Contractors Trust United to Install HVAC Systems

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Residential Heating & Cooling Installation for New Construction

Some of the most well-known and respected new homebuilders in Kansas City call on United for residential heating and cooling installation. After all, they know the integrity and quality of the new home’s systems reflect on them, not the subcontractor. As a homebuilder you’ve got to have a company you can count on to do the entire job right.

Our professional and downright courteous residential heating and cooling technicians are more than happy to meet with other contractors or the homeowner to answer any questions and resolve any challenges during construction. United has an impressive showroom where your customer can view upgrade options and learn more about high-efficiency and accessory options that are available.

Subcontracting residential heating and cooling requires trust. Trust that our HVAC experts know what they’re doing. Trust that we’re using high quality systems and parts that last. Trust that we’ll stand behind our heating and cooling systems and workmanship. We’ve been earning builders’ trust since we opened our doors and we’ve never disappointed a builder or homeowner because we take heating and cooling installation up a notch, or two…

  • United designs heat loads for an inside temperature of 75° F and an outside temperature of 100° F. These temperature parameters are based at the location of the thermostat
  • All of our thermostats are programmable and installed with all heat pump applications and air conditioners
  • We run our own low voltage wire (10) to both the thermostats and outdoor units to ensure proper thermostat placement. The extra wires make is easier for homeowners to upgrade in the future.
  • While the industry standard for the difference between the indoor temperature and the outdoor temperature is 20º, we calculate a 25º difference
  • In an electric heat pump system all rectangular duct in basement (supply and return) is internally lined to maintain duct temperature per industry standards.
  • Every installation goes through a rigorous quality control check after rough in and finish work are complete

COMMERCIAL AIR CONDITIONING CHOICES MADE EASY

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COSTLY MISTAKES MADE WHEN SELECTING A COMMERCIAL AIR CONDITIONING UNIT

Customers find themselves in the market for a new commercial air conditioning system for many reasons. Maybe your commercial air conditioning unit has failed or on its last leg. Maybe your AC unit has some years on it and it’s costing you a fortune in maintenance and utilities. Maybe you’re making changes in your location or your business that require a different commercial air conditioning solution.

Commercial heating and cooling companies will present air conditioning systems across the price spectrum with features to match. Here’s what you should be aware of when narrowing down your commercial air conditioning options to avoid costly mistakes.

First, if you’re still on the fence between repairing and replacing your commercial AC unit, refrigerant 22 is a factor. This refrigerant is being phased out and commercial air conditioning units that require it will become more expensive to maintain and repair. Refrigerants that replace R22 are being introduced and there is some cost involved with switching to the newer formulations. Retrofitting a commercial air conditioning unit to accept R22 alternatives is less expensive than buying a new unit. If budget is a primary concern, this may be your best option until you’re ready to invest in a higher efficiency commercial air conditioning unit.

Ready to get some commercial air conditioning unit bids? Don’t go with the lowest bidder. The price is attractive, but there are risks and trade offs that could be costly in the end. HVAC companies that make unbelievably low bids also scrimp on materials and labor to keep their costs low. Inexperienced techs perform the commercial air conditioning installation. No money has been spent on training or keeping them current on technology. Low-grade units are used that don’t have excellent performance records. Choose a commercial heating and air conditioning contractor that bids a fair price for experienced labor and quality products—one that’ll be around for a long, long time.

A new commercial air conditioning unit is a sizable investment, and accessories will help you get the most out of it. A variety of controllers, smart thermostats and other devices can help reduce operating costs on top of the better energy efficiency these units deliver. These devices are for new as well as older equipment.

United Heating Cooling & Plumbing technicians based in Grandview MO are continually training on all of the above areas—not just the newest technology, but also on how to keep what you have properly maintained to prolong your unit’s life. Your business’s air conditioning solution is unique so to keep it running in peak condition our commercial maintenance agreements are tailored to your equipment’s age, manufacturer and demands. Choosing the right commercial air conditioning unit along with regular and proper maintenance are the best ways to avoid paying high costs down the road.

INDOOR AIR QUALITY FOR COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION

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Commercial Indoor Air Quality System Installation

Air Purifiers: Ultraviolet Lights

In the 1930s, it was discovered that ultraviolet (UV) lighting could alter the DNA of microorganisms, rendering them harmless. Since then, this technology has been refined to produce the ultimate air disinfectant. United places at strategic points in the heating and cooling system to minimize the impact of live, harmful microorganisms circulating through the facility’s air.

High Efficiency Air Cleaners

An air cleaner not only keeps the building’s air healthier, it helps protect computers and equipment too by reducing the amount of dust in the air. United installs electronic and media (filter-based) air cleaners, and HEPA air filtration systems.

United offers a great selection of air cleaners including:

  • Trane CleanEffects
  • Dynamic
  • Honeywell
  • Aprilaire
  • Honeywell (HEPA)

 Humidifiers

In the winter months the commercial furnace heats the building, but it also dries out the air. In fact, indoor air can easily be less that 20% relative humidity – this is drier than most deserts. Whole building humidifiers are much more effective than stand-alone humidifiers which only work in the room where they are placed. Stand-alone humidifiers also use more energy. United installs Aprilaire humidifiers.

