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There’s no denying that the majority of property managers in Calgary are looking for ways to increase their buildings’ energy efficiency and cut down on monthly energy bills. Maybe you have a large tenant population, and you want to prioritize occupant comfort? Whatever the reason, it’s more common than you think to find a new building with a rooftop HVAC system. Though these systems might seem like an efficient way to heat or cool your property and offset higher utility costs, they can also pose some serious risks and dangers if they aren’t installed and maintained properly. As such, it’s crucial that property managers and operations teams who plan on installing one of these systems make sure they are doing so under the right circumstances and with certified and qualified professionals.  Our goal is to provide you with journeyman level service at reasonable and easy to understand pricing, call us at (403) 860-8437 for a no obligation quote today.

What is a Rooftop Heating and Cooling Unit?

Rooftop heating and cooling units are part of an HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) system. They typically consist of an outdoor unit that is placed on the roof of a building and or smaller unit(s) on lower floors, that all depends on the size of the building. The placement on the roof is to capitalize on unused space there and to maximize your indoor space for operations. In smaller buildings or warehouses, both units might be one combined unit. A rooftop unit offers great benefits in terms of energy efficiency and cost savings for building owners living in urban and rural areas. Additionally, they can help reduce carbon emissions in areas with high CO2 levels to counteract effects on global warming.  JDC Mechanical is the certified, accredited and fully insured choice of building managers throughout the Calgary area.

What are some makes and models of rooftop HVAC equipment?

There are a few different types of rooftop units that property owners might decide to install in their homes. The most common is the air-to-air unit, which consists of either a single or paired coil unit. This type of unit typically has an efficiency rating between 10 and 15 SEER with cost-effective price points. Another option is a gas-fired heating system, which offers the same benefits as air-to-air units like efficient heating and cost savings. A third option is a geothermal system, which uses the earth’s natural heat source to keep your home warm year round. We sell and install a variety of makes that best suit our client needs. Contact us today for a free quotation.

The benefits of having a rooftop heating, AC or both unit

Rooftop heating and cooling units can provide the perfect solution for building owners looking to improve the efficiency of their homes. Weatherizing a building to meet modern green building standards can be costly, especially if you don’t live in an area with mild winters or cool summers. Adding a rooftop unit is often preferable as they are able to provide more warmth and also allow you to conserve energy during warmer months. Additionally, by installing a unit on your roof, you will gain an additional source of revenue. The benefits of having a rooftop heating or air conditioning unit don’t always outweigh the risks associated with them. As such, it’s important that property managers who want to install one talk over their options with professionals who have experience in this field.

Risks Associated With Rooftop Units

1) Fire: One risk associated with installing rooftop units is that they might pose an increased risk of fire. Though these units should be installed by professionals and inspected for safety before installation, there are some cases where unsafe installations have led to fires. In these cases, not only did these systems not work as planned, but they could also cause serious property damage in the form of fire and other related damages. To prevent this from happening, make sure you work with professionals who have experience in installing residential heating and cooling systems as well as insuring your home against any potential property damages due to faulty installations or equipment malfunctions due to poor installation practices.

2) Condensation: Another risk associated with rooftop units is condensation that can build and accumulate if the installation is not by a red seal certified technician. Pooling of condensation will create moisture infiltration issues for your building and can be expensive to remediate. Avoid these issues by selecting an accredited HVAC technician from the start.


Are commercial rooftop HVAC units reliable and cost-effective climate control?

The thing about rooftop units is that they’re extremely versatile. They are often used by commercial and industrial buildings as a way to control the temperature inside their spaces. Roof top units can be more cost effective than using traditional HVAC methods because they require less energy to operate, so even though there might be some upfront costs associated with installing them, it can save money in the long run. Depending on what your energy needs are and how big your building is, you could also consider buying an air-source heat pump or ground source heat pump unit instead of a rooftop unit, but given the size and scope of most of the projects we work on, rooftop units are the way to go for larger buildings. Yet, heat pumps are a great option for smaller projects and these devices will still require some supplementary energy to function, but they will keep your home warmer while requiring less energy overall (and hopefully lower utility bills).

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Roof Top Unit (RTU) Replacement and Repair Calgary

RTUs are great for heating and cooling buildings that have large square footage or may be difficult to access from other parts of the building. However, there are some risks associated with these units that property management teams need to consider before deciding if an RTU is right for them. First and foremost, RTUs often require professional installation and upkeep. If a property manager or their operations team does not have the knowledge or experience necessary to install a rooftop unit themselves, they should seek out someone who knows what they’re doing. Additionally, if your roof is leaking in any way, it’s imperative that you get repairs done as soon as possible because leaks can cause serious damage to the unit itself and lead to major problems down the line. Furthermore, if your roof has been damaged due to any number of factors like hail storms or high winds, it’s best to remove the unit until further notice, so you don’t risk further damage. Finally, while rooftop units are typically more energy efficient than furnace installations in most cases, they aren’t perfect solutions for every space and situation. There are many factors like solar orientation that need to be taken into consideration when designing a new home or making an existing one more energy efficient. Talk to us today about repairing or annual maintenance for your RTU.


