If you’re a building owner, then you know every dollar you spend on the property is a dollar less in profit. And, let’s be honest: Of course, you want to make your tenants comfortable and happy. But, you also want to make money.
What you might not think about right away is how heating and cooling systems play into all this. But, a Mitsubishi commercial ductless HVAC system can go a long way toward lowering your overhead and making your tenants happier.
These systems are becoming more and more popular in homes across the country. In South Jersey, that’s no exception. But, we’ve also seen an uptick in commercial buildings using these setups in Cherry Hill, Collingswood, and other towns near our office in Sicklerville.
So, why are they so popular? And what are they exactly? Well, as the name implies they don’t use big, bulky ductwork. But, there’s a bit more to it than just that.
Let’s look at three ways a system like this can improve your building.
Save Money With A Commercial Ductless Heat Pump
The big question is, will this fancy new commercial ductless heat pump save me money? And, the answer is yes:
- It uses less energy to create warm or cool air
- It costs less than other systems to install
- It gives your tenants more flexibility, which uses less energy
So wait a minute, what’s this heat pump business? That’s the component that provides the heat or cooling. And, they’re an essential part of how the system saves you money.
The pump doesn’t burn fossil fuels to create the heat. And, it doesn’t use a bunch of electricity to run the air conditioner.
Instead, it attracts the heat around it. In the winter, that means getting what little heat is outside. Then, the pump amplifies that heat and sends it into the building.
In the summer, it does the opposite. Heat from the building moves toward the heat pump. That brings it out of the building. Then, the system pumps the now-cool air back inside.
We can get into the thermodynamics and all, but it’s a long story. The bottom line is that the pump doesn’t need a lot of power to make this happen. It just needs a little bit of electricity to start the process. Then, it’s a self-perpetuating cycle.
Anyway, this is huge for a commercial building. After all, every dollar you spend on your energy bills is a dollar off your bottom line. So, the less you spend on heating in the winter and cooling in the summer, the more profit you have.
Now, as cool (or warm!) as that all is, there’s even more to the system than that.
A Ductless Commercial Mini-Split Is Easy To Install
Here’s something to consider if you’re looking to replace your current HVAC system, or if you’re dealing with new construction: A mini-split is easy to install. And, it gives you more options than traditional setups.
Alright, now what’s a mini-split? That’s another word for the whole system put together. Remember, on one end we’ve got that heat pump. Well, on the other we have air handlers or units.
The units are what distribute the air in the building. Sort of like vents, but better. We’ll get into why in a little.
Anyway, they’re usually rectangular units, and we mount them high up on a wall. Each unit handles a different zone or area in the building. They call this a multi-zone system. You can get air handlers that handle one room each. And, there are models powerful enough for larger open floor plans.
So how does the air get from the pump to the units? Through thin, flexible tubing. See, that’s how we do it without ductwork. The air travels through tubes less than two inches wide.
Stop and think about how easy it is to run an electrical wire. Ever tear down a wall just to run a line? Probably not. Well, we snake through the tubing the same way.
Now, think about what a pain it is to install ductwork. We have to plan it out. We have to build it. Then we have to take a whole bunch of space in your building to install it. And, of course, we’re charging you for all that time and all that material.
The tubing is way easier, and cheaper. You’ve got more options for where to run your HVAC. And, generally, we consider the units permanently installed. But, if you have a new tenant that wants to move a lot of stuff around, it’s doable.
The Air Handlers Save Money And Improve Air Quality With A Multi-Zone System
Okay, we’ve talked about pumps and thermodynamics and tiny tubes in a multi-zone system. But, end of the day, the air handlers are what are really attractive. They save you money. They make your tenants more comfortable, and maybe even a little healthier.
Let’s talk dollars and cents. The units use inverter technology to keep costs down. This is kind of like how cruise control on your car saves gas.
You know how your furnace suddenly roars on sometimes? That’s because traditional setups have two modes: On and off. The temp drops, they fire up. Temperature’s good, they shut off.
That takes a lot of energy to keep raising or lowering the temperature. Plus, it’s more wear and tear on the system.
Instead, the units usually run on a low-power mode. This way, they use only a little bit of energy to maintain the climate. That’s instead of always having to course-correct.
Then — and this one’s huge: Each unit has a thermostat on it. That cuts out a whole lot of squabbling about how hot or cold the building is. Now, each tenant controls their space’s temperature.
It’s also good for you in you have vacant space. Why spend money heating or cooling it when no one’s there? Just shut off the units in those spots, or run them on low. It won’t affect the rest of the building.
And then, there’s air quality. We all know ductwork isn’t exactly clean. A whole lot of dust and debris builds up in those things. And, in a commercial building, there’s a lot of it that makes its way into the air.
Plus, most places today don’t have windows you can open. So, that junk just hangs in the air, making people feel lousy and get sick.
Not so with the air handlers. There’s no dust building up in those little tubes. And, each unit has an air filter on it. You can change them out every few months or so. That way, you can be sure every tenant gets the best air quality possible.
Think about what a great add-on that is. When you’re telling people about your building’s amenities, you can brag about the excellent air quality and how they can set their thermostats. And, all the while, you’re saving money.