For employees to be productive in the office, you need to maintain a comfortable working environment. A heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) unit allows for adequate ventilation, generating clean, fresh air. Furthermore, you can adjust the temperatures to suit your needs. With a commercial HVAC system, your staff and clients will appreciate the working conditions within the workplace.
At BRAVO!, we understand the headache that comes into play when worrying about the climate of your office building and employees’ comfort. That’s why we offer professional mechanical services to ensure your commercial HVAC and building automation machines are operating at their best for better business outcomes. However, to make the best decisions that affect the climate control equipment at work, it is essential to have an understanding of some critical aspects of commercial air conditioning systems.
Commercial HVAC Installation and Replacement Costs
Installing a new HVAC system usurps a considerable amount of your saving, and it is understandable to be cautious with your budget. A reliable commercial climate control system is a significant investment. More often than not, people tend to look for cheaper equipment, but this equipment often has low efficiency and durability.
The expenses involved in installation and repairs in your HVAC system depend on the size of the commercial premise, the brand, and efficiency rating, labor costs, and length of the ductwork. The installation of a new HVAC in your office costs between $6,800 – $12,300. That includes the necessary connections and ductwork. However, if you’d like to enjoy the other optional benefits and add-ons, you may have to spend around $17,000. On the other hand, replacing the unit consumes an average of $4,800 to $9,300.
Factors to Consider when Selecting a Commercial HVAC System
Before choosing an HVAC system for use in the office, there are several elements you need to focus on. They include:
Not only should you know the budget involved in the installation of an office air conditioner, but also look at the energy efficiency. This is important because it affects your utility costs when it comes to power consumption. When choosing the system, ensure:
- It has a low energy consumption
- Environmentally friendly
- It can reduce your monthly utility bills
To check the efficiency, look at the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) and HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor). These two tell the cooling and heating capabilities, respectively. You can get the SEER and HSPF ratings by calculating the system’s BTU (average energy used to raise the heat or cool the air) in kilowatt-hours. The higher the ratings, the higher an HVAC’s energy efficiency.
Design and Specifications
There are many HVAC systems and brands in the market. Therefore, you need to find the one with a suitable design and specs, as this may also influence the installation costs. To find the right design and features, ask yourself the following questions:
- Does your office have centralized ductwork?
- Where will you place the indoor and outdoor units?
- What’s the size of space you need to heat or cool?
- What amount of space do you have to place the HVAC units?
- Would you prefer a centralized thermostat or zoned controls?
If your office lacks centralized ductwork, you may consider installing it, or a wireless system. Even so, you’ll have to take into account the layout of the office and where you’ll place the components of the system.