In most rural business locations, the HVAC equipment is simply situated on the ground just outside of the building. However, in urban areas, space does not always allow for the HVAC equipment to have enough space on the ground, and, therefore, the equipment has to be situated on the roof. If your business building has the external HVAC equipment situated on the roof, it is a good idea to check out rooftop equipment screens. These sturdy structures are specifically designed to protect exterior rooftop equipment. While you may view this as an unnecessary investment, you should know that these screens provide great advantages.
Protect your external HVAC equipment from the rain and snow.
Even though HVAC equipment is fairly resilient to the rain, snow, and ice, being situated up on the roof will mean it is that much more precipitation the units will be faced with on a regular basis. This excessive exposure to the rain, snow, and moisture can definitely take a toll on your equipment through the years, which can compromise its efficiency and its lifespan. Rooftop equipment screens are designed to block out moisture but are built in a ventilated way to still allow airflow.
Protect your HVAC equipment from the wind.
The higher up from the ground your HVAC equipment is, the more exposed it will be to high winds because winds are often much stronger higher off the ground than down below. Because excessive wind damage is a common concern with rooftop HVAC equipment, it is often recommended that building owners install equipment screens, especially if the building is several stories high. Rooftop equipment screens provide superior protection from the wind. They are designed with wind-resilient materials that can withstand strong gusts that would normally cause a lot of damage to your equipment. Likewise, items blowing around with the wind will not be able to make it past the protective barriers.
Protect the aesthetic appearance of your building.
Even though most HVAC equipment can be painted to match the color of your building or even the color of your roof in an effort to make it blend in, this boxy equipment stands out for sure. Often times, the HVAC equipment makes the rooftop look cluttered and crowded. Rooftop equipment screens keep this cluttered view covered from onlookers who peer up from the ground. All they will see is a nicely finished, screened-in area on the roof.
Contact a company like Pacific Sheet Metal to learn more.