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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.

BUYING THE RIGHT HVAC SYSTEM

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KEY TIPS FOR ENSURING YOU BUY THE RIGHT HVAC SYSTEM

Trusted HVAC contractors worth their salt will tell that the installation of an HVAC system is more important than the brand you choose. On the AC side, most HVAC systems use the same compressor from one manufacturer. The compressor is the most critical part of an HVAC system. There was once a bigger differentiation between brands, but that’s not so much the case anymore.

 HVAC contractors can help you select the right HVAC system for your home. To do so, they’ll carefully review your existing duct work, drain pipes, future plans, budget and your home’s layout. It’s a lot to consider, but it’s key to installing an HVAC system that fits your needs.

 Let’s start with the duct work. HVAC contractors must verify the ducts are adequate to handle a new HVAC system. In some homes, the ducts were designed to handle the last generation of HVAC systems. But today’s systems have different requirements in order to perform at their peak.

 Next comes inspecting your drain pipes. HVAC contractors are looking for any blockages to ensure your new system has adequate drainage so that water doesn’t back up into the HVAC system and cause damage.

 Selecting the right HVAC system requires choosing a level of efficiency. Higher efficiency HVAC systems have a higher initial cost than lower efficiency versions, with the savings coming from lower utilities going forth. Consider how long you’ll live in your home. If you’re staying long enough to recoup any extra cost via energy savings, it’s worth it to invest in a higher efficiency. If not, spend less on the lower efficiency system. And if you’re planning to stay in your home for a long time, consider a geothermal system for the ultimate in energy cost savings.

 With HVAC system efficiency decided, choosing a size is the next step. The size of the HVAC system has to match the size of your home. Too small and the HVAC system can’t take manage the load of heating or cooling on extremely hot and cold days. Too large, and the system cools the home too quickly, shuts off, not running long enough to remove the humidity.

 Look for sales and rebates on the HVAC system that meets your needs based on the above. United Heating, Cooling & Plumbing has sales throughout the year, as well as manufacturers’ and the occasional rebate or tax break from the government on certain efficiencies.

 Once your HVAC system is installed, consider investing in a 10-year warranty. It’s an affordable insurance policy on a new generation of HVAC systems. Today’s systems have more working parts and components. Maintaining higher efficiency equipment requires a higher level of knowledge than older systems so choose an HVAC contractor with experience with this new technology.

Preventive Maintenance

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To keep your equipment operating at peak efficiency and to help assure longer, trouble-free heating and cooling, industry experts recommend a minimum of two visits per year to perform preventive maintenance on your system. We do too!

Just like with your car, preventive maintenance helps keep your system operating reliably, safely and at peak efficiency. Plus, you’ll have the peace of mind that it will be working when you need it most. And, you’ll receive preferential service scheduling and a 15% discount should you need any repairs.

Furnace

  • Check and adjust automatic controls
  • Clean burners
  • Adjust combustion for optimum fuel efficiency
  • Lubricate as needed
  • Test for combustion leaks
  • Test safety shut-off response
  • Check blower belt wear, tension and alignment
  • Check flue for satisfactory operation and venting
  • Replace standard 1″ filter (FREE! Discounts available on specialty filters)
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7 THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND ABOUT AIR CONDITIONER REPLACEMENT

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Capacity and efficiency is often confused and commonly misunderstood.

Capacity is how well your air conditioner will cool the size of your house. Does your current air conditioner cool your entire home evenly and effectively?

If you decide to stick with the same size AC unit, you can consider zoning or adding a second system for a larger home. For an air conditioner replacement, a United PRO will look at your current unit and home’s size to make the right recommendation. We’ll ask questions about your future plans for the home like finishing a basement or adding a room. We’ll ask whether you feel the unit kept your home comfortable during extreme heat. A new addition or a warm, humid house indicates larger capacity is needed.

  1. Air conditioner replacement is a chance to improve efficiency. Consider whether or not you want to pay less for utilities or if you’re comfortable with your current payment. Thanks to new efficiency laws, any air conditioning replacement has the potential to lower your utility bills a bit. How much depends on the efficiency model you choose.
  2. Find out if you’re responsible for registering your air conditioner with the manufacturer. Most air conditioners come with a 5-year warranty. If you register your unit, that can increase to 10 years. United Heating, Cooling & Plumbing handles the registration for you after an air conditioner replacement. Other companies might not. We recommend an extended warranty to cover the cost of parts AND labor should a problem occur. This is a small amount for the additional coverage you receive.
  3. Is this a good time to replace your furnace too? It depends on the furnace’s age and any problems you have with it. If you replace both as an entire system, you’ll pay a lower installation cost and you know the systems match. You want both to move the same amount of air. If you’re upsizing during an air conditioner replacement you might consider upgrading the furnace too. Each furnace is designed for a certain amount of airflow. The blower is same for both systems. No matter what season, the blower is always working.