As a commercial HVAC contractor, we have been getting a lot of calls from businesses wanting to know if they should continue to use their outdated HVAC system or if they should consider switching to a more modern system through which rooms can be controlled individually.
This is a very reasonable question; after all, the sales or accounting department might have different temperature needs than someone who is in the front office greeting customers. These types of concerns are especially relevant when a business has multiple types of workspaces. For example, if the entire business is made up of office space, the need to customize is reduced. On the other hand, businesses that have a combination of office and warehouse space likely have employees who experience vastly different temperature concerns based on where they are located in the building. To find the best solution for your company, follow these steps.
Take a poll of employees
Answering this question might be as easy as speaking with the existing staff. We recommend creating a simple online poll that asks employees very specific questions about their needs and experiences thus far. A poll can be set up to determine which part of the building a worker is located in and to ask:
- Are they comfortable?
- Is the temperature ever too hot or too cold?
- Do these temperature problems happen at any particular time of year?
- Does this influence their ability to do their job?
Asking these questions is important before making any decisions. As a commercial HVAC contractor, this will provide us with valuable insights in regards to how well the current HVAC unit is working and exactly where it is not. Employees who are spending their days working in the environment are truly the best source of information.
Consider your HVAC options
If the HVAC system is old and outdated, it might be wise to replace the entire system, including the ductwork. If we feel this is going to be the best way to keep everyone comfortable, we will make that recommendation. However, there might be alternative solutions that can help to improve the temperature inside the building:
#1 Adding a heat pump
Typically, a heat pump is installed to help increase the efficiency of a system. It helps to circulate the interior air, transferring heat inside or outside depending on the desired temperature.
#2 Installing individual heating or cooling units in specific parts of the building
Individual units can solve temperature control problems in certain areas where it gets overly hot or cold. If the majority of the building has no temperature issues, this might be the most cost-effective solution.
#3 Upgrading the thermostat controls
The problem could be as simple as an old thermostat. A commercial HVAC contractor can upgrade the thermostat to something that is modern and easy to control, which might solve some of the office's temperature issues.
After we have inspected everything, we will put together a proposal showing these different options and discuss the benefits of each with the business or property owner.
Schedule an appointment
We invite you to schedule an appointment with our office today so we can determine the best way to help keep everyone in your business comfortable.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with Jay Young Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, request an appointment in our Lubbock dental office here: https://jyplumbinghvac.com. Or call us at (806) 783-8318.