A typical commercial HVAC system usually consists of packaged units, which are designed to be installed on flat roofs. In today’s post, local HVAC maintenance and installation company Sherrell Air Conditioning & Heating discusses another system worth considering for commercial application: the ductless HVAC system.
What Are Ductless HVAC Systems?
A packaged HVAC unit combines the compressor, condenser and evaporator in one cabinet, which means all stages of the cooling process take place within that single unit. Among its many advantages is its location: all maintenance and repair work, except for the air ducts, can be conducted on the rooftop, which helps reduce the likelihood of disruptions to daily operations.
A ductless or mini-split HVAC system, on the other hand, consists of two units: the outdoor unit—which can be mounted on the ground, an exterior wall or a rooftop—houses the compressor and condenser, while an indoor unit houses the evaporator and blower. Refrigerant and electrical wiring between these units are routed through tubing that goes through the wall or windows. This type of HVAC system is ideal for homes that don’t have existing ductwork, as well as those that need an alternative to window-mounted systems. They can, however, also work in commercial settings under certain conditions.
Benefits of Ductless Commercial HVAC Systems
Ductless HVAC systems in commercial spaces offer the following benefits:
No need for separate heating and cooling systems — Most types of ductless HVAC systems function as both air conditioner and heat pump, which means you don’t have to switch to a gas furnace during the winter.
More accurate heating and cooling — One of the challenges of packaged units is consistent cooling. A single unit could be providing cooling for up to 40 people, controlled by a single thermostat. This leads to uneven cooling across a large area. Multiple ductless systems, on the other hand, allow even, custom cooling. They can also help save on energy costs, as output can be lowered when certain areas aren’t in use.
Improved indoor air quality — Each ductless system has its own air filtration system, which helps maintain indoor air quality longer, as this function is spread across several units.
It’s worth mentioning that ductless air conditioners aren’t suitable for all types of commercial properties. Schedule an appointment with a certified HVAC technician and have your property inspected for compatibility.
Sherrell Air Conditioning & Heating is your leading provider of commercial HVAC systems and air cleaners. Give us a call at (972) 216-1961 or (713) 595-4986. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.