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Energy-Efficient Commercial HVAC System Trends

Commercial buildings demand a lot from their HVAC systems due to their sheer size — which results in a large cost as any business owner can tell you. Thus, any way to reduce energy consumption results in not only a reduced carbon footprint on the world, but also reduces costs, creating big savings for your business's bottom line.

Atlantis Comfort Systems in Rhode Island is an expert in all things commercial heating and cooling-related. We offer commercial HVAC installation, maintenance, and repairs, as well as retrofitting and design-build services. Our mission is to ensure the comfort of your employees and your customers. Below, we'll take a look at some energy-efficient commercial HVAC system trends so perhaps you can incorporate these into your business or office, too. Contact us for a free estimate today!


Installing Outdoor Air Systems

Traditionally, commercial AC units use what is known as "make-up air." Make up air is the air that is pulled in from the outside to be used inside since you lose indoor air due to the exhaust fans. This is great for indoor air quality as fresh air is constantly being circulated rather than stale. However, when the outside air is full of moisture, this can put undue pressure on your commercial cooling system. Thus, by creating a dedicated outdoor air system that removes the moisture from the air before it is pulled into the HVAC system, this saves energy.

Electronically Commutated Motors

The electric motor of your commercial HVAC system is one of the components that consumes the most amount of energy. Electronically commutated motors are a type of motor that runs on alternating current (AC) and is a type of smart motor that has added electronics in them that can use features of both AC and DC motors to run more efficiently for commercial buildings. These motors often contain variable-speed components that can vary the HVAC blower speed to match demand. These motors consume half the amount of electricity as a regular AC motor and work great for commercial buildings.

Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV)

ERV systems are catching on rapidly in both the commercial and the residential HVAC world. This system uses the energy from exhausted air to precondition makeup air. These systems are connected to the air ducts. ERV systems use the makeup air or fresh air from outside and removes the stale air. The heat exchanger also helps in this process. The ERV system also removes harmful contaminants from the air, such as allergens, pollen, pollutants, and more to afford better indoor air quality all around.

Desiccant Dehumidification Systems

In a desiccant dehumidification system, moisture is removed from the air using a dehumidifier. Humidity is absorbed into a gel and then leaves as warm dry air. The moisture is evaporated, so there is no need for a drain or somewhere to collect the moisture. Similar to an outdoor air system, this system creates energy savings for commercial buildings by taking out the humidity from the air and precooling the makeup air so that your commercial HVAC system doesn't have to work as hard.

Zero-Degree Heat Pumps

Heat pumps work by taking the heat from the outside air and moving it through a coolant that compresses it, which increases the heat even more. The heated air is then moved into the heat pump, passing over a hot coolant, which increases the temperature of the air to the desired temperature. Heat pumps overall are more energy efficient because they move heat and don't create hot air. Previously popular with homeowners who have smaller spaces to heat and cool, heat pumps are now being adapted for use commercially with much success and energy savings.

Displacement Ventilation

Displacement ventilation is more of an HVAC technique and trick when supplying air to a space. Here, fresh air is emitted at the ground level, which then moves up as it is heated to move stale air that has collected at the ceiling. Traditionally, air was and is emitted uniformly with the goal of creating the space with the desired air temperature. Not only is indoor air quality drastically improved, but energy is saved as well. This technique has been widely used in Europe and is used a lot in classrooms and office spaces.


Our commercial HVAC company in Rhode Island prides itself on staying up-to-speed with the latest in HVAC technology so that we can bring your office or business the most energy-efficient heating and cooling systems possible. We employ the highest-quality HVAC systems for your commercial building space and perform a thorough diagnostic in order to determine which system and method would work the best. Whether you are looking for a retrofit or a whole new design, we can help.

When you call our trusted HVAC technicians, you can expect affordable commercial HVAC systems and the best customer service. We understand that when you need a commercial heating and cooling repair or maintenance issue that time is of the essence. We offer commercial maintenance programs as well to keep your systems running like clockwork. After all, no one likes a broken AC unit or furnace.

If you are interested in partnering with our commercial HVAC company, check out our specials online, or call to schedule an inspection, maintenance, repair, or more. Call Atlantis Comfort Systems in Rhode Island today!