Your building’s heating and air conditioning system is one of your most significant investments. Standard AC units have a life cycle that spans somewhere between 15 and 25 years, and when the time comes for a new system, there are more options than just a full replacement. In many cases, retrofitting your HVAC system can save time and money while providing the level of service your business needs.
No HVAC system will last forever. Eventually, your system will need to be replaced or retrofitted. Service Unlimited has over 60 years of experience in retrofitting HVAC systems for a wide variety of facilities, from churches to manufacturing plants.
In this blog post, we cover the advantages that retrofitting an HVAC system can offer your business.
Retrofitting systems is one of the fastest solutions for reducing energy usage. It’s a quicker process than a complete replacement and can address chronic issues that have been dragging down your HVAC equipment’s efficiency. With a retrofit, your system takes less energy to regulate indoor temperatures, lowering your utility bills.
An entire system replacement will deliver results, but it can be a costly and time-consuming process. Retrofitting your HVAC system replaces defective or obsolete parts in your air conditioners instead of the whole system. New parts extend the lifespan of your system and allow it to run smoother, making it less susceptible to wear and tear. This may be necessary with today’s supply chain disruptions.
Most commercial facilities change over time. You might build on an addition, renovate an existing space, or add new structures. The retrofitting process will allow your systems to adapt to your changing needs.
Over time, older air conditioning units and air systems fail to filter your indoor air properly. A modern retrofit for heating and cooling equipment will improve your facility’s airflow and air purity, resulting in a healthier and more comfortable work environment.
Technology is always changing; the same is true for HVAC systems. You don’t want to miss out on new energy-efficient devices or ways of cutting energy costs because your system is too old or you can’t afford a total replacement. Retrofitting your HVAC system keeps it updated and makes sure you have an AC unit that runs consistently.
One of the major selling points of quality HVAC service is that it will pay for itself via lower repair costs and increased energy efficiency. By retrofitting your HVAC system, you’ll see immediate improvements on your utility bill through increased system efficiency.
Before retrofitting your HVAC system, you’ll want to identify what type of unit you’re working with. Generally speaking, there are two types of air conditioning systems: split systems and package systems.
Split systems use indoor units and outdoor condensers to distribute refrigerant between units. This process creates cool air that is distributed throughout your facility through the duct system. Package systems combine both units into one outdoor frame and send the conditioned air through the ductwork. The good news is that retrofitting is possible for both. However, you’ll need to have a solid knowledge of these systems to complete your project.
When retrofitting your HVAC system, you’ll need to have properly sized duct systems in your facility. If you don’t have properly sized and insulated duct systems installed, retrofitting could still be possible, but you may have to consider using mini split systems for your HVAC needs.
In terms of acquiring products and materials, HVAC systems are incredibly technical. If you don’t already have the industry knowledge, it’s best to let a professional handle your installation needs.
There’s no avoiding the fact that your HVAC systems will need to be replaced one day, but retrofitting your HVAC system with SUI can make that replacement much easier to plan for. To learn more about HVAC retrofitting and all of our other services, contact Service Unlimited today. We want your HVAC systems to work for you—not the other way around.