Commercial HVAC systems are far more complex than their residential counterparts, and therefore there are certain factors that need to be considered when installing a new system. In today’s post, heating and air conditioning repair company Sherrell Air Conditioning & Heating shares a look at these design considerations.
Building design — One of the first things you have to consider is the building’s design or purpose. For example, shopping centers, hospitals and office spaces are all considered commercial buildings, but they all have different requirements in terms of heating, cooling and indoor air quality. Some types of commercial properties may even have extreme requirements, like warehouses or climate-controlled factories.
Sizing — An HVAC system has to be sized according to the building’s interior space. A system that’s too small would be redlining all the time in an effort to meet the building’s minimum requirements. On the other hand, a system that’s too large will run intermittently, resulting in inconsistent indoor temperatures and high humidity levels. The stop-start nature of intermittent operation will result in higher energy consumption. This is why an HVAC installation technician will first need to calculate the total indoor space before choosing the appropriate type of HVAC system for your space.
Climate zones — Having climate zones is a must for commercial properties. Every room has different heating and cooling requirements, and therefore may need to have their own temperature controls. This could be as simple as having individual damper controls in each room, or as sophisticated as integrating smart controls into a system that runs the entire floor or building.
Air distribution — Commercial spaces, especially offices, tend to have overhead air distribution systems, as opposed to the under-floor systems in homes. However, modern office space design tends to utilize open spaces, which may render overhead systems inefficient. If you’re planning to adopt a less conventional approach to office design, you may need to redesign the air distribution system to ensure comfort, energy efficiency and good indoor air quality.
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