The Difference Between Commercial and Residential HVAC Systems

Whether you just want to be comfortable at home or you’re running a business and comfort for your employees and clients is absolutely essential, the right HVAC system can make all the difference no matter what the actual setting is. Have you ever taken the time to explore the differences between commercial and residential HVAC systems? Take a look.

Commercial Systems

Businesses take up far more space than the average home, and as a result, they have to have more power in their HVAC systems. More than that, though, more people tend to occupy a business at a given time, and the more people you have, the more heat you have to deal with in a cooling system, so that must be taken into account as well.

Commercial HVAC system sizing isn’t simply a square footage equation in most settings. Instead, it takes a much higher level of technical skill to make certain you’re getting the right level of power and the right amount of energy efficiency in a given system.

The other real difference in commercial HVAC systems is placement. Most involve a rooftop system that combines heating and cooling into a single package, and that helps to not only maximize the space a business has, but it can also help keep the noise level down.

Residential Systems

Residential systems are far smaller than commercial units, and they tend to be a split system. The air conditioner is usually outside while the evaporator, blower, and condensate drainage tends to be inside. Residential systems also tend to be stand alone units. For example, if you need more heating or cooling capacity, you replace the whole thing. Home units also often have only one or two zones, while commercial units usually have complex requirements with many different thermostats.

The Bottom Line

Commercial and residential HVAC systems are very different, but at R&R Refrigeration, we handle both for our Phoenix area customers. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.