Spring has finally sprung here in Minnesota. Many business owners and facility managers are turning their thoughts to the rooftop units that will soon be responsible for cooling their manufacturing facilities and commercial buildings. With an average life cycle of approximately 15 years, rooftop units aren’t something most people purchase often, and a lot may have changed since the last time you kicked the coils on a new unit.
There are a few telltale signs your rooftop unit is nearing the end. If you’ve experienced multiple refrigerant leaks, or are replacing components with greater frequency (particularly electrical items), you can be fairly certain you’ll be in the market for a new rooftop unit soon.
If that time is now, you should consult with an expert. Not all rooftop units are created equal and the available options and controls vary greatly. You also want to purchase a unit that is optimized for your space—bigger isn’t necessarily better. An oversized rooftop unit or incorrect setup can result in energy inefficiency due to running larger fans than necessary or conditioning more outside air than is required for your building.
At Yale Mechanical, we install multiple rooftop units every week. We help our customers select the right unit for their building, manage the design and installation process, and provide preventive maintenance. We’ve seen it all when it comes to what units are available, how efficiently they operate and what conditions they’re best suited for. While price certainly plays a factor in any major purchase, here are four other tips to consider when selecting the right rooftop unit for your building to get the most out of your investment:
Taking these factors into consideration can be the difference between years of hassle-free operation and years of headaches. Be sure to consult with an expert so you can be confident you’re purchasing the right unit for your building, and your budget. Please contact me if you have any additional questions.