Installing a commercial HVAC system requires a significant financial investment, but luckily, there are ways to save. To keep your HVAC installation costs as low as possible, check out these tips.
1. Gather Multiple Quotes
To keep commercial HVAC installation costs low, spend some time getting quotes from multiple HVAC contractors. Keep in mind, however, that you don’t necessarily want to choose the contractor with the lowest quote. Instead, you need to find a comfortable balance between savings and quality.
If your system isn’t installed correctly, you are likely to face a lot of inefficiencies that can drive up the cost of running your HVAC equipment. To protect your business against this threat, look for a company that is experienced with commercial HVAC installation with numerous positive reviews from commercial clients. You may also want to look for certifications from third parties, such as Mitsubishi.
2. Skip the Ducts
Putting in new ductwork or replacing old ducts is time consuming and labor intensive. As a general rule of thumb, the longer your installation takes to complete, the more you should expect to pay. You can bypass ductwork and reduce the time needed for your installation by opting for a ductless HVAC system. Additionally, when you choose a ductless system, you avoid the inefficiencies created by leaky, uninsulated ductwork.
3. Keep Your Business Running
Depending on the type of commercial HVAC system you select, you may need to suspend operations while you install the system. Closing your doors for a week or more indirectly drives up the cost of your HVAC installation by reducing your revenue and compromising productivity.
Try to schedule HVAC installation strategically (for instance, on the weekend or during the off season) so that you can keep your business running. With a ductless system, you can even opt for zoned installation. The contractors install the outdoor condenser, but then, they put in the indoor air handling units one by one so that they only disrupt a small amount of your commercial space at any one time.
4. Choose the Right Capacity HVAC System
Make sure that your contractor carefully assesses the load capacity you need for your commercial HVAC system. They should take into account the size of your building as well as other factors that affect your heating and cooling needs — such as drafty windows, equipment that generates heat, the effect of solar heat gain based on the position of your buildings and its windows, and any other relevant considerations. Then, they should suggest a system based on your needs.
If you buy a larger capacity system than you need, you end up spending too much money upfront, and your system will end up cycling on and off more than necessary which increases wear and tear and energy bills. On the other hand, an HVAC system with too small of a capacity will have a lower price tag, but it won’t be able to meet your heating and cooling needs in the long run. That’s why you need the right capacity.
5. Consider Long-Term Savings
Be careful that you don’t hyper focus on commercial HVAC installation costs to the extent that you ignore long term costs. To this end, think about the energy efficiency of various HVAC systems, and make sure that you choose an experienced commercial HVAC professional who won’t make costly mistakes in the installation process that may lead to inefficiencies or repair issues down the road.
Ready to get a new commercial HVAC system? Want to work with an experienced, trustworthy, Mitsubishi Diamond Elite contractor? Then, contact us at N.E.T.R., Inc. today. We look forward to helping your business improve comfort levels while saving money on heating and cooling in the long run.