How To Get The Most Out Of A Commercial AC System

Commercial air conditioning systems enable a wide range of activities, from keeping warehouse materials in good condition to ensuring that customers feel comfortable at retail centers and restaurants. If you have a system at your business, you'll likely want to see that it can operate as well as possible. These three tips will help you keep your AC humming along.

Religiously Replace Air Filters

Regardless of the setting, regularly swapping out air filters for AC units and vents can make a huge difference in how AC services function within a building. If you're not familiar with where the filters are located and what types need to be used, ask a technician from an AC company to pay a visit and show you. Similarly, there will be situations, such as buildings with high ceilings, where it might be best to have a professional drop by on a schedule to replace filters.

Properly Size the AC to the Location

One mistake that a lot of folks make is not having spare capacity for their needs. Especially if you're dealing with a growing business, it's wise to think about how air conditioning capacity should grow with your operation. If you're going to add people to your office in the next year, for example, you may want to assess whether you'll still have enough AC to accommodate them.

Air conditioning systems are usually rated in either tons or BTUs. 600 square feet of space should require about one ton of cooling unless you have excellent insulation. You may need to add a little more capacity for spaces with high ceilings.

BTUs and AC tonnage can be readily interchanged. There are roughly 12,000 BTUs of capacity for each ton of air conditioning you have. Bear in mind that older systems will experience capacity declines.

Replace Old Systems

Selling you a new unit is about more than making a buck at a commercial air conditioning company. If your system is older than 20 years, it is almost guaranteed that there are more efficient models on the market today. That means there's also a good chance that replacing your setup will be cost-effective enough that it may pay for itself within several years.

The SEER rating is what to look for when judging efficiency. SEER standards are regionalized in the U.S., with systems in the Southwest and Southeast required to have ratings of 14 and systems in the North required to have ratings of 13.

For more information on commercial air conditioning, contact a company like Dependable Heating & Cooling.