When you need to have a new HVAC system installed at your commercial property, it’s important to find the right contractor and make sure your building is prepared for these services. How should you get ready for commercial HVAC installation? Keep the following tips in mind.
Finding the Right HVAC Contractor
Commercial HVAC systems have a more complex setup compared to residential systems. This is why it’s crucial to find a contractor who has the right experience and skills for the job. The following factors can help ensure that you find a reliable and experienced HVAC contractor for your commercial building.
Licensing and Insurance
The commercial HVAC contractor you hire should be licensed and insured. You can ask for their license number and check with the Florida contractor licensing board to see if it’s valid. This lets you know your contractor follows the state requirements for HVAC contractors.
Insurance helps protect you from financial penalties or legal liabilities if there are any injuries or accidents on your property during the installation process. Your HVAC contractor should ideally have liability insurance and worker’s compensation insurance.
Previous Experience with Commercial Installations
Since commercial HVAC systems are more complex than residential ones, you’ll need to find a contractor with the right experience. Your contractor should have previous experience in installing commercial HVAC systems. This helps ensure your contractor knows how to properly install this system.
Hiring a contractor who has experience with commercial heating and cooling systems also helps lower the risk of having problems with it afterward. If these systems aren’t installed properly, you can run into issues or unexpected repairs.
How do you know whether or not you’re hiring a quality contractor for HVAC installation at your commercial building? Ask your contractor for customer references. You can contact these customers to talk about their experience with the contractor you’re considering hiring.
Customer references can give you an idea of the kind of work the contractor does in terms of quality. When talking to these references, ask questions about their HVAC installation, such as if the contractor showed up on time and if the installation process went smoothly.
Getting Ready for Your Installation
When you find the right contractor for your commercial HVAC system, it’s time to start getting ready for installation. Making sure your building is fully prepared can help the installation process go more smoothly and reduce the risk of delays or other problems. These tips can help you prepare for HVAC installation at your commercial building.
Schedule a Convenient Time
When should you schedule your HVAC installation? Commercial HVAC systems typically go on rooftops, so any disruption to tenants, customers or employees is low in terms of noise or technicians being around. However, keep in mind that your building might be without central air conditioning while the new system is being installed.
If you’re having the installation done when it’s hot outside, consider scheduling it on a weekend if possible for office buildings or similar commercial buildings. If you’re having an HVAC system installed for an apartment building, consider scheduling it during the week when tenants are less likely to be home. Doing this helps prevent tenants or staff from having to deal with uncomfortably warm temperatures inside until the new HVAC system is up and running.
Ensure Easy Access to Work Areas
Your HVAC contractor will need to easily be able to access the work area where your system is being installed. Make sure hallways, stairways, and other areas leading to and from this area give HVAC workers a clear path. Taking the time to do this helps reduce the risk of accidents and allows workers to get the job done without delays.
Notify Building Occupants Ahead of Time
Whether you have tenants or employees in your building, let them know ahead of time about the upcoming installation. Put up signs near any areas that tenants or employees should avoid in order to allow HVAC workers to go back and forth as needed. This can help lower the chance of mishaps, injuries or unnecessary delays with the commercial HVAC installation process.
Letting building occupants know ahead of time also gives them a chance to make other arrangements if needed. For example, apartment tenants can make plans to stay elsewhere during the installation process if it’s hot out, so that they don’t have to go without air conditioning. If employees will be around during installation, they can bring in a desk fan to stay cool if your building will be without central air conditioning that day.
If you need to schedule commercial HVAC installation, please contact A-1 Property Services. Our team provides dependable services for commercial HVAC systems in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale area.