You purchase air conditioning equipment for two purposes: residential (houses, apartments, condominiums, mansions, etc.) and commercial (malls, restaurants, stores, hospitals, hotels, etc.) use. While the overall objective of an AC is to manage the temperature of the area it covers, there are four major differences you need to consider when comparing residential and commercial areas for this objective.
- Cooling Capacity Requirements. One scenario in which Sydneysiders cannot live without a commercial air conditioning unit is that the heat load in a commercial area is significantly higher than that of a residential structure. This means that even if a bedroom and store were of the same size, the store would have a greater heat load and, therefore, more cooling capacity.
- Installation Costs. Air conditioners used for commercial purposes are subject to longer and more regular use. Building and fire safety regulations for commercial establishments likewise require the use of higher grade materials and safety controls compared to their residential counterparts. As such, there is a big variance between the cost of installation for a commercial establishment than that of your bedroom even if the cooling capacity is the same.
- Warranties. As mentioned above, air conditioners used for commercial purposes usually run longer than those used at home. This means that the compressor and other parts are subject to faster wear and tear, which also means that its useful life expectancy is much shorter.
- Preventive Maintenance Frequency. Much like a car, the frequency of maintenance for an air conditioner accumulates from the hours of use (“mileage”) first. Since commercial air conditioners take up more hours of use compared to residential air conditioners, the frequency for preventive maintenance to ensure trouble free operations and comply with warranty conditions is shorter.
Air conditioners fulfil the same function whether used for residential or commercial purposes. However, there are factors (e.g., heat load, regulations, usage, etc.) that spell the difference between these two property types.