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What's the Difference Between Residential and Commercial HVAC Systems?
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

No, that’s not the beginning of a HVAC joke! Commercial services and residential services really are like night and day.

HVAC Sales Representative and Homeowner

Commercial buildings need commercial systems and a commercial HVAC system needs commercial services. As a business owner, you may be in the market for a new heating and cooling solution, or just seeking maintenance technicians for the system already in place. But which providers will have the services you are looking for?

Residential services cover homes, which have smaller units and smaller spaces with fewer residents. The scope of the energy requirements for residential systems is much more modest than commercial systems. A commercial system is generally being used in a business environment, like an office or a warehouse, and can effectively provide climate control in larger spaces. They can vary vastly in their size, scope, and cost.

Here are the primary ways in which commercial services differ from residential when it comes to HVAC:

Complex Layout

One of the key differences in residential and commercial units is size, but this might not mean what you think it means. Commercial units are not huge in bulk size, but rather come in separate modular pieces that work as a system throughout the commercial space. This is a totally different structure than residential units, and requires a different inspection process.

Multiple Temperature Zones

Commercial systems also tend to have multiple temperature zones that serve a variety of purposes. The comfort of employees and the safety of merchandise depend on staying up to local commercial electrical codes, but they might need different temperature settings.

Finding a provider with experience in commercial systems is imperative. Even though residential heating and cooling systems serve a similar function as commercial units, they have many key differences and need specialized maintenance and repair approaches.

If you are ready to get the professional services you need to properly care for your business’s HVAC, click here to get more information about commercial services.

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