Homes here in Havertown and Springfield, PA typically have a centralized heating and air conditioning system, with one main unit generating hot (or cool) air for distribution throughout the home. (There are some exceptions, such as ductless mini-spilt systems, but they’re less common.) Commercial HVAC systems, on the other hand, use a centralized format far less often. Instead, they use modular systems, involving a series of multiple units – usually placed on the roof to save space – performing heating and cooling duties. It seems like an odd dichotomy, since they’re performing the same function, but in truth it makes a lot of sense. Commercial and business spaces have different needs than residential spaces, and a modular system just works better on the whole. Here’s why.
A given home can usually be expected to handle roughly the same number of people regardless of who’s living there at the time. But businesses are much different. As they grow and change, they add and subtract employees, shift around their space, make more room for vital equipment like computers, and so on. In many cases, an office or retail space can support many different businesses in the course of just a few years. All of which means you need to adjust the power levels of the HVAC system to match the needs of the occupant. A modular system allows you to do that quickly and easily, without uprooting the entire system. Simply add or subtract new units as needed!
When your heater or air conditioner breaks down at home, you can go elsewhere to stay comfortable until it’s warm: the local mall, for instance, or a public library. Businesses can’t afford that, and even one day without properly conditioned air can be devastating. Modular systems mean that if one unit breaks down, the others can carry the load until it gets repaired, without risking a complete shutdown.
For commercial HVAC installation and repair, call WM Henderson Inc. today!