HVAC control systems regulate the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems in your home or business. For many large businesses such as office buildings, manufacturing plants, and schools, the controls are usually located in three separate areas.
1) A main mechanical room holds the actual equipment, including chillers, boilers, hot water generators, pumps, etc.
2) The air handling units (AHUs) that distribute the air to the building may be in separate equipment rooms or on a rooftop.
3) Individual rooms may contain other equipment such as fans, exhausts, and temperature / humidity devices.
Manufacturing facilities and other large buildings benefit from HVAC control systems for three main reasons.
1) They help to maintain the comfort of the building, keeping it warm in the winter and cool in the summer. By regulating the temperature, employees are more comfortable and are likely to be more productive. Many products must be kept at room temperature, and equipment operates best when not in extreme conditions that could cause moisture or other issues.
2) They enhance indoor air quality. Comfort is not just dependent on the temperature in a building, but also on the quality of the air. A good system will not dry out the air too much, and it will not let the room become too arranged with humidity. Allowed a room to become too humid may cause issues such as mold. HVAC control systems should include features that address humidity as well as temperature.
3) They allow for reduced energy use. Because the equipment will only be activated at a predetermined temperature, humidity, or based on a schedule, a business can have some control over how often their HVAC control systems are in use. Instead of keeping the unit set on a specific temperature all the time, a company may choose to reduce the load by setting a different temperature for times when staff will not be in the building. Because the equipment will keep the temperature and humidity regulated, there will not be a surge in use because of an extreme temperature change due to the weather or other factors. Much of the equipment today is manufactured with energy savings in mind, allowing for credits from utility companies.
Whether you are remodeling a facility, building new office space, or constructing a new manufacturing plant, work with your architect and building planner to make sure you have the HVAC control systems appropriate for the size and function of your business.