The United States EPA details that, “the main purposes of a Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) system are to help maintain good indoor air quality through adequate ventilation with filtration and provide thermal comfort.” It seems like those purposes are pretty crucial for keeping your business or organizations environment safe and comfortable, right?
Absolutely. That’s why the choice and design of your HVAC system is so important. It can even affect many other high-performance goals, including water consumption and acoustics.
The selection of HVAC system equipment is a complex design decision. You must balance several factors, including heating and cooling needs, energy efficiency, humidity control, potential for natural ventilation, adherence to codes and standards, outdoor air quantity and quality, indoor air quality, and cost.
Where do you start?
First off, where feasible, use central HVAC air handling units (AHUs) that serve multiple rooms in place of unit ventilators or individual heat pumps. Central AHUs have a plenty of advantages over unit ventilators and heat pumps serving individual rooms, including being quieter and less drafty.
Secondly, there are many features you should specify for all air handling units, including a double-sloped drain, non-corroding drain, and easy access doors.
For more assistance choosing the best HVAC system components for your building, give our Service department a call at (614) 334-9000.
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