Is an RTU HVAC System Right for Your Building?

When it’s time to replace or install an HVAC system in your building, there are several options to consider. One of those options is an RTU HVAC system. It still provides heating and cooling, along with the same air quality benefits as any HVAC system. What makes an RTU system different, however, is its location and setup. Here’s what you need to know about RTU HVAC systems and how to tell if it’s the right choice for you. 

What is an RTU Unit?RTU HVAC system feature

RTU stands for roof-top unit. All the components, including the coils, compressor, and fan, are packaged into a single unit on the roof. Traditionally, most HVAC systems have some components that exist outside, and some that exist inside. With an air-cooled split HVAC system, for example, the evaporator and fan are installed inside. But, with an RTU, everything is located outside on the roof. It uses ductwork to circulate air throughout the building.

Buildings Eligible for an RTU HVAC System

This type of system works better in some buildings than in others. Because the unit sits entirely on the roof, it can pose problems for very tall structures. Generally, RTU is not recommended for any building higher than 10 stories. That’s because it becomes more difficult to push air through the ducts and reach every room.

Another important consideration of an RTU is roof access. In order to install and maintain the system over the years, it needs to be relatively easy to reach. This is an issue that some building owners run into. If roof access is difficult, they’re more likely to neglect maintenance. As a result, the system can’t function properly or last as long as it should.

The most common types of buildings that use an RTU system include restaurants, stores, warehouses, and shopping centers. If you’re wondering if it would work for your specific building, talk to The Severn Group team today to learn more.

Unique Benefits of an RTU

As mentioned, RTUs provide energy-efficient heating and cooling for every room in the building. They also conserve energy and improve indoor air quality. Unique to the RTU is that it doesn’t take up any indoor space. You won’t have to sacrifice any room or move any of your equipment around to accommodate the unit. RTUs are also easier to install and are often less expensive.

Speaking of installation, you can even use your existing ductwork for an RTU. This can make the process even quicker and more cost-effective. Finally, if and when the system needs repair, it’s more convenient for the technicians. Because all of the components are in one place, they can run diagnostics and make any necessary repairs with ease.

If you’re interested in learning more about an RTU HVAC system and how it can be beneficial, contact us today. The Severn Group specializes in the installation, repair, and maintenance of a variety of heating/cooling systems. We’ll be happy to set you up with an RTU or another system that works for your specific needs.