A Frightening Story of HVAC

A Frightening Story of HVAC

If you happen to work in a light or commercial business, such as manufacturing, you’ve most likely experienced the discomfort of one room being too cold and another being too hot at the same time. Maybe YOU are the voice of reason who get’s to hear everyone else’s story:

The Production Crew Swears: It’s like the gates of Hell have opened up back there! We’re cooking!

The Front Office Staff Cry: We’re freezing to death! What’s wrong with you!

And you, dear Voice of Reason, hang frighteningly between the two. Trying to accomplish your REAL job while listening to all the cries of despair is like bargaining for souls. Enough!

What’s really going on

In many instances, HVAC air conditioning and central heating systems provide airflow, cooling or heat when operating one thermostat. It’s no surprise that everyone wants comfort during production time. That said, it should also be no surprise that one thermostat cannot maintain proper temperatures throughout the entire building or office. There are too many needs.

Production space and offices typically won’t find a common ground. Sometimes its as simple as offices that receive more sunlight. Additionally, a room can retain various temperatures depending on the size of that room, the number of people within that room the production that is occurring, type of building structure and insulation, etc. Without a proper air handling, the scary truth is that you wind up working uncomfortably within any of these spaces.

What Does Your Manufacturing Business Need?

What your manufacturing building needs is a zone control system. By adding this function to your existing commercial HVAC, your revised system will have several thermostats around the building that will control dampers in the ducts. Keyed to the main control panel (we’re calling this “Brains in a Jar” for Halloween) heating, cooling and simple air exchange is directed where and when it needs to be there. In other words, the dampers can close off one room or hallway while opening another. Fortunately, with the zone control system, it functions with any thermostat connected with any commercial HVAC system. Thus, comfort levels increase and , just as important, your energy costs can decrease.

How Does The Zone Control System Work?

At Triton Mechanical, we’re happy to report this is not “Frankenstein story” of crossing wires and experimentation. With 4 generations of Heating and Cooling, we understand how to make your system run like a well-oiled machine!

For example, let’s say that one side of your building faces the sun. The rooms on that side of the building will receive more exterior heat than those on the other side. Let’s also say that it is autumn. At that time of year you’d expect to heat those rooms, but thanks to the sunny days, they don’t need it. With the zone control system, you can direct where the cold air goes so that all offices and rooms are comfortable. Therefore, you use less electricity.

The zone control system directs your dampers. The new control system handles down your offices and other rooms by looking at them as zones. Each zone having a thermometer, thereby to send heating or colding where it is needed.

Any Downsides?

Only one. Hiring cheap will produce terrifying results. Be sure your chosen vendor has the experience and know-how to do this job right the first time. Scheduled maintenance is expected and will remain reasonable so long as you continue on a set schedule. Depending on the building, the upside is that a commercial HVAC zone control system keeps electric bills down. Read here to learn how much various businesses have saved on their energy costs.

This is why it’s so important to clean, calibrate and test the operation of the economizer.  At Triton Mechanical this is included in every maintenance we perform. 

Save time. Save Money. Breathe easy with the Commercial Refrigeration and HVAC Professionals at Triton Mechanical.

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