If you are like most professionals, you have a lot on your plate and don’t have time to spend hours learning about the intricacies of commercial HVAC systems, such as what they do and how they are installed. Don’t worry! We have a brief, simple guide to help you select a new commercial HVAC system that’s just right for your business.
Selecting the Right HVAC System
Commercial HVAC systems have their own intricacies, different from those bought on a smaller scale, but many people don’t realize the variances. There are many systems available with many differing functions. What are the most important components to consider?
Need. A company must determine the needs of their building in terms of air quality and temperature. Some HVAC systems provide both heating and cooling, while others are strictly cooling systems. Some areas run hot because they are higher up or because there is a lot of data-driven, telecommunications equipment stored within. Others may just need to be warmed and cooled to ebb and flow with normal weather fluctuations.
Size. An HVAC installation specialist can determine the appropriate size of the HVAC system. Buying the wrong size will only prolong unsatisfactory temperatures in the office and cause trouble. To determine the appropriate unit size, an installation specialist will perform a load calculation, or manual J, by assessing these key factors:
The size of your space
Heat produced by equipment
Number of people present daily
Efficiency. An HVAC system buyer must choose between standard efficiency or high efficiency for the system. Efficiency levels affect the lifespan of the model, so that while many companies see the upfront savings in buying standard efficiency, they will be repairing or replacing long before the high efficiency buyers. Making this choice depends largely on the importance of temperature control and the anticipated energy bill cost.
Redundancy. Dual HVAC systems may be a significant investment for companies whose equipment is particularly temperature-sensitive. HVAC redundancy allows for sensitive equipment, especially located at a remote site, to be kept desirably cool without human intervention and in a way that doesn't overwhelm a traditional HVAC unit.
Now that a list of important components has been rendered, it is important to know which features and qualities are most important for your commercial HVAC system. We have developed a short list of the most pertinent features for a commercial HVAC system.