How to Choose the Air Conditioner System for Big Facilities

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The process of selecting an AC for your home can become complex enough at certain points, but what many people don’t know when they are starting a business or preparing a large facility is that choosing an AC requires more detailed research than they think.

How to Choose the Air Conditioner System for Big Facilities

To help you navigate this area properly, we’ll be providing an informative guide that contains the most important tips that can help you choose an AC system for big facilities and businesses.

Big Upfront Costs

If this is your first time preparing a big facility to be properly air-conditioned, you’ll notice that the commercial HVAC system has some seriously high upfront costs. It’s not something that your business or building can ignore, making it an important investment that should be prepared as early as possible. Avoid going with the cheapest option because that will only end up burning through your investment, costing you a lot more in the long run. Cheap systems usually are less efficient, not to mention having significantly shorter lifespans even with good maintenance. When you’re comparing prices of HVAC units from multiple vendors, always factor in the price of installation to have an informed idea of what to expect.

The Efficiency of the AC

One of the many reasons people get blind-sided by the expenses of HVAC is the expenses that follow the upfront costs. An HVAC system doesn’t only cost its sticker price. The sticker price can sometimes be the least of your worries. The energy bill that you pay every month for the HVAC system should be for a system that lowers energy consumption, in addition to being environment-friendly and cost-effective. The energy efficiency of a model is judged based on two different figures; SEER and HSPF. The first is an acronym for the Season Energy Efficiency Ratio, which allows you to judge how an HVAC system can help you cool the space of the facility.

HSPF stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor, which measures the efficiency of the heating system in heating a certain amount of space or your facility. Both the SEER and HSPF are calculated directly by taking the British Thermal Units (BTUs) of heating or cooling and then dividing it by the total kW-hour consumed. The higher the SEER and HSPF ratings are, the more efficient your HVAC is at cooling and heating space. This is very important when you’re comparing similar HVAC systems that can handle the same amount of space; efficiency will be the definitive point.

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Design and Specifications of the System

When you’re at the point of exploring your options from many HVAC systems providers, you want to make sure that you’ve created a checklist that removes as many restrictions and extra load as possible. The first thing you should determine is how big the facility you’re trying to heat or cool in square feet. Having centralized ductwork installed in the building is going to cut a lot of expenses that will allow you to add it to your budget for the HVAC system. As mentioned on, it’s still possible to use multi-zone ductless mini-splits that can connect up to 8 indoor units at the same time. You also need to specify to the company that will install the system for you where exactly the indoor and outdoor components will be installed. Some systems are considerably bigger than others, so you need to make sure you have enough space for the system you’ll be choosing. Finally, you should add in zoned controls if it’s a big facility to avoid using a centralized thermostat that can be inefficient in this case.

Performance Specs

Aside from ensuring the capabilities or output of the HVAC system and its location, you’ll want to take some time to think about some extra features that can facilitate what you do. You can add remote controlling and monitoring features to the list of specs that you need before you purchase a system. It’s also important to determine whether you’ll be needing to use both heating and cooling, or just settle for one of them to avoid extra costs. Some HVAC systems come with their filters and dehumidifiers, but you can also add them on later on if you decide you need them, but they’ll cost you more.

The cooling/heating capacity of your AC system can sometimes affect the quality of work, products, and services that you provide. Making mistakes in this area is significantly more expensive than it would cost you in a residential area. Whatever your budget is and your readiness to take on losses, the time wasted as you switch between commercial ACs has a detrimental effect on your business.

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