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Roof Top Unit (RTU) Project planning, Design and Installation

When it comes to installing a rooftop unit, the first step is to determine what type of unit you want and how big the system should be. This can be difficult because RTUs usually come in both gas-fired and electric models. There are also different sizes for each type of unit, which means there are multiple variables to consider. If you decide you want a gas-fired unit, this will require design drawings before installation begins. The size of the system will vary depending on if you have your own furnace or need to utilize a shared furnace space with other units in your home (which means there’s more complexity). So even though it might seem like an easy solution, there’s more than meets the eye! The biggest factor when building a rooftop unit is how big the system will get. The bigger it gets, the more expensive it becomes. If you’re looking for a small, simple system that won’t have any problems with efficiency or efficiency, then rooftop units might not be your best option. If contractors don’t do an extensive job designing and installing the roof top unit during construction of the building itself, things can go wrong later on down the line during operation. For example, modifications might need to be made if piping or ductwork inside your building needs to change or ventilation needs a re-design once it’s installed and operational. Consider hiring professionals who have experience working with these types of projects before they get started so that they know what they’re doing.


Is a Rooftop Unit right for your business?

Rooftop units can be a great option for many businesses, but they should only be installed with the right systems in place. The most important thing to consider when determining whether to install a rooftop unit is finding the right professional to handle the installation and operation of such a system. Not only do you need someone who is skilled at installing and maintaining these systems, but they also must have a lot of experience with rooftop units in general. If you think that your business might benefit from a rooftop unit, there are some things that you should keep in mind before making the final decision. First, it’s important to make sure that your roof meets certain requirements for installing one of these units. Your roof needs to be made out of certain materials – usually metal or synthetic materials – as well as having enough clearance so that it doesn’t interfere with any other building structures. The second thing you should consider is how much this investment will be worth for your business. It’s important to factor in depreciation costs and the amount of time needed for maintenance and repairs into the decision-making process so that you aren’t surprised when these costs start to add up. The third thing worth thinking about is weather patterns in your area of operations. You need to make sure that whatever kind of heating system you install won’t interfere with indoor air quality or cause any type of adverse effects like increased energy demand during peak seasons or an increase in indoor temperatures.


Rooftop AC unit, Heating unit or both heating and cooling?

If you’re considering installing a rooftop heating or cooling unit, the first thing you should ask yourself is what your primary goal is with this system. Do you need it just for heating? Or, do you need to cool your home year-round as well? If your primary goal is to heat your home, then a heating only unit will suffice. But if you want to cool your house as well, then a dual heating and AC unit may be more appropriate. Options are available for all three, heating only, cooling only or both and will influence project costs.


Rooftop unit owner resources for a long life span

Rooftop units can be a great way to help your building’s heating and cooling needs, but they can also lead to problems if not installed correctly. Before installing one of these systems in a mechanical room or on the roof, make sure you know what you’re getting into. It might be worth speaking to a professional about the risks associated with this type of installation as well as how to avoid them. We can even offer a no-obligation inspection of your current configuration to help you plan your next steps.


Rooftop Unit FAQs

How can I find the manufacturer service interval for my rooftop unit?

Rooftop units are a great way to heat your building in the winter and cool in the summer, but they aren’t without their risks and issues. Understanding the lifespan of your unit and what to watch out for will go a long way in ensuring its longevity and the safety of you and your family. The lifespan of many rooftop units extends anywhere from 15-25 years, but there are some things you can do to extend theirs even further. The first thing you can do is maintain the unit properly by using filters to keep debris and impurities out of the system. You can also make sure that the unit isn’t leaking by having it serviced regularly by a professional who knows how to diagnose and fix all the issues that could be wrong with it.


If I can’t find my specified service interval should I service it annually?

Yes, you should service your heating and cooling systems at least once per year. In most cases, it is best to service your heating and cooling systems during the heating season (usually between the months of December and March). The expected life of your system is typically indicated in your manufacturer’s operating manual, but it can vary from unit to unit. It is best to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for specific service intervals.


How long will a rooftop HVAC unit typically last?

Assuming it’s installed and maintained properly, a rooftop HVAC unit should last between 15 and 25 years, but how durable is a rooftop HVAC unit? Well, this depends on a number of factors, such as the unit itself, the type of roof it’s installed on, and proper planning and design. However, if you take care of the unit properly and follow manufacturer’s instructions for maintenance, it should last between 15 and 25 years.

How expensive are rooftop HVAC units?

Rooftop units are typically quite expensive. Depending on your HVAC needs and many other factors we went into detail above, they can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $100,000 or more. We can help you look at all your available options to make the most of your budget.

Rooftop Unit (RTU) maintenance tips

Rooftop units are a great way to increase your home’s efficiency and save money, but they do come with some risks. Here are some tips to help reduce some risks associated with rooftop units:

1) Make sure the contractor you hire is licensed and insured.

2) Make sure the contractor you hire is experienced in rooftop units. A contractor who has experience installing and maintaining these systems will know how to take care of them properly. Additionally, contractors who have experience will be able to identify issues that arise during operation and prevent them from progressing into bigger problems.

3) Utilize a professional maintenance company for inspections every year or when there’s an issue that arises.

4) Use proper ventilation techniques when operating your RTU system during winter or wet months. This will ensure no excess moisture builds up and causes any damage to your building or its contents.

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Make sure the contractor you hire is licensed and insured.

Experienced Contractor

A contractor who has experience installing and maintaining these systems will know how to take care of them properly.

Annual Maintenance

Utilize a professional maintenance company for inspections every year or when there's an issue that arises.

Monitor for Moisture

Use proper ventilation techniques when operating your RTU system during winter or wet months.

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