When it comes to providing cooling or heating to a commercial space, the most common option is a packaged rooftop HVAC unit. You are familiar with these (even if you think you aren’t) as you see them on top of most commercial spaces. Even if you haven’t seen this in person, you have probably see them in movie scenes when someone is on the roof of an apartment building, or hospital.
Rooftop HVAC systems are popular for a few reasons, and it’s not just aesthetics. Read on to learn more:
They Are Space-Saving
The #1 reason HVAC systems are placed on the top of buildings is because traditionally, there hasn’t been any other space available. In the early days of commercial HVAC, these systems were added onto structures that were already in the middle of crowded downtown areas, where there was not space around the structure for large units. When on the roof, they don’t take up any valuable real estate and they’re less prone to damage or vandalism too!
They Are More Energy Efficiency
Modern rooftop air conditioning units are available with higher efficiency ratios (SEER and HSPF) than other types of commercial HVAC systems. They also have more ventilation options (like putting in a humidistat) and that can help improve your commercial indoor air quality.
They Are Easy to Access
“What?” you might be wondering, “The rooftop isn’t easy to access!”
Don’t worry, we don’t mean for you, we mean for us. We would not consider it safe for you to go on the rooftop and work on your HVAC systems yourselves. But rooftop units are easier for us to access, making them more convenient for you and your business.
When we come to service your rooftop units, you don’t have to worry about us being in your workspace and in the way of business.
Also, unlike split-system air conditioners and heat pumps, which have components in cabinets that are both inside and outside the building, all the components of a rooftop unit are in a single cabinet where techs can manage repairs and maintenance all from one spot.
They Have Quieter Operation
You don’t typically hear the noises that a commercial HVAC system makes inside your commercial space—only the whoosh of air through the vents, right? This is because with rooftop units, all the mechanical components are up on the roof and not inside your business anywhere. This includes the fans and the compressor, plus anything else that might make considerable noise.
Rooftop Units Are Modular
If you look at the roof of a standard commercial building, you may notice multiple packaged HVAC units. This is because these systems are designed to be modular so they can grow as the business does, or as the business’s needs change. This is not possible when using a conventional split-system air conditioner that has to use an indoor unit as well.