When to consider replacing your building's commercial heating system
With the onset of cooler weather, you’ve now turned your attention to heating your building.
Ideally, your heating system is ready to tackle another winter season head on.
But what if it’s not?
If your heating system struggles to affordably maintain a comfortable indoor environment, it may be time to replace it.
Considering that heating commercial buildings accounts for 25 percent of total energy use – much more than lighting (10%), ventilation (10%), or cooling (9%)* – making the right decision about when to replace your system should be done with great care.
In this post, we’ll look at five reasons why you should consider a heating system replacement and what to do if a change is needed.
Reasons to Consider Replacing Your Commercial Heating System
- Equipment Age – many variables affect equipment lifespan such as unit size, run hours, maintenance schedules, and climate. Generally, boilers will last 30 years; gas or electric water heaters 12 to 14 years; furnaces 18 years; heat pumps 15 years; central or rooftop air conditioning 15 years. After that, equipment efficiencies drop, leading to increased operating costs and comfort issues.
- Repairs, Repairs, Repairs – does your heating system frequently break down, leading to costly repairs? Quit making the parts stores rich and consider upgrading to a newer, more efficient heating system. Eliminating the need for costly parts and repairs can help cover the cost of a new system.
- Comfort Issues – do your building’s occupants frequently complain about being too hot or too cold? Can you feel cool drafts wafting throughout your building? Ventilation issues may be your problem. A new system will eliminate these issues, which will lead to happier, healthier, more productive occupants.
- Energy Use – if you notice your gas or electric bills increasing consistently (depending on your system type), schedule an HVAC professional to inspect your heating system. Repairs may fix the problem. If they don’t, it may be time to replace your equipment. The increased efficiency will help offset the costs.
- Safety Issues – heating system components can break down over time, leading to health hazards. One such example is a cracked heat exchanger, which may leak dangerous carbon monoxide into your building. The cost to replace one is significant. Instead, consider replacing your system with a newer, more efficient model.
What to Do If You Need to Replace Your Commercial Heating System
No one likes to replace a commercial heating system. It can be costly, disruptive, and it’s not as aesthetically pleasing as, say, a building remodel.
However, if you find you need to replace your system, doing so can lead to enormous benefits such as increased occupant comfort, reduced energy use, and fewer disruptive repairs.
Before making any decision, first consult a commercial heating and cooling company you trust. Ask them if they recommend you replace your heating system.
If yes, ask your consultant to discuss the various heating system options available today and make suggestions as to what makes sense for your building.
If you think your commercial heating system needs to be replaced, consider the steps outlined above and consult an industry professional.
You’ll position yourself to make the right decision, which will affect you, your building, and its occupants for years to come.
Coming soon: we’ll look at the different types of commercial heating systems.
Does your building have comfort issues? Are your operational expenses rising? If you would like to discuss these questions in more detail with a commercial building expert, please contact Joe Reintjes at firstname.lastname@example.org or Curtis Winter at email@example.com. Or call 316-265-9655.
Knipp Services works with commercial and industrial building owners to lower operational expenses and increase building comfort. We provide services that enable owners to have high-performance buildings. “Making Buildings Better” sums up the mission statement of Knipp Services.