About Bell Childress Mechanical, Inc.

Here at Bell Childress Mechanical, Inc., it has been our pleasure to offer the highest level of home comfort for the Virginia Beach area for years. Our foundation consists of efficient, reliable and cost effective heating, air conditioning and indoor air quality products from York.

Quality heating and cooling products are just where we begin. The technicians at Bell Childress Mechanical, Inc. are trained and equipped to handle anything from routine HVAC maintenance & repairs on a residential system to complete turnkey installations for commercial environments.

Bell Childress Mechanical, Inc. offers your family or business the best heating and cooling products and HVAC services, combined with a level of customer service that will exceed your expectations.

In the Community

The professionals at Bell Childress Mechanical know how highly prized the massive musical instrument is to the congregation. They’ve done HVAC system maintenance at the church for several years. When it came time to replace the old, two-pipe hydronic heating and cooling equipment, it was no surprise that all attention turned to the organ’s performance.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, in Norfolk, Va., was built in 1739. A British cannonball is still lodged in one of its sturdy brick walls, fired during the Revolutionary War from the battleship Liverpool. Another claim to fame is its magnificent pipe organ, made in Germany.

Three of Five VRF condensers supply 38 tons of capacity

“We were set to install a VRF (variable refrigerant flow) system at St. Paul in late 2014,” explained Josh Childress, VP of the 12-truck firm. “Understandably, an acoustical engineer was hired to ensure that the new equipment wouldn’t affect the organ’s performance. This pushed the timeline back more than a year.”

Childress worked with Brian Adkins, HVAC specialist at manufacturer’s rep firm, Harry Eklof & Associates, to determine ambient noise levels in the sanctuary based on the sound produced by the Fujitsu Airstage VRF equipment to be installed. Even though the manufacturer offers some of the lowest noise levels in the industry, and the decibel level looked good on paper, the sound specialist wanted more proof.

They visited another Airstage project that Bell Childress had completed. In 2014, the company installed a similar VRF system at the nearby Grace Episcopal Church. Once the engineer saw and heard the system in operation, all concerns were set aside.

Bell Childress technicians installed three ceiling cassette units above the balcony, and floor mount units throughout the sanctuary. Pictured here, two units on either side of the organ.

“The members at St. Paul had initially considered retrofitting the building’s existing two-pipe hydronic system with new boilers and a chiller, but it was cost prohibitive and still didn’t increase functionality,” said Adkins, who helped design the VRF system for St. Paul. “We were able to provide a smaller upfront cost and a projected energy savings of 30% to 40%.”

Given the vaulted ceilings and high-occupancy levels in the sanctuary on Sunday mornings, the congregation at St. Paul wanted the option to cool the balcony area while heating other spaces.

Bell Childress technicians installed three ceiling cassette units above the balcony, and floor mount units throughout the sanctuary. After seeing the floor mount units at Grace Episcopal, the members at St. Paul decided that these affected the architecture minimally; they’re hardly seen above the pews. Wall-mounted units are used in bathrooms, and two concealed air handlers serve common areas.

Why Choose Bell Childress Mechanical, Inc.

  • Free Estimates
  • 24/7 Emergency Service
  • Financing Available
  • Fully Licensed & Insured
  • Locally Owned & Operated
  • Punctual Service
  • Preventive Maintenance Contracts Available
  • Serving The Area For 25 Years

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