Key Takeaways:

  • Your business’s electrical system plays a key role in your HVAC system’s performance.
  • HVAC system and electrical system upgrades often go hand in hand. 
  • By evaluating your electrical system, you can ensure it can handle a new HVAC system’s requirements.
  • With sufficient breakers, electrical panels, and other electrical equipment in place, you can optimize the value of your HVAC system investment.
  • If you get your electrical system evaluated by an electrician or electrical contractor, you can ensure it is capable of supporting your HVAC system now and in the future. 

Ready to install a new HVAC system? You need a plan that accounts for your system and your electrical needs. 

If you want a new HVAC system for your business, think twice before you get this system installed. In doing so, you can map out all aspects of your HVAC system installation and ensure the system is well-equipped to meet your electrical needs. 

What is the link between your HVAC system and your electrical needs?

To understand how your HVAC system impacts your electrical needs, consider what can happen if you get a powerful system for your business. 

In this scenario, you’ll get a system that may require new ductwork, pumps, and other high-end equipment. The system may work wonders for your heating and cooling — that is, if you have the electrical services in place to back it up.

The bottom line: your HVAC system is only as good as the electrical services to support it. So, if you plan to upgrade your HVAC system, you also need to ensure your business has the electrical equipment it needs to keep it running at peak levels.

Tips to get ready for HVAC system installation

You don’t need to be an HVAC system expert to prep for installation and get the right breakers, electric panels, and other electrical equipment in place before the big day. Now, let’s look at three things you can do to prep for all aspects of HVAC system installation.

1. Assess your electrical system

Your electrical system may be just as old — or even older — than the HVAC system you’re replacing. In order to get your HVAC and electrical systems on the same page, you should get them checked out at the same time. That way, you can get any electrical system issues identified and corrected right away. Plus, you can update your electrical system, so you can get the HVAC system you want without having to worry about any electrical issues in the future.

In addition, partner with an electrician or electrical contractor who knows the ins and outs of electrical system repairs. This professional can offer tips and recommendations, so you can set up a commercial electrical system that is both safe and energy-efficient. At the same time, the professional can verify that your business consistently gets the power it needs — regardless of which HVAC system it uses.

2. Evaluate your HVAC system installation’s heating and cooling load

A big question to ask before your HVAC system is installed: will it be able to heat or cool your entire workspace?

If you have recently expanded or remodeled your space, you need to ensure your new HVAC system can provide sufficient heat or cool air across all areas. You may also need additional breakers to handle the extra heating and cooling load.

Once again, an electrician or electrical contractor can offer the help you need relative to your HVAC system installation. This professional can conduct a thorough review of your workspace and determine how many breakers are needed for your new HVAC system. Then, they can install the breakers to your specifications. And when your HVAC system is installed, all areas of your space will be able to receive adequate heating and cooling.

3. Consider your thermostat’s placement

Where your thermostat is placed in your workspace can have far-flung effects on the performance of your HVAC system. For instance, if your thermostat is set up in an area where lots of sunlight enters throughout the day, it could throw off the readings. The result: your AC can run for long periods, and your energy bills can be much higher than you initially expected. 

An electrician or electrical contractor can help you determine the optimal placement for your thermostat and update your electrical system accordingly. With this professional’s help, you can keep your thermostat in the right place — and keep your heating and cooling bills as low as possible.

4. Eliminate exposed wires

Let’s face it, exposed wires are dangerous eyesores. If you find exposed wires are present across your workplace, you need to address them. Otherwise, the wires can cause issues in your HVAC system’s performance. They also create unnecessary dangers for HVAC system installers and other personnel. 

By working with an electrician or electrical contractor, you can make a plan to remove exposed wires before your HVAC system is installed. Next, the professional will work diligently to execute your plan to perfection.

Want help with your commercial electrical system? Partner with UES 

If you want to get the most value possible out of your new HVAC system, you need to plan ahead. Thanks to Universal Electrical Services, you can receive expert support as you get ready for your HVAC system installation. 

UES works with industry-leading HVAC equipment manufacturers and contractors to save you time and money on your HVAC system installation. We make it easy to connect chillers, cooling towers, pumps, fans, and other HVAC equipment. Also, we can ensure your HVAC system is connected to your electrical system properly, with little to no supervision from your personnel.

We are available to discuss our commercial electrical services and how we can help you upgrade your electrical system before your new HVAC system is installed. To find out more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today.