Employees, customers, and clients expect to feel comfortable in any weather when they enter a building.
If you are a building owner, it is vital to maintain your commercial air conditioning system to ensure that it operates to its maximum potential. Understanding how it works and what to expect for service and maintenance, and other things related to it is your responsibility.
Heating, ventilation, and cooling systems, more popularly known as HVAC systems, are components of most modern buildings. A building’s HVAC system ensures that the establishment keeps comfortable temperatures, consistent humidity, and high indoor air quality.
Commercial HVAC systems have different types, but their operation is similar.
- Air conditioning units. They lower a building’s temperature by passing air through water-cooled or refrigerant systems. They can remove excess moisture from the air, as well.
- Heating systems. Air passes through gas grills, radiator coils, or water systems to heat the air and distribute it throughout the building.
- Ventilation systems. They clean the air, circulate it with several fans, and pass it to the unit’s system of filters.
Categories of HVAC systems
Countries with four seasons typically install commercial HVAC systems to ensure that the building is cold or warm when the temperature changes. Although the HVAC systems work similarly, installing a cooling/heating system depends on the requirements of the commercial establishment. A building may install a combination of different categories. It is critical to work with an expert commercial air conditioning supplier to ensure that you are installing the correct unit according to the building’s requirements.
- Single split system. This is the most affordable and the most popular, which applies to smaller commercial establishments. The system is ideal for restaurants and offices where people can individually control each space’s cooling (or heating). The heated or cooled air passes through the air ducts. With a single split, each indoor unit has one corresponding outdoor unit, so it needs more space.
- Multi-split system. This is more efficient and requires less space as it is possible to connect up to nine indoor units to a single outdoor unit. The system has sensors that detect changes in temperature and automatically adjusts the system.
- This type of commercial air conditioning system is best suited for hotels, malls, and large office buildings with different uses.
Installation and maintenance
A commercial air conditioning system lasts for about ten to fifteen years. You can extend its life, and at the same time, ensure that it works efficiently with regular and professional maintenance. Regular maintenance lowers energy costs, as well as downtime and the need for repairs.
If you require a new installation, see to it that you work only with a brand and industry specialist as they have the proper training to handle the specific cooling system. Moreover, you should entrust the maintenance of your commercial cooling system to a commercial specialist. Usually, you schedule maintenance work twice a year, including system inspection and fine-tuning and cleaning of some parts.
A commercial air conditioning system is a significant investment, and you should know how to ensure that it will function efficiently for the length of its life.