In the fall of 2019, as the evenings began to get colder and the faint bite of winter’s chill was in the air, the owners discovered that their rooftop heating unit had failed. Replacing a rooftop unit is a huge ordeal, requiring large machinery, city permits, and more. But, with freezing temperatures only a few weeks away, they knew they needed a solution fast.
Anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one knows that planning a funeral is a substantial burden. That is why the Boston Harborside Funeral Home in Boston, MA, knew that providing its patrons with a comfortable space was crucial. So, the funeral home began searching for a company to replace its rooftop heating unit immediately.
After some research, they found N.E.T.R., Inc., and discovered that they had a long history in the Boston area of providing outstanding customer care and timely installations. The previous experience from N.E.T.R., Inc. in the area, as well as the customer reviews, were enough to convince these business owners to reach out.
The Problem: A Boston Harborside Funeral Home discovered that their rooftop heating and air conditioning unit was in need of replacement. Since winter was only a few weeks away, they needed a replacement fast.
The Solution: N.E.T.R., Inc. attained permits, coordinated with city officials, and installed the new heating and air conditioning unit on the roof before winter arrived.
Before Work Could Start
There were a number of significant challenges that Mike Herrick and his team would have to overcome to get this heating unit installed before the temperatures dropped. Because of the funeral home’s location and the location of the unit needing replacement, the removal and installation process was not as straightforward as most projects.
An additional complication came in the form of the increasingly colder temperatures. The weather forced them to escalate their timeline to ensure the replacement would be complete before it got too cold.
Before any on-site work could begin, Mike had to apply for the City of Boston Permitting. Unfortunately, they would need a lot of permits to begin work. Mike had to coordinate with the construction supervisor to apply for a building permit, which would allow them to make modifications to the building.
In addition to the building permit, a crane would be needed to remove and replace the old rooftop unit. This process would require a street permit since the crane would cause a traffic disturbance during the course of the project.
Another consideration was the staging required for pedestrians on the sidewalk in front of the funeral home. Mike and his team had to ensure that the staging was properly installed before they could even begin the installation process.
After all the permits and preparations had been made, they had to work with the city officials to provide a police detail for directing traffic during the project. The officers were needed to ensure that traffic could continue to flow smoothly throughout the duration of the installation.
Once all the permits had been attained, and the police detail was available to direct traffic, the project finally began. From its inception on September 25th, 2020, it took the team only two months and a few days to get the old system removed and a new American Standard heating system installed.
Because of the delays in permit approvals, the team performed the majority of their work on a Saturday. They knew that working on the weekends was necessary to have the new heating system working before the weather turned cold.
The parapet roofing proved another challenge for the team, which required precise work from the crane operator to ensure that the old unit was removed safely. The new unit had to be placed with the crane over the parapet wall, as well, which was another difficulty that Mike and his team overcame.
Once the new American Standard central HVAC system was placed on the roof, N.E.T.R., Inc. was finally able to complete the installation. The new rooftop heating unit was installed on November 30th, 2019, just in time to provide the funeral home’s meeting rooms with the heat they needed for winter.
Because the funeral home’s meeting rooms were heated with their old rooftop unit, they knew that getting a replacement fast was critical. N.E.T.R., Inc. was able to use their experience with attaining permits and working with the City of Boston to streamline the installation of this vital heating unit. Thanks to our history with performing heating and air conditioning projects for businesses throughout Boston and the surrounding areas, this replacement was able to be completed quickly and efficiently.
Now, the funeral home can continue to offer a warm, welcoming environment to their patrons for years to come. The new American Standard HVAC unit will provide high-quality heating throughout the winter, so that the staff can focus on their clients, even on the coldest days.
Additionally, the new system will operate more efficiently than the old system due to new technology and regular maintenance. The proper care and cleaning of this HVAC system will allow the funeral home to reap the benefits of this installation for many years while saving them money on expensive repairs or future replacements.
Is a Ductless System Right for You?
Over the years, N.E.T.R., Inc. has helped hundreds of businesses and homeowners just like you! We specialize in offering high-quality heating and air conditioning throughout Boston and the surrounding areas. Our team also provides commercial refrigeration options for everyone, from local ice cream shops to warehouses for industry giants.
Whether you’re looking for a Mitsubishi ductless AC system for your home, an HVAC replacement for your business, or refrigeration options, N.E.T.R., Inc. is here to help. Find more stories about our previous installations here. Or, contact us today and have one of our experts design a heating and cooling solution for you!