The HVAC system that heats and cools your business premises is what ensures the comfort of your tenants, customers and employees. Your commercial HVAC also impacts your expenses and bottom line with its energy, maintenance, and repair costs. These two factors make it paramount to understand the differences between residential and industrial-grade HVAC, so you can determine which type best suits your needs.

Distinctive Characteristics of Industrial Grade HVAC

The HVAC systems installed in commercial buildings can differ from those used to heat and cool homes in several key ways:

  • Heating and cooling output. Most business premises are larger than the typical home, and have more occupants at various times. To provide sufficient heating and cooling, the HVAC systems used in these spaces are usually more powerful, with much higher capacities.
  • Split systems are the most common type of HVAC installed in homes, with the evaporator/air handler situated indoors, and the compressor/condenser located outside. In contrast, commercial HVAC systems typically have all the components housed in a single, “packaged” unit, and often have multiple thermostats inside the building that control individual heating and cooling zones.
  • Because of their larger size, many commercial HVAC systems are placed on the roof of the building. This placement not only saves valuable space in and alongside the premises below, but it also helps safeguard the equipment from accidental damage and vandalism. When the equipment needs maintenance or repairs, a rooftop location also gives technicians easy access to all the components without any disruption to business activities.
  • While residential HVAC usually consists of complete, standalone systems, industrial-grade systems are modular. This gives a business owner greater flexibility if and when it’s necessary change the configuration or amount of heating and cooling their building receives.
  • Design and installation. Most businesses premises are unique and require an expertly-engineered and accurately-sized HVAC system to ensure energy efficient, effective heating and cooling. Fabricating, installing and servicing such a system also takes specialized training and expertise.

If you need experienced, knowledgeable commercial HVAC installation, repair, or maintenance services in Eastern North Carolina, contact us at Jackson & Sons.

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Our goal is to help educate our customers in Eastern North Carolina (including Wayne, Johnston, Greene, Lenoir, and Duplin Counties) about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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