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Why Most Businesses Use Rooftop AC Units

When it comes to providing effecting air conditioning and heating to commercial spaces, the most popular option is the packaged rooftop unit. You’re likely already familiar with these–you can see them on the top of most commercial buildings… and if you’ve ever seen an action film you’ll see them a lot there too.

Rooftop units are popular for a reason, and it’s not just to make for an interesting scene in an action movie! Read on as we uncover just why most businesses use rooftop AC units.

They Save Space

The main reason that HVAC units started getting placed on the top of buildings was that there weren’t any other spaces available. Early central heating and cooling system for commercial buildings were added onto structures that were often in the middle of crowded downtown areas, where there was no space around the structure for the large HVAC units needed. When up on the roof, they don’t take up valuable real estate, plus they are less prone to suffering from vandalism or damage.

They Improve Energy Efficiency

Modern rooftop HVAC units are available in higher efficiencies (SEER and HSPF) than other types of commercial HVAC systems. They also have more ventilation options available, that can improve indoor air quality.

They’re Easy to Access

You might be thinking, “but the roof isn’t easy to access!” Don’t worry, that’s not quite what we mean–we don’t expect you or anyone in your building to access the roof. But what we mean is that our professionals can easily access the units without walking through and around your workspace to work on them.

The “packaged” part of these HVAC units is helpful here too. Unlike split-system air conditioners or heat pumps, which have components in cabinets both inside and outside of the property, all the components of the HVAC system is in the rooftop cabinet. Our technicians can manage repairs and maintenance from one spot.

They Aren’t As Noisy

You don’t typically hear the sounds that an air conditioner or heater makes inside your workplace, right? You typically only hear the slight whooshing of air through the vents. This is because rooftop systems store all the mechanical components, such as the compressor and the fans, far away from the workspace.

They Are Modular

If you take a look at the rooftop of the average commercial building, you will see multiple packaged HVAC units. This is because these systems are designed to be modular, so they can grow as a business does or as your business needs change. This isn’t possible with a conventional split-system air conditioner that has to use an indoor unit as well.

Contact Us for Your Commercial HVAC Needs

When you need commercial HVAC installation, repairs, or maintenance, we’re the team to turn to. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you might have about rooftop units or any other type of AC system–for instance, depending on the size and nature of your business, you may benefit from a ductless installation!

For professional commercial HVAC services in Toledo, OH, contact AW Heating & Cooling today!

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