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.
If you notice your building’s energy bills and repair costs soaring, it might be time for an update. As a commercial planner or developer, you’ll probably start considering a heat pump retrofit. But before you do, it’s important to understand how heat pumps work and decide which one would suit your needs. Before you decide to replace your boilers or furnaces with heat pumps, ask:
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