Chilled Hydronic Piping
With chilled hydronic piping, cold water or other liquids like antifreeze and glycol can effectively cool large commercial properties. Powerful chillers or cooling towers remove heat from the liquid, which is then transported throughout the building via hydronic piping. As ambient heat is absorbed, it is returned to the chilling equipment to repeat the process.
Geothermal Hydronic Piping
Because summer heat and winter cold can only reach so far underground, temperatures are relatively moderate past a certain depth. Developers can now take advantage of these stable temperatures by installing a geothermal hydronic piping system.
A fluid-source heat pump is placed indoors and is responsible for transferring the heat to or from the building. Underground, a heat exchanger generates the heat during heating cycles while serving as a thermal sink during the cooling season. Some systems can submerge the piping in bodies of water instead of under the ground.
Hot Water Hydronic Piping
In order to have an efficient hot water hydronic piping system, a quality boiler is required. Boilers sized for commercial and industrial buildings should be able to heat enough water quickly and consistently enough for evenly heating the entire building.
Many hot water hydronic piping systems use additional chemicals to improve efficiency and safety. For example, some chemicals can inhibit the growth of mold spores and bacteria while others prevent corrosion.
Steam Heating System
When well-maintained, a steam heating system can be a viable choice for commercial HVAC equipment. Less equipment needs to be installed, and what remains is of comparatively simpler design. Depending on maintenance costs and other relevant expenses, steam piping may make the most economic sense for your commercial property.