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Why Are Commercial Air Conditioning Systems Located on the Roof?

 

The great workhorses of the commercial HVAC world are packaged rooftop units that serve to both air condition and heat a workspace. You’re probably familiar with the sight of these from any time you’ve been high up enough to see the tops of buildings. However, residential homes rarely have their heat pumps or air conditioners on the roof (although you see it occasionally, usually for evaporative coolers, a.k.a. swamp coolers), so why are commercial systems different? We’ll look at this further in this post.

If you operate a business with packaged rooftop air conditioning, then you must rely on professionals to handle maintenance and repair work. For quality commercial air conditioning in Paradise Valley, AZ, look to the many decades of experience here at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning. We’ve served the Valley of the Sun since 1939 and offer high-efficiency commercial AC installation, repairs, and maintenance.

Why is that AC up on the roof?

Air conditioners first moved up to the roofs of commercial buildings because conditions in downtown U.S. cities, with high-rises pressed close to each other, were too crowded to allow placement on the ground. Because the roof location offered other advantages, the air conditioners have remained up there even in less congested commercial districts.

Considering how large commercial air conditioning systems need to be in order to meet the cooling requirements of a business, the roof is one of the most economical and attractive places to install them. An AC on the roof not only consumes less valuable commercial space, it looks better. Although modern HVAC manufacturers strive to make their units systems as sleek as possible, air conditioners are still not “pretty” to look at, so keeping them restricted to a place removed from eye-level creates a less cluttered and inviting appearance for a business. Since these large ACs also generate a great deal of noise when they run, putting them on the roof keeps extra sound pollution out of the workplace.

Rooftop units are easier to service without causing disruption to a business. A rooftop AC for a home is a nuisance to access—even potentially dangerous—but for a business it is an ideal spot.

The HVAC systems for businesses are more prone to damage from outdoor elements, as well as possible targets for vandalism. The rooftop location keeps the sensitive components of the AC removed from damage due to vegetation, gravel, cars, and humans.

Keeping your business’ workplace cooled down during the heavy Arizona summers is important for the happiness of your employees, customers, and clients. We take pride in the work we provide for commercial air conditioning in Paradise Valley, AZ, and we will strive to deliver complete satisfaction that will make us your regular choice for AC service. Call us today.

If you encounter any troubles with your rooftop air conditioner, you can reach Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning any time of the day or night for emergency service.

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