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How Commercial Air Conditioning Differs from Residential Air Conditioning

Proper air conditioning for a business is a necessity for any part of the country, but it is especially crucial in a city like Raleigh, where we endure humid and hot summers. Air conditioning not only cools down buildings, it absorbs moisture during the evaporation phase and lowers humidity, providing a pleasant environment for employees, customers, and clients.

Commercial ACs require special consideration for installation, repairs, and maintenance because they have significant differences from residential ACs. For your business’ comfort and efficiency, you must have commercial air conditioning specialists in Raleigh, NC care for the equipment.

Ideal Services Heating & Cooling has helped companies in the Raleigh Triangle Area for more than two decades, so trust us to handle all your commercial cooling needs.

Commercial vs. Residential Air Conditioning

The major difference between cooling a commercial space and cooling a home is the amount of power necessary. Businesses not only (usually) take up more space than homes, but they must provide comfort for more people. Since the human body gives off heat, commercial ACs must be sized to overcome the extra heat from the people in a workspace, both employees and customers. Sizing an air conditioner for a commercial space takes a special level of technical skill so that the installed system provides the right level of BTUs for cooling without draining power or short-cycling. Larger businesses will often require multiple air conditioners to handle the cooling load.

Although residential ACs usually come in standard central units hooked up to ducts, with the condenser placed outdoors and the evaporator indoors in the garage or basement, the most common kind of commercial air conditioner is a rooftop package unit that combines heating and cooling. These rooftop systems make sure that businesses make maximum use of space and reduce their exposure to the heating and cooling systems’ noisy operation. The single cabinets also make it easier for a technician to access the system for repairs. These package units are different from most home units, and even with easy access, they are more complicated to maintain and repair.

Commercial systems usually need complex zoning with multiple thermostats to control the temperature in different parts of the building. This helps save on energy by reducing the need to cool certain areas regularly, like storage spaces. Homes have started to establish zoning as well, although not at the same amount as commercial systems.

Finally, commercial air conditioning requires a more extensive drainage system than a single condensate pan. The amount of use calls for multiple pans and drainage pipes to ensure that the water from the evaporation phase does not overflow the pans.

Hire the best commercial AC technicians you can

Don’t rely on an air conditioning contractor with limited experience on commercial units. Installation, maintenance, and repairs go beyond what experience on residential systems can teach a technician. For the commercial air conditioning in Raleigh, NC that will keep your business cool, call Ideal Services Heating & Cooling today. If you’re looking for residential AC repairs in Raleigh, NC or the surrounding area, we’re also your trusted choice!

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