Residential and Commercial Construction
Unlike the challenges faced when retrofitting an existing building, designing a HVAC system for a new residence or commercial building gives builders an opportunity to get things right from the start. At the same time there are so many choices available today, that deciding what type of air conditioning and heating system to install can seem like an overwhelming challenge. Whether you’re a builder or you’re having a new home built for yourself in the Sarasota area, call Baker & Sons to find out about our heating & AC units for new construction projects.
Regional Climate Considerations
For counties like Sarasota, Manatee, and Charlotte along Florida's western coast, winter temperatures are brief and are followed by long summers where the average night-time temperatures near 80°F. While that may not seem that hot at night, the humidity can make getting a comfortable night's sleep difficult.
When it comes to commercial spaces, a comfortable environment is even more important as it impacts productivity and customer satisfaction. It is also extremely important to commercial property owners that properties are energy efficient. It is a selling point for both sales and leases.
Air quality can be a concern as well, especially considering the fact that every year Saharan dust moves in to blanket the state every July. This means that air filtration is a serious consideration, especially for commercial buildings.
Calculating the Proper Size for the HVAC System
Often, due to Florida's hot and humid climate, air conditioning is more of a concern than heating, yet both needs can be planned for. This is especially true if a heat pump is chosen to meet the cooling needs of residential homes and smaller commercial spaces. In the winter, that same heat pump will warm the home or commercial space.
The most important factor in choosing the size of the air conditioner, furnace or heat pump is the size of the space that needs to be cooled and/or heated. When it comes to air conditioning and heating, bigger is not better. It just wastes your money. If the air conditioner is too large for the space, it won't run for long enough. This allows moisture to build up, which can lead to other problems such as mold and mildew. Also a larger unit guzzles more power every time it kicks on, which can aggravate summer peak-loads for the utility company.
Economical System Design and Installation
As the first step to designing an efficient and effective air conditioning system, an experienced HVAC company turns to a series of manuals produced by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA). These manuals provide clear instructions on how to accurately estimate cooling loads, select the right equipment for the job and how to properly design and size ducts so that the entire system is cost efficient.
It is estimated that anywhere from 33 – 53% of most commercial installations are a ton or more oversized. It isn't uncommon for homes to also to have oversized air conditioning systems installed. When a unit is too large for the area it supplies, it moves air faster through the ducts. Cold drafts, hissing, and rattling are just a few of the results.
At Baker & Sons, we believe in properly sizing an air conditioner or heating system to provide the best value for our customer. Planning a system that can meet the needs of a few short days of record-breaking heat is ultimately going to mean you have a system that works inefficiently most of the season. Our goal is to size your air conditioner so it costs you less both on the front end purchasing it and as you use it.
That's why we prefer to design a heating and/or air conditioning system that runs longer cycles. There's a major reason for this. The longer an air conditioner runs, the more efficient it becomes at cooling air and removing moisture from the air. At Baker & Sons, we recognize that your money is valuable. You deserve a system that works and is cost effective both during installation and for years to come. To get a quote from our experienced team, contact us today.