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Choosing the Correct Commercial HVAC System


If you are opening a new commercial facility, one of the critical decisions you’ll have to make is what type of HVAC system(s) it will have. Unlike HVAC systems for homes, which are fairly uniform except in their heating and cooling capacities, commercial systems are highly specialized to fit the unique needs of facilities as different as small retail establishments to large commercial manufacturing plants. Selecting the right system will have a significant effect on energy efficiency, productivity, safety, and comfort. 

Since there are many options available for commercial heating and commercial commercial air conditioning systems in Toronto, ON, you’ll need to understand several key factors when looking for the right HVAC units. Below, we’re going to look at the key considerations that will guide you toward the optimal choices. You’ll still need commercial HVAC professionals to handle the installations as well as offer expert analysis and advice about unit selection, but this will help you get started thinking about what your facility needs.

Size and Layout of Facility

This is the first factor to analyze, as it will guide all the others. Consider the square footage of the space, the vertical height, number of rooms, and how the facility is designed. This will have an impact on the capacity of the system installed: professionals will do a cooling and heating load calculation based on these factors to determine the proper tonnage of any system they install.

Energy Efficiency

How important is energy efficiency for your facility? It’s probably high on your list of considerations, but higher efficiency systems do cost more to purchase. We still recommend you aim to find the highest efficiency systems you can afford, as this reduces long-term costs and contributes to sustainability. Commercial HVAC experts can help you navigate the different energy efficiency ratings.


Larger commercial facilities will often have different areas with varying heating and cooling requirements. Zoning is how you can divide up the space into independently controlled climate zones, which ensures that each space has the climate necessary for its purpose. Zoning also helps to lower energy costs. For large facilities, we often recommend the use of building automation systems to manage the multiple zones to maximize efficiency, increase convenience, and automatically monitor climate conditions.

Maintenance and Service Requirements

Not all HVAC systems have the same maintenance requirements, and some have difficult to access components from manufacturers. Professionals can assist with finding units where continuing maintenance and repairs are easiest and the least expensive.


Your available budget was probably already on your mind when you first began hunting for HVAC systems. Consider both the short-term and long-term costs: what the unit will cost upfront and what it will deliver in operating costs and energy efficiency over its service life. Creating a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis will make it easier for you to make the right decision.

Although all these considerations may seem overwhelming at first, they’re easy to navigate when you have the help of our team. We have more than 30 years of experience working with commercial and industrial facilities in the Greater Toronto area.

Advantage Airtech Commercial Ltd. is the Double “A” Name with the Triple “A” Rating. Reach out to us today to arrange for commercial or industrial HVAC installation in the Greater Toronto Area.

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