Choosing the Right Commercial Heating Design for Your Building

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When it comes to businesses, offices, hospitals, schools, and other buildings, the commercial heating design system used depends on a variety of factors. Choosing the right HVAC system should provide safe and healthy indoor air and heat, as well as lower energy costs.


Common Commercial Heating Design: The Ducted Zone System

This system offers temperature control for separate rooms or areas in a building. For example, building owners may want or need multiple HVAC systems to control the temperature on different floors, especially in older buildings. Systems are usually installed separately. Specifically, two or more cooling and heating units are installed. Another option is to manually or automatically install dampers in the system’s air ducts to control the airflow in the different areas. The temperature can be easily adjusted from room to room. This is key in conserving energy because rooms that don’t need heating or cooling, will have their units turned off.


Ductless Commercial Heating Design

Mini-split System

In a commercial setting, ductless mini-split systems are commonly found in hotel rooms and office buildings. Individual cooling and heating systems are installed, similar to a ducted zone system (explained above). For every outdoor cooling unit, up to four indoor cooling units can be attached. Independent temperature control is the most well-known benefit, just like ducted zone systems. This system has a higher upfront cost, and therefore not as common. Although, a mini-split commercial heating design system offers benefits that other HVAC systems do not offer.

Portable Heat Pump

This system offers additional heating for colder environments in large settings. A heat pump draws in outside air and runs it over a condenser coil. Then, the warm air is dispensed throughout the room or space. A reversible valve on the inside allows someone to switch between heating and cooling capability. To highlight, a heat pump is a good option for varying climates.


Portable Spot Coolers are Used in Conjunction with Heat Pumps

This is similar in size and operation to a portable heat pump. These systems cool down large rooms, manufacturing facilities, and outdoor spaces. While they are used as portable AC units, they are still commonly found in the wintertime in portable work sites. Primarily, they draw in ambient air, push it over a closed-loop coil cooled by the refrigerant, and pump it back into the space. The coil cools and removes humidity from the air. This generates leftover condensation that drains out into a bucket or hose.

Spot coolers can operate in any location with an electrical power source. Their attached wheels allow for easy movement. Although, a disadvantage is there needs to be a place for the exhaust to let out. After cooling the air, leftover warm air is pumped out through a flexible, commonly extendable exhaust tube. The leftover air must be released properly to prevent warm air from re-entering the space. A spot cooler can be used in enclosed spaces, but it is more difficult.


Count on AComfort for Commercial Heating Design

Are you looking to install a new commercial heating design system before the cold weather sets in? AComfort’s team of expert HVAC technicians is experienced and knowledgeable in a wide variety of brands and systems. You may qualify for tax incentives on new energy-efficient HVAC equipment.

Contact AComfort today to get started on your new unit installation.