- May 18, 2020
- Posted by: Gareth Whalley
- Category: Latest News & Blog
The right commercial air conditioning can make a critical contribution to how your business performs.
The workplace environment impacts employee productivity, and it contributes as well to how customers perceive your business.
Air temperature is a major factor to consider, and air conditioning provides the perfect means of ensuring it is appropriate for your space.
Identifying the Air Conditioning For Your Business Needs
There are fundamental factors we should think about when identifying the type of commercial air conditioning system best suited to your business premises.
These factors include:
The square meterage of your space
The energy efficiency of your building
The capacity your system will need
Automation and other control features you require
Affordability and sustainability
Commercial and industrial spaces differ from each other, not just in size, but also in how they transfer energy.
Buildings lose heat through conduction, convection and radiation processes. It has various escape routes.
On the flip side, many commercial buildings can become too hot in summer.
That is especially true of modern buildings with large amounts of glass in their architecture.
How a building loses or retains heat naturally is important when considering the most appropriate commercial air conditioning system.
If a solution is not the right one for your building, you could end up with a system that is not efficient enough for its requirements.
This will result in uneven temperature control, where some spots are warmer or colder than others.
Types of Air Conditioning System
The two main types of commercial air conditioning system are:
Split Air Conditioning
Split air conditioning is the perfect solution for your business if you want a system that is quick to install, self-contained and energy-efficient.
Essentially, split air conditioning involves more than one unit.
It is split between an outside, wall-mounted unit, and an internal one, which may be either wall or ceiling-mounted.
Refrigerant pumps from the outside unit, via a connecting copper wire, to the air conditioning unit indoors.
This has a fan which distributes the cool air into the room.
Split air systems are a cost-effective solution for commercial air conditioning, being cheaper than central air conditioning systems.
They are effective for cooling, or warming, individual rooms, including server rooms, and work well in shops, cafes and smaller offices.
However, with ceiling-mounted air conditioning, the split air system has a broader reach, circulating air evenly four ways.
This can be a good option for larger, open-plan spaces.
VRF Air Conditioning
VRF stands for variable refrigerant flow.
This type of commercial air conditioning system is centralised and is ideal for large properties where keeping your utility costs manageable is a priority.
Whereas individual split air units are each self-contained, VRF works as a network of interior units, running of a single, centralised outside unit.
VRF offers long-term efficiencies and, as such, is more of a long-term investment than split air systems.
But in the appropriate location, it is the ideal solution for combining sound facilities management with comfortable temperature control.
How to Choose Your Commercial Air Conditioning
It is important to weigh up and understand all the factors which impact on effective air conditioning.
This thinking extends beyond the dimensions of your building:
What is its internal layout?
How many employees do you have working in it?
What sort of office equipment do you have which contributes to the temperature levels?
Air temperature affects productivity and wellbeing, and it can be a factor in your bottom line.
Our expert design and installation service for commercial air conditioning can support you to make the right choice.