When it comes to commercial HVAC systems, there’s a number of problems that can occur. In many situations, as it relates to commercial heating and air conditioning, a great deal of attention is paid to the mechanics of the compressor or air handler unit. While many of the problems that face these commercial systems are found in these particular units, there are other things that could impact how effective a commercial system is at keeping an office, retail, manufacturing or warehouse facility comfortable.
HVAC Ductwork Issues
In many instances, the problem isn’t necessarily with the heating or cooling unit itself, but with how the air is distributed throughout a commercial facility. There are times where outside forces can affect the temperature of the air that is moving through the ductwork.
Temperature Swings Inside of HVAC Ductwork
In situations where ductwork is placed in the ceiling, especially with a commercial facility, temperatures outside can greatly affect the warmth or coolness of the air moving through the air conditioning ductwork. In some instances, it is preferable to use insulated ductwork to help protect the ductwork interior from temperature swings that can ultimately affect how efficient the HVAC system operates.
Damaged Air Distribution Systems
There are also times where age has caused damage to the ductwork. In a commercial facility, spiral duct work or straight duct work is often used for long runs in commercial heating and cooling systems. In these situations, the best option is to replace the damaged ductwork. This ductwork may be affecting the pressure of the overall system, causing weak airflow throughout the heating and cooling system. It also may be allowing air to escape. This means that certain areas of the commercial facility may be comfortable while other areas may be too warm or too cold.
It’s always important to look at the mechanical issues that an HVAC system may be experiencing. It’s also important to check the condition of ductwork. If this facet of the HVAC system isn’t working properly, it can cause significant issues with energy efficiency and it can affect the overall comfort of the commercial facility itself.