Although commercial air conditioning systems may use many fairly standard components, their design should always be tailored to the needs of the client they are being installed for. After all, different businesses will have very different requirements from their air conditioning units depending on what they do. In some cases, keeping office workers cool will be enough for the system’s design brief. There again, you may need more powerful units if you are cooling a shop which will have its doors open to the public all day in the searing heat. In some cases, there will be the need to lower the temperature by a few degrees but communications rooms that hold servers and other computer equipment that gets hot might need to be held at a much lower temperature.
Therefore, tailored design services – not standard systems – are the way to go for all commercial air conditioning installations these days. What can you expect from a bespoke design and why would this be beneficial from a commercial perspective? Read on to find out.
Work With the Building, Not Against it
Firstly, all commercial premises differ somewhat. Even two identical commercial units next to one another on an industrial estate will have unique requirements which means they’ll need their own air conditioning design. Perhaps this will come down to the internal layout of the building. It might also be due to the number of people who work there or how much shade is generated by nearby trees. Every circumstance is different and it should also be remembered that different companies have different budgets for their commercial air conditioning systems, another variable that will often come into design considerations, too.
Locate Equipment in the Best Places
This is an often overlooked aspect of air conditioning systems. According to TJ Refrigeration, a company that specialises in commercial designs and installations, condensers can sometimes be placed in locations where they’ll come into contact with direct sunlight which will be detrimental to their performance. Knowing where the sun will be at all times of the year and how much it can affect them is important for the longevity of the system. Equally, equipment should also be located where the noise it generates won’t cause a nuisance or disrupt production processes.
Make Maintenance Easier
When you opt for an off-the-shelf solution, it will often be a convenient approach to take but it won’t necessarily be easy to maintain. With maintenance considerations taken into account at the design stage, ducting, condensers and compressors should all be within easy reach. This way, if ever a repair job is needed, the disruption that it will cause will necessarily be lessened.
Select Appropriate Air Conditioning Equipment
Air conditioning designs can function well with all sorts of manufacturers of HVAC units. However, only skilled system designers will know how to get the best out of the particular equipment that will be installed. Remember that any air conditioning installation is only as good as the sum of its parts. Therefore, selecting top-grade units without the right ducting and pipework will mean you aren’t getting the best out of your investment.
Create Multiple Cooling Zones
These days, businesses want their air conditioning to do lots of different things. After all, it is not just about keeping workers cool in the heat of the summer but about maintaining a healthy working atmosphere for everyone year-round. Therefore, you might want certain parts of your design to offer different functions. Perhaps there is a south-facing meeting room with a large window that gets particularly hot? If so, keeping it cooler than the rest of the building would make sense. There again, your data cabinets might require a specific part of the design dedicated to them with your IT team able to raise and lower the temperature of their environment independently of the rest of the system despite it sharing the same ducting and ventilation pipes.
Reduce System Inefficiencies
Perhaps more importantly than any other design factor, air conditioning needs to be efficient nowadays. If not, then you won’t want to use it. This is because the cost of running any electrical appliances is only likely to go up in the future. Since inefficient air conditioning doesn’t just leave parts of your commercial premises hotter to work in than they should be but make the air conditioning units themselves work harder than is necessary, you can end up with huge electricity bills in the summer months. Avoid this by making system efficiency your air conditioning design’s watchword.