The Benefits of Retrofitting Commercial HVAC Systems and Equipment

The Benefits of Retrofitting Commercial HVAC Systems and Equipment

The replacement of a commercial HVAC unit can be a complicated and expensive endeavor. While replacement is a periodic necessity, you can sometimes extend the life and functionality of your system with a commercial HVAC retrofit instead. Retrofits give you the advantages of a system upgrade combined with savings over the outright replacement of the unit.

What Is a Retrofit in HVAC?

In simplest terms, an HVAC retrofit consists of adding new components or technology into an existing system. These add-ons and updates are usually done to bring the outdated gear up to current standards, extend machinery lifespan, or improve overall functionality. Retrofitting air conditioning is also often a far less expensive option than outright replacement. Every situation has its own factors to consider, but retrofitting is a worthwhile option to consider exploring in most cases.

Can You Upgrade an HVAC System?

Most certainly! With regular maintenance, most commercial HVAC systems have a lifespan in the 15-to-20-year range. Retrofits can increase that lifespan, but upgrading to a brand new system is always an option if that fits your plans better. For instance, if your system runs on the phased-out R22 refrigerant [chlorodifluoromethane], you’ll want to upgrade. If you’re not sure, ask our team at Henick-Lane about your system and if there are any new environmental standards or building codes that might affect this decision.

Newer HVAC technology is more energy-efficient, resulting in lower monthly power expenses. There are also constant advancements in comfort, such as silent operation, phone-based control using an app, and improved air filtration and purification. It is also worth investigating whether there are any financial incentives at the local or state level for such upgrades.

Which HVAC System Is Best for Commercial Buildings?

Cookie-cutter answers are rarely useful, and each commercial building has its own individual needs. A large property may find that a multi-split system works best, and a similarly sized building with one open indoor space may find that a variable air volume system (VAV) meets the building needs better. Our staff of experts specializes in custom-tailored solutions and will help you develop the proper plan. Whether that is a multi-zone HVAC retrofit or a complete upgrade for your property, we can take care of it for you.

Henick-Lane Is Here for Your Commercial HVAC Needs

Whether your business is large or small, our dedicated staff at Henick-Lane is here for you. Our LEED-accredited HVAC professionals bring more than 50 years of experience to the table in fitting custom solutions to our client’s needs. Let us develop an affordable, practical solution for your building or facility. Contact us here or call (718) 768-7277 today!

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