How to make the best use of commercial heating and cooling systems

Whatever your business is, you’ll know that commercial heating and cooling systems are essential.

HVAC systems for commercial applications are required to meet a range of requirements for service users, customers and of course, staff members.

For example, nobody wants to be freezing cold or boiling hot at their office desk, and the same goes for any enterprise setting, whether it’s a hotel, factory or clothing store.

Therefore, it’s a good idea to know how to best use your commercial heating and cooling systems.

System suitability and size

One of the starting points for getting the most out of your heating and cooling systems is determining the suitability of the system – in other words – how well it suits the needs of your business.

HVAC systems come in a myriad of models and designs. It’s also important to consider aspects such as whether you want cooling and heating in the same system or two separate units.

You should also consider the size of the unit, as to effectively heat or cool the entire space of your building you’ll need the right-sized appliance. A load calculation is used to determine this.

Energy efficiency

Energy efficiency is important not only to ensure your impacts on the environment are minimal but also to enable you to get the most out of your commercial heating and cooling system.

The first step is to select a unit that is certified as being energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. Usually, your HVAC contractor can best advise you on the most energy-efficient systems for your type of enterprise. However, the second important step to maximizing the efficiency of your unit relies on the measures you take when installing the system, and in how you use it.

For heating

Replacing inefficient boilers will help you save energy and will bring your energy bill down dramatically. It’s important to ensure your units meet the relevant energy efficiency standards that are in place for specific buildings, and these may require you to replace your boiler.

Otherwise, you can also conserve energy by reducing thermostat temperatures. Reducing these by a small amount can make a big difference in energy efficiency without causing too much of a noticeable temperature change.

Decreasing temperatures by 1°C can save you up to 8% on your energy costs. Destratification fans in the heaters can also help bring down power consumption by 20%, and provide more even temperature distribution.

For cooling

When it comes to your cooling system, you can easily maximise the benefits of your air conditioning supply by using variable speed drives. These drives help tailor output power to your businesses’ needs, which will minimize energy wastage. Temperature control is also important – ensuring that the temperatures in your air conditioning system don’t drop below a certain degree will help you get the most out of the system.

It’s very important to ensure your air conditioning unit is regularly maintained and cleaned to ensure it’s operating optimally. A system that is clogged with dust or one that has malfunctioning parts will have to work far harder than usual to meet your cooling demands, which means unnecessary energy is used. However, always contact a professional to provide the maintenance needs of your cooling system, rather than trying to do it yourself.

It’s also worth remembering that you shouldn’t allow heating and cooling systems to work competitively.

For ventilation

Finally, ventilation is also essential for ensuring your heating and cooling systems are effectively working, and good ventilation also keeps the air feeling fresh inside the building. For the best ventilation, opt for high-efficiency motors, as these can shave off up to 5% from your company’s power bills.

You can also get the most out of your ventilation by altering its time settings and ensuring the ventilation system is regularly checked and maintained. As with heating and cooling systems, having your ventilation system regularly serviced will maximize energy efficiency.

Final Say

Getting the most out of your heating and cooling systems will maximise energy efficiency, which is not only more environmentally friendly but will also keep the running costs as low as possible.

However, having an optimal HVAC system is important for less obvious reasons, too. With more effective heating, cooling and ventilation, employees are more likely to work optimally, while service users, clients and customers will also benefit.

Author: Gareth Whalley
Sharing my vast knowledge in the Air Conditioning and Mechanical services field especially in HVAC installation, service and maintenance across a broad range of sectors, including Healthcare, Education, Transport, Banking, Retail and Commercial developments.