What is the best heating/cooling system for a Residential and lodging, Condos Apartments & High Rises? Each building is unique, there are guidelines, but each building should be assessed on its own merit and finding the right system can reduce ongoing running costs by between 20-49%.
Building is 6 floors or greater – generally a centralized system in a basement or rooftop (RTU) location is recommended. Building is less than 6 floors- If the building already has central air or heating duct work – then a centralized unit either on the roof (RTU) or basement (AHU) is generally preferred. If the building has radiant heating then a non-window air conditioning system can be added, which can supply supplemental heat in the winter as well if needed. If the building does not have duct work – often individual units are both more financially viable and preferred by the occupants, to have full control over their own heating & cooling options.
HVAC for Low Rise Building
A 3 floor walkup (low rise) would have heat pumps, should no duct work exist – which would comprise of dual or quad options (can be discussed) depending on the number of rooms inside each living space, such that for every one outside mounted unit, 2 or 4 heat pumps can work off that one condenser, saving on cost and installation.
Each occupant could individually adjust their own temperature and not be reliant on someone in another unit, or the building maintenance dept. Each unit would have one condenser, and then the number of heat pumps (air in summer) would then be calculated depending upon the number of rooms in the living space of each condo unit.
Also, using this method, the exact power usage per condo is now measurable.
HVAC for High Rise Building
Some general options for High Rise Building Cooling/Heating are:
Air Source Heat Pump –HVAC for Condos, Apartments & High Rises Fan Coil Units (FCU) /Air Handler Units (AHU) connect to an air conditioner/heat pump to provide air regulation for an indoor space. Often a fan coil system using two pairs of water lines (one pair for hot one pair for cold). Water Source Heat Pump – also called a two-pipe system, it is a popular option. It uses two high volume pipes which circulate condenser water to the heat pumps in each of the zones. It has good flexibility and can have a lower up-front cost than other options.
Each building is unique, and should be discussed on its own merit.
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