Indoor Air Comfort
AC placement is very important to keeping the unit function properly. To have your air conditioner go out is a situation that no one wants. Whether you live in Bullhead, AZ or Needles, CA both cities demand an air conditioner for your home or office. You wouldn’t want to be in an insanely hot room working on your computer or trying to sleep. Also, having the air conditioner gives you the indoor air quality that is necessary to keep the folks inside the building happy and productive.
Placement of the HVAC equipment can be on the roof, or on a cement slab in the basement or on the ground outside of the building. Typically, in a new install on smaller buildings, a contractor will decide how big the unit needs to be. On larger projects, the building managers and engineers will design and analyze the requirements.
What Is HVAC?
In case you’re unclear here’s a very important acronym, HVAC. An HVAC system stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. The system includes all the heating and cooling equipment in one unit, and it’s installed on the roof of the building or in the basement. Whereas, the units on the ground are stand-alone AC units.
On the Ground or the Roof?
Which is better? There is not a single answer to this question. Each property is unique, and many factors need to be deliberated. Here are a few ideas that you should consider before making your decision.
- AC units have copper, and sadly copper has become a hot commodity for thieves. Keeping your unit on the roof can help with the security of your unit. So, plus one for the roof unit.
- Where do you live? Climate affects HVAC functionality. Too much sunlight and heat can affect how a unit performs. In the Mohave desert, sun is constant and intense in the summer months so placing your unit on the ground in the shade of the building will help efficiency, and this can help with your electric bill.
- Units on the ground are easier to maintain. There are no ladders necessary, and no crane necessary when your unit needs to be replaced. Perhaps, having the unit in eyesight will be a reminder to get the annual upkeep done too.
- In general, units on the roof require less space. The units need space on all sides, and if your yard is small, then your roof may be the only option. On the roof space isn’t usually a concern, and the unit will have much less impact on the homeowner.
- Also, aesthetics can make a big impact. Once installed how does it look? You could take a look at the houses or other buildings and see how each one is laid out. Do you live in an HOA? The bylaws may state that you have to have a particular type of unit in a specific place.
Measure Twice, Cut Once!
So you see there are many factors to look at. Installing your AC properly is very important. To have your air conditioner under perform or stop working is a situation that no one wants. You risk having complaints from tenants, your employees, or your family depending on the circumstances. So, the only option is to get that AC installed well and keep it working!
If you are in the market for a new HVAC or air conditioner ADD Air, Inc. would love to help you evaluate your options. We can help! Call us for all your air conditioner repair or installation needs in the Bullhead, Fort Mohave, AZ and Needles, CA area. (928) 768-9825
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