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Commercial Heating and Cooling
Whether your commercial premises are a small office, a huge cinema multiplex, or a factory, you will need to make sure that the heating and cooling is up to scratch.
In some scenarios, heating and cooling may even be essential to maintain safe and comfortable temperatures. For instance, if you run a server room or manufacturing facility that uses a lot of heat, you may need to ensure there is a cooling method in place to keep employees and visitors safe.
There are a variety of different heating methods that can be implemented in businesses, including the following:
Air Source Heat Pumps
An air source heat pump takes heat from the air outside and uses it to warm up the property. This is a fairly efficient method of heating, as it doesn’t require a lot of energy to run.
Ground Source Heat Pumps
A ground source heat pump works in a similar way to an air source heat pump, but it takes heat from the ground instead of the air. This can be more efficient, as the ground temperature is usually more consistent than the air temperature.
Underfloor heating is a type of radiant heating that warms up the floor from underneath. This can be a very efficient way of heating, as it doesn’t require a lot of energy to run.
Boilers are a common type of commercial heating, as they can be used to heat up large premises quickly and easily. There are a variety of different types of boilers available, including gas boilers, oil boilers, and electric boilers. Historically, boilers have been the main heating method installed in businesses.
There are also a variety of different cooling methods that can be implemented in businesses, including the following.
Air conditioning is a common type of commercial cooling, as it can be used to cool down large premises quickly and easily. Air conditioning units work by circulating cool air around the property.
Evaporative coolers work by evaporating water to create a cooling effect. This can be a very efficient way of cooling, as it doesn’t require a lot of energy to run.
You may also need to cool items such as food, drink, and medication, along with the people in your business.
Commercial Heating and Cooling Maintenance
If you have heating and cooling systems in your property, it is important to maintain them properly. This includes regularly checking and servicing the system, as well as replacing any parts that are worn out or broken.
If you don’t maintain your heating and cooling systems, they may break down when you need them the most. This can be a costly repair, so it is always best to keep on top of maintenance.
The Health and Safety Act 1974 requires employers to provide a safe working environment for their employees. This includes ensuring that the temperature is within a safe range, but also that all heating and cooling equipment is safe, and properly ventilated, without any faulty wiring or potentially hazardous gases.
Commercial Heating and Cooling Repairs
If you have a commercial heating or cooling system that needs repairing, it is important to find a reputable and experienced engineer. They will be able to diagnose the problem and carry out the necessary repairs.
Some examples of the kind of repairs you might require include:
- Thermostat repair or replacement: The thermostat is a crucial component of any heating or cooling system. If it is not functioning correctly, it can cause issues with temperature control and energy efficiency. Repairing or replacing a faulty thermostat can help ensure that the system operates correctly.
- Air filter replacement: The air filter is responsible for removing dust and debris from the air before it enters the heating or cooling system. If the filter becomes clogged, it can cause the system to work harder than necessary and can reduce its efficiency. Replacing the air filter regularly is a simple but essential repair that can prevent more significant issues from occurring.
- Compressor repair or replacement: The compressor is a critical component of the cooling system. It compresses the refrigerant gas and moves it through the system to cool the air. If the compressor is not working correctly, the system will not be able to produce cold air. Repairing or replacing a faulty compressor is a significant repair that should be handled by a professional.
- Ductwork repair or replacement: The ductwork is responsible for distributing hot or cold air throughout the building. If there are leaks or damage to the ductwork, it can cause the system to work inefficiently and can result in uneven heating or cooling. Repairing or replacing damaged ductwork can help improve the efficiency of the system and improve comfort levels for building occupants.
- Boiler repair: Boilers are commonly used in commercial buildings to provide heat. Over time, boilers may develop issues such as leaks or malfunctioning components. Repairing or replacing faulty boiler components can help ensure that the system operates safely and efficiently.
These are just a few examples of the many commercial heating and cooling repairs that may be required over time.
Robinsons Facilities Services can provide a team of trained engineers to assist with all aspects of heating and cooling, including offering advice on your legal responsibilities.
Working across Yorkshire, we cover North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, East Yorkshire and South Yorkshire and offer a fast, efficient response time. Contact us today for all planned, reactive maintenance or emergency call out. Call 01423 226578 or get in touch to see how Robinsons Facilities Services can help.
Commercial Heating and Cooling FAQs
There is no simple answer to which heating type is best, there are a variety of different methods to heat a building, and factors such as efficiency should be considered as well as the capacity to heat the whole building.
Commercial buildings use HVAC systems including air conditioners, commercial boilers, and other heating systems to keep their premises warm or cool them during the summer.
A commercial heating system works in a very similar way to residential but often on a bigger scale. A heating element in a boiler uses fuel to heat water that is then circulated through the building to provide warmth.
Usually, this comes down to capacity, larger boilers can heat water for more people, as may well be needed in a commercial setting. One boiler system or a series of smaller boilers may be used.