PRSM Releases White Paper on HVAC – Total Cost of Ownership for Retailers

The Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association, (PRSM), the authority on retail, multi-site facilities management (FM), has released its white paper, HVAC: Considerations for Total Cost of Ownership, that outlines the costs associated with heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems used in retail store environments including installed cost, energy cost, maintenance cost and service/repair cost.

Understanding the total cost of ownership, TCO, enables retail facilities management professionals to analyze the long-term costs, benefits of different types of systems and select the type of system that best meets their specific needs at the lowest total cost over time.

Evaluating commercial HVAC systems is not an easy task as quality and efficiency of equipment, factory installed options, geographic location, temperature set points, store operating hours, cost of labor and repair parts, preventive maintenance costs, and types of controls all contribute to TCO.

However, understanding TCO enables the retail FM to select the best system for their specific application. The white paper includes an example of how new units compare to older units for both 50-Ton and 10-Ton Load Equipment in four different metropolitan areas.

“Retail facilities management is a complex and evolving industry and PRSM is proud to provide the latest tools, like this white paper, to educate and help retail FMs make the best and most economical decisions when selecting new equipment,” said Bill Yanek, PRSM’s CEO.

PRSM Association’s Resources Center provides management tools exclusively for the Retail FM and supplier community. Resources include: quarterly white papers on leading industry issues; the annual Best Practices Book that covers a wide spectrum of FM industry trades; and the Retail Facilities Benchmarking program. Other resources such as industry research-based Trends Reports, and Buyer’s Guides (print and online), the association’s bi-monthly magazine, Professional Retail Store Maintenance (print and electronic), and PRSM Weekly (a news-focused e-newsletter) help keep retail facilities managers up to date on breaking trends and industry issues.

For a full copy of PRSM’s white paper, please contact Bruce Condit, Vice-President Communications and Public Affairs by emailing

About the Professional Retail Store Maintenance® Association (PRSM)

PRSM Association, the authority on Retail and Multi-site Facilities Management, is the leading membership organization for retail facilities and vendor professionals.  PRSM empowers the Retail Industry facilities management with best practices, benchmarking, education, discussion forums and trusted partnerships. Chartered in 1995, and with approximately 950 member companies, PRSM community values are founded on a spirit of innovation, resourcefulness, the quest for knowledge and ethical business relationships. Members depend on PRSM to help them achieve greater success and a competitive advantage through quality programs and resources.

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