Industrial Air Conditioners
Industrial air conditioners are used for cooling in a variety of industrial, manufacturing and warehousing applications. Industrial air conditioners may be window or through-the-wall air conditioners, central air conditioners or ductless air conditioners. Often they must be equipped to cool large areas since industrial settings are rarely small.
Industrial environments range from single rooms within a larger facility to warehouse spaces that are literally several football field length sized rooms. The height of the space also varies, from towering ceilings to allow room for multiple shelving units in shipping warehouses to average height ceilings used for industrial manufacturing factories. This is why industrial air conditioners have numerous models that are utilized by individual companies, depending on the special needs of each. There are also other factors at play, more important then maintaining comfortable work environments for employees. Heat can have very negative affects on industrial machinery and the products stored in warehouse settings. Therefore, the expectations of air conditioners in these industrial spectrums are high, to properly protect the electronic and mechanical integrity of expensive industrial equipment. Agricultural and food and beverage processing plants also require certain temperatures to keep their products from spoiling, as do the warehouses that store the food before shipping. Temperature control is very important to the industrial world.
One type of industrial air conditioner, the window or through-the wall air conditioner is used to cool individual rooms. It is equipped with vents on both sides so that inside air can be brought in and cooled while outside air is blown in and out, acting as a heat sink. In comparison, central air conditioning uses ducts to transport cold air throughout a building. Central air conditioners are useful for maintaining a standard cool temperature in multi-room, multi-story buildings, although they may use more energy since more space is covered. Ductless air conditioners split the difference between through-the-wall and central air conditioning. In this type of air conditioner, an outside unit with the compressor is mounted on an exterior wall, while an inside unit with the evaporator is mounted on an interior wall or ceiling. Multiple evaporators may be attached to a single compressor. As for as being cost effective, ductless air conditioning may be one of the most economical choices for industrial companies. This is because ductless systems are able to target certain areas with heat removal rather then doing it to the whole space constantly, which uses less energy. Also, industrial air conditioners may not be able to be installed in certain spaces with accessible duct systems, which make ductless units even more desirable.