Buying a new HVAC system is a cost heavy investment. One that we all want to make the most of. Therefore, its installation takes precedence over everything else. After all, it is a matter of indoor comfort for all the occupants of the building or the residence. In all the mayhem that starts with looking for the best HVAC contractor to install the unit and finally getting it installed, we forget one key factor: HVAC commissioning. In fact, it may come as a surprise, but not all HVAC contractors do a commission.
Today, we wanted to make you aware of what HVAC commissioning is and why it is essential. Before we dwell on all that, it’s time to stress the importance of choosing the best HVAC contractor and not think about how expensive they are. Do keep in mind, those who come cheap have something to hide. The rates for all heating and cooling system services are decided as per the industry standard, and anyone charging below that will give only questionable results.
The HVAC system is a highly complex appliance with several parts performing distinctive functions to make your home or commercial building comfortable. Its installation is not as simple as unplugging the old system and plugging in the new one. To be honest, that is just one part of the installation process. The other and the lesser-known part is ensuring that everything is working as per the owner’s requirement once the new unit is installed. This is what commissioning is all about.
HVAC commissioning ensures that the newly installed HVAC system is working correctly (as per the manufacturer’s specifications) and as intended by the building owner. So the commissioning task starts once the unit’s physical installation is complete and it is ready for work.
HVAC Commissioning Process
Commissioning ensures that the HVAC is functioning perfectly. To do that, there is a set process the technician needs to follow.
1. Equipment Assessment – The HVAC commissioning process begins with a thorough check of the complete HVAC equipment. The whole point is to validate:
- The correct equipment has been installed.
- It has been installed correctly.
- It has been installed at the ideal location.
2. Conduct Checks To Meet Manufacturers Requirements – The next step is to make sure that all the manufacturer’s installation requirements are met. Typically, there is a handy checklist that the technician uses to carry out all the checks.
3. Check Actual Working Of The Unit And Make Adjustments – The unit is now allowed to run for some time, and then data is collected to know its performance. This step is more about testing the equipment and adjusting and balancing it as per the demands of the space. It is critical and will help the owner achieve the desired result.
Benefits Of HVAC Commissioning
There are two main benefits of HVAC commissioning. These are:
1. The Unit Is Adjusted To Meet The Demands Of The Structure – All HVAC systems are made with fixed standards. Sometimes these standards need to be adjusted or tweaked to meet the demands of the building or residence. This is possible only through HVAC commissioning.
2. Complete Documentation Of The Units Performance – With HVAC commissioning, the building owner gets complete documentation on the performance of the HVAC system. They become aware of all adjustments that are made to realize operational efficiency. It provides a guarantee to the owner that the unit is operating as intended. In addition, the HVAC contractor has documentation to support the newly installed equipment’s performance, which reduces the need for callbacks.
Why Do All Contractors Not Do HVAC Commissioning?
The sad truth is that even licensed contractors overlook HVAC commissioning, let alone those operating under the radar. It is why you need to choose your HVAC contractor with care. As to the reason why commissioning is overlooked, it’s pure and simple negligence.
As a customer, it is your right to get full value for money service from your HVAC contractor, and that includes HVAC commissioning. When choosing a contractor, be upfront and ask direct questions to know what exactly to expect when they come for installation. If they don’t speak about commissioning, ask them outright. You need to ensure that you get the full service. At the end of the day, your indoor comfort, the longevity of the equipment, and its optimal performance all depend upon it.
How Long Does HVAC Commissioning Take?
The time spent in HVAC commissioning will depend on what you are getting installed. For example, if you are getting a single unit installed, like just the AC or the furnace, commissioning will take anywhere from half an hour to a maximum of an hour. On the other hand, if it’s the complete system being installed, commissioning will take longer, maybe up to two hours.
If you want your new HVAC system to start at the very top of its game, HVAC commissioning at the time of its installation is a must. Once it is completed to the technician’s satisfaction, it guarantees a long optimal working life for the unit, desired comfort for all the occupants of the building, and above all else, it gives you documented proof that everything is working as it should. On the contrary, installation without commissioning will provide no such guarantees, and you will solely be depending on your luck.
At Aztil Air Conditioning, we fully comprehend the importance of HVAC commissioning. When you hire us to do an installation, rest assured it will include this very crucial step as well. At no time do we leave you hanging with questionable service. Our work ethics do not allow us to do that. So if you are a resident or property owner in West Palm Beach requiring the installation of a new heating and cooling system, we are just the people you are looking for. Not only do we do the installation, but we also take care of subsequent maintenance and repairs. To book an appointment, just call +1-888-729-8452.