Ever wonder about those strange-looking mini-cities dotting city rooftop buildings across downtown St. Louis? The large metal rectangles are commercial rooftop air conditioning units, and they cool more than half of America’s small commercial buildings, from restaurants to schools, offices to retail stores.
After Ricotta Heating and Air was called to service an older malfunctioning unit in the St. Louis metro area, I learned just how complicated these systems can be. Ranging from 65,000 to 135,000 BTUs per hour of cooling capacity, depending on the size and cooling needs of the building, commercial units can cost many thousands of dollars – and require special training to maintain and repair. Good thing Ricotta technicians are members of ACCA, and trained, licensed and insured to protect businesses and their investment in air conditioning units.
After being called to the downtown rooftop, Ricotta installed a new Novar Energy Management Air Conditioning System with the help of a huge crane. The new unit was much smaller and more powerful than the older unit it replaced. It took up far last space and was a lot more attractive. The Ricotta installation crew took care to place the new unit out of direct sunlight in a shadier place on the roof to further increase the unit’s efficiency since direct sunlight makes these units extremely hot in the summer months. Not only was the new system vastly more cost effective for the business to maintain, but it also greatly reduced air pollution and noise output – very important to those in surrounding buildings and on the street below.
Ricotta’s highly trained service technicians know what to look for, and how to get the job done right – even hundreds of feet above the ground!
-Lew of Ricotta blog team