When it comes to providing cooling and heating to a commercial property, the most popular option is a packaged rooftop unit. You’re likely familiar with these, even if you don’t think you are–you see them on most commercial buildings, and they even make for popular spots in movies where a protagonist runs to the roof to “hide.”
Rooftop units are actually popular for a reason that has nothing to do with making a great set for a cheesy runaway movie scene though. Read on to learn more about how rooftop units benefit businesses!
They Save Space
The reason that HVAC systems were originally installed on the top of buildings was that there simply weren’t other spaces available. Early central air conditioners and heating systems for commercial properties were added onto structures that had been put up in the middle of crowded downtown areas.
This means that there wasn’t any space around the structure for large units to be installed. When they’re up on the roof, they don’t use up valuable real estate, and they’re less prone to suffering from damage or vandalism.
Better Energy Efficiency
Modern rooftop HVAC systems are available in higher efficiencies (SEER and HSPF) than other types of commercial heating and cooling systems. They also come with more ventilation options, like having a humidistat installed, which can help improve overall indoor air quality in your commercial space.
Okay, so the roof of any given commercial building isn’t exactly “easy” for anyone to access (no matter how Hollywood makes it appear), but what we mean is that it’s easy for our team to access.
When HVAC units are on the roof, it means that we can access them without walking through or moving anything in your business, or disrupting sales, phone calls, etc.
The “packaged” part of “packaged rooftop units” is especially helpful here–unlike split-system heat pumps and air conditioners, which have components in cabinets both inside and outside the building, all the components of the HVAC system are in the rooftop cabinet. Our technicians can manage repairs and maintenance all from one spot.
You typically don’t hear the sounds of an air conditioner or heating system inside your workplace, only the slight noise of air whooshing through the vents. This is because rooftop units store all the mechanical components, like the compressor and the fans, far away from your working spaces.
These Systems are Modular
If you take a look at the rooftop of a typical commercial space, you’ll notice multiple packaged HVAC units. This is because these systems are designed to be modular, so they can grow as your business grows, or as your business needs change.
This simply isn’t doable with a conventional split-system air conditioner that has to have a unit indoors as well.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team if you have any questions about your commercial HVAC options! Every space is different, and yours might have unique needs. We’re here to help!