If you are going to have a newly constructed commercial building, it just makes sense to make careful decisions about investing in your new construction HVAC system. It can be tempting to choose the cheapest option, but keep in mind that there are many more factors than just the initial cost of your HVAC equipment and installation fees. Any quotes you receive for your proposed new construction HVAC system should include the expected lifespan of the proposed system, the expected efficiency and the anticipated cost to operate the system over time. This will help you make a better long-term decision about which system is the right fit for your building and your budget.
It is always a good idea to get multiple quotes from HVAC contractors who specialize in commercial systems and who have experience with new construction HVAC installation and setup. There are many factors to consider when designing and building a new construction HVAC system, including the size and layout of your building, the amount of generated heat, the occupancy rates, the number of employees and more. Geographic location must be considered as well.
One of the most important decisions to be made is what type of HVAC system you will use.
- Single-split system: This type of system is compact and has one outdoor unit for each indoor unit. It is best used for smaller commercial spaces like restaurants or small office buildings.
- Multi-split system: This type of system has a large outdoor unit for up to four indoor units and is most often used for large commercial spaces like department stores.
- Variable refrigerant flow system: This is a very different type of system, with refrigeration lines being used to control indoor temperatures instead of ductwork. It can be a highly efficient option.
Whatever type of commercial HVAC system you choose, make sure you feel confident and comfortable with your HVAC contractor. A new construction HVAC system is a major business investment that will affect your bottom line for a long period of time.