Energy Recovery Ventilation System

An energy recovery ventilation (ERV) system serves two purposes: it provides a steady stream of fresh air into the building and it pre-treats incoming air so that the heating and cooling units do not work as hard.

 As the ERV drafts stale air from the building, it uses the temperature of the outgoing air to treat the incoming air so that it is cooler (in the summer) or warmer (in the winter) before it enters the system. ERVs also help keep the building’s humidity level stable. An ERV can be added to any existing heating and cooling system. United installs Honeywell energy recovery ventilators.

 Zone Control

A facility has natural “zones” that have different heating and cooling needs. The work area, for instance, may need to be warmer at night, but cooler during the day, whereas the storage area can be kept cooler all the time. A zone control system, coupled with a programmable thermostat gives full control the building’s zones for maximum comfort and efficiency. United installs Aprilaire zone control systems.

Programmable Thermostats

Having a sophisticated, yet affordable programmable thermostat makes all the difference in the world in how well a system operates according to the tenant’s work and operation schedule. Plus programmable thermostats can help saves money on energy costs.

 

HCAV Security

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HVAC SECURITY: WHAT YOU AND YOUR FACILITIES MANAGERS SHOULD BE AWARE OF

HVAC security is a battle fought on two fronts: criminal threats and biological/chemical dangers. Combatting both makes HVAC security a tricky, but very important, issue to tackle. There are several ways to address both that range from high tech to as simple as hanging up a “This area is monitored by a closed circuit camera” sign.

Let’s start with thwarting criminals looking to cause damage for fun or strip copper and other parts from your HVAC for resale. We can’t recommend a foolproof defense against criminals and copper thieves. Each building and its HVAC vulnerability are different so your approach should match the environment.

Of course no location is immune from crime, but some areas are more prone to it than others. If possible, it’s best to place your HVAC system on the roof with restricted access, but that’s not always an option. In any situation a good deterrent is HVAC location and area lighting. Make the area difficult to access and bright. Criminals are more likely to move on to easier targets. At the least, hang a “This area is monitored by a closed circuit camera” sign. Even if it’s really not, the thief won’t know for sure.

Chemicals and irritants like bacteria, viruses, mold, smoke, asbestos, carbon dioxide and even pest droppings can be transmitted through the air. Your HVAC system circulates air, if that air is contaminated either accidentally or on purpose, those contaminates spread, resulting in poor air quality, sickness or worse.

Facility managers can take measures to prevent contamination. Prevention is key! Having a plan in place lets you act quickly and minimize your building’s occupants’ exposure. Assessing risk is a good place to start, whether you’re installing a new HVAC system or developing a security plan for an existing one.

Start by securing your HVAC area, especially access doors and entryways, with locks at minimum and possibly alarms depending on your building’s use and vulnerability. Certain HEPA filters are designed to catch small airborne particles before they circulate.

United Heating Cooling & Plumbing’s HVAC technicians can help you evaluate your HVAC security, find areas of concern and suggest solutions. It’s better to have your HVAC security plan in place and never have to use it than need it and not have one at all.

Evaluating Commercial Furnace Systems

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TIPS FOR MAKING A GOOD DECISION

There are so many factors, specifications and nuances to selecting the best commercial heating system. Square footage, unique environments (such as hospitals, labs, mixed use areas, server rooms), energy efficiency and more must be taken into account when selecting a commercial heating system. And the duct system can ultimately play a big roll in the system’s efficiency. That’s why United Heating Cooling & Plumbing has a custom duct work shop!

In design/spec commercial heating projects, the engineers responsible for the building’s integrity specify the commercial heating system to be installed. Once the commercial heating equipment is chosen, United’s commercial heating technicians take over with the installation process. Since commercial heating is so different than residential systems, the installation requires a level of sophisticated knowledge. Typically, the construction or engineering firm contracts out the commercial heating installation to companies they know can handle the job, like United Heating, Cooling & Plumbing.

In design/build projects, again the engineers control the choice of commercial heating system. However, under a design/build there are several systems on the market that can be considered, like ductless systems. It’s common for engineers to consult commercial heating technicians on new technologies or the feasibility of certain systems in an environment. Specifications are not a proven science. What a commercial heating system is touted to do has only performed in manufactured perfect conditions. Commercial environment conditions aren’t always perfect. Having serviced and maintained commercial heating systems in the real world, commercial HVAC technicians bring the benefit of real-world experience to a project.

Most heating systems are uniquely tailored to their spaces. Therefore, when or if the time comes to replace the system, the same type is used. For example, if a 15-ton system is taken out. A 15-ton commercial heating system is put back in.

Dong this requires specialized knowledge to repair and maintain the overall system. That’s why it’s crucial to only hire qualified commercial technicians for service and maintenance work. Your technician has to have experience in diagnosing commercial heating problems and repairing all the leading manufacturers’ commercial systems.

The goal, once installed, is to extend the life of the commercial heating system for as long as possible. Scheduled routine commercial system maintenance is key to this goal. Contract commercial maintenance plans should be thorough and well documented to avoid any disruption of business or premature system replacement due to failure.

