Given our chilly winters and blistering hot summers, those living in New York co-ops and condos are keenly aware of the importance of properly working heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
That’s why it’s important for managers and residents to know who is responsible for what and how to properly maintain these systems, which could be a single heating/cooling system for the entire building or individual furnace or cooling systems in each unit. After all, in residences such as large high-rise buildings or townhome communities, a variety of HVAC technologies can be found. HVAC is the umbrella term for the system that includes all the equipment used to ventilate, heat and cool the building, move the air through the ductwork, and have that air filtered and clean for the occupants.
The basic components of an HVAC system are an outdoor air intake, mixed-air and outdoor air controls, an air filter, heating and cooling coils, humidification or de-humidification equipment, supply fans, ducts, a terminal device, a return air system, exhaust or relief fans, self-contained heating and cooling units, a control panel, the boiler, water chiller and cooling tower.
Dave Wagner, district manager at Petro Heating & Air Conditioning in Brooklyn says that for New York condos and co-ops, the most common HVAC system is called a packaged terminal air conditioner (PTAC).
“The general unit is a heating and cooling type of interior/exterior mounted unit. It takes air and it passes it across, it's an electrical unit, it passes it across a heating coil or a cooling coil and blows it into a living space at the desired temperature that an occupant would set it at,” he explains.