Effective commercial heating and cooling consists of meeting the specific needs of workers in each department without driving up your energy bills. Eastern North Carolina’s unpredictable winters and hot summers don’t always make that easy, but there are ways to manage your commercial heating and cooling economically.
Choosing the Right System
Many commercial heating and cooling systems are similar to residential systems, but with some important differences that allow for higher capacities and greater flexibility. Central forced-air furnaces and boiler systems are common choices, but they’re not always the most efficient heating methods for our mild climate. Heat pump systems are typically more efficient, safer, and can stand up to demanding commercial conditions longer than boilers can. A multi-split heat pump system lets you easily maintain different temperatures in different offices or departments.
Other system types are used primarily in commercial spaces. If you’re managing a large industrial facility with low ceilings, you might find unit heaters are the most efficient way to get heat where you need it. If you need to heat some parts of your building while cooling others, a variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system might suit you best. Unlike multi-split systems, VRF commercial heating and cooling systems continuously adjust their output for precise temperature control.
Managing Large Spaces
Maintaining comfortable temperatures in a large commercial building often requires additional systems and equipment. Commercial buildings with high ceilings can benefit from destratification fans, which prevent warm air from pooling near the ceiling. A building management system (BMS) makes it easy to keep an eye on everything going on with your commercial heating, cooling, ventilation, and more. It also helps you spot subtle signs of trouble, such as inconsistent temperatures, so you can call for maintenance before a major breakdown happens. Even seemingly minor improvements make a difference. An HVAC professional can help you find the best thermostat and air filters for your needs and suggest money-saving upgrades such as surge protectors.
For guidance on choosing the right commercial heating and cooling methods for your building, contact us at Jackson & Sons anywhere in Eastern North Carolina.