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What’s New in Commercial HVAC Technology?

Business buildings, including multi-use residential structures, want the latest, most efficient commercial HVAC technology. Building owners and managers need to save energy while providing tenants with the best air conditioning and heating systems.

Newer improvements include:

  • Electronic air cleaners
  • Better refrigerants
  • Good insulation
  • Ductless systems
  • Variable speed pumps

Electronic Cleaners

Air cleaners, including HEPA or high-efficiency particulate air filters, are used to trap pollutants. This includes dust, dander, pollen, smoke and other particulates circulating in the air. Conventional air filters collect the particulates and hold them. The filters must be changed every six months or less, depending on the HVAC system.

Electronic air cleaners are electrostatic participators that trap particles on plates. The particles pick up an electronic charge when they are drawn in through an ionizing system. The charged particles stick to the plates with an opposite charge. The collector plates are eventually cleaned by professional technicians. The reusable plates save on the conventional filters that are usually discarded.

Gas-phase air cleaners can remove some gasses and odors from buildings. This type of cleaner is often used in industrial and manufacturing buildings. Good air circulation is mandatory in buildings using chemicals.

Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation cleaners use UV light to “zap” pollutants. These UVGI filtration systems work well in commercial buildings, including hospitals and clinics, for good indoor air quality.

Ductless Systems

This air conditioning and heating system is similar to a room air conditioner although it is smaller and very energy efficient. This unit requires only a small hole in the wall. It is mounted in the most convenient part of a room to permit cool or warm air to circulate.

Inverter-driven compressors regulate the speed of air circulation. They do not have to turn on or off, thus saving energy. In addition, cooled or heated air is not lost to ductwork leaks.

Saving Energy

Newer insulating materials hold in the cooled or heated air more efficiently than older materials. A commercial building with good insulation under the roof will use less energy to keep the building at a comfortable temperature on all levels.

In addition, new hydrofluorocarbon refrigerants require smaller compressors that save energy. Although these compressors work under higher pressure, they offer more efficient thermodynamic capabilities within the HVAC unit.

Installation

Installing and maintaining modern systems requires the skill of technicians trained to work with the latest commercial HVAC technology. They should be trained by the manufacturer.

Ball Building Services professionals hold certifications from leading manufacturers of equipment and controls with the latest commercial HVAC technology. Ball Building Services also offers maintenance plans for commercial and multi-unit residential buildings to keep HVAC systems in good condition all year.

Ball Building Services covers Tampa Bay, FL and the surrounding area. Contact us today for an appointment to maintain or upgrade your HVAC system.

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