How Are Commercial HVAC & Residential HVAC Different?

Heating and cooling commercial buildings is quite different from residential heating and cooling. Comparing a rooftop HVAC unit for a business to a residential HVAC system is like comparing apples to oranges.

Here’s what commercial HVAC companies want you to know about the differences between commercial heating and cooling and residential air conditioning and heating systems.

Commercial HVAC Systems Are Larger Than Residential HVAC Systems

Generally speaking, a residential HVAC unit is much smaller than a commercial AC unit or a heating and cooling system designed for a business.

Commercial Heating and Cooling Is More Complex

A commercial air conditioner is typically larger and more complex than residential AC units because they are designed to cool a much larger area. In some cases, a commercial air conditioner must meet specific needs, such as keeping a computer room under a certain temperature at all times.

More Plumbing Is Involved When Installing Commercial HVAC Units  

Adequate drainage is required for commercial HVAC systems, similar to how it is for residential air conditioners. That said, the plumbing needs of a medium to large business are far greater than those of a residential home. Most commercial buildings will have a separate system of pipes dedicated specifically to the drainage of the HVAC system. 

Commercial Systems Are Designed to Be Reconfigured 

Commercial HVAC systems must be able to be scaled up or down quickly if the need arises. Typically, commercial air conditioners and heating systems are already set up with the expectation of having to reconfigure them in the relatively near future.

This is generally not an issue with residential heating and cooling, because once the system is installed, it is expected to meet the comfort demands of the homeowner for the lifetime of the system.

Commercial Air Conditioning and Heating Is More Expensive 

Commercial units typically cost significantly more money when compared to the price of a residential HVAC system — even a ductless one.

While the sticker shock might initially take you aback, the higher price tag makes logical sense because these are larger, require more power, and are more efficient at heating and cooling larger, specialized spaces. 

However, this also means you need to take steps to safeguard your investment and have your commercial heating and cooling system regularly maintained. Consistent maintenance can prevent the buildup of health hazards like mold and mildew and save you money by keeping your company’s utility bills lower.

Have your ductwork regularly cleaned if your business has a central HVAC system, or if you have ductless air handling units, be sure to check out our HydroKleen program, which will keep your building’s indoor air handlers clean and freer from allergies, dust, viruses, and bacteria.

Contact a Seasoned Boston Commercial HVAC Provider Today to Learn More

At N.E.T.R., Inc., we’ve been providing businesses in Massachusetts and across the Eastern Shore with trusted industrial HVAC service since 1985. We look forward to answering your questions about commercial HVAC service and how our team can best meet the unique needs of your Boston business.

Call now at (781) 933-6387 to speak with one of our Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Elite contractors today for trustworthy guidance on the next best steps for your company’s heating and cooling goals.

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