What type of commercial air conditioning in Everett, WA do you have? If your business is like most, your AC system consists of a series of rooftop units, also known as packaged HVAC units. They might also be heat pumps, which means they work at providing heat when it’s required. No matter the type, this unit may suffer from refrigerant leaks—a serious repair issue.
We are a light-commercial HVAC company, which means we work on HVAC systems 25 tons and under. You might wonder what “25 tons” means. It doesn’t have anything to do with the weight of the HVAC unit in question, but refers to how much heating/cooling power it has. To give you a sense of the range, most residential HVAC systems are from 1 to 5 tons. Light commercial systems may also be in this range, but most businesses will have HVAC units from 6 to 25 tons.
How many tons of cooling does your business need to make it through the summer? Finding the answer to that question is one of the most important parts of our commercial air conditioning services in Everett, WA. When you work with us for a new AC system installation, we’ll carefully size the unit so it delivers the right amount of cooling for your day-to-day operating requirements.
The best cooling for your commercial property is an AC system that provides the right level of cooling capacity and energy efficiency. It’s easy to make a mistake one direction or the other, and often the error is purchasing a system that can provide enormous cooling on demand but which requires a fortune to run. You don’t want commercial cooling that completely throws off your budget. And, thanks to our professional services for commercial air conditioning in Everett, WA, you don’t have to.
We can help you better understand the efficiency ratings of commercial ACs so you can navigate the options available and find the right balance of cooling performance and energy savings. To ensure you have the right new equipment and it’s installed to the highest standards, make an appointment with us.
Depending on the type of commercial business or facility you run, you may use the air conditioning system throughout the year or only seasonally. Since spring is rapidly approaching, the AC will be an important part of most businesses, and our technicians will be busy helping out with many services for commercial air conditioning in Everett, WA: maintenance, repairs, replacements, upgrades, and new installations.
We strongly recommend you schedule commercial AC maintenance with us during early spring, as we discussed in our last post. This will help you avoid the majority of potential air conditioning malfunctions over the middle of the year, since our technicians will catch issues early and provide regular cleaning and tune-ups that reduce wear and tear. Maintenance can’t catch all AC issues, however, so below we’ve listed warning signs for you to keep in mind; these will help you know when to call our technicians for repairs:
It’s February, and that means it’s still winter. Temperatures have dipped down into the 30s during the day, and you head to your business each day with a heavy coat to keep you warm. So why are we talking about air conditioning at a time like this?
Because preparing the air conditioning equipment in your business is critical as spring approaches. Having AC maintenance done when it’s already hot is, well, like closing the barn doors after the horses have escaped, if you don’t mind us using the oldest of clichés. Prevention through preparation is what regular commercial HVAC maintenance is all about, and mid-to-later February is a good time to start those plans. After all, spring starts next month!
Everything ages with time. It seems only the ancient Romans and Egyptians really had a handle on how to build immortal infrastructure. And there’s also the Great Wall of China. That has endured pretty well.
Your commercial building, however, is not the Great Wall of China, the Pyramids, or the Colosseum. All parts of it will age and need maintenance as well as eventual replacement of components. Regular upgrades are a basic part of running a business—and one upgrade that is often overlooked is the rewiring of the electrical system.
We’re in the job of helping businesses with their commercial heating in Everett, WA and throughout Snohomish County and the Eastside. Many of our customers run small businesses, and it’s a joy to provide them with quality service that keeps them operating.
When working with small businesses, we often need to find creative solutions to heating issues in spaces that don’t have the room for larger HVAC systems. One of the best ways we can provide heating for tricky situations for our clients is to install ductless mini split heat pumps. “What’s that?” you ask. We’re glad to give you answers—and you can always call us for more information.
The Ductless Mini Split Heat Pump
A ductless system works similarly to a standard split system heat pump seen in residential buildings, with indoor and outdoor units that circulate refrigerant between two sets of coils to move heat from indoor to outdoor or vice versa. But where a standard split system uses a single indoor unit that hooks up to ducts, a mini split system uses multiple small air handler units attached to walls that send the conditioned air straight in the space without ducts.
How This Can Benefit Your Commercial Business
There are several advantages to using a ductless mini split for your commercial facility:
- Heating and Cooling: Like most rooftop units, ductless systems are heat pumps that provide both cooling and heating for a building.
- Space Saving: This is one of the major benefits for small businesses. The lack of ducts frees up space in an area, and it allows for flexibility in construction and remodeling by ignoring ductwork altogether. It’s also beneficial for a business that doesn’t have access to roof space for a rooftop unit.
- Flexibility: Ductless systems are among the easiest systems to install for a business, because the air handlers are small and can be placed almost anywhere. They are usually placed above doors and windows, out of the way. There’s no need to try to figure out how to connect ducts, and this allows for the placement of the air handler units in rooms that would otherwise be difficult to heat or cool. Ductless mini splits can be installed as an addition to a standard HVAC system to target these spots that have proved difficult to properly condition.
- Energy Efficiency: Ducts are a source of energy loss for any HVAC system—the heat lost or gained through the walls of the ducts results in a drop in efficiency. Ductless systems don’t have this problem, and they use smaller motors than found in rooftop units and split systems, further adding to the reduction in energy consumption.
- Improved Air Quality: No ducts means less dust gets blown around each time the heater turns on.
- Zone Control: The air handlers can be operated separately from each other, so you only need to have heating (or cooling) delivered to the zones that require it. It’s more convenient, and another way to save energy.
Get in touch with us today to see if ductless mini splits may be right for your business.
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Here’s a question we sometimes hear from people who are curious about the differences between residential comfort and commercial comfort: “Why are the HVAC systems usually up on the roof of a building?” People aren’t used to seeing HVAC equipment on the roofs of houses after all.
Rooftop HVAC units, which are the most popular type of air conditioning and heating system for commercial buildings, are systems we’re familiar with: we install, repair, replace, and maintain them, and we can tell you about why they’re placed where they are. It involves a bit of history of the development of both business and HVAC technology.
When you think about the HVAC system for your commercial building or facility, what comes to mind first? Is it the cooling and heating system? That’s natural, but it only accounts for three of the four letters in “HVAC.” The missing letter is the “V,” ventilation. Ventilation isn’t a standalone part of HVAC. It’s key for helping both the heating and air conditioning. Ventilation also regulates the balance of indoor and outdoor air and regulates humidity levels inside.
If your commercial facility has poor ventilation, it won’t matter how well the AC and heating work—your business may be in serious trouble, as we’ll explain below.
You expect to see a rise in your heating costs for your commercial business, facility, or building during the winter. Your annual budget accounts for this rise because it just comes with the season. But if you’ve looked at your regular monthly energy costs this year and noticed that they’re higher than you expect, it may be a cause for concern. If the rise in costs isn’t connected to an increase in energy prices, then what’s causing them? And what can be done about it?
We can’t give you a simple answer in a blog post, because there is a range of possibilities and each business is different. The best way to get to the bottom of spikes in heating costs for your business is to work with local commercial HVAC professionals. Our technicians are certified and trained in light-commercial HVAC work, and they can determine what help your facility needs to get those rising costs back under control.
We’ll look into a few of the reasons for rising commercial heating costs to get you started.