When you run a commercial facility, you often spend a lot on energy costs. In particular, you may spend a lot on running your heating, cooling and ventilation (HVAC) system, and if you have a cool room, you have to spend money keeping that space cool as well. To help you keep costs low, there are a number of steps you can take to harmonise your cool room and your HVAC system.
1. Locate the Cool Room Away From Vents
If you have vents near your cool room, hot air will blow directly on your cool room. That heats up the outside of the cool room, causing it to work harder to keep cool. That drives up the cost of running your cool room, while simultaneously wasting heat from your HVAC system.
Keep this in mind when choosing the position of your cool room. If you already have vents near your cool room, you may want to close them when you are running your heater.
2. Insulate Your Cool Room
Adding extra insulation to your cool room helps to reduce the cost of cooling that space. It also reduces the amount of cold air that escapes from the cool room and potentially drives up your heating costs.
3. Add PVC Curtains to Your Cool Room Doorway
While you can lose some cool air through uninsulated cool room walls, you are even more likely to lose cool air through the doorway of your cool room. To keep the cool air in that space, consider hanging PVC curtains. They allow people to move in and out of the cool room with as little cold air lose as possible.
In addition to making the cool room more efficient, these curtains also prevent the cool room from cooling down the rest of your facility. That can help save money on heating costs.
4. Make Sure You Have Adequate Ventilation
When many people talk about HVAC, they ignore the "v" for ventilation. When you have cool air coming out of your cool room, that can mingle with the warm air in the rest of your facility and lead to condensation. That excess moisture can lead to corrosion of equipment or similar issues, but a great ventilation strategy allows that moist air to leave the building.
To get more tips on harmonising your systems for mutual efficiency, talk with an HVAC professional who is experienced working in facilities that have cool rooms.