Can I add onto an existing system to accommodate a larger space?
Yes, but the installer should evaluate the space onsite with you. If the new space is separated from the existing area, you might do well to install a separate AC system for it. However, if you are expanding an existing area and adding to the number of square metres that it will need to cover, you may need additional power or ductwork added to ensure that it is right sized.
That depends on your contract, and if you are worried about this, you may want to bring it up from the start. Some HVAC companies will include 24/7 emergency services as part of an annual maintenance package. Others have teams on standby in case a commercial system causes a problem. Hopefully with regular maintenance, you won’t have a need for this.
How do I choose the right type of AC system for my facility?
You can likely leave this recommendation to the experts. A professional installer can assess your space and cooling needs and provide an estimate that accommodates it all.
If you already have ductwork in place, you may find that going with a ducted system makes sense. That said, if the existing materials are old, dirty, or both, the installer may prefer to tear everything out and start with a clean slate. In that case, they’ll also have the flexibility to design a system for your needs, not just your space.
Different types of commercial air con systems include:
- Multi-Split: Connect multiple indoor units to the same outdoor component.
- VRV/VRF: Use a variable refrigerant and inverter to cool spaces.
- Cassette: Install on the ceiling with a suspended mount.
- Packaged: Include all parts in just one outdoor unit.
Will I need to shut down my business to conduct a commercial air conditioning installation?
In most cases, AC is required to keep employees and customers comfortable and safe. While your system is being installed, you will not have access to air con. The units will be hauled away, replaced, and reconnected, which can take some time. If you have multiple zones, you can temporarily move staff to a different section where they will be more comfortable. You can also coordinate timing with your installer to try to conduct work during non-peak business times.
Why install a new commercial AC system?
If you already have a system in place, you might not see the need for a new system. But if your current solution is 15 years old (or older), you might want to start evaluating your options.
When systems age, they become less efficient for the amount of energy they expend to operate. The sunk costs end up on your electric bill, and for commercial spaces, this can get rather large. They also tend to cool less effectively, so you’ll run your system for longer but experience less comfort overall.
A new air con system can also give you the opportunity to install clean ductwork and equipment for better indoor air quality. This can cut down on health and safety issues around allergens and particles that can make many customers and employees uncomfortable. From there, regular maintenance will keep things clean.