When operating correctly, fan coil units (FCUs) can keep a condo unit and its inhabitants comfortable and safe. But once units start to age, it’s only a matter of time before negative side effects start to appear.
Here are three of the biggest reasons why aging fan coil units (especially units more than 15 to 20 years old) should be replaced in your condo building before it’s too late. It’s important to note that it is up to the individual residents, ultimately, to keep their fan coil units maintained.
Increase Energy Efficiency
Like many other building products, newer FCUs are much more energy efficient than older units.
The FCUs installed by CDC are 80% more efficient than older units, leading to lower energy bills, fewer service calls and expensive repairs. This converts to greater savings for residents, Board and management staff alike!
Plus, CDC’s fan coil units’ motors are high voltage and use a variable speed, which ensures that performance is never compromised.
Produce Healthier Air
Did you know that according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air is more polluted than outdoor air?
In condo buildings, FCUs play an important role in creating a healthy air quality. Older FCUs can accumulate moisture, which creates an environment for dangerous mould spores to cultivate. Dust, rust and more combine with mould to create unhealthy living conditions.
The poor air quality produced by aging FCUs can create allergic, asthma and respiratory tract effects. Residents who have a greater chance of contracting an infection from old FCUs include those with suppressed immune systems or those who are already suffering from health issues, including asthma, allergies and lung disease.
Although less expensive, FCUs that are made with fibreglass come with an extra risk of fibreglass fibres and mould spores entering the building’s airflow.
At CDC, we place importance on your residents’ health! We install units made by Inner-Cool Fan Coil Systems (locally manufactured in the GTA) which are CSA and/or UL approved. Microbial growth is reduced and the mould remediation process is enabled due to the system’s K-flex closed cell antimicrobial insulation.
Plus, our team is comprised of certified Mould Remediation specialists who are experienced with large-scale replacement condo projects.
Similar to purchasing a new vehicle, one of the best parts about installing new FCUs in your condo building is the reliability factor.
New FCUs will not break down like older units, requiring fewer repairs and service calls. The FCUs installed by CDC have a built-in alarm option, which warns residents about water overflow. Plus, the unit is automatically turned off to prevent water damage.
Having reliable FCUs creates less stress on Board and management staff; plus, residents will not be inconvenienced by any unit shutdowns.
Canadian Design and Construction Inc. are industry leaders when it comes to fan coil unit replacement. Utilizing the latest technology for energy efficiency and reliability, our FCUs can be counted on to keep the air circulating in your condo building for many years to come.
By Sarah McKenzie