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The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning industry offers a variety of appliances in which people can choose from to customize the temperatures of their homes or establishments. One such machine would be the fan coil unit (FCU) which is capable of creating both hot and cold air. This isn’t as abundant as its HVAC counterparts and can more commonly be found in enterprises either as a secondary or primary unit. The former is its more likely role in most commercial settings.

This works by using air within a structure and blowing it onto a cold or hot coil. The result of which is then released into the area of the room. You may choose to avail of its heating or cooling capabilities through a thermostat.

Why A Fan Coil?

If you haven’t yet owned this, you might want to consider it for the advantages they may provide. Fan coils provide the services of an air conditioner and heater into a single household tool. Which means lesser space will be needed to accommodate it. It’s also meant to be stored in the ceiling so you won’t need to clear out a floor area for it.

If you really are inclined to having it on the floor though that can actually be done. Financially, this is also a more practical approach in contrast to other options in the market such as VAV’s, Chilled Beams, and Air Handling Units.

Signs You Need To Replace Your Fan Coil

There are cases when repairs won’t do anymore. Look out for these tell-tale indications.

Old Fan Coil Unit

Your FCU has an expected lifespan. You may ask professionals what your equipment’s life expectancy is as this may differ per model and manufacturer. If you find its performance no longer adequate and it is beyond its expected years of service than this might mean that any efforts of restoring it would only be in vain. It would be a more economical choice to replace it with a brand new unit.

If you haven’t been exercising proper maintenance of your fan coil unit and it has been with you for at least half its average lifespan, any signs of it slowing down might be also be an indication that an upgrade is needed. It would be best to have a professional inspect this though and have them recommend what the best course of action would be.

Decrease in Efficiency

Season Energy Efficiency Ratio or also known as “SEER,” is a means of grading developed by the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute or “AHRI.” This classifies an HVAC’s ability to meet temperatures during a certain season while utilizing as little energy as possible. The higher the SEER mark is, the more efficient your equipment.

Recall your utility bills from when your fan coil was brand new and then compare it to your situation now. If your expense on this department has greatly increased than this could be due to worn out components that are no longer productive enough to meet temperatures for much lesser resources.

If you’re concerned with the state of your FCU and you think it may need a new one, or if you merely want to make this switch, see to it that you consult with a certified technician for assistance and advice. We’ve got several reliable ones at TDI Air. Call us at (616) 449-1039 to schedule an appointment today.

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