Why A Commercial AC Unit Is Necessary For Business Use

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If you're involved in the decision-making for a business, you may have to decide on installing new, or replacing old air conditioning systems. While it may seem sensible from a financial standpoint, to consider a less costly residential unit, there are differences between commercial and residential air conditioning systems. Here are three reasons why it is wise to install only a commercial grade AC unit to adequately cool commercial buildings.

Size & Location

The size of the AC unit and the location are two attributes, which are closely related. First, a residential system is usually made up of two components, one that sits outside the home and a handler unit inside. Commercial AC units are large modular systems so changes can be made, and they are therefore frequently installed on rooftops.

Commercial AC units need to be bigger to handle more stressful conditions, so their placement on a roof eliminates any noise disturbance. With the increase in size comes an increase in the condensation produced, so a commercial unit's location on a roof allows for easier moisture drainage. Residential units can be placed on a slab with a small drain, or pan located close to the unit.

Modifications

One of the most important differences between a residential HVAC system and one designed for a commercial facility is the ability to modify the unit. Residential air conditioners are installed based on the cooling capacity requirements of the home. They cannot be modified to handle an increase in demand; they're rarely called upon to do so.

Commercial HVAC systems are modular in design. What this means is that they can be modified from the original package to meet alterations in the size of the building, changes in the type of business, or other factors that may require additional power. If it becomes necessary to increase the output of the system, a commercial system can easily be modified to handle the new demand.

Sustainability

Commercial buildings must meet all local and state environmental regulations. Many of the regulations deal with energy consciousness. If a business structure were to opt for a residential grade AC unit to save money, they could encounter problems as environmental legislation changes.

Since the commercial systems are modular as mentioned previously, it is easier and more cost effective to maintain compliance with changing environmental requirements. Sustainability is an important aspect of good business sense, and an excellent place to start is with the right air conditioning system.

Residential AC units are built specifically for homes. They come in different sizes to provide cooling for different size homes. However, unlike large commercial AC units they cannot be modified to meet changes in demand, or legislative changes requiring improved efficiency.

If you're thinking about opting for a residential grade AC system for a business, it is wise to consult with an HVAC expert like Associated Mechanical Contractors, Inc. before making any decision. There are other differences, but the need for modifications and the ability to adhere to sustainability requirements are important. 

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