More businesses are placing their HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) units on their rooftops. There are many benefits to rooftop HVAC placement, although they still require regular maintenance. Learn more about the importance of commercial HVAC service, especially when the unit is on the roof.
Benefits of Rooftop HVAC Units
Your commercial building will benefit from moving your ground HVAC unit to the roof. For starters, it is generally more aesthetically pleasing to remove the commercial HVAC unit from the front of your business and out of sight. However, rooftop units have more practical benefits as well.
Rooftop units give you back the space that ground units occupy. Real estate is always increasing in price, so don’t waste square footage with clunky units. Rooftop placement gives you this precious space back so you can get the most out of your property.
Additionally, HVAC units for large buildings may be broken up into multiple units spread out around the property. This takes up valuable space that can be utilized in other ways. Additionally, spread-out units are harder for maintenance technicians. With rooftop units, your HVAC contractors won’t have to continually move around the building exterior and instead never have to leave the roof.
An effective air cooling system (and heating system) will save you on operating costs. The energy efficiency of rooftop units makes them easier on utility bills than ground units. They have an excellent SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio), which represents how well your system runs with warmer outdoor temperatures. Additionally, they often have more temperature control options. An easily adjustable thermostat is ideal for businesses in ever-changing climates. You will save money on energy bills with a rooftop unit.
It’s simple: your HVAC equipment is safer on your roof. Ground units are readily available for outsiders to access. The ductwork of HVAC units contains a lot of precious metals that thieves like to strip and sell. By moving your unit to the roof, you guarantee that no one can access your unit by simply walking to your building, as rooftop access is much easier to restrict.
Other than preventing vandalism, you also protect it from accidental damage. Ground units that sit around the base of the building are more likely to be accidentally hit by cars and trucks. With this risk eliminated, rooftop units save you money on costly repairs.
How to Maintain your Rooftop HVAC Unit
It’s crucial to understand the importance of commercial HVAC maintenance. However, regular maintenance is crucial with rooftop units. If a ground unit produces excess condensation, you only need to repair the unit itself. But when a rooftop unit creates moisture and goes unnoticed, this could mean pricey repair costs for your roof. As you can see, it is essential to conduct routine maintenance on your rooftop HVAC units.
The best way to prevent roof and HVAC repairs is to regularly inspect. An annual inspection ensures your roof and unit have the longest lifespan possible. During an inspection, your hired roof and HVAC technician will catch problems before they worsen. This is the best way to avoid premature total roof replacement, as small tune-ups are easier. HVAC units may create a lot of moisture, so these areas are crucial to check during a regular inspection. Pooling water on your roof causes leaks and water damage, which could grow harmful mold or mildew. Just because your unit is out of sight, it should not be out of mind. It is easier to notice signs that your ground unit needs repairing. This is why you should regularly check the status of your rooftop unit.
6 steps for proper maintenance:
1. Change air filters
Air filters clean the air that circulates through your building, directly affecting indoor air quality. If dirt buildup is present on your filter, the air quality will decrease and your unit is more likely to break down. Check your filters monthly and replace them as soon as it’s needed. At the minimum, change out the air filter twice a year, usually in the fall and spring.
2. Clean the inside
Any kind of moving part should be inspected to ensure it is working properly. Clean them to remove any buildup. Inspect and clean interior components, fans, motors, cabinets, and coils. Remove all debris that has accumulated because that can restrict airflow.
3. Test your electrical system
Ensure that all electrical connections are tight and secure. Test the electrical functions and inspect for any wire fraying, damage, or any issue that could lead to a short circuit or fire.
4. Check drains and condensation
It is crucial to inspect the drains and collection pans. Excess moisture on your roof will deteriorate the roof structure and cause water damage. Clear your drain pipes to remove any clogs and prevent mold or algae from growing.
5. Check belts and pulleys
Any frayed or worn-out belts should be replaced as soon as possible. Tighten any belts and pulleys that appear loose. Replacing these before they break is critical preventive maintenance.
6. Inspect overall operation
Ensure that your AC system turns on and off as it should. Calibrate your thermostat to ensure temperature control is in proper operation. Make any adjustments with your HVAC company if needed.
Hire a Service Provider That Can Do Both
There is a delicate balance between your commercial HVAC system and rooftop. While the benefits of rooftop units outweigh the disadvantages, HVAC maintenance plans should be created and followed. Knowing the importance of commercial HVAC service is just the first step: hire a company with experience in both HVAC systems and commercial roofing, like TEMA Roofing Services. With TEMA, you’ll get the most out of your rooftop HVAC unit and maintain the integrity of your roofing system.
Contact TEMA Roofing today to learn more about our services. TEMA will ensure your unit is moved without damaging your roof. After installation, TEMA offers regular inspections and preventive maintenance to ensure your roof is never compromised.