The Difference Between Commercial and Residential HVAC

Commercial HVAC

Since HVAC systems provide the same functions of heating and cooling, regardless of where they're installed, it's common to think that there's no difference between residential and commercial systems. The truth is that there are many differences between the two sectors such as size, complexity, and location. Residential HVAC systems are highly recommended for homes and small businesses while commercial HVAC systems are recommended for warehouses, office buildings, and many retail spaces.

Varying Sizes And Operating Powers

It's pretty obvious to understand that a commercial HVAC system is much larger in size than a residential HVAC system. This is because the system components need to be bigger to handle the heating and cooling needs of larger areas. In general, the larger the building, the bigger the HVAC system will need to be to accommodate sustainable heating or cooling efforts. A skilled HVAC professional will be able to identify the right system size that will meet a building's needs without causing too much of a draw on the electrical system.

Different Levels Of Complexity

A simple home HVAC system typically requires a small system that offers a static temperature throughout the entire home. When it comes to business demands, this can become more complex. Many enterprise HVAC systems will accommodate the needs of different temperatures for various departments throughout the larger space by installing a variety of thermostats. The number of thermostats installed for the system will highly depend on the building's usage. For example, product storage spaces may be kept at a lower temperature than conference rooms.

Ventilation, Drainage, And Exhaust Variations

Most people are familiar with the ductwork that runs throughout a home that has a working HVAC system. Commercial spaces have ductwork running throughout the building as well, however, it's on a bigger scale. These larger systems are delivering more air capacity than traditional home systems so they require more ducting space to move that air.

When it comes to the drainage system, it becomes more intricate with the bigger enterprise systems. These larger systems require more components to get rid of the excess water. Residential systems typically operate with one drain pan that is located outside. Commercial systems, on the other hand, operate with multiple plans and pipes that work to ensure that the system is draining effectively.

Every HVAC system has an exhaust that allows the system to vent out the heat it produces while running. This is a necessity to avoid any unnecessary overheating of your heating or cooling system. Commercial systems require a higher power output for the exhaust system to keep it functioning efficiently around the clock.

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Regardless of whether you need installation or maintenance of a residential or commercial system, be sure to contact us today. Our HVAC professional can come out to assist you with the heating and cooling needs of your home or business.