Office Commercial HVAC: 4 Design Tips For Increased Energy Efficiency

Posted on: 30 June 2021

A commercial HVAC system is an essential addition to improve your company's working environment. Employees in a well-ventilated office are healthier, happier, and more productive. You have fewer cases of illness and missed workdays if the indoor air quality is clean. To enjoy these benefits, choose the right HVAC unit and position it properly.

Here are some HVAC design ideas to consider when you install the system.

1. Choose the Right HVAC Size

HVAC sizing is the most important consideration when you buy this system. If you choose a very large commercial HVAC unit, you may end up wasting energy and paying top dollar for heating. An oversized HVAC system also produces excess indoor humidity which can lead to mold growth. An undersized HVAC isn't effective, and it overworks to serve your office leading to frequent breakdowns.

Your HVAC contractor can help with the sizing using different techniques. These professionals take into account the square footage, desired indoor temperatures, position of your office relative to the sun, types of windows, average room size and total number of occupants, type and amount of lighting in the room, and activities in the company premises.

2. Reduce HVAC Cooling/Heating Loads

Commercial and residential HVAC systems are major consumers of electricity. For improved energy efficiency, reduce the amount of work the unit does to save money on office maintenance.

Some ideas to reduce HVAC cooling loads include the installation of an energy-efficient roof, windows, floors, and doors. Insulation is also important to reduce heat loss or heat gain. The choice of lighting is also important because some lighting fixtures increase indoor heat. If you increase natural light in the office, you can reduce reliance on the HVAC unit which saves you money on heating/cooling.

3. Design Zones in Your Office

When you have zones in your office each with independently controlled HVAC units, you can save on the cost of cooling or heating. In a large office setting, different spaces have unique cooling and heating needs, such as the kitchen or computer room. Users can control the HVAC units independently to reduce energy wastage.

4. Invest in Smart HVAC Technology

Sensors come in handy in office maintenance to boost comfort and convenience, as well as reduce costs. Light sensors can adjust indoor lighting and reduce the heat while occupancy sensors help control the HVAC unit automatically.

A commercial HVAC system helps with regulation of indoor temperatures, indoor air quality, humidity, and ventilation. With these design tips, you can boost the efficiency of your office's HVAC unit and save money on heating and cooling.


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