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Whether your business is conducted in an office building, a restaurant, a retail shop, or a medical facility, your HVAC system plays a pivotal role in the health, safety and comfort of your employees, customers or patients. Commercial HVAC systems typically need to accommodate multiple zones with different uses. For instance, while you want patients in a doctor’s office or clinic to be comfortable, you need adequate cooling for medicines. In restaurants, the dining room temperature should be much different from that in the kitchen or where food is stored.

There are many options for heating and air conditioning units for industrial and commercial use. Lee Industrial Contracting is among the most trusted and well-respected industrial HVAC companies in and around Michigan. We are proud to be your choice of HVAC contractors to help you understand the many choices and select the right system for your company’s needs.

Split System Condensing Units

What differentiates a split system from other HVAC systems is that it is composed of an indoor air handler with the condenser and compressor in a metal enclosure outdoors. Unlike packaged units, the air handler with fan and evaporator coil is separate from the condenser and compressor. There are both single and multi split systems.

Single Split Systems

The single split system is a prevalent choice for business owners. They are affordable and compact, making it ideal for small offices, restaurants, shops and server rooms. Installation is much less than centralized units. Since they operate independently, the failure of any one unit to perform does not impact any other areas.

The single split HVAC system typically consisted of an air conditioner to cool and a furnace to convert the refrigerant. An evaporator coil circulates the air. The unit is controlled with a thermostat or similar control panel.

Multi Split Systems

Where single split units have one indoor unit for every outdoor unit, multi split systems can have accommodated up to nine indoor units for every outdoor unit. This is a more aesthetically pleasing choice and better for buildings with limited exterior space. However, because it requires more ductwork, installation is higher as compared to a single split system.

This configuration is highly energy efficient, using inverter technology to allow the compressor to operate at variable speeds. The highest energy usage in commercial systems comes from the compressor turning on and off. With the use of sensors and heat pumps, the multi split system can identify areas that need adjustment and move warm air from one area to another cooler area.

VRF Systems

Variable refrigerant flow or VRF HVAC systems are good choices for medium to large office buildings or hotels. There are two types of VRF systems. Heat pump VRF systems can either heat or cool, but it can’t do both simultaneously. It is appropriate for open floor plans. A heat recovery system is a better option for multiple rooms or offices, as it can provide heat to one while cooling another at the same time.

Direct Fired Air Handlers

These heavy-duty air units are built to last with the base, frame and wall panels welded into one unibody cabinet. They are energy efficient, delivering 100% of the burner power into the heated space. Indoor air quality is maintained by the introduction of fresh outside air into the system. Up to 80% of the air can be recirculated, reducing your energy costs.

Indirect-Fired Air Handlers

Indirect fired or IDF air handling units pressurize an area with conditioned outdoor air. You have the option to heat, cool or recirculate the conditioned air. Carbon monoxide, a natural by-product of combustion, is directed outside the space during the heating mode. It is a highly energy-efficient option.

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How To Save Money With an Efficient Industrial HVAC System

When you look for efficiencies in your industrial operations, you may focus on quality control, training, continuous improvement, process reengineering, etc. However, there is one area that could be costing you money that you may be missing. When designed, installed, and maintained correctly, your industrial HVAC system can contribute to significant cost savings through improved energy efficiency, superior ventilation, and a healthier workforce. 

Features of an Industrial HVAC System

Some features that may be found in an industrial HVAC system include:

  • Heating systems such as electric heat, boilers, furnaces and heat pumps
  • Ventilation and dust collection
  • AC units including rooftop units, direct expansion units, chillers and heat pumps
  • Thermostats
  • Sensors
  • Automation systems

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems play an essential role in industrial operations. They condition the air for worker comfort and to safeguard mechanical and electronic equipment. The ventilation system is vital for filtering out dust, dirt, chemical and other contaminants from the air. Dust collection systems are frequently integrated into the overall HVAC system to improve and maintain air quality. By separating the air filtering, it allows the HVAC system to work more efficiently.

Ductwork is a critical component in any industrial HVAC system. Materials can include galvanized, stainless or rolled steel. The design, fabrication, operation and maintenance must consistently and reliably meet the regulations for air quality standards, as well as building codes. It also plays a role in maintaining a safe workplace. That’s why it is critical for you to choose from knowledgeable, experienced local HVAC contractors.

Sensors, thermostats and automation systems provide energy efficiency. Requirements for heating, cooling and ventilating an empty building can vary significantly from times when the facility is fully staffed and operating normally. Sensors can monitor air quality, temperature and occupancy, as well as air pressure to optimize system operations and notify maintenance when there is a problem.

