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Things to Consider for Chilled Water System

For any commercial company, regardless of size, overhead costs and safety are of the highest concern to be handled efficiently.  Chilled water systems come to mind here because your ac system is a must for comfort, productivity, and safety.  The pros and cons for a chilled water system will be discussed below, but what’s to be remembered is that overall, chilled water systems are cost effective avenues for cool temperatures that are also safe. Safe because having refrigerant piped all over your commercial building, has inherit hazards, and chilled water systems take that hazard out.

 

Advantages

·         Energy Reduction and Lower Utility Bills – Compared to standard air cooled chiller/HVAC system

·         Noise Reduction – Extremely quiet choice, excellent in certain environments.  Water is not as susceptible to duct and vent expansion and contraction.

·         Healthier Option – water is non toxic and non corrosive, unlike your standard cooling systems that use refrigerant and other chemicals for operation

·         Safer Solution – again, no refrigerant piped hazard to be worried about

·         Longevity – Lasts longer than standard air cooled chiller alternative because water chilled is installed indoors and the alternative is outdoors, impacted by the elements.  Also alternative uses chemicals that the water chilled system doesn’t require

 

Disadvantages

·         Higher Upfront Costs – All technology advanced equipment costs more upfront than the standard option. Also, more complex units tend to have higher labor costs due to specialized training.  It can pay for itself over time in a multitude of ways (think advantages)

·         Standard Maintenance Increase – More working parts means more chance of increased inspection, repair, and/or replacement of faulty parts. Water treatments will also be required.

·         Not as Effective in Humid Environments - Higher levels of humidity raise the wet-bulb temperature, which is an indicator of how efficiently water absorbs heat. This equates to higher operating costs.

Whether you are ready for your first water chilled system or need a repair or replacement to your already installed unit, the HVAC technicians at Expert Air are certified, knowledgeable, and professional.  For all your commercial needs, you can rely on Expert Air. Contact us today for more information or to schedule your appointment.

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