Choosing a cooling system for a business space presents challenges that you won't find in a residential setting. For example, commercial spaces are typically larger than the spaces you find in a home. A second challenge is that if you have office space in your building, you may have to worry about disputes over the thermostat settings. A mini-split system can work well to meet the needs of a commercial setting.
Ducts or Ductless
When you have a large space to keep comfortable, installing ducts can help to channel air from a central cooling and heating system. While this is a convenient way to distribute heat to every room in a large space, it does not come without a cost. Ducts can cost up to $5,000 for a single-family home. The cost, of course, can be much higher for business space. A mini-split system, also known as a ductless system, pumps air directly from an evaporator into the rooms that need to be cooled. Eliminating ducts not only helps to cut installation costs, but it will also eliminate the cost of maintaining the ducts down the road.
One or Many Thermostats
When you install a centralized system, you will have one thermostat for your whole building. This is a simple solution for deciding what the temperature of your building will be. If you are dealing with a warehouse, then one thermostat for the whole building makes sense. On the other hand, if you are dealing with an office space, then you can be dealing with dozens or hundreds of people with different temperature preferences. A mini-split system will have a separate thermostat for every evaporator unit. Thus, each office can have its own thermostat where the temperature can be controlled independently of the other spaces in the building. Some systems will even give you the option to turn off the AC to rooms that are not in use, so you are not paying to cool or heat these rooms.
Saving money in a commercial setting is one sure way to increase your profits. There are times when efforts to save on installation costs can lead to higher costs down the road. This is not the case with a mini-split system. Not only will you save by not having to install ducts, but you don't have to maintain those ducts over the life of your system, and they can help you to save money on operating costs. If you are trying to decide how to heat and cool a commercial space, you should at least consider using a mini-split system.
Talk to a service like New Climate Heating & Air Conditioning to learn more.