Commercial HVAC FAQs

Commercial HVAC systems are uniquely different from residential models, and the person responsible for maintaining and caring for the equipment might not know much about the systems. Cates Heating and Cooling is here to answer some of your most commonly asked commercial HVAC questions.

A zoning system allows different parts of the building to be heated and cooled at different temperatures to help keep those inside more comfortable. By allowing different parts of the building to be heated and cooled separately, you will keep more occupants comfortable, and you can even turn off heat or air conditioning to areas that are unoccupied to help save money.

Heating and cooling a large building can get expensive. Energy Star qualified equipment can save you $3 to $4 per square foot over the lifetime of the equipment, which is a huge benefit for many building owners or managers who are looking for ways to save money.

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that up to 50 percent of a commercial building’s energy usage goes to the HVAC system. Using high-efficiency HBAV systems is one way to reduce the energy costs in your building. To get the most efficient equipment, you will want to compare lifecycle costs and research the newest technologies available. For help, contact Cates Heating and Cooling.

Since these pieces of equipment are several thousands of dollars, you will want them to last as long as possible. While there are many contributing factors to the lifespan of a commercial HVAC system, most systems last between 10 and 15 years. A well-maintained system may be able to provide your building with heating and air conditioning for more than 20 years.

Air filters should be checked at least once a month and changed when they dirty. If your building houses a factory or other business that produces particulates and airborne contaminants, then you might need to check or change the filters more frequently.

It is important to remember that air filters are extremely important to the health of the people within the building and the efficiency of the HVAC system. For these reasons, you want to make sure that filters are replaced before they start to get clogged or damaged.

At Cates Heating and Cooling, we recommend having your equipment serviced at least twice a year for preventative maintenance. In some cases, depending on the industry, we might tell clients that service should be performed more often to ensure the safety of both those inside the building and the equipment itself. Our service contracts can be customized to ensure that your commercial HVAC equipment is well taken care of for the duration of its life.

Ductwork throughout your building will carry the heated or cooled air into the various spaces in the building. Since all air goes through these ducts, it is important that ductwork is also inspected and cared for properly. Air leaks can cause substantial losses in both energy and money, so inspections are necessary to determine if there are any leaks and how to fix them.

Contact Cates Heating and Cooling if you believe that your HVAC system isn’t running efficiently. We can come out and evaluate your system to see if there is anything that you or we can do to make the system run more efficiently.

To find out if your HVAC system is properly sized for your building, you should reach out to us. We can come out and look over your equipment to determine if it is the proper size what you need.

If your HVAC system isn’t the correct size, you could start seeing a variety of problems. An HVAC system that is too small might not be able to properly and efficiently heat or cool the building, especially during extreme weather. This can cause the system to run constantly, which leads to damage to the system and increased energy costs.

If your HVAC system is too large, it is going to struggle to maintain proper humidity levels in the building, and those inside the building are likely to notice humid air, even when the temperatures are the same as those plugged into the thermostat.

For answers to more of your questions, call us today at 913-888-4470.