There are different ways for for owners of commercial & multifamily NYC buildings to start the process of making heating system improvements. Only 1 is the best option.
Pros: They handle every step of the process. You sign a check and they get the job done. Cons: They only will offer conventional systems, not high-efficiency systems. By having one company do all the work, they are subcontracting all other phases of the job. You cannot buy the equipment direct from wholesalers. Not a NYSERDA MPP. Note: If you just want a low cost heating fuel reduction idea, or the most efficiency heating system possible, they would not be the right choice for you.
Pros: They handle every step of the process. Much better communication & education than option 1. You sign the checks and they get the job done. In-house engineers. Project management of job.
Cons: They often charge a fee of $5,ooo- $10,000 dollars and require an exclusive 6 month contract. Many claim to offer all the most advanced heating systems but they simply do not. They are in every “green field” possible including: electrical, water conservation, heating, insulation, solar, geothermal, lighting, HVAC etc, they simply are not fully committed to heating systems and do not offer the most advanced heating system designs possible. Some companies require you use their installers. Some will not allow you to buy the equipment directly from wholesalers. Note: If you just want a small heating fuel reduction idea, or the most efficiency heating system possible, they would not be the right choice for you.
3) Have a regular plumbing company pretending to be large enough to handle everything. Have everything go painfully slow and disorganized. Pros: ___ Cons: Subcontractors doing the work. Few ideas, not using cutting edge technology. Will rely on a traditional heating supply store for all the equipment sizing, or require outside engineering. Not a NYSERDA MPP. Note: These guys are absolutely fine for small system improvements but only AFTER high-efficiency options and cheap energy reduction systems are explored with an independent heating consultant.
4) Have a plumbing & heating supply store representative help with the process. It’s true that reputable heating supply stores do offer outside designs and light heat load calculations. They will size up equipment and give you material quotes, but that is it. Besides limited product selection, a supply store is naturally going on only suggest you use equipment they sell. This is not the best way to go because a heating supplier can only help size hydronic (hot water systems) and HVAC suppliers can only help size HVAC systems. Neither can offer small suggestions on incorrect piping and system control issues, they are not interested in helping you find low-cost fuel reduction ideas. The people involved with the sizing all get commission on gross profits, so naturally they want to sell you the biggest and best equipment as possible.
Pros: Free new equipment sizing & martial pricing.
Cons: Limited product selection, only can offer products they carry, only offer technologies in their category, they do not “cross over” subsections of the industry. Not a NYSERDA MPP
5) Engineers & Engineering firms are right for some projects and not for others. Though engineers are required for heating upgrades, hiring an outside engineering firm for big money and a full building analyses may not be necessary. If you are primarily interested in upgrading a heating system we can get heating loss and drawings done for free working directly with our heating partners in-house engineers. We have explained in some detail the draw-back to hiring an engineering firm for a heating upgrade on this page.
THE SMARTEST OPTION
High Efficiency Application Tech. The new choice.
We cover steps and services, ranging from a few months, to a few years earlier in the overall “master plan”. The alternatives, mentioned above, will only help you after know what you want or demand a substantial investment upfront. We help you figure out what you need first, and only charge a little for the help.
Pros: Unlimited product selection, all sub categories of the industry, high-efficiency options, heat recovery system options, Oil-fired, Gas-fired, CHP, VRF, material quotes, labor quotes and more.
Best of all you pay a low fee for the help and get 100% unbiased advice- not commission driven.
Cons: Availability. Our installation contractors can only handle 2 projects simultaneously, and we’re good at keeping them busy.
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X) We forgot to mention the WORST possible option. The all too popular, grossly un unknowable, under qualified property manager trying to handle the entire project. Pros: None at all. Property managers are not trained commercial heating systems experts. They have no business managing any commercial heating upgrade.
Cons: Painfully slow, painfully disorganized, and they never explore high efficiency options. Many have never even heard of VFR, CHP, CO-generation, Tankless, Combi, minisplit, Heat Recovery, they do not know how to size equipment, they do not know how to get free engineering services from manufactures. They do not have connections and therefore cannot get product representatives to offer free consultants on products. They do not understand the complex challenges with gas conversions. They do not know about oil tank issues, or chimney issues. They don’t know what contractors to get quotes from, or when.
98/100 property managers do not know enough about today’s NYC heating challenges to make informed choices on improvement strategies. NYC has a mix of 100 year old steam systems, on low pressure steam, high pressure stream, hot water, hydro air systems and now add all the new high-efficiency options (too many to list) and the heating industry is changing faster than SoHo fashion trends.
Property managers do not know about cutting edge heating technologies, new systems come out so often today, it takes full time devotion and consent product training just to keep up with the heating industry.
Many years of specialized knowledge are required to make an educated decision on upgrading a commercial heating system. If you are a property manager you can invest a few years into painfully dry research reading DOB building code requirements, find contractors willing to spend time and teach you a lifetime of on the job lessons, go to heating trade-shows, takes classes in boiler operation, take more training classes in high-efficiency heating systems and you you’ll start having a clue. OR, you can hire an outside consultant like me to help.
Your average property manager doesn’t know nearly enough to have the ability to preform the role as lead project manager for commercial heating upgrades in NYC. That’s why we are here to help.