HVAC Design Strategies to Consider for Your Open-Plan Office

Nov 4, 2021 | HVAC

Ensuring consistent comfort inside an open-plan office can be quite challenging. For one, you have to consider the number of people using the space at any given time. Unless your business has 24-hour operations, the office is expected to be empty during non-office hours. Fortunately, there are several ways to maintain thermal comfort in this type of commercial space.

HVAC Design Strategies

Here trusted HVAC company A/C and Refrigeration shares some HVAC strategies to consider when designing an open-plan office for your business.

Take the room’s layout into account. An open-plan office must maintain consistent temperatures, which is why you should pay extra attention to things that can alter indoor comfort within the space. Consider relocating photocopiers, printers and other heat-generating equipment. Do the same for work desks placed near sunlit windows. Check the HVAC vents as well. The supply vents, in particular, shouldn’t be located directly by spaces where people converge, as you don’t want conditioned air to blow directly onto them.

Create zones. No matter the configuration of your office space, different areas will still have different requirements necessary to ensure consistent comfort. For instance, server rooms must maintain temperatures that are cooler than conference rooms and other common areas. Thus, your HVAC system should include multiple independently-controlled zones to allow for separate temperature adjustments. Seek the help of a trusted HVAC installation contractor who can help you design one for this type of office space.

Consider proper HVAC sizing. When picking a commercial HVAC system for your open-plan office, keep in mind that bigger isn’t always better. Incorrectly-sized HVAC units produce insufficient thermal comfort and are more likely to break down and malfunction. Your chosen contractor can help you explore your options and decide on the HVAC system that’s the right fit and size for your office space.

A/C and Refrigeration specializes in HVAC repair, replacement and maintenance for both residential and commercial applications. Give us a call at (602) 488-7161 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.