Providing air conditioning for a commercial or industrial facility is much different than air conditioning a residential home. Most houses use the same type of refrigerant-based split systems to provide cooling. There are some variations in design, such as ductless mini splits and packaged units, but they still operate on the exact same principles.
With commercial and industrial facilities, air conditioning can mean several different jobs with different goals. Rooftop units may handle comfort needs in a way similar to residential air conditioning, but commercial facilities also have cooling requirements for process and for equipment, such as server room cooling. The air conditioning system for a business often encompasses several types of cooling systems—such as the chiller, which we’re going to look at closer today.