Air Handling Total Cost
When purchasing air handling equipment for your businesses, it is important to perform due diligence to determine the right equipment for your needs. While many businesses are searching only for the lowest cost, a more sustainable purchasing strategy takes five areas into account.
- Cost of installation. Is the air handling equipment preassembled, or will it be assembled on site? Will you need special equipment to install your purchase, or is it plug and play? Knowing the answers will help you determine the cost of installation.
- Cost of demolition. Does previous air handling unit need to be removed to accommodate the new equipment? Having to demolish and remove older equipment can add to the costs.
- Operational costs. What are the costs to operate the new air handling unit, and how will the building’s environment impact those costs? While one option may be more expensive than another choice up front, understanding the costs to operate it can make the more expensive equipment a more attractive option in the long run.
- Maintenance costs. What are the costs to keep the air handling unit up and running? How will the type of material used in the equipment impact maintenance costs?
- Lifecycle/term of replacement. How long will the air handling unit last? A piece of equipment that has to be replaced every 10 years may not be as good of an investment as one that will last for 40 years.