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Understanding Commercial HVAC Retrofits

Understanding Commercial HVAC Retrofits crockett facilities

An HVAC retrofit minimizes the work needed for the project while ensuring the building is heated and cooled by the latest technology.

While the basic concept behind HVAC hasn’t changed much in the past 50 years, the technology has progressed significantly. This means your building might have the infrastructure for effective heating and cooling, but the existing technology might be slightly outdated or even wearing out and needing to be replaced. Many building operators opt for simply replacing old, malfunctioning equipment. It is cheaper to replace components as they break down, but it fails to consider the progression of technology. Others replace the whole system entirely to keep up with the latest trends. A new, upgraded HVAC system will save on energy costs and boost property value—but it isn’t the most efficient method of getting the job done.

That’s why many building owners opt for HVAC retrofits. It minimizes the work needed for the project while still ensuring the building is heated and cooled by the latest technology. Keep reading to learn more about commercial HVAC retrofits.

What is a Retrofit?

Commercial HVAC systems have a limited useful life. When properly maintained, this can be as much as 25 years. Even so, parts will eventually begin to deteriorate while technology continues to improve. It is not practical to replace the original air conditioner in a 40-year-old building with the same model. However, some of those older parts likely do their jobs just fine, so replacing them is unnecessary. 

Retrofitting means updating equipment within an older system to be new, smaller, and more efficient. In the past, this meant moving ductwork and even cutting holes into floors and walls to accommodate. But technology has changed, and there are many ways industry professionals can retrofit a system with much less invasiveness to the building’s structure and with much less cost. Including some new technology in your HVAC system will save you a good deal on your energy bill and extend the life of your system.

Benefits of Retrofitting

HVAC retrofits offer many benefits for your business and property. Some advantages include the following:

  • Energy Savings: A retrofit makes your equipment more energy efficient, resulting in lower monthly energy bills. 
  • Better Comfort: An optimized system will have better humidity control and more consistent temperatures throughout the building.
  • Extended Lifespan: As your unit ages, a retrofit can add a few additional years to the service life expectancy.

Trust the Professionals with Your HVAC Retrofit

Having a retrofit performed is something you should discuss with a qualified HVAC professional. It’s a complex field, and those who work in HVAC must be highly trained to do so. The licensed technicians at Crockett Facilities have performed countless mechanical installations in commercial office buildings. These services include full or partial equipment replacements, including cooling towers, chillers, split systems, rooftop air-conditioning units, air handlers, and more. No matter the state of your equipment, we can develop individualized solutions that best address our customer’s needs.

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