Of course, homes aren’t the only properties in Brisbane that need effective heating and cooling to stay comfortable all year-round!
Commercial properties – in particular, offices – also need air conditioning. And owing to the size and complexity of the systems used in office buildings, it’s even more important that you get this process right here.
Just one question: what does air conditioning installation for Brisbane offices involve?
What temperature should office air conditioning be set at?
There’s a wealth of research out there from different sources that all say the same thing: the temperature at the office can directly affect how much work gets done.
And we aren’t just talking about the swelteringly hot or freezing cold days, either.
According to the Compliance Code for Workplace amenities and environment, the ideal temperature for office-based work is between 20ºC and 26ºC, depending on the time of year and dress code.
Go above and below this range, and you might find your team starting to suffer.
According to some studies, temperatures below this range can increase typos by 44% and can halve the amount of words typed.
And of course, it isn’t just temperature either – humidity comes into play as well, with the same studies placing the ideal relative humidity at between 20% and 60%, again depending on your office dress code.
So now you know why temperature matters in the office – now it’s time to start talking about the details…
Which AC is best for an office?
Naturally, the best aircon installation will depend on how your office was built, and what sort of air conditioning system the installer settled on at the time.
And just as with any other type of property, that decision will have come down to the specifics of your office – namely:
- How big your floor plan is
- Whether you have floor-to-ceiling windows
- How open your office design is
As a general rule however, we’ve noticed that a lot of smaller offices, converted homes, and offices in shopping strips tend to use solutions very similar to most homes in Brisbane.
In these cases, a handful of strategically placed split system air conditioners or a ducted air conditioning system will likely do the trick, effectively keeping your office cool.
For larger offices however, commercial air conditioning is the way to go.
A lot of offices are simply too large for residential systems to cool effectively.
The coverage and power of a commercial cooling system doesn’t only ensure the entire property is cool, but it also ensures consistency throughout the office.
That way, each corner, desk and workstation is within the ideal temperature range, ensuring that everyone is performing at their best.
The difference between commercial cooling systems and ducted aircon
While the principle is the same, commercial HVAC systems are much, much larger and more powerful. Imagine your home ducted cooling and heating system, but scaled up to compensate for the larger room volumes.
With these types of systems, the outdoor unit is usually roof mounted, and often the size of a van or made up of multiple smaller domestic-type outdoor units combined together.
You know the types of systems you see at the tops of skyscrapers, office blocks and shopping centres? That’s the type of system we’re talking about here.
Of course, not all offices are so large that they need systems this large. If yours does however, it pays to find an air conditioning team that specialises in installing this type of commercial air conditioning in Brisbane (like us!)
VRV/VRF air conditioning: what is the most reliable air conditioning system?
While this technology is filtering down to domestic air conditioning systems, it made its first appearance in commercial air conditioning systems.
With commercial properties – offices included – most of your air conditioner’s runtime is spent maintaining a steady temperature. While your office may necessitate a powerful system, said system doesn’t have to run at 100% if it’s just maintaining the current temperature.
VRF/VRV technology was invented to compensate for this.
For the vast majority of the working day when the system is just keeping the temperature stable, these types of systems reduce the amount of refrigerant being cycled to meet demand, thus reducing the amount of power being consumed.
With office air conditioning, this can save a considerable amount of power – over 50%, easily.
Combine that with how long office aircon usually runs for, and it’s little wonder that this technology is so prevalent in office cooling systems!
How does air conditioning work in an office?
We’ve talked about system design plenty of times before, and while we won’t go over it again, this time we’ll focus on some of the unique considerations that go into how air conditioning systems are designed to work in different office spaces.
While the ideal temperature for staff members is between 22ºC and 26ºC, they aren’t the only things that need to be considered. Say your office also has its own server hub – these can generate a lot of heat.
As such, your server room can require much more cooling to compensate.
In cases like this, we might decide to make your server room its very own air conditioning zone, with a separate thermostat and temperature sensors to ensure that sensitive computer equipment is operating at a safe temperature.
Another example might be offices that are connected to showrooms or display floors. Oftentimes, the office section is smaller, and cools down faster.
Of course, the showroom section doesn’t cool as quickly due to its size, meaning that the temperature in the office section plummets!
In this case, we might make your office section its own zone, allowing you to control the level of cooling there independently of your showroom.
These are just two of the ways that cooling offices differ from domestic cooling – and two reasons why you should leave this in the hands of a professional.
Expert coolings solutions for homes and offices throughout Brisbane
There are a lot of things you need to consider when getting an air conditioning system installed, especially if it’s for a large property like an office.
From details like the type of system, extras to help regulate temperature, to air conditioning payment plans in Brisbane, it’s important that you choose a trustworthy team to answer these questions for you.
Our team works across Brisbane as well as beyond, supplying heating and cooling systems to office buildings big and small all over south-east Queensland.
Whether it’s air conditioning in North Lakes, Gold Coast, Logan or beyond, our team can help.