within the warranty period, you can get it replaced or repaired. Warranty coverage offers a degree of financial security to South Carolina business owners. If your system’s warranty has long since expired and it’s showing signs of an imminent failure, it’s time for an upgrade.
Inconsistent Indoor Comfort
Modern heating and cooling systems use air ducts to distribute air throughout a building. If the ductwork is properly installed, the system should control humidity, heat, and cool all parts of the building equally. However, if it doesn’t, something is wrong.
Another reason for inconsistent cooling and heating is improper unit sizing. A unit that’s too big is just as bad as one that’s too small. A properly sized HVAC unit will offer good indoor comfort, great efficiency, and steady humidity control. If your existing unit isn’t the right size, replace it with one that is properly sized.
Upgrade Your Commercial HVAC Unit
At Inverter Mechanical Piping Solutions, we think the best reason to upgrade an old HVAC system is to increase efficiency. A new system will help you save money now and for years to come. Request more information online or call today to schedule an estimate for commercial HVAC installation, maintenance, and repairs.