Air conditioning is essential in many commercial environments, from retail stores to office blocks, to shopping centres.
Despite this, no two businesses are the same, so it’s not as simple as picking up any system and hoping for the best.
There are many things that need to be considered when buying an air conditioner to make sure that you optimise your energy use and get the best unit for your money.
There is a range of AC systems to choose from for spaces like these to suit different sizes, layouts, or specific requirements.
Choosing the best commercial air conditioning service to help you make your decision and provide ongoing maintenance and support is very important.
Criteria for choosing the best commercial air conditioning provider
Here are a few key things to consider to help you make the right choice about what service provider to go with.
The Best Commercial Air Conditioning Service Will Be Licensed
As with any trade, it’s important to work with a certified AC maintenance provider to ensure peace of mind throughout the entire job.
Licensed AC specialists carry an ARCtick number, meaning they can handle the dangerous materials involved with air conditioning units.
This also means they are fully qualified to advise on how the system works, general upkeep, formulate preventative maintenance plans and service your system when it needs it.
We are fully licensed by the Australian Refrigeration Council and have years of experience working in the industry, so you know you can count on us.
Are They Full-Service Commercial Air Conditioning Specialists?
When choosing the best commercial AC specialist, it’s important to look at their skillset and service offerings. The best provider will have a wide range of skills and not be limited to a single service. This way, they can manage every aspect of your AC system: installation, ongoing maintenance, emergency servicing.
The latter is essential for commercial systems where a fault or breakdown can have a huge impact on the comfort of staff and your business’s productivity. You’ll want to solve the problem efficiently, and who knows your system better than the person who installed it?
Here at HunterCON, we offer a wide range of AC services and have a wealth of experience with systems of all kinds, so we can help no matter the job’s size. We are also fully qualified electricians, meaning we can solve any issue affecting your system. From installation to maintenance, we’re your guys.
Are They Familiar With Your Unit?
Although many AC systems are quite similar, you’ll want to ensure you engage a maintenance provider who knows your unit inside and out, particularly with commercial systems where there may be nuances with its configuration.
We are commercial air conditioning experts with a thorough understanding of all kinds of units. Even if we didn’t install your system, we work with all major brands and know every model like the back of our hand, so we are confident we’ll find a solution to any issues you’re having fast. Some of the brands we work with regularly include:
How Well Do They Communicate?
The best commercial air conditioning service is the one that communicates clearly and efficiently throughout the entire job, right from the first phone call. Experience and expertise are evident in how well a service provider can answer your questions, the way they quote, and how they interact with you over the course of a job.
We pride ourselves on putting relationships with our customers first, no matter the size of the job. Having a nimble team means we can offer ongoing support to all of our clients and see that you always know who you are talking to. We always quote clearly, so you know what you’re getting and how much it will cost you.
Are They Local?
Commercial air conditioning service is all about speed and efficiency, so working with a local specialist is very important. For example, some AC breakdowns are considered emergencies and will require attention right away – you don’t want to be left in the lurch by a provider based on the other side of the city.
What to Consider When Buying a Commercial Air Conditioner
When it comes to buying an air conditioner, it’s important to find the best system for your home. Here’s what to consider when buying a commercial air conditioner.
Where is your home situated? Australia has a wide variety of climates, from extreme heat up north to the colder climates in the south.
Your climate should be a major consideration when choosing the type of air conditioning system for your home. If you’re only likely to ever need cooling, then you only need to invest in a cooling-only system.
Temperatures in some parts of Australia are known to fluctuate quickly, in this case, you may need to consider a reverse cycle system.
Type of Air Conditioner
Once you’ve thought about your location, it’s probably a good time to have a think about what type of air conditioner is most suited for your home:
Split air conditioners
Split air conditioners suck out heat and blow out cold air into a single room. They are made up of a wall-mounted unit inside, with a compressor that sits outside.
An upside of having the compressor outside is that the system is much quieter than other units, however, the downside is that these systems are generally not powerful enough to cool a whole home. Split systems are mainly both heating and cooling.
Reverse system air conditioners can blow out hot or cold air, so are great for those living in variable climates. They are usually more expensive than systems that only blow out cool air.
If you have a small room or apartment, then a portable air conditioner may be all that you require. An added bonus is that they can be moved around to where they are needed, however they are usually ineffective in larger spaces.
Wall/Window-mounted air conditioners are an older technology that is less common. The interior face pumps hot air through the wall or window via a hose, however, they can be noisy, bulky and require outlet power.
Ducted air conditioners
Ducted air conditioning is the most expensive type of system, and requires the extensive installation of ducts underneath or in the ceiling space of your home, as well as an exterior compressor unit.
An upside is that ducted systems are the most efficient systems, and many offices and commercial spaces choose these systems as well as domestic properties.
Size and Power
One of the main considerations when buying an air conditioning unit is the size and power needed to cool or heat the space.
Air conditioners that are underpowered will need to work hard to maintain a constant temperature, which can reduce their lifetime, while overpowered air conditioners will use more energy than needed.
The following factors should be carefully measured before making your choice:
Room size – The size of the room or rooms that a single unit needs to cool or heat.
People present – People emit heat and areas that are more often populated will need more cooling energy.
Appliances and furniture – furniture can absorb energy from heating and cooling and electrical appliances often give off the heat of their own which needs counteracting.
Walls facing sun and windows – Windows and sunny walls heat a room, increasing the cooling load of an air conditioner.
Contact HunterCON Today
It’s recommended that you purchase an air conditioner unit with 125 watts for every square meter that needs to be cooled, but the best way to find a system that is right for your home is to hire a professional to take a look.
We are based in Sydney’s Inner West. However, our operations span the greater metro area, including the Eastern Suburbs, Lower North Shore, and South West. We always respond quickly and always aim to be on-site as soon as possible.
With over 9 years of experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing commercial air conditioning services of the highest quality. If you’re looking for a quote, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today.