Keeping cool is essential no matter where you live. We know summer isn’t around the corner just yet, but before we know it, it’s time to turn down the thermostat. Warmer summer months can be uncomfortable inside any building, so a good A/C unit is a necessity. The most commonly reported problem with A/C units are that they are bulky and often noisy. Your options for A/C unit storage are on the ground or on the roof and both locations come with benefits and drawbacks. Ground A/C units are not easy to remove once installed so be sure about this location before installation. Many commercial and industrial lots have ground options so this will likely not cause complaints. However, if your building is the only one with ground units, you may get some resistance from your neighbors that do not have a similar setup.
To avoid any conflicts, many A/C units can be installed on the roof which keeps them out of the way. This also exposes them to more severe weather changes and potential damages that could be more frequent. The winds are higher on rooftops which can knock pieces loose and blow dirt into the unit causing problems. However, a ground unit can also get clogged with debris so you face the same obstacle.
The weather in your local area will largely determine the lifespan of your air conditioning unit. With proper installation and maintenance, you can get the most years out of it no matter what the weather does. Putting the unit under or close to a tree can add some protection from the sun which will help prolong its life too. The benefits to ground units are that they are typically getting the shade from the building. One of the major problems with rooftop A/C units is remembering it is up there. Set reminders to regularly scheduled maintenance for your rooftop unit so it does not get neglected. Getting to the unit can be more challenging than ground units so you need to make sure you have the right equipment to reach and work on the roof safely. Ideally, you want to hire and work with a professional for all maintenance and repairs.
Despite the challenges of a rooftop unit, the biggest benefit is that you will have plenty of space and the unit will be out of the way. Having the unit on the roof also keeps the outdoor environment quieter and serves as better protection for the unit because sadly, A/C unit theft is more common than people realize. Rooftop installation for A/C units is more economical despite the small challenges. Work with a professional to ensure the unit is secure, regularly maintained, and it will keep you cool whenever you need.