Whether you’re engineering a heating and cooling system for a new build or looking to upgrade your current commercial or industrial HVAC system, design techniques and industry trends are constantly evolving. Standards in indoor air quality (IAQ) and system efficiency have improved drastically over recent years. And with the current COVID-19 pandemic, air quality, filtration and circulation are more important than ever. In addition to these challenges, our consulting engineers adhere to building codes and utilize industry guidelines in their system designs. Here are some things to keep in mind when developing a new system, or upgrading your current commercial heating and air system.
The world has a renewed focus on indoor environmental quality (IEQ) including indoor air quality. New air cleaning technologies may help improve the air circulating in office spaces, commercial buildings and even industrial locations. While masking and social distancing may be in place for the foreseeable future, viral mitigation techniques in air handling can help.
The CDC has found that office machines, cleaning products, construction activities, carpets and furnishings, perfumes, cigarette smoke, water-damaged building materials, microbial growth (fungal, mold, and bacterial), insects, and outdoor pollutants may all factor in to the overall quality of indoor air in commercial environments. Understanding the sources of all indoor environmental contaminants and controlling them can often help prevent or resolve building-related worker health complaints.
The future of smart buildings means connecting your HVAC system to a building automation system (BAS) or building management system (BMS). These complex systems use interlinked networks of software and hardware to monitor and control a building's mechanical and electrical systems. Complete systems could include your heating and cooling system as well as lighting, security, fire systems and more.
Let us help find the perfect solution for you. Many brands, including Johnson Controls, Honeywell, Siemens, etc. offer building automation systems. These systems can be controlled and monitored remotely from a computer.
The complexities of commercial HVAC systems may seem overwhelming. Contact our consulting technicians to formulate a plan for your new build, or let us help you find ways to make your current system more efficient. From zone heating and cooling to solutions for industrial spaces and warehouses, our team is ready to guide you to a more comfortable workspace.
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