Rooftop Unit Installation in Lutherville-Timonium, Baltimore, Ellicott City, MD, and Surrounding Areas
A rooftop unit installation is a very attractive option for many people. It saves a lot of room on the side of your building or office space. Apart from that, rooftop units are a lot more difficult to reach when it comes to thieves and vandals. However, should you go for it? What are the things you need to know before you do? As usual, we are here to answer all your questions!
What Is a Rooftop Unit?
Many people get confused among all the different HVAC terms professionals use or that they read online. So, first things first. Let’s get one thing out of the way – what is a rooftop unit to begin with? To put it as simply as possible and in laymen’s terms which we know you love, a rooftop unit is an HVAC piece that has been installed on the roof of your office or any building you might be located in.
You might have also heard or come across the term ‘packaged rooftop unit.’ This means that the entire HVAC system with all the pieces it needs to create the air conditioned has been housed in one single and concise unit on top of your house. It’s a modern solution that keeps away thieves, vandals, and, of course, weather elements such as rain, ice, snow, and lightning.
What Is the Difference Between a Rooftop Unit and Common ACs?
That’s a fantastic question, and we’re glad you’ve asked it because this is exactly the type of thing you should know before you even think of installing a rooftop unit.
So we’ve already established that rooftop units are also known as package units. On the other hand, we also have split systems, which comprise your average AC and heat pump that you can find in most houses. The latter has both outdoor and indoor cabinets with different components. They are also not located on roofs but rather on the side of your house.
Therefore, here are your first major differences. Your rooftop unit is, evidently on the roof while your split or AC system is on the side of your house. At the same time, a rooftop unit houses everything in one place while the AC system has components in two places. Apart from that, rooftop systems can be both air conditioners and heat pumps. Therefore, they can either heat or cool your house. If you install a humidistat, they will also control the humidity in your house and allow fresh air to be ventilated through your system.
This is something that an AC system cannot do. Therefore, think of this option and benefit before you purchase and then go for a rooftop unit installation. Which brings us to this.
Things to Be Aware of When Installing a New Rooftop Unit
Installing a new rooftop unit from scratch should always be handled by a professional in the HVAC business. Licensed professionals can get the job done correctly and very fast whereas if you attempt to do you on your own you might put yourself in danger. Apart from that, if the unit in itself has not been installed properly it might lead to a damaged cooling system not to mention increased inefficiency. An inefficient unit will only up your bills unnecessarily.
However, there are several things you need to know and be aware of yourself when installing a new rooftop unit.
1. The area and climate you live in
Here’s a simple assessment you can make yourself. Since this is a rooftop unit we’re talking about, it will be exposed to the outside elements as much and as directly as possible. Therefore if you live in an area with a lot of scorching heat and direct sunlight such as the south, your rooftop unit may need to be tended to a lot more than usual because of that.
2. Accessibility of the roof
Another obvious consideration you need to have in mind prior to a rooftop unit installation is just how accessible your roof is. This will dictate how easy it will be for the HVAC team to come in and install it and then how easy it will be for you to maintain it. Can your rooftop accommodate all that?
3. Do you have permission?
There are rules and regulations when it comes to urbanism and landscaping and, sometimes, town or city councils don’t allow you to modify the way your building looks even if you are the owner. Therefore, find out if you have permission to install a rooftop unit first. This idea also brings us to this.
4. Call in a building expert
As you might have already guessed, rooftop units are very heavy and have a huge number of components. Therefore, one thing you need to do before the installation itself is to call in a building expert who can assess if your house or office building are structurally sound enough to take the weight. They will also assess how strong your roof is for the same purposes.
If they determine everything is in good order, you can proceed. If not, you may ask them for advice on how to improve the strength of your building.Since rooftop units come in so many sizes and types, not to mention brands, you might need a professional to choose the one that is best suited for your needs.
Always put the comfort of your customers or your employees first and make an informed decision when buying and installing rooftop units in Lutherville-Timonium. We are always here to help you if you have any questions or need assistance of any kind!