It’s no secret that we, at H & H Commercial Services, specialize in installing and repairing HVAC equipment in commercial spaces. Every now and then, we receive a request from a client who needs residential HVAC services. We help them out to the best of our ability by referring them to an excellent residential HVAC company in the area. But sometimes, clients wonder what the difference is – what makes commercial HVAC so different from residential HVAC. Really, it boils down to five main points.

1. Complexity

Home are not only smaller than commercial buildings, but also simpler in design. It therefore follows that commercial HVAC equipment is a lot more complex than residential equipment. If we were to install a commercial system in your home, it would not work well. Plus, it would cost way more than you’d want to pay due to its complexity.

2. Zoning

Recently, it has become more common to use zoned HVAC systems in homes. However, even homes with zoned HVAC usually only have two or three different zones, at most. Commercial buildings tend to have many different zones. Their HVAC systems are designed so that you can control the temperature and humidity levels of each floor, and sometimes each room, independently. That would be overkill in a home, and just not possible to implement due to the size of the space and the typical duct layout.

3. Maintenance Requirements

Both residential and commercial systems perform best when maintained well. However, commercial systems require a lot more maintenance. Many commercial HVAC units are located on roofs, which means they are exposed to the elements and need routine cleaning. Plus, if your commercial system goes out, you’ll lose revenue, which makes maintenance and early repairs that much more important.

In a residential setting, having a maintenance contract is nice. In a commercial setting, we’d argue that a maintenance program is essential.

4. Drainage

Residential AC units produce some condensation, which usually flows down a narrow tube and into a drain. You barely notice it. On the other hand, when you’re cooling a huge commercial building, there is a lot of condensation to dispose of. A commercial mechanical contractor will design your system to account for this, which will reduce your risk of flooding and water damage.

5. Specialization

Most homes have about the same needs in terms of humidification and dehumidification, provided they are in the same climate. Comparatively, the humidity control needs of commercial spaces vary a lot depending on the nature of the work being done inside the space. Grow rooms, for example, have different needs than indoor pools. Commercial HVAC contractors, like those at H & H, offer specialized services such as indoor pool dehumidification system installation.

Homes and commercial buildings both need HVAC services, but the two specilties are quite different from one another. If you’re looking for commercial HVAC repair service in Pennsylvania, you can rely on H & H. Contact us soon to schedule your appointment.