Choosing the Best HVAC System for Multifamily Housing

November 7, 2018 4:45 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

So, you’re developing a multifamily housing building and you need to decide on the type of HVAC system to install before the project starts. This is a decision that will have long-term effects, which is why you should have a basic idea of what makes certain HVAC systems more efficient for multifamily homes. Your decision will be determined by a number of factors, including installation costs, maintenance costs, energy efficiency, aesthetics and the size of the property. Also, multifamily buildings have HVAC requirements that are different from those of single-family homes.

Let’s hear from the experts in heating and cooling in Central Kansas to ensure you choose the best HVAC system of your multifamily property.

HVAC units for multifamily housing

Your multifamily property must have an HVAC unit that can deliver and cater to individuals’ specific needs, while also remaining energy efficient. After all, this unit will be supporting more than one family simultaneously:

  • Flexibility: You can estimate the peak HVAC energy demand of a single-family household, but this becomes difficult when the HVAC system is for a multifamily home. As such, the system you choose must be designed to handle a variety of peak energy loads.
  • Maintenance: Whether your development’s HVAC unit is a centralized system or inside the family unit, it’s best to select a system that’s easy to clean and maintain.
  • Multiple comfort controls: All individual units in your multifamily housing need separate comfort controls. That means occupants have control of thermostats that are for their living spaces only.

Centralized verses decentralized HVAC units

Multifamily housing developers can choose from two categories of HVAC units: centralized systems and decentralized systems:

  • Centralized HVAC systems: The simplest way to describe a centralized HVAC system for a multifamily property is that it’s similar to a single-family home’s heating and cooling system. The air conditioner and heater are powered from a central location. In the case of a multifamily home, the heater and cooler is either located in the building’s basement or penthouse. Since centralized HVAC systems cost more, you’re more likely to see them in high-rise and mid-rise properties with many individual units.
  • Decentralized HVAC units: These types of heating and cooling units are compartmentalized, meaning each unit is treated like a separate building from the rest of the units. Its separate heating and cooling systems deliver desired air to individual units, as opposed to a centralized system working hard from a central location in the building. In other words, these types of HVAC units are considered “self-contained.”

It’s important for homes and commercial buildings to be able to enjoy year-round heating and cooling in Central Kansas. Without a properly functioning HVAC system, your indoor comfort and air quality may suffer. Contact the professional team of HVAC technicians at K V K Inc. for information about new and replacement HVAC installations, or to schedule an appointment for any number of heating or cooling services. We look forward to helping you remain comfortable and safe throughout the year!

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