Understanding Your Commercial HVAC System

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Most commercial buildings in Florida need to have a functioning HVAC system. To understand the system, the first step is knowing what HVAC means. A Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning system keeps the temperature and atmosphere in a building under control. Many parts come together to make this happen, so let us break it down:

Parts of an HVAC System

Several parts come together to make a commercial HVAC system work. 

  • Air conditioner: Our most beloved part in Florida, this is what dehumidifies and removes heat from the air. 
  • Condensing unit: With the help of the evaporator coil, this works with refrigerant gas and liquid to control the temperature.
  • Compressor: This part helps bring the heat absorbed into the unit outside by squeezing and reducing the volume of refrigerant gas.
  • Air handler: This is the part that blows air, creating a cooling or heating effect.
  • Chiller: This part removes heat from liquid through vapor compression or absorption. 
  • Evaporator coil: This part cools the air when the temperature is set low, while a heat exchanger warms the air when the temperature is set high.
  • Ducts: Typically made of lightweight aluminum, a system of ducts, known as ductwork, spreads conditioned air throughout a building. 

What an HVAC System Does

Put simply, an HVAC system regulates the air temperature for the comfort of the people inside of a building. Air conditioning lowers the temperature and controls humidity. Heating is done by warming the air using radiators or central air systems. Mechanical systems powered by fans keep these systems circulating air and also aid in keeping the air clean. 

Keep Your HVAC System Running

Just like owning a car or a house, the best way to make your air conditioning system last is to keep up with repairs and maintenance. With regular air conditioning maintenance, you can expect a commercial HVAC system to last 10-15 years. This will also keep the system running more efficiently. If you are building a new commercial property, consider installing a high-efficiency HVAC system, which may be more of an investment upfront but will cut costs in the long run.  

When it’s time for routine maintenance, reach out to our team of St. Cloud air conditioning experts to schedule an appointment. We also offer emergency repairs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To learn more about our services, contact us online or give us a call at (407) 857-7800.

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