Condominiums need to spend their reserves carefully. Planning ahead and improving building systems before problems arise can save your condominium in the long run. HVAC and water delivery systems are often the most outdated. Here is some information about why your condominium building should consider upgrading these two vital systems.
Upgrade Your Building’s HVAC System
A lot of large condominiums consume a lot of energy on air conditioning. The cost of cooling common areas can be extremely costly over the course of the year, especially the summer months. Many buildings built prior to the 1970s weren’t designed to have massive ac systems running throughout the building, and the path from the building’s chiller room through individual ducts may be less than ideal. Moreover, single thermostats often control an entire floor within a building, resulting in overcooled and undercooled areas.
While replacing your entire HVAC system may be financially impractical, it’s highly advisable to have an engineer conduct an energy study on your system to identify exactly where you are losing the most air or energy. Replacing or adding controls or incorporating additional thermostats can help you to stop blasting cool air when you don’t need to.
Install a Water Filtration System
Ensuring the quality of your building’s water is an extremely important thing to do for its residents as well at the building itself. Over time, corrosive elements in water can significantly damage your building’s plumbing system. This type of damage could result in the need for costly or emergency repairs.
Your building can proactively prevent this type of effect by using an environmental process engineering technique that filters water coming into the building and supplying individual units. This technology will noticeably improve the quality of your building’s water while also minimizing the burden of heavy usage throughout your building’s pipes and risers.