Multi Family in Santa Maria, Fresno, San Luis Obispo, CA, and Surrounding Areas
Organ & Sons Mechanical, Inc.
Providing heating and cooling needs for an entire household can be costly. Choosing the HVAC system for your multi-family building is a significant choice that will affect you and your family for a long time. Maintaining the quality and quantity of a multi-family home can be a delicate balancing act. Contact us today for multi family in Santa Maria, Fresno, San Luis Obispo, CA, and surrounding areas.
Building’s operations depend on several factors, including its ability to pay its bills and its tenants’ satisfaction level. There are many choices, depending on the size of your home and how energy-efficient you want it to be.
What are multi-family HVAC systems?
Two types of HVAC systems are available for multi-family buildings: centralized and decentralized. The upfront cost of centralized systems is higher, but they are far more energy efficient. If the heating and cooling for several tenants were all in one place, one person could cool their home while another warmed theirs.
Centralized HVAC Systems
A central HVAC system is operated from a basement mechanical room. Air is filtered and conditioned before being distributed throughout the building via ductwork and fans. It makes it difficult for all tenants to maintain a consistent level of comfort, but it allows the owner to keep a close eye on utility costs. Larger complexes often choose centralized systems because they save energy and cost less to set up.
Different types of centralized systems
- Two Pipe Types: The two pipes can send either hot or cold water to the system, then return the water. Since you can only send the water in one direction at a time, all units receive either hot or cold air simultaneously.
- Four Pipe Types: This system uses a central water boiler and a central cooling plant. In contrast to the two-pipe system, the four-pipe system has four times the capacity and can supply hot and cold water to various apartments or condos.
- Geothermal: Geothermal heating and cooling use a groundwater loop. The heating and cooling of the units are done by transferring heat between the air and the ground. A two- or four-pipe delivery system is available for these systems.
Decentralized HVAC Systems
Another type of multi-family HVAC unit is a decentralized system. Each unit in the building receives its heating and cooling through a decentralized HVAC system. A decentralized system costs less to set up, but it works less well than a centralized system.
Types of Decentralized HVAC Systems
- Packaged Thermal Air Condition: These systems have vents and heat sinks inside and outside the building, requiring extensive installation. These wall-mounted forced air systems are prevalent in hospitality buildings. They have the ability to both heats and cool a room.
- Self-contained HVAC Systems: These are individual heating and cooling forced air units. Comfort control systems are the most efficient in terms of efficiency. These systems are not only cheap and easy to set up, but they are also great for small properties.