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How Do Commercial and Residential HVAC Systems Differ?

multiple ac units atop a commercial buildingAlthough there are a wide variety of types of HVAC systems, they all fall into two basic categories—residential, or commercial systems. Despite the fact that these systems both do the same job, there are a number of differences between the two.

Not only is it important that you know the difference between the two, but if you are a commercial building owner or business owner in the area, that you only trust in a company with extensive commercial experience to handle your San Antonio, TX HVAC services. Fortunately, you needn’t look any further than our team to fulfill this need. But what are the differences between the two types of HVAC systems?

If you know what kind of service your system needs, schedule it now or request an estimate!

Size and Complexity

For likely apparent reasons, most commercial HVAC systems are much bigger and more complex than residential systems. This is because most businesses are, naturally, much larger than your average residential home. Therefore, they require larger, more powerful cooling and heating systems to meet their needs.

Businesses also often have different heating and cooling requirements than homes do. For instance, in your home, the heating system or air conditioner will pretty much always be set to the same temperature throughout the living space. However, most businesses and commercial spaces require different temperature zones throughout, that can be adjusted independently of one another. Conference rooms and other large meeting rooms are a good example: they typically have to be kept cooler than surrounding rooms due to the large number of people inside.

System Location

Most HVAC systems are split systems. This means that they have components located both indoors and outside the building. In residential systems, the outdoor components are usually on the side of the home, or in the backyard. When you need residential HVAC services, your HVAC contractor can easily access the system.

Commercial systems usually require that the system be placed on the roof. This is because there is likely not enough room outside the building, and the space inside can usually be put to much better use! Installing the commercial HVAC system on the roof also helps to keep the building quieter, and makes it easier for contractors to access without disrupting your business.

HVAC Layout

In addition to considering the location and the complexity differences, there are a number of considerations to make about the layout of commercial HVAC systems. Residential HVAC systems are typically installed as one standalone system. They’re specifically designed and installed based on the individual home, and it’s difficult, if not impossible, to move or modify this system.

Commercial spaces, however, require a bit more versatility as business needs change. For this reason, commercial HVAC systems are usually modular. The individual pieces are designed to fit into packages that can be moved as needed. If you do need to modify components of the system, it’s much easier to do than if you were to try to do the same in a residential space.

Contact Riteway Service Company today for quality heating services, whether you need these services for your home, business, or commercial space.

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