Radiant heat has been warming homes and buildings for hundreds—if not thousands—of years. Its cooling counterpart, the chilled beam system, has been around since 1986. Given those numbers, it’s no surprise that chilled beam cooling isn’t a common sight in American buildings today. But chilled beam cooling shares many of radiant heat’s benefits, and it’s worth considering if you’re in the market for a new air conditioning system. Here’s how it works and why we like it.
Every few years, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) updates its guidelines regarding energy efficiency for a wide variety of products. If you work in commercial HVAC, you’re probably following the standards related to commercial HVAC efficiency requirements. Although there are a variety of standards, the most relevant ones in the commercial and industrial sector govern rooftop units (RTUs). These standards comprise at least half of all commercial heating and cooling systems and have the most impact on design and manufacturing improvements.
However, these requirements can be hard to navigate without the right knowledge.
“Crack open a window!” The idea that fresh outside air is important to people inside has been around since the first time that phrase was shouted. Today, we have many more options available to us than just opening a window. However, our needs and concerns have become significantly more complex in the modern world. HVAC technology is advancing quickly to address these needs.
Energy recovery ventilators (ERV), one of the latest technological advancements, are both energy-efficient and powerful. Their qualities make ERV an ideal choice for larger facilities and commercial buildings, allowing building owners to keep occupants comfortable while keeping utility costs low.
As far back as the Middle Ages, people have associated air quality and health for centuries—with good reason. However, with the advent of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, indoor air quality is both increasingly controllable and important. As the difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures increases, so does the proliferation of potentially deadly health hazards indoors. If your environment is too humid, there’s an increased potential for the growth of biologicals such as black mold. If it is too dry, you can risk nosebleeds, respiratory infections, and dehydration.
So, how can you reach the right humidity level?
Makeup air units are crucial in today’s commercial spaces; they’ve even trickled into the residential market in the form of air purifiers and similar systems. Although they are critical to maintaining proper oxygen levels and removing contaminants from outside air, they can be misunderstood in terms of their usage and placement within an overall HVAC system.
Packaged terminal HVAC units are the first choice for hospitality, senior living, and other facilities where many similarly-sized rooms must be heated and cooled to different levels. These units are inexpensive, easy to install without major renovations, and can be replaced one by one if an issue arises. However, commercial property owners can experience outsized heating bills if their HVAC system does not align with their needs. Two of the most common choices—packaged terminal air conditioner (PTAC) and packaged terminal heat pump (PTHP) units—differ significantly, and your choice could impact your maintenance and utility costs for years to come.
Although radiant distribution technology for heating and cooling has existed for more than a century, many people still don't understand how and when it should be used. Misconceptions around its effectiveness, how it works in different climates, and benefits are all reasons for this confusion.
However, appropriately designed, a radiant heating system can be used in nearly all climates as an efficient commercial HVAC system. You’ll find radiant cooling systems as far north as Canada. The differences between radiant heating and conventional HVAC systems are many, so choosing between the two requires careful consideration of project requirements.
There are a number of considerations when it comes to ventilating and air conditioning needs for hospitals. Different sections must not just meet building codes, but also government requirements. And at a time when COVID-19 has put a strain on staffing and infrastructure alike, it has become more crucial than ever to ensure that upgrades and new construction are able to meet Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements for operating room HVAC systems.
Keeping IT equipment cool can be an expensive, energy-heavy endeavor. When it comes to data center cooling systems, one of the main challenges is to optimize power consumption while minimizing the risks of overheating the servers. Standard air conditioning systems can account for up to 40 percent of a data center’s overall power consumption.
The average US hotel spends up to $2,196 per room in energy costs each year. A sizable bit of that bill goes to keeping HVAC systems running. Because hotel occupancy rates can be difficult to forecast, HVAC services must run even in empty rooms, and that alone adds up quickly.
Luckily, recent advances in HVAC technology make cutting energy use much easier for hospitality property owners. One of these is the packaged terminal heat pump, a cost-effective, energy-efficient, and easy-to-install solution. Let’s talk about this system and how it can help lower your property’s energy bills.
With over 500 years of combined experience in the commercial HVAC industry, Windy City Representatives is a full-service manufacturer’s rep firm specializing in engineered systems. We meet and exceed your expectations by offering support and service throughout the life of your projects.
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