As office spaces adapt, HVAC systems need to grow and change with them. Today, perimeter offices and center cubicles are disappearing in favor of open office spaces. Therefore, you must update your heating, cooling, and ventilation to work in new configurations. Here’s how to optimize HVAC systems for office spaces.
Improve Indoor Air Quality
Temperature is not the only consideration for HVAC systems; you need to think about ventilation, too. Fortunately, your HVAC system is capable of addressing humidity and air contaminants by taking in air from the outside and distributing it within your building. Consult your HVAC technicians to ensure your system meets your ventilation needs.
When designing your HVAC system, you must ensure it can control distinct areas of your office space (or zones) separately. This is because different sections will have different heating and cooling needs. For example, zones on the office perimeter, which are closest to the windows, will be more susceptible to weather changes than areas in the center of the building.
To get the most out of your system, consider those zones before installing it. Plan a floor with its HVAC needs in mind, as your HVAC system will likely consume the most energy of all your office utilities.
Get the Right One
Not all HVAC systems are the same, so ensure that you obtain an HVAC system with a size that will work optimally with your office. A large HVAC system in a space that doesn’t call for one will only increase your energy bill without providing additional benefits. In fact, an oversized system could have adverse effects on your space. For instance, it could turn on and off frequently and fail to run long enough to impact humidity.
Now that you know how to optimize HVAC systems for office spaces, you can design your office thoughtfully with your HVAC system in mind. Doing so will help you maintain energy efficiency and avoid spending any more than you need to.