The best air conditioning solution for your business will depend on several factors: the size of the business, what type of business it is, and what kind of building it is located in.
For example, hotels and restaurants often have large buildings, but these are zoned into different areas, each of which needs its own air conditioning solution. In hotels, there is the further requirement that guests are able to control the heating and cooling of their room and therefore each room requires an individual control centre and sometimes a remote control. Hotel room air conditioning also has to be quiet, because if guests decide to have heating or cooling during the night, they don’t want to be kept awake by a noisy system.
Any retail business will know that keeping the shop at the right temperature encourages people to linger and make purchases. However, in summer this means cooled to exactly the point where customers feel comfortable but not chilly, and in winter it means warm but not stifling.
Traditional Air Conditioning
Classic air conditioning draws in air from outside the building, filters it to remove harmful pollution and allergens, and then distributes it. In a large building, a system of sensors and pumps monitors the temperature and constantly adjusts the environment. With modern systems you can also monitor the number of people in an area and adjust the air conditioning, which can save a great deal of money if an area is empty and not in need of heating or cooling.
Evaporative cooling can be a cost effective solution for those businesses that cannot afford or do not want a full air conditioning system. This may be the case if the business premises is rented and the business owner doesn’t wish to invest in the building. It works by circulating water through a pad. When warm air hits the pad, the water evaporates, cooling the air which is then distributed by fans into the building. This gives the effect of a cooling breeze wafting through the environment. It’s a good choice for factories or warehouses, because it delivers cool air but allows windows and doors to be left open. The air doesn’t feel dry and the system is both energy-efficient and chemical free.
Chillers usually use water as the cooling agent for the system, and these are widely employed in factories and other businesses where processes need to be carried out at a certain temperature – for example in food handling areas. The chiller removes heat from the liquid then circulates the chilled liquid to cool the air via a heat exchanger. Heat is produced from this process, and this heat can either be fed to an exhaust system, or captured and used to heat another area.
By converting gas to liquid and back again, in cold weather a heat pump takes cold air from the building and transfers it to the outside. In summer, it removes hot air. The advantage is that a business can heat or cool its building using just one system.
These are just a few of the air conditioning solutions that are available – talk it over with a professional company such as Ambient HVAC to find an option that’s just right for your business.