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It’s no exaggeration to say that heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are essential to comfort in the built environment. They’re also one of the most energy-demanding components. The choices you make in the design and installation phases will have long-term repercussions for your overhead costs, your productivity, and your occupant’s satisfaction.

SitelogIQ provides commercial heating and cooling system design, installation, and retrofitting for properties of every size. We work with clients across the country, offering detailed consultations and longstanding industry expertise. We can match you with the right system for your property.

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HVAC System Components

Industrial HVAC systems range in complexity depending on the size of the property and its unique heating and cooling needs. System components will include a heater — either a boiler or a furnace — and an air conditioner, as well as ventilation infrastructure, thermostats and system controls, insulation, dehumidifiers, heat pumps, and other equipment.

Getting all these components to work together efficiently takes planning and engineering expertise. Additionally, HVAC technology changes constantly. Knowing when to upgrade — and how to do so with a minimal amount of interruption to your business — requires in-depth industry knowledge and ongoing research.

Design Principles

The most important goal when replacing or installing a commercial HVAC system is to balance efficiency with comfort. In one article, the Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) outlines some of the basic principles of energy- and resource-efficient HVAC design. Engineers, architects, and project managers should strive to:

  • Design HVAC systems from a whole-building perspective, considering the impact that HVAC equipment, lighting, layout, and other factors have on one another.
  • Set design goals early and establish efficiency benchmarks independent from code requirements.
  • Design systems to take advantage of off-peak energy hours.
  • Choose equipment that will deliver performance adequate for the space without being overpowered. If you anticipate future expansion, consider a modular design that will permit later changes.
  • Establish an operations and maintenance program that monitors system performance and ensures preventative services are completed according to the recommended schedule.

Some more general recommendations from the WBDG include using high-efficiency lighting with dimming systems, purchasing ENERGY STAR® certified equipment, and using high R-value insulation and roofing wherever possible.

Working With SitelogIQ

The SitelogIQ team provides HVAC replacement services and retrofitting for commercial clients in a variety of industries. Every project begins with a consultation and, if possible, a review and energy audit of your current building infrastructure. Following these steps, we’ll put together a detailed proposal for an HVAC replacement or new system design, with clearly outlined costs and anticipated ROI over time.

Renovation, retrofit and refurbishment of existing buildings represent an opportunity to upgrade the energy performance or building assets for their ongoing life. Often retrofit involves modifications of existing buildings that may improve energy efficiency or decrease energy demand. Additionally, retrofits are often used as the opportune time to install distributed generation to a building. Energy-efficiency retrofits can reduce operations costs, particularly in older buildings, as well as help to attract tenants or gain competitive advantage.

We specialize in meeting the system needs of commercial properties, and unlike other firms, we don’t handle residential work, which frees up our teams to focus on your project. With multiple offices across the country, we’re a dedicated partner to everyone from large retail, industrial, and office centers to healthcare, higher education, and government campuses.

Getting started is easy. Explore our website to learn more about HVAC replacement projects that we’ve completed in the past, or use the form below to request a meeting with one of our engineers.

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