HVAC Retrofitting – Does it Make Sense For Your Business?

Of all the countless things to manage with your business, upgrading the HVAC system likely isn’t one of your top priorities. However, the bottom line is that you can’t ignore an older system that is delivering higher costs and lower performance each year.

You may think that your only options are to continue dealing with costly repairs or making a large investment in a completely new system. Actually, there’s a third option that can be more practical. It’s called HVAC retrofitting.

What is retrofitting?

Retrofitting is an approach that integrates new HVAC equipment into an existing system. In many cases, this can be a more cost-efficient solution than replacing the entire system – while still reaping the energy-saving benefits of high-efficient components.

The most common commercial systems that are candidates for retrofitting include package rooftop units, boilers, and chillers.  

Benefits of retrofitting HVAC equipment

While every business and situation is unique, retrofitting gives companies the opportunity to:

  • Reduce energy consumption and expenditures
  • Improve performance and comfort for employees and customers
  • Reduce yearly repair costs
  • Extend the life of an old system and hold off on investing a large amount of capital in a new one
  • Avoid a long-term commitment to a refrigerant that may be phased out in the near future
  • Realize a quicker return on investment
  • Reduce expenses even further with potential rebates through utility companies

How do you know if retrofitting is right for your commercial HVAC system?

An experienced commercial HVAC professional will be able to provide a consultation to determine if your equipment can be retrofitted and whether it will be a cost-effective solution. But it’s something to consider if your business fits the following criteria.

  • Your current HVAC system is over 10 years old, in relatively good condition, and regularly maintained
  • Your energy consumption and repair costs are increasing
  • You have a large system with high daily usage
  • You do not plan on replacing the system in the next few years

At Robert B. Payne, Inc., we know that heating and cooling isn’t your primary focus – but it does play a significant role in the success of your business. We help companies, both large and small, make smart choices that boost the bottom line. To speak with one of our commercial HVAC experts, call us today at (540) 373-5876 or fill out our online contact form.