Which Type of AC Is Best for Commercial Use?

Mar 28, 2024 | Air Conditioning, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Air Source Heat Pumps

Which Type of AC Is Best for Commercial Use?

There are many factors to consider when deciding which type of AC is best for commercial use. A commercial air conditioning solution must meet the cooling needs of spaces such as offices, restaurants, retail outlets, hospitals and other large commercial premises, while also providing heating solutions. However, cooling and heating needs differ between industries, therefore, it’s essential to receive tailored air conditioning solutions that meet your requirements.

Key factors to consider when choosing the right AC system are the area you need to serve, budget and maintenance. It’s not an easy decision to make, but we’re here to break down all the important aspects to help your business determine what is the best commercial AC unit for you.

Batchelor Air Conditioning has been supplying air conditioning and heating systems from leading manufacturers for over 30 years. We work with quality manufacturers such as Mitsubishi Electric, LG, Fujitsu, Midea and Daikin to provide you with the best possible service. We offer a tailored approach to expert installations to create a comfortable and safe indoor environment for commercial businesses. If you’re in need of an AC unit for your commercial business or require a repair or maintenance reach out to us to receive a bespoke quote.

Cooling Solutions for Smaller Spaces: Single Split Systems

single split AC system illustration

If the size of your commercial space is relatively small, then you may only require a single split system. This system is efficient and can be tailored to cool smaller commercial environments. It’s also a cost-effective solution for air conditioning and only requires an outdoor and indoor unit. Widely considered the simplest form of commercial air conditioning, a single split system can work in commercial sectors such as cafes, retail stores and restaurants. These eco-friendly units can also help with reduced energy consumption.

The ease of installation makes them a popular choice for commercial settings that only require simple cooling or heating needs. Single split systems only require one indoor and outdoor unit, so they’re an excellent choice for businesses that don’t have much available outdoor space.

Benefits of Single Split Systems:

    • Cost-effective
    • Ideal for segmented spaces
    • Energy efficient solution


Versatile Cooling Options: Multi Split Systems

For small commercial spaces which demand cooling or heating for more rooms and open areas. A multi split system is the preferential choice. It connects several indoor units to a single outdoor unit and provides cooling or heating for more rooms. A practical and efficient choice, especially in commercial buildings like restaurants that require specific temperatures for different areas (eg. segmented offices). With only one outdoor unit installed, multi split systems are perfect for large areas that need cooling, serving multiple areas that need cooling or heating while not taking up significant outdoor space.

Businesses operating with limited outdoor space do not have to worry about sacrificing comfort as multi split systems are powerful enough to provide cooling or heating for multiple rooms and spaces.

Benefits of Multi Split Systems:

    • Control over energy consumption
    • Space saving outdoor solution
    • Suitable for many commercial spaces

Climate Control Solutions: Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) or Volume Systems

One of the more sophisticated forms of air conditioning systems, a Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) is designed for large commercial spaces that have individual multi-temperature requirements. One outdoor unit can serve up to 64 indoor units.

It’s important to know which type of AC is used in industries that require varying temperatures and control. Different commercial sectors such as hospitality, education and healthcare depend on VRF systems to provide targeted cooling or heating to different rooms.

The way VRF works is by using refrigerant as a cooling medium and regulating the flow to individual indoor units in a building, as well as offering simultaneous heating and cooling. This is a tailored solution for areas requiring different temperatures. This customisable solution provides cooling and heating in commercial buildings where varying temperatures are necessary, ensuring comfort for all occupants.

Benefits of Variable Refrigerant Flow System:

    • Individual temperature control
    • Adaptable to different industrial settings
    • Flexible layouts and design

Heat Recovery VRF

Heat Recovery VRF is designed to provide both cooling and heating from the same system at the same time. In addition to its flexibility of use, the system reuses energy absorbed from a room in cooling and reuses in a room that requires heating. With maximum efficiency gains in spring and autumn or in a building that requires a prolonged cooling or heating load, these systems will reduce operational costs and a building’s carbon footprint.

Mini VRF Systems

A more compact and scaled-down lightweight version, the Mini VRF functions in the same manner as the traditional Variable Refrigerant Flow and can provide capacities of up to 50kW, so it is applicable for large commercial spaces. The same technology is implemented, and just like the regular VRF it provides the same energy efficiency while being ideal for small to medium commercial spaces, whilst offering all the customisable benefits of a standard Variable Refrigerant Flow. Mini VRF systems are perfect for small offices, retail stores and restaurants.

Water Cooled Systems

A ‘Water Cooled VRF’ is typically used if a commercial building has restricted outdoor plant space or if the building has a maintained water loop such as a shopping centre. Rather than absorbing or rejecting energy to air like a typical air conditioning or heat pump system, they reject their energy to water. Available as heat pump or heat recovery systems, their typical capacities range from 12 to 200 kW.

Determining The ideal AC Systems for Industries

Every commercial business is different, and your air conditioning system should be tailored specifically to your industry. When choosing the right commercial AC unit, consider the key factors in this blog, as well as your budget and building layout.

When deciding on an AC unit for your industry, you’re going to want an experienced team with expertise in the installation of commercial air conditioning systems that work with the leading manufacturers. At Batchelor Air Conditioning we take pride in providing our clients with a tailored approach. Begin your journey and call us on 01234 712 901 to speak to our knowledgeable team.

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