The Difference Between Commercial and Residential HVAC

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HVAC is a technology used in commercial and residential buildings to provide comfortable indoor temperatures. HVAC systems include furnaces, air conditioners, heat pumps, ductless split systems, air handlers, evaporator coils, and thermostats. Different HVAC systems are designed for different types of buildings depending on the climate, size, and type of construction. This article will discuss ways commercial and residential HVAC systems differ.

Size and Complexity

Commercial HVAC systems are much larger and more complex than residential systems. They can handle a larger load and must be able to provide heating and cooling to more people. Commercial HVAC systems rely on multiple units and a series of ducts connected throughout the building to accommodate larger commercial buildings. Residential HVAC systems are much smaller and simpler in comparison. They use a single unit placed outside the home.

Manufacturing and Installation

Commercial HVAC systems require more robust components, higher energy output, and complex ductwork. The installation and maintenance of commercial HVAC systems also require a specialized skill set and experience, given their complexity and size. In contrast, residential HVAC systems are easier to install and maintain due to their simpler design and smaller size. These systems come in different types, each with unique features and functionality. Residential systems are standalone units that do not accommodate any modification or expansion. Split residential HVAC systems are designed so that some components are outdoors while others remain indoors.

Maintenance Requirements

HVAC maintenance is crucial to keep them in good working condition. However, the maintenance requirements for commercial and residential HVAC systems are different. Commercial HVAC systems are more complex, with multiple units and sophisticated controls. This complexity increases the need for maintenance to keep the system running efficiently.

Residential HVAC systems are simpler and require less maintenance. Another difference is the frequency of maintenance. Commercial HVAC systems require maintenance four times a year, whereas residential systems only require maintenance once or twice annually.

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