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Frequently Asked Questions

Commercial Cooling

How Does an Air Conditioner Work?

Your air conditioner cools your space by removing the heat and humidity from your indoor air and transferring it to the outdoors. Warm air is passed across a refrigerant coil and the refrigerant lines deliver it to the outdoor condenser unit.

What Is Two-Stage Cooling?

A two-stage cooling system describes a heat pump or air conditioner that has a compressor that can operate at a high or low speed. The high setting is ideal for hotter days while the low setting runs for a longer duration at a more consistent temperature.

What Are the Benefits of a Zoned System?

Commercial zoning gives you control over your work environment, with benefits that include:

  • Efficiency – Cool only those areas you are using to save money on energy.
  • Comfort – Set the temperature in each zone according to your needs and preferences.
  • Control – You decide how to divide your space and where to set the temperature for each zone.

What Is a Heat Pump?

A heat pump is a versatile appliance that can both heat and cool your commercial space by moving the heat between the indoors and outdoors as needed.

What Is Variable-Speed Technology and How Does It Relate to Air Conditioning?

A variable-speed fan motor operates at a wide range of different speeds for the ultimate in comfort and control. Precision airflow has a number of benefits, which include:

  • Efficiency – Variable-speed technology utilizes less energy than a standard system.
  • Air quality – By leaving the fan on, the air will continue to circulate and pass through the filter, removing contaminants.
  • Zoning capabilities – A variable-speed motor is ideal for use in a zoned system for the ultimate in efficiency and control.

Commercial Heating

What Is Two-Stage Heating?

Two-stage heating allows you to set the heating system on high for cold days and on low for milder days to help eliminate temperature swings.

What Are Furnace Ratings?

Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) ratings are used to identify the amount of heat produced for every dollar of fuel that is used.

HVAC Efficiency

How Can I Reduce My Commercial Heating and Cooling Costs?

Ways to lower these costs include:

  • Choosing equipment with a lower life cycle cost.
  • Stay up to date with the latest technologies.
  • Invest in a building automation system.
  • Consider a planned replacement schedule rather than waiting for the equipment to fail.

Why Should I Choose ENERGY STAR® Rated Products?

ENERGY STAR rated commercial heating and cooling equipment can save you between three and four dollars per square foot over the life span of your equipment.

DDC Controls

What Is a DDC System?

Direct Digital Control (DDC) systems are used to control a variety of building systems from one central location. In a commercial application, this type of system may be used to control only the HVAC system or in conjunction with additional mechanical and electrical components.

What Are the Benefits of a DDC System?

Direct control technology works hand in hand with building automation systems (BAS) with benefits that include:

  • Cost savings – Managers can easily view and program building systems to turn off and on only when needed.
  • Ease of maintenance – Built-in sensors can alert you to the need for repairs or maintenance.
  • Zoning – Set and control climate and lighting zones with the touch of a button.
  • Convenience – Motion-sensing technology can be used to illuminate areas such as parking garages for enhanced safety.

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