Commercial buildings come in all shapes and sizes, and each one has its own specific needs when it comes to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (AC). Installing the wrong size AC unit can be costly and inefficient. It can also make the building less conducive for work. So how do AC services determine the most suitable AC for a building?
Here are five considerations they use.
1. The Size of the Building
Air conditioning contractors will take into account the square footage of the building when determining the best AC unit for the space. A larger building will require a more powerful AC unit to ensure that everyone inside is comfortable.
If the unit is too small, it will have to work harder to cool the space and be less efficient. On the other hand, if the unit is too large, it will cool the space too quickly and result in wasted energy.
The contractor will need to know the square footage of the space to calculate the cooling load. They will also consider the height of the ceilings to calculate airflow volumes and other scientific data.
2. The Layout of the Building
The layout of a building affects the way that the heating and cooling systems work. For example, if a building has a lot of open spaces, the AC unit will need to work harder to cool the entire space. Conversely, if a building has a lot of small, enclosed spaces, the AC unit will need to work less hard to maintain a comfortable temperature.
This is because heat rises, so in an open space, the warm air will rise to the top and be harder to cool. In a small, enclosed space, the warm air is trapped and stays near the ground, where it can be more easily cooled.
3. The Climate
AC services also consider the climate. The AC unit will need to be more powerful in a warm region to cool the space. On the other hand, the AC unit will not need to be as powerful in a cold climate because the heating system will be doing most of the work.
4. The Number of People in the Space
The number of people in the building will also affect the installed AC unit. More people in the space means more body heat, which will make the space warmer and require a more powerful AC unit to maintain a comfortable temperature.
5. The Type of Business
The type of business being conducted in the space will also factor in the decision of the AC unit needed. If the business is labor-intensive, like a factory, then the AC unit will need to be more powerful to compensate for the extra heat that the workers are generating. On the other hand, a clinic or office will not generate as much heat and can get by with a less powerful AC unit.Share