The Three Types of Commercial HVAC Systems

Unless it’s not working, you might not give a ton of thought to your commercial HVAC system—but you should!

Heating and cooling are some of the largest expenses for business owners. Though there’s an endless amount of information you should know, we can start with the three basic types of commercial HVAC systems.

Keep reading to learn more about VAV HVAC systems, commercial chillers and water source heat pumps:

  • VAV HVAC systems: A variable air volume (VAV) system supplies hot or cold air at varying levels at a constant temperature. These systems are known for their temperature control capabilities, long parts life and better energy efficiency. A VAV system typically sits on a rooftop and is a perfect choice for a single-story facility.
  • Commercial chiller systems: The two types of commercial chiller systems are water-cooled chillers and air-cooled chillers. They’re both used to cool fluids or dehumidify air in large industrial spaces, and they’re both incredibly energy efficient. Unlike a VAV system, these chillers often require their own mechanical equipment rooms or buildings.
  • Water source heat pump system: A water source heat pump system is often the most energy-efficient commercial HVAC option. It uses a continuous loop of water to heat a room in the winter and cool it down in the summer by either absorbing or rejecting heat. Multiple heat pumps can utilize the same water loop to heat or cool massive industrial facilities.

Which system is right for you?

Determining the best commercial HVAC system isn’t always easy, but the main thing to consider is how large your space is. After all, bigger facilities need bigger HVAC systems.

Talk to your local HVAC contractor to see what type of system makes the most sense for your facility and your budget.

Don’t neglect your maintenance plan

Regardless of the type of system you have, professional HVAC maintenance is a must. These are a few of the things that can go wrong if you fail to schedule routine maintenance:

  • Higher monthly costs: We mentioned above how energy efficient each system can be. Of course, that’s assuming your HVAC system is serviced biannually. Calling a professional for a tune-up each spring and fall helps ensure you’re not spending a fortune on your heating and cooling bills.
  • Frequent breakdowns: We can’t guarantee that your system won’t suffer a midseason breakdown; however, we’re confident that failing to maintain your HVAC system raises the chances of a malfunction. During the service call, we’ll replace any failing components and make necessary adjustments to help prevent the need for emergency repairs.
  • Shorter lifespan: It’s proven that biannual tune-ups prolong the lifespan of commercial HVAC systems. This is because we replace failing components and thoroughly clean the system. Trust us when we say you’d rather pay for a maintenance call than to replace an entire heating and cooling system.

We can meet all of your HVAC maintenance needs

With winter on its way, now’s the perfect time to schedule commercial heating system maintenance. And when you need a pro, look no further than Air Climate Control, Inc. From commercial chiller systems to heat pumps and more, we specialize in all types of commercial HVAC units.

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