Benefits of Using Experienced Local HVAC Contractors

The cost of using inexperienced installers can be significant. Poorly designed, fabricated or installed HVAC systems can use more energy, reduce productivity and result in low air quality. Substandard air quality can not only impact employee health that results in more frequent absenteeism, but if left unchecked, it could endanger lives and put your business at risk.

Advantages of using an industry-leading provider for sheet metal fabrication, installation, service and preventative maintenance needs include:

  • Cost savings
  • Improved air quality
  • Superior energy efficiency
  • Optimized design for your facility
  • Certified, licensed professionals
  • Adherence to regulatory requirements, building codes and industry standards

What to Look for in an HVAC Contractor

Commercial and manufacturing environments have very different needs for their HVAC systems than residential uses. Industrial HVAC systems can be very complex, depending upon the functions and the size of the facility. When your business is at stake, you can’t afford to take the lowest bid. You need to carefully vet your contractor and ensure that you get the expertise required for quality materials, installation and maintenance.

Lee Industrial Contracting is a 100% employee-owned company, meeting and exceeding our customers’ expectations with turn-key solutions for over 30 years. Our capabilities include:

  • Installation of standby generators, including backup lighting panels, UPS systems and whole service backup power
  • 24/7 emergency generator services available365 days a year
  • Design and installation of primary power by certified electricians
  • 24/7 emergency repair to minimize your downtime 365 days per year
  • Specialists in control wiring, from wiring upgrades to complete machine rewire
  • Comprehensive industrial installation, including electrical design, motor controls and transformers
  • Monitoring of power quality, including monitoring equipment to help determine and repair power quality issues
  • Infrared imaging to determine predictive maintenance
  • Complete lighting installation for commercial and industrial applications

Receive your free quote today or call us today at (888) 833-8776 to learn how we can complete your next industrial project.

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The Main Differences Between Commercial and Industrial Construction

To the untrained eye, a commercial construction site and an industrial construction site may not look very different. In fact, most people use the terms interchangeably. Professionals who work in both construction types know there are challenges and processes that are unique to each type. The key is looking beyond the obvious similarities to find the specific factors that set them apart.

Permitting Process

Most big construction projects require some type of permitting. In some jurisdictions, even putting up a sign may attract the legal attention of local officials. Commercial construction permitting tends to focus on zoning requirements, general safety and occupancy requirements. Once met, a business can open its doors with ease.

Of the two construction types, industrial sites have more compliance factors to take into consideration. This is especially true if the company handles, stores or manufacturers hazardous material. Satisfying these guidelines, in addition to commercial guidelines, can tack on weeks or months to the process. It may also necessitate specialized expertise.

Site Planning

Once construction companies have the green light to start working, it’s time to create a plan for how the construction site will play out. At this point, the lead contractor will meet with the client to determine what the most important concerns are. Engineers will then need to determine the best way to work around these design flaws.

Both construction types want to limit how construction affects operations as much as possible. The difference is in the how. Commercial construction site planning focuses on keeping businesses accessible to customers and presentable to the public. Industrial construction sites are less concerned about being presentable and more focused on logistics, such as power consumption allocation.

Design Process

The design process is one of the most exciting parts of the project for the client and the contractor. It allows both parties to blend needs and wants and bring ideas to life. However, the design language for a business frequented by the public or consumers is much different from the industrial design language. The fact that many commercial spaces are taking on industrial aesthetics does little, if anything, to change this.

For both construction types, traffic flow is important, but the reasons are different. Commercial construction sites need to prioritize the easy and functional flow of traffic to maximize how long customers spend in spaces and encourage lingering. Industrial construction designs favor floorplans that prioritize the following:

  • Keeping traffic moving
  • Reducing lingering
  • Enhancing productivity
  • Improving efficiency

Infrastructure Support

Commercial construction sites do not differ terribly from how homes are constructed. In fact, some commercial construction sites are for long-term or short-term residential use, such as hotels, nursing homes and apartment buildings. The infrastructure generally includes HVAC systems, the ability to control smaller ecosystems within the whole and some provisions for larger power consumption.

Of the two construction types, manufacturing requires the strongest supporting infrastructure. This includes not just provisions for massive power consumption, but also waste management. This can drastically change the materials and expertise required.

Project Management

Most project managers can handle the average commercial construction site. The contractors they hire may also not differ much from what is required for larger residential projects. For instance, project managers may need to focus on organizing plumbers, electricians and interior designers.

Both construction types require these skill sets, but industrial construction sites also require advanced and specialized skills. These may include large-scale installations, equipment assembly and custom fabrication. Project managers may also need to handle the complex logistics systems that may become necessary to move oversized loads when plants expand or move locations.

Without a doubt, industrial and commercial construction sites are very similar. Even so, the main distinguishing factors for both construction types can all be tied back to priorities, functions and logistics.

Receive your free quote today or call us today at (888) 833-8776 to learn how we can complete your next industrial project.