Commercial air conditioning systems tend to be more expensive as well as more complex than their residential AC counterparts are. This is because these systems will typically be serving a larger square footage. Additionally different commercial businesses may require different climate-control considerations. Thus, it is pertinent to be familiar with the commercial options that are available for your business as it would not be the same as purchasing an HVAC unit for home usage. Here are some of the various types of commercial air conditioning systems that can be provided to you by HVAC contractors.
Forced and radiant commercial AC systems
These systems apply two different methods when it comes to cooling and heating your commercial space. The radiant system will use a series of pipes that are transporting hot and cold water. These pipes are typically installed underneath floors or behind your walls. The hot and cold water are what will provide the temperature changes that you require. Forced-air systems work through the transfer of hot and cold air through the ductwork in your commercial space. Forced-air systems will suck the air out of your building, then pass it through either furnace coils to heat the air or aircon coils to make it cool. Once the air has been heated or cooled, it is then forced back into the ductwork and into the interior of your building.
Single-zone and multiple-zone commercial AC systems
With these types of AC systems, your choice would depend on the amount of control you would like to have over the heating and cooling of your building. Single-zone commercial AC systems will typically cover a smaller area. This could be in the form of one room or one floor of your building. Multiple-zone commercial AC systems, on the other hand, will encompass the entire building. You will then be able to control the temperature of individual rooms and floors using a control panel. It should be noted that since single-zone systems require less equipment to install, they tend to be the cheaper alternative. However, multiple-zone systems are more convenient as you can alter the temperature of various areas without affecting any other zone.
Constant-volume and variable-volume commercial AC systems
As their names suggest, these types of commercial AC systems focus on the volume of air that is being passed through the unit. Constant-volume air-conditioning units will provide your commercial space with a steady flow of air. They then will work toward either cooling or heating this air as it passes through the ductwork. Variable volume systems, on the other hand, will increase or decrease the hot or cold airflow according to your personal preference.