Virtually every building you walk into in the United States has a commercial HVAC system set up to heat, cool, ventilate, and provide air filtration.
Therefore, it’s important that you find the right company to work with when you’re in a position of hiring for installation, diagnostics maintenance, repair, or replacement.
Each company that offers commercial HVAC handles service with a degree of difference in methods, timeframes, and price. Quality also varies. When it comes time for you to find an HVAC company to work with, refer to the points below to help determine the right company for your commercial or industrial HVAC needs.
Commercial HVAC System Types
There are many commercial HVAC system types, and all commercial HVAC projects are unique. Specific size of space, and type of space need to be at the forefront of consideration when it comes to any commercial or industrial project.
It’s important to thoroughly understand HVAC output needs and specification before creating an overall installation, maintenance, repair, or replacement plan. The type of system that should be used is almost entirely dependent upon the building’s overall layout, and the building’s overall purpose.
The following are the main types of commercial HVAC systems:
Single-split HVAC units house the condenser and compressor separately from the evaporator coil and air handler.
This system is a step up from the packaged HVAC units typically found in residential areas, which keep the condenser, compressor, evaporator coil, and other components all together in the same space. Single-Splits also have a much higher SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating than packaged units, saving a large percentage of energy costs per year, comparative to performance.
All that being said, single-split systems are still best used for fairly small commercial spaces. They are ideal for spaces about the size of an average home, or less.
Small retail shops would find them useful, along with restaurants, and small office spaces. One advantage of split systems in general is that if your commercial space expands (or you plan on expanding it in the future) additional splits can be implemented alongside the original installation. This would simply turn a single-split into a multi-split system.
Mini-Split HVAC systems, like single-split systems, house the condenser and compressor separately from the evaporator coil and air handler.
Multi-split systems allow for multiple condensers and compressors houses, which can spread across a building. This is an ideal setup for commercial spaces that are too large for a single-split system, such as spaces with multiple walls, or even multiple floors.
Typically, large retail shops, medical spaces, and large office buildings all utilize some form of multi-split HVAC systems.
Variable Air Volume
Variable air volume HVAC systems utilize a different concept than most other designs.
Instead of having a constant airflow from your HVAC system, with variable temperature (such as you typically think, when setting a thermostat), variable air volume systems do the opposite. They instead have a constant set temperature, but varying air volume, which works to alter temperature in the building.
It is also possible in commercial spaces to set a multi-zone system that allows for altered air volume rates in unique segments of the building.
Variable Refrigerant Flow
Variable refrigerant flow systems allow the usage of differing amounts of refrigerant for each section of a building.
The result is that each section in a building can have its own temperature control. Thermostats and temperature control can be placed in each building’s zone, providing heating and cooling adequate to the space. In this case, multiple evaporator lines connect to a single, centrally located, condensing unit.
Air Quality and Comfort for Maximum Efficiency
Air quality is affected just as much as comfort when it comes to HVAC for commercial spaces. The need for proper temperature control in any indoor space is a given. However, another part of creating the right environment for business and industry is air quality control.
The right HVAC system fit creates proper airflow in a space, which provides enough air exchanges per hour to filter impurities. It may seem like a small thing, but having adequate air filtration (volume and thoroughness of filtration) creates working spaces where people get more done in less time, and where people are generally happier.
We understand that HVAC is about more than just comfort. It’s about providing the right environment for employees, buyers, visitors, and important decision-making. Make your commercial space one that maximizes human potential.
Dragon HVAC Commercial Services
Dragon Heating and AC offers the following commercial HVAC services, and more. If you need, we are happy to provide additional information on any service at 970-858-4775:
- Commercial Maintenance
- Control Equipment
- Ducting and Ventilation
- System Replacement
- Commercial Refrigeration
Our team has been working in commercial HVAC spaces since 1991.