High-Rise HVAC Systems & Solutions - Peterson Mechanical
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High-Rise HVAC Systems & Solutions

HVAC systems provide environmental control for the occupants of residential and commercial buildings and any technology and equipment requiring specialized temperature and air quality. With high-rise buildings, the HVAC system has to combat temperature variations and concerns on multiple floors, making it far more complex.

Many older buildings have HVAC systems that don’t fit today’s needs, whether they take too much space, are not energy efficient, or just noisy. At Peterson Mechanical Inc, we have over 100 years of experience building the best HVAC systems possible for our clients.

What Makes High-Rise HVAC Different?

Even a single-story residential home needs the right-sized system to ensure energy efficiency and even temperature control, and the larger the building, the more complex the project becomes.

Due to the height in high-rise buildings, the HVAC system has to consider that floors that are higher up are working against a lower temperature and higher wind speeds from the outside while dealing with heat rising inside the building. There is a considerable risk of uneven heating and cooling because of this.

Additionally, high-rise buildings have to be efficient with the space available for ducts, vents, and other equipment.

What Type of HVAC System is Best Suited For High Rise Buildings?

Short Answer: It Depends.

Each client is unique has different needs depending on the height, size, and usage. For example, larger, taller buildings require stronger systems, and apartment buildings need zoned systems for tenants to control their units’ temperature.

What Methods Are Available for High Rise HVAC Systems?

From new installations to maintenance programs, our team can improve high-rise and commercial buildings’ HVAC to save energy and maintain a comfortable living environment.

There are four main types of old-fashioned HVAC systems which we service, including:

Old Fashioned Package Units

These are common in old buildings to provide localized temperature control; however, they are large, noisy, and outdated.

Individual Split Systems

Breaking down the HVAC into individual units, these systems are affordable and allow for individual control of each space; however, they require an indoor and outdoor unit for each system and take up a lot of space to hide the ductwork.

Four Pipe Systems

While this High Rise HVAC system is energy efficient and able to heat and cool at the same time, unlike the two-pipe system, they are expensive to install., These systems heat and cool air that travels to indoor fan coils.

Central Water Cooled Systems

Many contractors have steered away from central water-cooled systems that utilize central cooling towers, boilers, and heat pumps because of the risks involved. With water running through the walls, a leak could be dangerous, and the noise and space requirements make this one a less common option.

There is a balance to consider with any HVAC system around energy efficiency, cost-effectiveness, risks, and comfort. They also require regular service and maintenance to maintain efficiency and prevent breakdowns.

What is Variable Refrigerant Flow?

When considering replacing a commercial building’s HVAC system, VRF or Variable Refrigerant Flow system is a great alternative to old-fashioned HVAC systems for large commercial spaces. While it can be expensive to install, VRF systems save on space, long-term costs and provide better comfort.

Advantages of VRF

  • Energy cost savings
  • Suitable for buildings with variable ventilation loads
  • Temperature and humidity control
  • Easy installation
  • Fewer space requirements
  • Quiet operation
  • Dependability

When considering a VRF system, it is important to work with HVAC technicians who understand the system and provide proper installation, maintenance, and service.

If you’re curious about the benefits of installing a VRF system or looking to extend the life of your current HVAC system, contact us today.