Established in 1986, Manhattan Mechanical is one of the most sought after HVAC contractors servicing commercial and residential air conditioning system installations for companies of all sizes throughout New York City and the tri-state area. Manhattan Mechanical Contractors Inc. is a proud member of the USGBC and is an active civic participant in the LEED programs.
An HVAC system provides heating and/or cooling in industrial, commercial or residential buildings. HVAC stands for heating, ventilating and air conditioning. Another possible purpose is to circulate fresh air from the outside to dilute contaminants that gather inside from the use of chemicals.
As of 2014, a building owner can expect to pay between $5,000 and $11,000 to replace the residential HVAC system. The cost of replacing an HVAC system varies greatly. The type of system, installation costs and any necessary changes or modifications to the structure can dramatically affect the cost of replacing the HVAC system.
Determining the appropriate size for an air conditioner ensures proper and effective function. If the unit is too large, it cools the room but doesn't properly remove humidity, resulting in a damp or clammy feeling. Conversely, a unit that is too small doesn't sufficiently cool the room.
An HVAC gas pack is a heating and cooling system with the heat pump and the air conditioner housed together in a single unit. HVAC gas packs use propane, natural gas or oil for heating purposes, and for cooling purposes, it uses electricity.
In modern buildings the design, installation, and control systems of these functions are integrated into one or more HVAC systems. For very small buildings, contractors normally estimate the capacity, engineer, and select HVAC systems and equipment. For larger buildings, building service designers, mechanical engineers, or building services engineers analyze, design, and specify the HVAC systems. Specialty mechanical contractors then fabricate and commission the systems. Building permits and code-compliance inspections of the installations are normally required for all sizes of building.
Although HVAC is executed in individual buildings or other enclosed spaces, the equipment involved is in some cases an extension of a larger district heating (DH) or district cooling (DC) network, or a combined DHC network. In such cases, the operating and maintenance aspects are simplified and metering becomes necessary to bill for the energy that is consumed, and in some cases energy that is returned to the larger system. For example, at a given time one building may be utilizing chilled water for air conditioning and the warm water it returns may be used in another building for heating, or for the overall heating-portion of the DHC network (likely with energy added to boost the temperature).
Basing HVAC on a larger network helps to provide an economy of scale that is often not possible for individual buildings, for utilizing renewable energy sources such as solar heat, winter's cold, the cooling potential in some places of lakes or seawater for free cooling, and the enabling function of seasonal thermal energy storage.