HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, and if you are looking for a HVAC system, there are some fundamentals you should know before shopping. This way, you can figure out which model is best suited for your needs and what you can do to get the most out of your system. Read on to find out more about it for your business.
There are four HVAC system types. These include:
Heating and Air Conditioning Split System: These are the classic types of systems which have components inside and outside of the building. These will have an air conditioner that cools the refrigerant, a furnace, fan or evaporator coil to convert the refrigerant and circulate the air, ducts to carry the air throughout the building, and a thermostat to control the temperature. Split systems may also feature air purifiers, humidifiers and other optional components.
Hybrid Heat Split System: This is a slightly more advanced version of the split system and offers improved energy efficacy. A cost effective system will have a heat pump that heats and cools the refrigerant in addition to the above listed features of the split system.
Duct Free Split Heating and Air Conditioning System: This is ideal for places and areas where convectional systems with ducts can’t go. They are also good complements to existing ducted HVAC systems. These feature a heat pump or air conditioner to heat or cool the refrigerant, a compact fan coil, wires and tubing for the refrigerant to connect the outdoor unit to the fan coil, a thermostat for control and optional accessories including air purifiers or humidifiers.
Packaged Heating and Air Conditioning System: These systems are ideal for offices that do not have sufficient space for all the separate components of a split system. These will feature an air conditioner/heat pump with the evaporator/ fan coil all in one unit as well as a thermostat and optional air quality improvers.
HVAC – Energy Intensive Mechanism
HVAC systems can also be one of the most energy intensive mechanisms of any business, but to get the most out of this feature, it’s important to know how to maintain it. Here are some maintenance tips every owner should know:
Change HVAC filters regularly: Dirty filters restrict air flow causing HVAC systems to work harder than they need to, resulting in higher costs for use and maintenance. By switching out filters every 1-3 months, you can reduce wasted energy costs from 5-10%.
Use a Programmable Thermostat: A programmable thermostat will allow your system to run at a higher or lower temperature when your commercial space is not in use which can save hundreds of dollars a year.
Maintain Your System Properly: Finding quality maintenance for your system could be key in saving you money. Not only will this prevent you from incurring costs from having your system working harder than it should to make up for components that are not functioning properly, but it can save you up to 40% on overall maintenance by preventing major repairs down the road.
Seal Heating and Cooling Ducts Properly: This can make your system up to 20% more efficient. Wrapping the ducts in installation can further improve this effect.
Go For HVAC Upgrades and Replacement: If your HVAC system or its equipment is more than 10 years old, chances are, it’s no running at its optimal efficiency. Replacing components is a good idea, especially if those components can be found in more efficient upgrades. ENERGY STAR efficient products are recommended.
Work With A Qualified HVAC contractor: A qualified contractor can advise you on upgrades, repair and maintenance which will save you money in the long run.
An HVAC system can be a wise investment for any business owner but it’s important to know what system is right for you and how to get the most out of it before you start shopping. Hopefully this article can offer you some basic knowledge to that end. Good luck finding the best heating and cooling system for your business.