The Importance of Design for Commercial HVAC Efficiency

The Importance of Design for Commercial HVAC Efficiency

As energy efficiency becomes even more important and increasingly mandated by regulations, it pays to consider this when considering your commercial HVAC options. Today let’s briefly examine how this expresses itself in your design choices.

What Is the Most Efficient Commercial HVAC System?

Good HVAC design aims to get the best possible result at the end of the process. The most efficient HVAC system is the Variable Refrigerant Volume (VRV) or Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) system. This is a single condenser system, but it can be used for multiple evaporators. This versatility makes it perfect for large or medium commercial buildings.

Variable refrigerant flow actively utilizes as little refrigerant as possible during any given period. In the process, it reduces both environmental impacts and costs. It does this by adjusting the amount of refrigerant in response to the building’s exact needs. In addition, it offers the versatility of allowing individualized control of multiple HVAC zones simultaneously.

How Can I Make My Commercial HVAC More Efficient?

Some of the easiest measures to enact are the same as you would take with a residence: change air filters regularly, upgrade to energy-efficient systems, make sure to do regular maintenance, and so on. When it comes to commercial building HVAC and designing commercial HVAC systems, there are other actions one can take, but it should all begin with an energy efficiency audit. This will allow the identification of the most vital action areas.

For instance, upgrading a building from gas boilers to heat pumps or deploying smart management systems might be the best starting point in some commercial structures, while upgrading heat exchangers may prove the most effective in others. At Henick-Lane, we have extensive experience with all aspects of commercial HVAC design and will work with you to find the most efficient and cost-effective solution for your specific needs.

Do Commercial HVAC Units Have SEER Ratings?

Yes, they usually do. The SEER rating, or seasonal energy efficiency ratio, is calculated (in Btus) as being the total cooling output of a cooling system during its normal annual usage period divided by the total amount of energy it consumes (in watt-hours) during the same span of time. The higher the rating, the more energy efficient the system is, and also how cost-effective it is to operate.

For the Best in Commercial HVAC Design, Contact Henick-Lane

For more than 50 years, Henick-Lane has been the provider of choice for commercial HVAC solutions in the NYC area. Call our LEED-accredited team today at (718) 786-7277 or contact us online and let’s discuss the needs and scope of your project.