Aside from maintaining temperature levels, industrial HVAC systems have other purposes. They can influence the employees’ productivity and comfort, impact safety, and affect energy usage and costs.
When HVAC concerns arise, it can get complicated. In an industrial or commercial setting, HVAC issues can be even more daunting. They present their unique challenges that need to be addressed – from the size of the space to the unique accessories or equipment required to ensure their functionality.
Over time, certain misconceptions about HVAC systems have arisen.
Here are 4 of the most common HVAC misconceptions we have identified and the reasons they may be baseless.
It can only be used to control the temperature in your facility.
While it’s true that your HVAC system does have control over the temperature on site, it is not the sole indicator of how cold or warm a space is. From heavy machinery operating on site to the constant opening and closing of doors and windows, these factors certainly affect the overall temperature of a room. Additionally, air circulation, or lack thereof, in your facility can significantly influence the temperature levels in your space. No matter how much cold or warm air your HVAC is dispensing, if it isn’t dispersed throughout the room, then it won’t adequately control the temperature of the space.
It can reduce humidity.
Your HVAC does, in fact, affect humidity, but take that with a grain of salt. Since cold air holds less moisture compared to warmer air, an HVAC dumping cold air will have an impact on humidity. However, airflow significantly affects humidity. As air continuously moves around the space, it doesn’t get an opportunity to be idle, which results in that sticky and stuffy feeling you often experience in humid areas. Mold and bacteria growth can also be prevented, which is ideal for industrial job sites that house perishable items. If humidity is a significant concern, opt for specialized industrial dehumidification systems to keep moisture in your commercial or industrial space regulated.
It needs to be upgraded to improve effectiveness.
Regular maintenance, repair, and upgrades will undoubtedly enhance the performance of your HVAC systems. Moreover, a visit from an HVAC specialist, who is skilled at unearthing hidden issues and even hazards due to a poorly maintained HVAC unit, can greatly benefit your heating and cooling systems. However, there are steps you can take to help improve the performance of your HVAC. Installing fans to help circulate air is a viable alternative. Fans assist in distributing the air evenly within a room, and when used with your HVAC unit, you can achieve ideal temperature levels.
It will thwart dangerous chemicals and fumes.
In an industrial setting, a correctly built and well-designed HVAC unit will help ventilate your space, thus removing chemicals and fumes that are not good for working conditions. However, even if you have a superior, top-of-the-line industrial HVAC system, if sufficient airflow is not taking place within your place, then harmful air pollutants will still most likely remain in the area. This issue can be remedied by using specialized industrial fans that help keep air circulating. Keep in mind that HVAC systems are made to affect the temperature of a room, but they don’t keep the air moving enough in an industrial setting.
Running at maximum is always going to be expensive.
An HVAC system working hard to control the temperature of your industrial site doesn’t always mean it is operating efficiently. If your system is old, it may have ducts that need cleaning or leaks that need repairing. These problems significantly reduce the performance of the entire HVAC system. Incorrectly placed vents don’t let air reach essential areas within your industrial site. Unchanged air filters and leaky ducts influence how hard your HVAC works to control the temperature. These issues prompt your HVAC system to work harder, but not smarter, resulting in higher monthly energy bills.
Your industrial HVAC systems is an essential tool in affecting the productivity and health of your facilities. However, other techniques and considerations impact climate control. To ensure the efficiency of your HVAC unit, evaluate your job site’s unique demands and requirements and work hard to meet them.