Most facilities will rely heavily on HVAC, whether for the comfort of those living and working in the space, or because of the goods stored within the walls of the building. When it comes to a museum, though, HVAC is essential for the preservation of all those important, historically-relevant materials displayed and stored within.
When one large museum learned that the price tag on a new HVAC system, necessary to continue to maintain the needed environmental conditions within the facility, totaled more than one million dollars, panic undoubtedly set in. Though, like most museums, there is a budget in place to help prevent against costly emergency situations, but $1 million is a lot for any organization to come up with on a moment’s notice. Fortunately, the museum was able to make other arrangements.
There is some tax revenue coming its way, meant to help the facility cover the cost of the new HVAC system. That sum will total slightly more than half of what is needed to pay for the upgrades. Additionally, there are a few grants that have been approved, which will increase the raised total closer to the $1 million needed. Finally, there was a unanimous vote to pay for the rest in disbursements over the course of five years. Fundraising and various financing options will be considered to make that possible.
The truth is that is can be very stressful trying to pull together enough money to cover HVAC updates, whether doing so for a public museum or for a private residential property, but ultimately it is worthwhile. This can help to ensure that you maintain the desired level of comfort and protection for the people and items within the space. Furthermore, with the right sensors and controls in place, the efficiency of the new system can be maximized, thereby ensuring lower monthly utility payments.