Kansas City Area Commercial Construction Companies Trust United Heating, Cooling & Plumbing

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Kansas City Area Commercial Construction Companies Trust United Heating, Cooling & Plumbing

Some of the most well-known and respected commercial construction companies in Kansas City call on United for their construction projects. After all, they know the integrity and quality of the building’s systems reflect on them, not the subcontractor. As a commercial builder you’ve got to have a company you can count on to do the entire job right.

Our heating and cooling technicians and certified plumbers have earned a reputation throughout Kansas City and the metro for stepping up to challenging projects and meeting tight deadlines–completing each and every one efficiently, on time and on budget.

With a staff that has over 100 combined years in commercial construction and design build fields, United Heating and Cooling is capable of handling a wide variety of projects:

  • Hospitals
  • Hotels
  • Education
  • Retail (spas, banks, etc.)
  • Office Buildings
  • Retirement
  • Communities
  • Multi-story Apartments
  • Churches
  • Warehouses
  • Light Industrial Work

We offer custom design build – we will size your equipment, design your duct work and give you a customized bid, also provide you with a stamped mechanical drawing. We also do plan spec, will take a look at and bid an already stamped mechanical drawing.

United Heating and Cooling has quality control supervisors to check your job throughout, Plus we offer a variety of construction warranties and customized preventative maintenance plans and on call service.

Is It Time to Replace Your Inefficient Commercial Furnace

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Savings can really add up!

If your unit is over 10 years old, a new system could save your company money. Older systems are inefficient and your utility bills prove it. You’ll notice an immediate difference throughout your building and on your utility bills—sometimes 20% or more that you can spend on your business.

 United’s experts match the perfect unit from all the leading manufacturers to the size of your building. We’ll assess your current system and ducts then explain all of your options from standard and high efficiency deluxe to premium models. We’ll take your budget and how long you plan to stay in your location into consideration so you can choose the system that will give you the savings and performance you expect. And we have great financing options.

What to expect when United installs your new heating or cooling unit

United’s heating and cooling system installation experts will arrive on time and ready to work. Our technicians are manufacturer trained and certified, and adhere to United’s strict installation procedures, guidelines and checklists.

 Throughout the installation process, we keep a clean work area and are very careful not to interfere with your employees or customers. A technician will walk you through everything you need to know about programming and operation, answering all of your questions. At the end of the day, the only trace you’ll see of our work is your brand new heating or cooling unit.

 United also installs:

  • Chillers
  • Boilers
  • Package rooftop
  • Split systems
  • Variable air volume
  • Dehumidification

Protect your new furnace with United’s commercial maintenance program

We stand behind our commercial furnace installations. All heating and cooling systems come with their manufacturers’ warranty.

 Regular maintenance extends the life of your heating and cooling system. Consider United’s preventive maintenance program to keep your new furnace and air conditioner running at peak efficiency. Our maintenance service technicians will come out on a quarterly or monthly basis to perform a comprehensive maintenance check.

Healthy Air Helps Employees Stay Healthy

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Every employer is trying to determine ways to keep employees healthy to keep costs down. Humidity, air freshness and air purity can affect your staff’s health. United installs several types of commercial indoor air quality systems.  Some insurance companies may give employers credit for an indoor air quality system – it’s worth asking!

 

Air Purifiers: Ultraviolet Lights

In the 1930s, it was discovered that ultraviolet (UV) lighting could alter the DNA of microorganisms, rendering them harmless. Since then, this technology has been refined to produce the ultimate air disinfectant. When placed at strategic points in your heating and cooling system, UV lights minimize the impact of live, harmful micro-organisms circulating through your facility’s air.

The benefits of ultraviolet lights are:

  • A reduction of illnesses from airborne bacteria and viruses
  • A reduction of allergens such as fungi and molds
  • A reduction of odors caused by biological contamination in HVAC systems
  • An increase in the effectiveness of humidifiers and filters by disinfecting air as it is cooled or heated

High Efficiency Air Cleaners

When Your Business’s Air Conditioner or Furnace Breaks, United HVAC Service Fixes Problems

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When your heating or cooling system goes on the fritz, it doesn’t have to bring your business to a halt. Nobody wants to work in sweltering heat or freezing temperatures waiting for an air conditioning and heating repair expert to arrive. For some companies, time is of the essence if their machines and equipment require careful climate control.

When your system has to be fixed, anytime of day or night, call United. Someone is always available to take your call. We’ll dispatch a technician immediately and get your company back to business as usual.

 

Your system’s not working. You called United. Now what?

A commercial service technician arrives in clearly marked United vans, wearing United apparel and an I.D. badge. Our technicians are licensed and insured, and held to the highest customer service standards. Most have over a decade of experience repairing commercial air conditioners and furnaces. They will respect your place of business. Plus, all United employees have passed a rigorous background check and drug screening.

Our technicians will perform a battery of diagnostic tests to pinpoint the problem. United repairs and services all the leading manufacturers’ commercial systems including Trane, Carrier, Goodman, York, Lennox, Engineered Air, McQuay and Seasons Four.