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Understanding Commercial HVAC

HVAC systems are vital for commercial properties, such as malls, offices, and hospitals. Without one that works properly, there would be many people left feeling uncomfortable. Clients would be hesitant about visiting again, and staff would be unable to perform at their best. As a result, business would be negatively affected. Before choosing a commercial HVAC for your facility, here are a few things you need to know first:


The Difference Between Residential and Commercial HVAC


Other than its bigger size, a commercial HVAC is also more complex compared to residential ones. Because the structure of commercial properties vary, HVAC companies don’t sell their products in one stand-alone unit, or even as a bundle of packages. Commercial HVAC is mostly modular, where you can upsize and multiply some parts to meet the requirements of your building.
While most residential ACs may last up to 10 years, commercial systems can endure for up to 10-15 years. Of course, it all depends on many factors, such as: brand durability, proper installation, proper treatment, and maintenance.


Types of Commercial HVAC


Although the purposes are the same, the mechanism of how to generate cooling and heating may vary. The various systems allow companies to choose one that is most suitable for their facilities. Here are some of the most common types of commercial HVAC systems.


1. Single-Split System


One outdoor unit connects to one indoor unit. Each bundle works for one room of a specific size. Larger rooms can use multiple sets of single-split ACs. It is highly versatile and suitable for small offices or cafes. The drawback of the system is that the outdoor units will take a lot of space because there are so many of them.


2. Multi-Split System


One outdoor unit connects to multiple indoor units, allowing you to maximize your outdoor spaces. You can always add the indoor units later. However, if the outdoor unit breaks, then the whole building will not be able to get any cooling and heating. That is, unless you install more than one set of systems.


3. VRV or VRF Heat Pump


Variable Refrigerant Volume or Variable Refrigerant Flow is another system that can provide heating and cooling for the whole building. However, it can only do either one at a time. This commercial HVAC system is best for a large facility with the same air temperature needs in all of its rooms.


4. VRV or VRF Heat Recovery


Similar to the VRV or VRF heat pump, the heat recovery systems can also both heat and cool an entire building. Even better, the system can cool one room while also warming up the other rooms at the same time. This system applies to facilities containing many rooms with different necessities.
Commercial HVAC is complex and expensive. More thoughtful consideration is essential when choosing and installing the system. The slightest error can affect the business significantly, and no company wants that. If you plan to install an HVAC system in your commercial property, make sure to get a licensed professional to execute the task for you.


ECM Service – The Commercial HVAC Specialists


ECM Air Conditioning, with its headquarters located in Boynton Beach, FL, provides air conditioning services within Palm Beach County, Broward County, Martin County, and St. Lucie County. If you’re having issues with your HVAC system, we’re on-call and ready to assist you with your air conditioning needs. So if you’re in need of an HVAC Contractor, don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule an air conditioning service call diagnostic! Our HVAC experts will diagnose any issues that may be occurring with your HVAC system and help to repair your AC issue on the spot.



Best of all, because ECM is the largest HVAC company in South Florida our local warehouse facility that is 69,000 SQFT houses over $1 million in inventory and fully stocks our 127 vehicles on the road, making us one of the very few AC service companies capable of repairing most issues right on the spot. That means no waiting and no downtime without air conditioning for you & your family in the blistering Florida heat!



Call us at 561-295-1763 or contact our HVAC team online.

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