Air conditioning is now used in almost all commercial properties, ranging from cafes and small shops to large public spaces and office buildings. In order to meet the diverse needs of various types of commercial units, specialists have designed several types of air conditioning systems. There are almost an infinite number of configurations, but the main types of commercial air conditioning systems used in 2017 are Single Zone & Multiple Zone, Constant Volume & Variable, Radiant & Forced Air and Ducted & Ductless HVAC Systems.
Single Zone or Multiple Zone HVAC Systems?
The main difference between a single zone and a multi zone AC system is that the former is excellent for providing air conditioning for just one under-served area, while the latter is the ideal choice for a whole building. If you have a small shop or you already have an HVAC system in place and you want to add a new area in your building or shop, then a single zone HVAC should be your choice.
Conversely, if you have a large office building or a larger shop with multiple rooms, then you should probably go with a multiple zone device that allows you to control the temperature independently in each room/area.
Constant Volume vs Variable Volume HVAC Systems?
Another 2 types of commercial air conditioning systems are constant and variable volume. While in the case of a constant volume HVAC system the air has a constant speed all the time, with the flow staying the same, for variable volume systems the volume of the air is changed periodically based on your preferences and on the pressure sensors.
The variable volume HVAC systems come with the advantage of precise temperature control, lower energy consumption, reduced compressor wear & tear and increased passive dehumidification.
Radiant & Forced Air HVAC Systems?
When choosing between radiant or forced air HVAC Systems, you need to know that radiant systems are more energy efficient, reduce the lifecycle costs and offer enhanced thermal comfort. On the other hand, forced or all-air HVAC systems offer quicker heating or cooling, with an improved indoor air quality and better air flow. For example, in heavy polluted cities such as Beijing, forced air HVAC systems are a necessity.
Based on the benefits of these two types of HVAC systems, the final decision is yours.
Ducted vs. Ductless Air Conditioning?
Ultimately, when looking to buy a new commercial air conditioning system, you need to be aware of the differences between ducted and ductless HVAC. A ducted AC system is made of ducts of sheet metal. The warm or cold air travels through the ducts and gets delivered throughout the building. A ductless AC system, as the name implies, comes with no ducts. It simply uses air handlers that blow air separately in each room.
Choose ducted AC when the space already has ducts, you need an improved air flow and you want to keep control on the humidity levels. Go with ductless systems when there is no room for ducts, you are adding a new room to your commercial space or you want multiple separate cooling zones.
Regardless of your choice, we can help you find the most suitable commercial air conditioning system for your needs. Contact us online to request a free estimate or give us a call at (818) 341-3406 and one of our knowledgeable representatives will be happy to assist you.