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The Differences Between Residential & Commercial HVAC Systems September 4, 2018

Liberty Area, Lexington-Fayette Central
The Differences Between Residential & Commercial HVAC Systems, Lexington-Fayette Central, Kentucky

While most HVAC systems seem the same to the average person, contractors know there is a significant difference between commercial and residential units. Besides the types of buildings they heat and cool, these systems operate differently, which means that some professionals are better equipped to help businesses than families and vice versa. Below is a more detailed description of the many differences you can expect between these two system types.

What Are the Differences Between Residential & Commercial HVAC Systems?


Because commercial spaces tend to be much larger than homes, the HVAC systems that keep them comfortable must be more powerful. As such, proper sizing for the heating and cooling unit requires a contractor with skill and knowledge that’s tailored to such devices. Residential systems, however, are typically smaller and have less variability in cooling capacity. 


HVACWhile residential HVAC systems tend to be located beside or behind a home, commercial systems often exist on the roof of the building. This largely occurs as a result of their size, which makes placing them next to the building impractical. The higher location also allows contractors to perform repairs and maintenance without disrupting the business.


Commercial systems are modular, which means units can be added or removed from the overall system layout, allowing contractors to adjust the size of your unit along with changing needs. If your business expands and grows, for instance, you may need an additional unit to accommodate more employees and customers. A residential system, on the other hand, cannot be modulated and is less flexible. This makes research essential as you want to choose appropriate systems for your home.


If you operate a business, you’ll need the help of trained technicians to keep your HVAC system operating efficiently. Luckily, the experts at Dickerson’s Commercial Refrigeration & HVAC offer their top-notch cooling and refrigeration services to businesses throughout the Lexington, KY, area. Since 1968, this locally owned and operated business has provided the community with affordable commercial refrigeration services to increase their equipment’s lifespan. To schedule a consultation, call (859) 254-1436, and visit them online to learn more about their services. You can also like them on Facebook for news and updates.