Blog / What is Industrial HVAC?
29 MARCH 2023
Industrial HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) is a system designed to provide thermal comfort whilst achieving an acceptable indoor air quality. This is achieved by controlling the air movement within your premises. Often in industrial processes, excess heat can create the need for good ventilation and cooling facilities. In contrast, facilities can get below the recommended temperature by the HSE of 16°C during the winter months if an effective temperature control system is not employed.
In its most basic form, an HVAC system works by air circulating through a system (typically ductwork) by a fan pulling air from either outdoor or recirculating air within your premises. This is then generally pushed through heating or cooling coils until the desired temperature has been reached before returning to production areas. HVAC systems can also include air filtration under the guidance of ISO16890 and humidification systems to help maintain air quality.
Industrial and commercial HVAC systems have many similarities. Both types of systems provide heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) services, but the main difference is the size and complexity.
Industrial HVAC systems are typically much larger and more complex than commercial HVAC systems. They are designed to handle larger and more extreme temperature changes due to the size of the buildings. Commercial HVAC systems, on the other hand, are typically smaller and less complex coming is standard size units. They are typically designed for more moderate temperature changes and less hazardous environments whilst achieving the correct level of Indoor Air Quality.
Industrial HVAC systems can be designed to handle more extreme environments, such as excessive heat generation from equipment, toxic fumes and cleaner critical areas. That's why it is important to contact an experienced company when you are looking for ventilation, cooling, heating or air conditioning within your industrial plant when you want to invest in or replace a system.
Commercial systems depending of their size and be placed inside or outside of buildings or on the roof. Industrial HVAC units are typically placed outdoors on the roof or near the facility. They tend to be a lot larger and require the external space. This is to generate a larger volume of air to be pulled through the HVAC system due to the area required. Generally, these are placed on the roof, however you need to ensure that the roof can withstand the weight of the equipment.
Depending on the use, industrial HVAC systems often require more maintenance and upkeep than commercial systems due to the scale of the systems and legislation in the workplace. This could be to protect the manufacturing process from contamination or simply to improve the indoor environment for your work force. integratedAIR have the knowledge and skills to guide you through the best options for your HVAC system to ensure you have the most energy efficient and cost-effective solution whilst also following guidance for compliancy for your unique requirements. They also offer maintenance and spare parts for all the solutions they provide.
Each industrial business requirements for their HVAC systems are different as there are a vast amount of variables that effect the temperature of a building, such as; climate, type of building, production equipment and number of employees on site. To ensure efficient and effective climate control, industrial HVAC systems typically require specialized equipment, such as air handling units, filters, fans, pumps, cooling towers, and chillers. The type of equipment necessary depends on the size and complexity of the system, as well as the facility's specific needs. To ensure the best possible results, contact a specialist with your specific requirements for your industrial HVAC solution.
integratedAIR have over 20 years of experience designing and installing custom built industrial HVAC systems world-wide for a range of temperature control needs. Check out the types of systems we provide on our website. All of our systems are designed to your unique requirements so please give us a call if you wish to discuss your needs further.