RTU Rooftop Units Explained

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As you plan to construct your next big project, one of the many things you have to consider is choosing an HVAC system that can heat and cool the whole building efficiently. While you may have several options to choose from, consider using an RTU HVAC unit for your next project. But what is an RTU HVAC unit?

An RTU HVAC unit is a self-contained air conditioning unit that lives on the roof of a commercial building. The unit helps to provide both heat and air conditioning to specific spaces.

It differs greatly from other HVAC systems you can also find on the roof, such as water-cooled chiller systems and split-system air conditioning condensers. An RTU HVAC unit comes in a packaged unit with all of its components for both heating and air conditioning in one box, while other HVAC systems have separate parts.

What Makes an RTU One of the Best HVAC Systems for Commercial Buildings?

Here are the top four reasons an expert would recommend an RTU HVAC unit:

Energy Efficiency

All the components that make up the HVAC system are assembled and configured in optimal conditions to help increase their efficiency while reducing the amount of energy they consume. You will, therefore, pay a lower energy bill than when using other HVAC systems.

It Conserves Your Indoor Space

The RTU HVAC unit is a compact system that is always on the roof, apart from the ducts. You do not have to waste indoor space that you would instead use for monetary gain.

Less Expensive Installation

The parts of the RTU HVAC are optimal, and you will always find them pre-installed. It is, therefore, easy and cheaper to fit the whole system.

Easy Diagnosis and Repair

Since all the components of an RTU unit are in one place, it is much easier for a technician to diagnose them and identify where a problem lies and fix it.

Considering they are on the roof, there is less exposure to potential damage and dirt, simplifying their upkeep. Your costs will also reduce because of a fast diagnosis.

RTU systems are perfect for large and open spaces together with single storied buildings. You can also use them in multistoried buildings that do not exceed ten stories. There needs to be plenty of space on the roof to set up the unit and enough ductwork in place.

If you want a highly efficient HVAC unit in your building, consider getting an RTU unit. If you are not sure if RTU HVAC is right for you, speak to us and we will guide you on the best HVAC unit to use depending on your unique needs. Call us now at 408-295-2182.

Hiring a mechanical engineer for building retrofits, rebuilds, additions, or enhancements is the quickest and surest way to obtain the ideal facilities for supporting your operations. Are you ready to make your workplace more modern, efficient, or compliant? If so, we can help.

Call us today at 408-295-2182.


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