What Is Light Commercial HVAC And Is It Right For Your Property?

Tuesday, March 9th, 2021

Because commercial HVAC systems are usually larger and more powerful than residential systems, the two cannot be interchanged. However, some commercial properties could benefit from light HVAC, which CAN be used in residential properties as well. Before you choose a type of system for your next upgrade or replacement, consider the following types.

Packaged units

This type of commercial HVAC unit isn’t always considered “light,” but it can have less tonnage than some residential units. Packaged HVAC units are between 3 and 25 tons, while light commercial units, in particular, are between 3 and 10. When discussing tonnage, remember that it is not the weight of a unit but its cooling capacity/size.

Besides the capacity of this type of equipment, you should pay attention to the different features. Heavier packaged units have horizontal downflow that will cover larger areas in your building. Lighter units have gas or electric air conditioners or heat pumps, which gives you some choices. Packaged units also help save space. It is usually best to look for one that provides both heating and cooling unless your needs demand only one function.

Single split systems

These are typically cost-efficient light HVAC solutions for smaller commercial properties. They are perfect for small areas like offices, shops, and restaurants. Most contain an air conditioner and a furnace evaporator coil, as well as ductwork.

The main reason single split systems are popular is their price. They are also stand-alone, which means that if one unit goes down, the others will still function. The downside is that these units won’t help you save space because each one requires space outdoors.

Geothermal heat pumps

These are also called ground source heat pumps and they rely on existing heat. This means they don’t have to produce heat like other HVAC units. Geothermal heat pumps aren’t well known for commercial or residential use, but they are becoming more popular. They function by pulling heat from under the ground in winter and returning heat during the summer.

This is a great option for those looking to become a little greener in their business practices. However, installation can be costly. In the long run, it will cost less to operate this type of HVAC unit, so it could be a good trade-off for some companies.

How to know if light commercial HVAC is right for your property

When making the decision to go lighter with your HVAC, there are some things you should consider. First, decide what your needs are. You may need a complete overhaul of your systems or just a few rooms to be cooler in the summer. Next, think about the following questions.

  • Are initial or long-term costs more important?
  • How much space does your property have?
  • How much tonnage will your property need?
  • Are there any rebates available?
  • What will maintenance look like in the future?

Commercial HVAC services in the Texas Panhandle

If you aren’t sure what type of HVAC unit you need, working with the experts will help. Professional commercial HVAC technicians have the knowledge and skills to make sure you get the best equipment for your needs. You can reach us by calling (806) 376-8345 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our Services.