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JLA’s guide to commercial HVAC systems

When it comes to HVAC systems, businesses both large and small have a variety of different requirements. From staff comfort and reliability to overall efficiency and energy saving – a holistic approach is needed to ensure that the complex commercial heating and ventilation requirements are met.

Here, we’ll take a look at the key factors businesses must consider when deploying site-appropriate commercial HVAC solutions. From an objective point of view, this presents the ideal opportunity to examine how a premises’ heating and ventilation requirements are directly affected by business type.

The role of HVAC systems
HVAC systems play a critical role in the day-to-day operation and management of organisations. In fact, they’re used for more applications than many people realise, including:

  • Maintaining the appropriate temperature, humidity and ventilation in offices, warehouses, hospitality settings, healthcare facilities and other buildings.
  • Providing hot water for kitchens and other on-site facilities.
  • Ventilating interior spaces to aid with air filtration, passive fire safety, and overall cleanliness.
  • Offering bespoke temperature controls on a per-room basis.
  • Maintaining peak working conditions in operational areas, including customer-facing areas and staff facilities.

All these functions might sound fairly rudimentary and in line with what you would expect from a modern HVAC system. All this needs to go on behind the scenes, with HVAC apparatus and infrastructure hidden from public view so as not to detract from the client experience.

Key considerations of HVAC systems
As touched on above, the customer or public facing nature of certain businesses a number of challenges that can impact the smooth deployment of HVAC systems. That’s why it’s critical that all requirements are properly assessed ahead of any HVAC-related installations or upgrades.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the key areas:

  • Customer facing environments must deploy quiet commercial HVAC systems in order to mitigate any impact intrusive noise might have on guest experience. Infrastructure changes may be required to hide vents, pipes, ducts, and cabling, ensuring that the system is as discreet and unnoticeable as possible.
  • Reliability is, of course, key to ensuring sufficient heating, hot water, and ventilation, particularly in areas with high-energy demands like industrial facilities. Any issues and downtime could cause temporary closures, so a robust and reliable system backed up by on-demand support is critical.
  • Since even small commercial premises require a robust HVAC system, capacity, performance, and efficiency are also critical. It is important the system has the capacity to service the entire building efficiently.

Typical apparatus required in HVAC systems
 – Multiple highly energy-efficient commercial boilers are often required to sufficiently heat a commercial building and ensure a consistent supply of hot water. JLA provides a wide variety of wall-mounted and floor-standing boilers in different sizes and configurations to meet the specific needs of your premises.

Recent boiler innovations, including remote two-way data access, allow faults to be identified and rectified much sooner. As such, it’s highly recommended that businesses upgrade to the latest technology, for improved performance, efficiency, and peace of mind.

Air handling units
 – Air handling units (AHU) are recommended in large buildings with a significant number of rooms, corridors, and public spaces. These HVAC systems purify, condition and circulate air, helping to reduce allergens, remove bacteria, eliminate odours, and prevent problems humidity-related problems, including mould and damp.

JLA offers integrated AHU systems specifically designed for hospitals, hotels and other high-occupancy organisations. Rather than singular units, our innovative AHU solutions are grouped together, with discreet ductwork helping to circulate air through multiple rooms. Our state-of-the-art air handling units can be placed outside, simplifying maintenance while reducing the risk of disruption when maintenance is required.

Commercial air conditioning systems
 – Air conditioning systems can enhance the customer experience and maintain comfortable environments for staff during the warm summer months or when humidity is likely to cause discomfort. They’re an ideal solution in kitchens and restaurants where ambient temperatures can rise significantly, as well as in busy environments – including offices, industrial premises retail and public sector settings with a large volume of people.

Once viewed as a nice-to-have rather than a necessity; an increasing number of buildings are now expected to have commercial air conditioning systems.

Partner with JLA
At JLA, we provide free consultations and site assessments, partnering with you to recommend the best HVAC solutions for your premises.

Our HVAC experts will suggest state-of-the-art equipment from leading manufacturers, before managing the design, installation, and ongoing servicing of these systems. Plus, with JLA Total Care, you get the assurance of a nationwide network of highly skilled engineers, available at a moment’s notice to deal with equipment faults – for minimal downtime and disruption.

For more information and to learn more about our HVAC services, contact our expert team today.

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