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Commercial air conditioners are more complex than residential ones. Designed for high volume and near continual usage, commercial units range up to 30 tons in capacity. Available voltage configurations are 208V, 460V and 545V. Such energy needs may require additional electrical work or a modification of the certificate of occupancy (C.O.) Due to size and space constraints, commercial usually sit on rooftops.
By comparison, residential units are typically placed on the side of the house. With that said, both commercial and residential air conditioning customers share the same purpose - to provide cooled air and ventilation indoors regardless of the outside temperature
The system selected is important. Each customer deserves a customized solution for their unique need so we'll discuss this further in other posts or when we have the opportunity to specifically consult with clients. One thing that every client wants, residential or commercial, is the appropriate cooling performance. A system that cools too fast is probably not energy efficient and does not have the opportunity to cycle completely, thereby lowering the unit's useful life. Conversely a system that cools too slowly is not comfortable and is simply inadequate. Selecting the correct system is a function of understanding the amount of space that needs cooling. Additionally, usage, say the number of office workers operating machinery or personal computers or the stoves in a restaurant are additional heat sources. Air conditioners are rated in "tons." As an example, a 20-ton unit could cool an area of 8,000 to 12,000 square feet as a base case before considering usage.
The cost to operate and maintain a system needs to be considered in addition to the acquisition and installation investment. While it may not be obvious, how well the ductwork is sealed and insulated impacts the efficiency of the blower and the overall unit.
Almost all business settings, such as offices, schools, and restaurants require air conditioning. Approximately 90% of new U.S. homes are built with central air conditioning systems. Given that commercial air conditioning systems drive 40% of commercial buildings’ energy demand, there is a public policy orientation towards energy efficiency. Energy star is an agency involved in setting efficiency rating standards and requiring manufacturers to publish the SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) score of each model.
The SEER indicates, on a relative scale, how much energy is consumed by the air conditioning unit. As an example, a unit with a SEER of say 20 is about 50% to 60% more energy efficient compared to one with a SEER of 10. Being aware of the operating costs of such large units likely becomes a bigger concern for commercial operators. Newer models can be 20 to 40 percent more efficient than comparable models from a decade ago.
Air conditioning system can be "split system", "mini-split", or "packaged" in both commercial and residential applications. The most common residential central air conditioning system is the split system which has a condenser outside, a fan-and-coil system inside, connected by refrigerant pipes and propagated through ductwork. Many systems are HVAC - that is heating, ventilation and air conditioning. So, heating and cooling can be combined or they can be separate. This flexibility works well for situations that need one but not the other.
An existent system could be in place. Alternatively, the prevailing area temperature, say a desert, obviates the need for a heat pump.
Air conditioning systems are not inexpensive. Realistically for a decision that needs to be made once every five to fifteen years, don't rely on guessing or last-minute, hurried research that might result in overlooking important factors. With any contractor, be sure to query about bonding, insurance, licensing, reviews, and Better Business Bureau experience.
Call the experts at Acosta Home & Air Pro at (914) 875-3266 to guide you through the process to reach the right decision. You should be able to enjoy your facilities rather than having to explain to your guests why it is uncomfortable.
For smaller areas, ductless A/C is possible and often preferred. The ability to utilize a programmable thermostat gives operators the flexibility of matching unit operation to usage patterns. For example, if it takes ten minutes to cool a facility and the lunch crowd beginnings filtering in at noon, it makes sense to program the cooling process to begin at 11:50 for a restaurant. Finally, zone programming allows interim shut down for areas not being used - say the kitchen during sleep hours in a residence. Additional functionality such as a dehumidifier is recommended for a facility that is prone to mold and mildew or to make the environment more comfortable for an asthma sufferer.