CLIMATE CONTROL IN BUILDINGS

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What is climate control?

One of the reasons we live and work in buildings is to protect us from the elements. If it’s cold outside, we like it to be nice and cosy inside. Likewise, when it’s hot outside, it’s nice to be able to go into a cool building – and we need fresh air, regardless of the temperature.

The term ‘climate control’ is used to refer to the way that we control the climate inside buildings. Those in the industry commonly refer to it as ‘HVAC’ – which stands for ‘heating, ventilation and air conditioning’ and cooling these days can be provided my may different technologies. These are the three main aspects of climate control or thermal comfort.

Basic heating and cooling technologies

The most common ways to heat and cool a building is to use heaters and either fans/natural ventilation and/or air conditioners and evaporative cooling. There are many different types available for both heating and cooling purposes, as well as a number of choices in terms of the fuels you use. The technologies and the fuels you choose to use in your building will have a big impact on:-

  • The initial cost
  • Ongoing operating and maintenance costs
  • The ‘feel’ of your heating or cooling
  • Your carbon footprint

Poorly planned climate control systems can be a very expensive mistake, so it’s well worth spending some time to get it right. Call us now for your FREE – No Obligation Site Survey to determine which one is best for you and your building.