How to Prepare Your Business for HVAC Ductwork Installation
Installing a ducted HVAC system can bring many benefits to your business, but the HVAC ductwork installation process can be somewhat disruptive. Follow these tips to reduce the disruption as much as possible and ensure that the installation of the ductwork goes smoothly.
1. Double-Check the Plans
Before you install ductwork, it is worth taking a little time to ensure that you have chosen the best possible HVAC system for your business. Ideally, you will have consulted with several HVAC contractors to get their professional opinions on which kind of system is best for your commercial space.
2. Locate the Access Points
It is important to know exactly which parts of your space will be affected by the HVAC ductwork installation. That means you need to know not only where the ducts will be located once they are in place, but also where contractors will be making holes in the walls in order to access the spaces behind them. Make a note of these access points, as the areas around them are the ones you will need to keep clear on installation day.
3. Let Everyone Know
Everyone who works in your organisation should know when the installation day is and how long the installation will take. Let employees know which areas they need to keep clear and for how long. Not knowing about disruptions to their workflow can cause a lot of frustration among employees, so it is important to keep everyone informed.
4. Make Alternative Plans to Maintain Workflow
If you know that some of your employees will be disrupted by HVAC ductwork installation, it is important to put alternative plans in place to allow them to continue to be productive. For example, you could move their activities into another part of the building while the installation is going on. Again, communication is key. Make sure everyone knows where they need to report to work on each day of the installation so you do not lose time through people being confused.
5. Clear Away Equipment
You can make HVAC ductwork installation go much faster, as well as reduce the risk of damage to specialist equipment, by clearing equipment out of the way of HVAC contractors so they can get to work straight away. Make a plan for moving equipment, particularly pieces that are bulky, sensitive, or fragile. Don't forget to plan for moving them back again after the installation is complete.