If you are looking for replacement commercial HVAC equipment or planning new construction, place mini-splits on your list of heating and cooling options. The advantages may turn out to be what you need for a comfortable workplace year-round.
The most common HVAC solution for commercial buildings is a packaged unit, often located on the roof. Packaged units combine the evaporator, condenser, and compressor into one cabinet. In this typical commercial HVAC system, a centralized indoor air handler sends cool air through supply ducts to different areas of the building, replacing the warmer air that is collected through return ducts. Packaged units are an excellent option for many businesses, but they are not the only option.
By contrast, in a ductless mini-split system smaller indoor units are located in each area. These indoor units do the actual cooling, eliminating the need for both the centralized air handler and the air ducts. These mini-split units pull warm air directly from their surroundings, replacing it with cooler air.
Reasons Why Mini-Splits May Be The Way To Go
- Better temperature control. Mini-splits work through a series of blower units mounted in different areas of a business (conference rooms, offices, kitchen, etc.). Employees have the benefit of adjusting the temperature in their area to fit their comfort without affecting the rest of the workplace.
- Higher Efficiency. Because it’s easy to eliminate cooling areas of the workplace that don’t need it, businesses save energy that a traditional central A/C might waste.
- Less energy loss. Air sent along ductwork loses energy—cool air gets warmer, or warm air gets cooler—and makes the HVAC system less efficient. Mini-splits have higher efficiency and will lower your utility bills.
- Improved indoor air quality. Ducts collect dust, dirt, and other contaminants over time, and this will find its way into the workplace air, possibly leading to discomfort and health issues. Eliminating ducts means eliminating these threats to your business’ indoor air quality.
Mini-splits are not the ideal choice for all buildings, so it’s best to seek the advice of an expert before you make a commitment. Contact Northeast Air Conditioning and Plumbing and set up an appointment to explore your options for commercial HVAC in San Antonio, Texas. We are approaching our 50th year in business, and you can count on us to give you the most comfortable solutions for your business.