If you are interested in installing a commercial HVAC system, there are a few things you’ll want to consider. First, you need to decide what type of system you want. Some of the options include variable air volume, constant air volume, variable refrigerant flow, chilled beams, heat pumps, and fan coils. Your equipment cost will vary greatly depending on the type of system you choose. However, while the price tag might be steep, the more expensive systems are usually more efficient (such as the variable refrigerant flow system) and will save you money in energy costs over the long term.
You also need to take into account, any piping or ductwork that will need to be installed for your commercial HVAC system, along with controls, thermostats, monitoring, alarms, etc., plus, any system-enhancing extras, such as humidification equipment, UV systems and electrostatic filters.
When gathering estimates from air conditioning contractors, make sure you’re comparing accurately by asking for a breakdown. Some contractors’ hourly rates may include costs such as insurance, supervision, and project management. Other contractors may bill a lower hourly rate, but tack on those extra costs in a separate line.
And finally, don’t forget about maintenance! Make sure the contractor you choose is willing to service the commercial HVAC system they’ve installed. If the contractor offers maintenance services, then it’s more likely that they will install your system with easy access for servicing, saving you time and headaches down the road!