Tips on Purchasing the Proper Heating and Cooling Systems for Business

If your organization or company you're working in is equipped with a heating and cooling system that is some ten or even more years old, there's a great chance that your organization is wasting energy and money. Even if an old system is well-maintained it is still not as efficient as its newer counterparts, which being more expensive pay for themselves in smaller energy bills after several years. If there is a need for replacing an old system with a more functional and efficient one, it's important to consider some important issues. Most of contemporary businesses have definite requirements for a perfect heating and cooling system which are often neglected by simple homeowners.

Age of the Building

Old-fashioned heating and cooling systems usually have a big size because older buildings tend to leak more frequently than the new ones. If you want to create a comfortable temperature in your home, you'll need to buy a larger and stronger air conditioner or furnace. It is especially important if your office is located in a rather old building that wasn't subjected to recent reconstructions. But if your business is located in a new building that has weather-stripping, good windows, and other energy-efficient improvements, you can get a smaller system to make your employees and customers feel comfortable.

The Size Matters

Today, numerous heating and cooling contractors use too simple metrics to measure an air conditioner or furnace. Some can only check the model and brand of the system you're currently using, then install a similar model that is a bit more powerful. It's a wrong decision, as an underpowered or too powerful HVAC system can produce unnecessary cold and hot spells. The measurements that include only square footage can be also inaccurate.

To measure an HVAC system correctly, it's necessary to check out the U.S. Department of Energy's Manuals J and D. They will help you to base air conditioning and furnace sizing depending on the climate zone you live in, the number of workers and customers you have, the quality of machines and appliances in your building, and the age of your customers and workers.

It's possible to decide on the HVAC sizing taking into account the shape of the building's, as well as its size and location, the insulation it has, the number windows it has and their size, as well as the amount of air that enters the room every day. Of course, these metrics can take some of your time, but doing them you'll certainly choose the right heating and cooling system for your business.

Comparison of Steam and Forced Air Systems

A great number of heating and cooling systems nowadays use forced air to produce heat and let the cool air through this very ductwork. If you have your office in an old building, it is highly recommended to have a new boiler installed for steam heat. It should be separated from the air conditioning system. It's necessary to size a steam boiler in a different way than an electric or gas furnace.

It's a great idea to hire an experienced contractor who deals with steam heat and can easily determine your radiators' capacity and match the furnace to them. If you have too many radiators in your business, think about getting rid of some of them. Too big antique radiators can be changed into modern and smaller ones which are in reality more efficient.