There are many varieties of people that utilize self storage for various different reasons from people using storage spaces for cars, trailers or RV’s all the way to business owners utilizing storage space for their materials and equipment. Today I will be writing about a particular type of business owner which is HVAC (Heating, Venting and Air Conditioning) businesses whom can be commonly be found using the convenience of a self storage unit for their business needs.
Typically you find that smaller HVAC companies utilize self storage space because a large 10 x 20, 10 x 40 or the like sized unit are perfect to accommodate their business needs for storing their materials used on a day to day basis.
To give a better idea of what HVAC companies do within their business I would like to provide a quick explanation of the training HVAC employees receive before they are able to do their job as well as services that they provide to their heating, venting and air conditioning customers. HVAC workers start their career with a training course through a college or trade schools where they become HVAC certified and learn the basics of the HVAC trade all the way to the advanced aspects of the HVAC trade. In these courses, HVAC students learn skills such as refrigeration basics, trouble shooting HVAC refrigeration systems, HVAC electrical operations, how to service refrigeration systems as well as how to service HVAC electrical systems, how to work on and ventilation ducts from installation to repair and also how to operate a compressor and many, many more trade skills. Depending on how you go about getting your certification it can take up to 5 years in the state of New Jersey to become fully HVAC certified after completing 4 years of apprenticeship as well as all of the certification classes required.
Now that you know some of the basics involved to become HVAC certified we can move on to some of the job basics an HVAC certified person performs and why a self storage unit can be quite handy for the uses of the HVAC business. HVAC workers are able to install an entire heating and/or air condition system from the electronic control system used to operate the power of the system to the sheet metal duct work run from area to area to create a stable heated or cooled environment. A lot of the time a central air system provides both air conditioning as well as heat to your home so let me explain as simply as I can how it works . The air conditioning works as follows, there is a compressor that is located outside your home which has a condenser coil inside of it and then within your home there is an evaporator coil usually installed by your furnace. The air conditioner uses a gas called a refrigerant that transfers heat to the outside condenser coil through a chemical reaction when the refrigerant is compressed by the compressor.
Now this reaction takes place within a contained area within your air conditioner and it pulls the heat out of the refrigerant. Once the warm refrigerant is cooled, it is sent inside the home to the evaporator coil in which a blower is used to pull warm air from throughout your home and moves it over the evaporator coils which cools it and circulates it through your house through the ventilation ducts. Now that you know how the air condition works to create heat it is exactly the same process but reversed. The systems that can both cool and heat are called heat pumps and works as follows. The same three components are used the compressor, the condenser coil which in the heating process will act as the outdoor evaporator coil and the indoor evaporator coil which in the heating process will now act as the condenser coil inside your home. Now the heat pump uses the same gas called a refrigerant which transfers cool air to the outside condenser coil through a chemical reaction when the refrigerant is compressed by the compressor. The chemical reaction is contained in the heat pump and pulls the cold out of the refrigerant. When the cold refrigerant is warmed it is sent to the indoor evaporator coil and the blower located under the evaporator coil pulls cold air from your house over the evaporator coil which heats it and then sends it through the ventilation ducts which in return heats your house!
Wow, now that the scientific explanation of how heating and air conditioning work, let’s talk about why HVAC companies benefit from using a self storage unit. Let’s face it, with all that duct work being used HVAC companies need a place to put it all and the space that a large self storage unit provides is a perfect choice and location to keep it! Here at Storage Station our large 10 x 20 and bigger units have a large approximately eight and a half wide by about seven and a half feet tall roll up door very similar to a garage door so moving the duct work in and out of the unit is without question a breeze.
Having a large self storage unit also enables HVAC companies to not only store their duct work but their air conditioning units as well.
Even when it comes to HVAC companies storing their electrical equipment it is a no brainer that they can also just store it right along with all of their other materials too. The only thing that we prohibit the HVAC companies from storing is the refrigerant because it is considered a hazardous material and should be disposed of as well as treated as a hazardous material which is not allowed here at Storage Station facilities.
Overall, HVAC companies utilizing self storage units is a lot more common than people think and without question it is a fantastic place to store almost all of the materials and let’s not forget tools necessary to complete the installation of a central air conditioning and or heating system. One would really be surprised at the different businesses that utilize the convenience of a self storage facility for their needs and I look forward to writing more about the different kinds of business that do in the near future.