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Hello everyone, my name is Mabel Abram. My home was recently vandalized when I was out of town for a couple weeks. Upon returning home, I was shocked to see graffiti on the walls and flooring ripped up. I called a local contractor to give me a bid on the work. I elected to have the materials restored to their original state by the contractor. The job required replacement of some of the support materials, including floor joists and drywall. I want to lead people through the process of repairing damage to their home through this website. My site will teach people about building materials and tools used for repair and remodel jobs. I will also talk about material upgrades you can use for your floors, walls and ceilings. Thank you.

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3 Things To Keep In Mind Before Installing A Commercial HVAC System On A Renovation Project

Vanessa Stevens

Many commercial renovation designs require either the refurbishment or complete replacement of the building's current air conditioning system as part of the overall project. As a general contractor, it is vital that you complete this job in a diligent manner. Here are 3 important things to remember as you prepare to install a new commercial HVAC system. 

1) Choose the proper system type for the building you are renovating.

The size and purpose of the building will dictate the HVAC system type that needs to be installed. Most commercial air conditioning setups utilize a split system. Split systems act as a centralized approach that both heats and cools the building as necessary. These systems generally have an indoor and outdoor unit, an air filtration component, a thermostat, and the corresponding ductwork. There are two categories of split systems: single-split and multi-split. It is crucial to install the correct type to best serve the particular building. If you are working on a smaller office or shopping space, for example, you will most likely find that a single-split system is the ideal option. This system has one interior unit (such as an air handler or furnace) connected to an exterior unit (like an air pump). For a larger building with several floors or more sizable rooms, a multi-split system is a good solution. Multi-split systems use many indoor units that are linked to an outdoor unit; this makes it possible to manage the individual temperature range in each room of a bigger building. Always choose the HVAC system type that will fit best with the unique size and needs of the building itself. 

2) Check the condition of the existing ductwork.  

Prior to bringing in the HVAC system, always take a look at the ducts that are already in place. Failure to do so can lead to issues during installation or more costly repairs later. If the building is very old, it's likely that the ductwork has deteriorated over the years. As you inspect the ducts, confirm that there are no punctures, indentations, or obvious signs of mold. Listen for noisy air flow that can mean a clog or interior damage is present. You may also need to determine if the ductwork is so beyond repair that it is more prudent to invest in a ductless system instead. Spending some time to look over the ducts can tell you if any repairs or adjustments are needed in order for the new HVAC system to function properly.  

3) Consider the cost of the total HVAC system. 

The building owner may wish to find the least expensive solution for the initial installation, but it is also important to present options that will meet the long-term needs of the business and avoid more spending in the end. Skimping on price at the outset of the project can be appealing; however, you must ensure that the selected system is adequate for the size and purpose of the building. When looking at possible HVAC systems, find one that provides the best energy efficiency for the entire square footage of the building. Calculate the costs for all associated components and elements of the system, including ductwork, equipment, controls, and the actual labor and installation. Try to generate a detailed explanation of each potential system to make the comparison and final selection easier.

As you work through your commercial renovation project, keeping some essential factors in mind regarding the HVAC system will save you a great deal of time and aggravation during the installation.