Commercial hvac system

Cool, comfortable air is crucial for any business—but ensuring your HVAC system is equipped to handle your daily needs isn’t always easy. Whether you want to make sure your system is up to code or you’re planning to expand and upgrade your property, HVAC retrofitting services are a great way to get the job done. At Vanport Mechanical & Fire Sprinklers Inc., we offer commercial HVAC retrofits that build off your existing framework and improve everything from temperature control to energy efficiency.

What is an HVAC Retrofit?

An HVAC retrofit is the process of upgrading or replacing components of your commercial HVAC system to improve its performance, functionality, and efficiency. By replacing or upgrading outdated parts with newer and more efficient technologies, we’ll ensure your HVAC is operating at its best. The retrofit process typically includes:

  • An initial assessment: Our technicians will conduct a thorough inspection of your current HVAC system to identify areas that are inefficient, broken, or not up to code. Based on our findings, we’ll discuss potential upgrades with you.
  • Design and planning: Every retrofit project looks different, so we’ll develop a customized plan that addresses your specific needs and goals. During this step, we’ll also help you select appropriate equipment to incorporate into the upgraded system.
  • Permitting and compliance: When handling any commercial HVAC project, our team prioritizes compliance with local building codes, regulations, and safety standards. We’ll obtain any necessary permits before beginning our work. 
  • Component replacements: Based on what your system needs, we will replace or add specific components designed to improve your HVAC. This may include furnaces, air conditioners, heat pumps, thermostats, controls, ductwork, and more. 
  • Training and documentation: Commercial HVAC systems can be complicated, but as a business owner, that’s the last thing you should have to worry about. We’ll provide training for your staff and supply any manuals your maintenance team may need. 

When to Get a Commercial HVAC Retrofit

Commercial HVAC retrofits can be helpful in a variety of situations. If your system is old—between 10 and 15 years—a retrofit could replace any outdated technologies with newer, more efficient models. Retrofits can also be a great tool if you’re planning to turn a residential property into a commercial one, as commercial properties have different code standards that you’ll need to adhere to.

As a general rule of thumb, if your system isn’t meeting your needs, you’re planning to expand or upgrade your property, or you’re concerned that the HVAC may not be compliant with building codes, then it may be worth asking a specialist about a retrofit project. 

Retrofits and Fire System Upgrades

Upgrading a commercial property or creating one out of a previously residential space can be complicated. At Vanport Mechanical & Fire Sprinklers Inc., we try to make the process a little simpler by pairing our retrofitting services with fire system upgrades. Such upgrades may include:

  • Upgrading your current domestic water line
  • Exposing plumbing lines by removing sheetrock
  • Selecting appropriate sprinkler heads
  • Tying sprinkler system into a fire alarm

By handling these tasks alongside your HVAC upgrades, we’ll ensure your building has what it needs to safely accommodate your business without drawing out the construction process. To learn more about how fire system updates work, contact Vanport Mechanical & Fire Sprinklers Inc. today.

HVAC Retrofit FAQs

How long do HVAC retrofits take?

No two retrofit projects are exactly alike. The exact length of your project will depend on how outdated your current system is, how much you are looking to expand, and what types of technologies you want to implement. Some retrofits may take just a few days to complete, while others may last a week or longer. To get a more accurate estimate of what you can expect as far as a timeline goes, reach out to an expert for a consultation today.

How Long Does HVAC Retrofitting Last?

Most newly-improved HVAC systems will perform well for between 15 and 20 years, assuming they receive proper care and maintenance. Individual components may need repairs from time to time, but as a whole, you can generally expect the system to work well for quite some time. 

What are the benefits of a commercial HVAC retrofit?

As with any HVAC upgrade, you can expect a lot of positive changes once your retrofit is complete. Not only will your system be large enough to accommodate your entire building, but it’ll also incorporate more efficient and powerful components. Some of the biggest benefits of commercial HVAC retrofits include:

  • Consistent comfort levels
  • Improved indoor air quality
  • Fewer humidity issues
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Less frequent need for repairs
  • Lower energy bills

Commercial Retrofits for Small Businesses

Handling an HVAC system as a business owner can be challenging, but Vanport Mechanical & Fire Sprinklers Inc. is here to make it easy. Our HVAC retrofitting services are tailored to meet your specific needs, ensuring that your system is efficient, reliable, and up to code. Beyond HVAC upgrades, we specialize in fire safety, offering comprehensive solutions that include fire system upgrades to keep your property secure. With our expertise, we make the process of upgrading or maintaining your commercial property straightforward and hassle-free.

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