The Best Air Conditioner For Your Office
Choosing the best air conditioner for your commercial office can be a challenge. What size do you need? How much will it cost to run and how noisy will it be? This guide will help you find the right option for your workplace, taking a look at three key systems — evaporative cooling, ducted cooling and split systems.
Conventional air conditioning works by taking air already inside of your house, passing it through a fan coil that cools it down and then delivers it back into the home. Evaporative cooling, on the other hand, cools the air by drawing in the surrounding air from outside via a cooling unit on top of the roof that is connected to a series of outlets, or ducts placed strategically throughout the building. The air is filtered through wet pads or quilts, creating cool air
This is a good option for businesses as it is highly cost-effective and eco-friendly. Because cool moisture is added to the air, you can keep your workplace comfortable in summer without having the dry air effect that results from using some air conditioners all day long.
Ducted systems can cool and heat your entire office space. They have an outdoor unit and a central indoor unit with air ducts running from the indoor unit to air outlets and sensors in each room. Installation costs are high compared to other options, but ducted systems are highly effective and work quickly. They also eliminate the need to have bulky indoor units hanging off the wall.
Split systems are the most popular cooling solution for offices for a range of reasons. They have a reverse heating function, are simple to install and maintain, operate quietly, inexpensive and can come with special filters that remove pollutants from the air.
What Size Air Conditioner Do I Need?
The four things that have the biggest impact on what size air conditioning unit you need include:
- Room size – What’s the length, width and ceiling height? Total volume is just as important as floor space. A room with high ceilings will require more energy to cool.
- Insulation – Are the ceilings and walls insulated? What’s underneath and on top of the room? Ceiling insulation is one of the biggest factors in making a room thermally efficient.
- Orientation – Which way does your office face? North or west-facing windows let in more heat in summer, whereas shaded, south-facing windows are cooler.
- Location – If you’re located in Melbourne, you won’t need as powerful an air conditioner compared to if you were in North Queensland.
As a rough guide, a space that is around 40 to 60m2 needs an air conditioner with a capacity of around 4-6kW, while a room that is 60m2 or more needs a capacity of 5-9kW.
Quality Commercial Cooling Systems in Melbourne
If you’re looking for a split system, evaporative cooling or ducted cooling for your commercial space, the team at Efficient Pure Plumbing can help. We’re the Melbourne experts in heating and cooling, with over 20 years of experience providing quality domestic and commercial air conditioning solutions. Call us today for a free quote on 03 9792 3261 or contact us online.