An industrial air conditioner typically needs to be more powerful than a home air conditioner since it's usually cooling a much larger space than a residential home, and yet also work just as quietly and efficiently. This is so that workers are not interrupted by its sound every time it kicks on and so that you aren't overpaying for utilities every summer season.
Because an industrial air conditioner is often more expensive and needs to be more powerful than a home unit, you want to ensure you take your time to shop for the best choice for your facility. Note a few quick tips on how to do this and then discuss your options with a contractor if needed.
1. Zone cooling
Zone cooling can be one of the better choices for a facility that runs more than one shift but in just certain parts of a building. For example, if you have an office in the front but a production facility or warehouse in the back, and the office closes at 5:00 while the warehouse remains open, you might choose a zone cooling unit. This will allow you to easily control the cooling for separate sections of your facility at once.
This can also be good for an office building with several different rooms, as rooms in the front might stay cooler during the day when they're out of direct sunlight, versus rooms that are exposed to the sun. This cooling can also split up the work of an air conditioner between these different zones, so rather than running one unit continuously and putting it through the demands of cooling the entire building, you can reduce these demands and in turn, reduce the potential wear and tear the unit might suffer over time.
2. Disruption of the business during installation
When choosing an industrial air conditioner, you want to consider if there will need to be structural changes to your building for the installation. This can add to the cost and also disrupt the business during the work. As an example, if you opt for a chilled water system that is mounted on the roof of the building, you may need to have the roof braced and strengthened to support the unit. This can mean more money and also having to close down part of the building's upper floors. Be sure you take this into consideration when choosing the type of unit for your facility.