Rooftop HVAC Systems

What You Need to Know About RTU’s

In the past, not many people have installed rooftop HVAC systems unless it was for industrial purposes. However, that is quickly changing as more and more people want to have rooftop systems installed where they live. It is specifically popular in areas with apartment complexes. There are many benefits to rooftop HVAC systems, including decluttering your yard and maintaining better use of the visible space. A Rooftop Unit or RTU as they are called is a great option because it keeps your unit out of eyesight and they are exposed to less dirt which simplifies maintenance issues. 

In this article, you will learn more about RTU’s and how they work, along with the importance of HVAC maintenance. Continue reading below to learn more.

What Is a Rooftop HVAC System? question

RTU’s are comprised of everything needed to provide conditioned air in one unit, conveniently placed on the rooftop of a building. RTU’s work a lot like traditional air conditioners work. 

Below is the process of how an RTU works:

  • Refrigerant arrives at the compressor as a gas
  • It’s then compressed into a high-pressure gas
  • This gas flows into the condenser coil
  • The metal fins then disperse the heat
  • The condenser fan blows the heat away from the building
  • The cool air flows through the building

When it comes to installing an RTU, many units are flexible and modular, which means they can be installed piece-by-piece. Modular units are beneficial because you can add to or move the unit with ease if you decide to make renovations to your home or building.


The Benefits of an RTU

Rooftop units are becoming more popular for many reasons aside from being pleasing to the eye. They are also convenient and efficient for storage and function; with a modular system, you can easily add parts to your existing unit when installing it to the roof. In turn, this frees up space around your home for more landscaping or something else. 

Some other common benefits of a rooftop unit are:

  • Stays cleaner because it’s off the ground
  • Easier to maintain
  • It’s a more secure location for your unit
  • These units have more energy-efficient features as well

It might take a little more money out of pocket to purchase and install a rooftop ac unit, but it will end up saving you money in the long run because of its energy efficiency. It will also save you money in repairs because it is safer on the roof than the ground.

RTU Maintenance Tips

Caring for your HVAC system is the one and only way to truly ensure its efficiency over the years. When it comes to self-maintenance, you can wipe off the metal fins if they look like they have some build-up on them, but annual maintenance should be done by a technician. In order to ensure your unit stays in working order and there aren’t any underlying problems, you will want the expertise of a professional. 

A professional maintenance service will:

  • Check all parts within the system
  • Inspect the system for leaks
  • Fix any minor issues
  • Inspect the system for further damages
  • Check for possible future issues
  • Repair the system
At the end of the day, the best way to keep your unit working properly for years to come is to get an annual maintenance check done to the system. A professional is trained to notice even the most minor of issues in order to keep your unit efficient longer. tools icon

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