Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
HVAC is shorthand for heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
It’s what gives a building – office, factory, studio, theatre, warehouse, data centre – its ‘climate control’.
HVAC can be an air conditioning unit or a mixed installation system of underfloor heating, radiators, AC units and ventilation with heat recovery.
You’re here to find out if we can design and install a HVAC system for you – tailored to your building’s specific needs.
Of course we can. And we have years of experience and expertise to prove it.
Heating – the first part of a HVAC system.
Traditionally this would have been a gas, oil or electric boiler and a ‘wet system’, usually radiators or underfloor heating with a hot water storage tank.
The modern HVAC system can include heat pumps, ground or air source (popular in rural areas), gas space heaters (used in bigger buildings), electric space or panel heaters, wood burning stoves and can also be connected into a wet system.
Heating also includes gas fire places, biomass boilers and combined heat and power (CHP) units.
The ventilation part of a HVAC system guarantees a constant stream of fresh air circulating around a building.
These air changes are very important for two reasons.
- First, lack of air changes are the biggest cause of mould and damp in a building.
- Second, the quality of the air. If the air is not changed there’s the real risk of starving the brain of oxygen. This can cause staff fatigue, drowsiness, lack of mental simulation and irritability.
Many ventilation units have a heat recovery system built in. This monitors the air out and the air in to make sure your environment is how it needs to be.
Fresh air ventilation has a number of positive actions, including:
- Helping to keep the mood of staff buoyant and positive.
- Decreased survival of bacteria and viruses in the air.
- Lower body temperatures.
Ventilation is always the most overlooked area of a HVAC system.
In our opinion, it’s the most important part of HVAC.
Air conditioning can be a very efficient way of heating and cooling a building.
The most popular AC systems are wall mounted, ceiling, ducted and under slung units.
But, to offset the installation cost, the system needs to be designed correctly to give its best for your building. After all, not all buildings are created equal – and there’s no such thing as a universal AC system.
Also, it’s a misconception AC automatically provides a fresh air supply – see our ‘ventilation’ paragraph as to why good ventilation is so important.
Fresh air can only come from a ducted system with an external air supply via an air handling unit (AHU).
Designing, specifying and installing an AC system which works properly and pays for itself in running costs and staff efficiency needs expert advice.
This is were our all round expertise – and considerable experience of designing and installing AC systems – will help you.
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