HVAC maintenance for commercial buildings can often be much greater in scope than residential maintenance and repairs. As a building owner, the last thing you want is a company that doesn’t have the proper resources or experience handling your commercial HVAC system maintenance and potentially creating more long-term problems at a significantly greater expense.
You want to know that your HVAC company has serviced prior systems at the scale of what you have installed. With Tri-Point, you are getting a company with over seven years of experience servicing commercial HVAC systems both small and large for companies such as Chick-Fil-A and Dunkin Donuts.
Tri-Point hires only the most experienced technicians and works with proven HVAC parts manufacturers. Original manufacturer’s parts and equipment can be obtained in most cases to ensure compatibility and longevity.
HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning and encompasses the entire system both inside and outside that is used to heat your commercial building. There are many moving parts to HVAC systems, especially at the commercial level and various system types operate differently.
Single-Split Commercial HVAC Systems
Single-split commercial HVAC systems are generally more popular with smaller commercial buildings due to their lower cost and ease of operation. These systems are installed to heat and cool single rooms or larger areas.
The upside to this is that if one unit goes down other units in other rooms will still work. However, one major downside is that each indoor unit must be connected to a separate outdoor unit which can make installation more troublesome depending on the configuration of the building.
Multi-Split Commercial HVAC Systems
Multi-split commercial HVAC systems operate similarly to their single-split counterparts. The primary difference is that a multi-split system can have multiple indoor units operating on a single outdoor unit, typically up to nine.
This type of commercial HVAC system is more appropriate for larger commercial buildings such as large office buildings, healthcare facilities, and large retail stores such as malls. Multi-split systems also have an advantage over traditional forced-air systems as they use sensors to continually monitor for small temperature changes and make adjustments as needed.
The primary benefit of a multi-split commercial HVAC system is that they are energy-saving and offer a cleaner look when compared to single-split systems. However, they can be significantly more expensive to install due to the increased need for pipework and labor costs.
VRF or VRV Systems
VRF stands for variable refrigerant flow and VRV for variable refrigerant volume. These commercial HVAC systems operate using either a heat pump or heat recovery system technology.
With a heat pump type system, either hot or cool air can be provided which is a good option for large open areas such as warehouses, supermarkets, or large open retail buildings. Systems that operate using heat recovery technology both heating and cooling at the same time making them a better option for spaces with individual rooms.
Benefits of VRF systems include their quick installation times and the ability to meet the demand of larger commercial spaces. However, these are significantly more expensive to install than other system types so may not be the best option for smaller buildings.
How Long Do Commercial HVAC Systems Last?
Commercial HVAC systems can last anywhere from between 10 and 15 years depending on various factors including:
- Climate zone of the building
- Proper installation practices
- Usage demand throughout the year
- Efficient design of the system
- Quality of the individual system components
It’s important to note that to get the full life out of a commercial HVAC system, regular maintenance and cleaning needs to be performed. Improper maintenance can significantly shorten the life of any HVAC system and lead to costly repairs and the need for eventual premature replacement.
How Often Should Commercial HVAC Filters Be Changed?
As a part of regular maintenance, commercial HVAC system filters should be replaced at least 3-4 times per year. One thing to note is that this is for commercial HVAC systems operating in controlled indoor environments with normal wear and tear. Systems operating in outdoor or more extreme conditions should be changed more frequently.
Regular changing of the filter is essential not just for keeping air quality optimal, but also for keeping pollutants from affecting the system. Clogged filters can lead to equipment failure and potentially costly repairs later down the road.
Your Tri-Point technician can help to develop a filter changing schedule based on your specific needs and the type of system installed in your commercial building.
HVAC Maintenance & Repair
Installation is only the beginning when it comes to HVAC systems. As with all other mechanical equipment, improper maintenance and foregoing needed repairs can lead you to potentially thousands of dollars in losses.
To properly maintain and extend the life of your HVAC system, having a proper maintenance schedule will be essential. This is where Tri-Point can help you by working to develop a maintenance plan specific to your system and user needs.
Your Tri-Point technician will work with you to ensure you understand all of the aspects that go into proper HVAC system maintenance. More importantly, when issues do occur, you can be comforted knowing that 24-hour emergency maintenance is just a phone call away.
Heating Issues: If you’ve noticed abnormally high electric bills during the winter months, your HVAC system is likely the culprit. Heating can use as much as three times more electricity than cooling leaving you with high energy bills.
You don’t want to wait until the last minute to have your HVAC system serviced. Every month that you wait can equate to hundreds of dollars or more that are being wasted on an inefficient system.
One of the first things that you should do in preparation for the cooler winter months is to have your HVAC system inspected for optimal performance. A trained Tri-Point technician will be able to diagnose any potential issues that could lead to poor performance and have them quickly and efficiently fixed.
Simple routine maintenance before winter hits can lead you to thousands in potential savings as you keep your commercial building warm during the winter months.
2Cooling Issues: Even though heating can cost significantly more than cooling, it doesn’t mean that you’re not wasting money during the summer months keeping your commercial building cool. Poorly performing HVAC systems are one of the primary factors leading to high energy costs during summer months in Texas.
Before the weather starts heating up, it’s important to have your system inspected and serviced to ensure that it’s operating properly. You could be saving hundreds to thousands of dollars during the summer months just by having a trained Tri-Point technician inspect your system for performance issues.
3Emergency Service Calls: Even with proper maintenance and regular servicing, HVAC systems can break down. The last thing you want is to be left in the cold without heating or to suffer through a blistering Texas summer without air conditioning.
With Tri-Point, you can be assured that we work 24-hours a day 7 days a week so that when problems arise, they can quickly be taken care of. Many companies claim this, but Tri-Point is committed to our technicians always on call and ready to service your commercial HVAC system.
To ensure speedy service and repairs during emergencies, all Tri-Point trucks are stocked with the most common parts and diagnostic tools needed to fix most issues. In the event a part needs to be ordered, you will be notified of how long it will take to arrive and exactly when you can expect your system back up and running.
The people at Tri-Point Refrigeration are super! I love my new cooler. They took out my old cooler and installed my new one, then gave me instructions on how to set the temperature. They cleaned up all the packing and were so professional. A perfect 5-star experience.
At Tri-Point refrigeration, we understand that commercial refrigeration is a service type where prompt, efficient service can make the difference between saving or losing thousands of dollars worth of product.
In our industry, this means delivering on a service promise is not something to be taken lightly.
We understand that our reputation is the difference between getting the contract or not, and we always work with our customer’s best interests at heart.
Your business and products are too important to trust to just any refrigeration company, call the trusted professionals at Tri-Point Refrigeration today!
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The last thing you want is an under-trained technician working on your HVAC system. This can lead not only to money lost from costly repairs but also to an inefficient system that can raise your monthly energy bills.
If you are having issues with your commercial HVAC system, give Tri-Point Refrigeration a call for prompt maintenance and repair services.