At UMC, Inc., we offer turnkey HVAC design for multi-family projects, which means we design, build, and install the HVAC system from the ground up. During the design process, we have to consider all of the features of a multi-family building and the HVAC requirements that the system needs to meet. Multi-family projects are much more complex than a commercial or home HVAC system because the system must be designed to meet the needs of each unit or suite’s needs.
A long list of requirements must be considered when designing an HVAC system for a multi-family project from the ground up. Some of the most important things to think about when planning a multi-family HVAC system are:
- Humidity control: Controlling humidity in a multi-family building can be very complicated. Each unit requires separate humidity controls linked through the overall system. Many multi-family projects are designed with single-stage conventional systems because it’s the most cost-effective. However, these systems can struggle during seasonal weather changes when humidity levels change if not installed and fitted correctly. To prevent this, we ensure that our HVAC designs are installed and fitted correctly to meet the design requirements.
- Energy efficiency: Optimizing efficiency in a multi-family building can be complicated because each unit has individual controls connected to an overall system. We must consider this when designing a new system, especially if the design calls for improved energy efficiency. Sometimes, we recommend to our partners to install higher SEER HVAC equipment or systems to reduce energy consumption in the building. Then, when we begin installing the HVAC equipment, we test ducts, vents, and other HVAC materials to avoid leaks and lost energy.
- Moisture accumulation: Another item we always consider during the design process is how moisture might accumulate in the building and HVAC system over time. Each suite will have different moisture levels depending on how often the occupants shower, clean, or cook. Our HVAC design has to consider this and include ventilation systems to meet that need now and in the future. Over time, moisture may accumulate as these systems age, so we are mindful of that. We take extra care when building our systems to do quality work that will last for years, even under occupancy stresses.
The unique HVAC needs of a multi-family building require specialized expertise. We’ve honed our skills over years of specialized work as a multi-family plumbing and HVAC company. That means we know the unique needs of multi-family projects and have the skills to design and install a system to meet those needs. So, if you’re looking for an industry leader in multi-family plumbing/HVAC for your next project, call us!(801) 254-4038