20 May Denver HVAC Contractors: Keeping HVACs Ready to Handle Fickle Climate
One should never get too accustomed to the climate in Denver, Colorado, which can be very unpredictable at times. According to CBS4 reporter Kelly Werthmann, an apartment complex recently had its entire heating system shut down, in anticipation of warm days ahead. Lo and behold, the next few days actually brought temperatures of about 20-something degrees, forcing apartment tenants to go to great lengths to stay warm, such as sleeping with their sweaters on or staying close to an oven for warmth.
The report implies that the owners of the apartment complex made the decision to shut down heating to save on utility bills. Whatever their real reason is, the apartment owners need to consider overhauling their HVAC system to prevent their tenants from resorting to extreme measures again. Reputable providers of plumbing and HVAC in Denver, such as Total Plumbing, Inc., know that any HVAC system should always take into account daily climate changes to be ready for any sudden shifts.
On average, Denver receives about 8 to 15 inches of precipitation every year, with the month of May being the wettest (2.56 inches). The hottest month is usually July, although increases in temperature can be felt as early as March. Temperatures for the month of May range from 42 to 72°F, which explains why the apartment managers were confident that deactivating the property’s heating system had little consequence. Even so, there are other HVAC systems more suited to this type of climate.
For example, the apartment complex could’ve relied on a water source heat pump system which can provide both warm and cool air at the same time. As the name implies, this system relies on water held between 60 to 90°F, which is then pumped throughout the complex and into individual compressor units in each room. The compressor units provide cool air by “rejecting” the heat from the water and give warm air by “withdrawing” heat from it. Only the best Denver HVAC contractors would know how to install such a system in a multi-family dwelling.
That said, the availability and equal distribution of warm and cold air is just one thing that the apartment managers need to worry about. Building pressure control, leakage testing, and overall maintenance are other factors that come into play if they’re looking for the right HVAC system for their property. However, the idea that their tenants won’t have to rely on their sweaters and ovens to stay warm should be enough motivation for the apartment managers to pick the best one.
(Source: Apartment Complex Residents Forced To Go Without Heat, CBS4, May 12, 2014)