Choosing the right chiller for your business can be a tough decision; it’s a major financial investment and the success of your operations depends on making the right choice.
A commercial chiller can be a complex unit and it’s important to understand the way it works before you make a purchase. As a business, you need to consider various factors including your budget, environment, usage, advantages, energy rating and more.
There are two main types of commercial chillers that are used in industrial and commercial buildings to remove excess heat.
Air and water-cooled chillers are used to negate the thermal energy produced by various factors, internally and externally, such as computers, manufacturing machinery, the presence of many employees and direct heat from the sun.
Most commonly used, air-cooled chillers are usually located externally. Less complex to install, they can be extremely budget friendly.
The water-cooled chiller is mainly used in large industrial and commercial facilities. Often situated in a purpose-built plant room, it can be connected to an external remote heat dump.
Usually, it is a very large piece of equipment, with a system that generates chilled water. This is then pumped to air-dispensing units, such as the building’s AC system.
Benefits of a chiller
Chillers provide excellent heat exchange efficiency, so they occupy less space than their main competitors, as fewer units are required. The chillers’ configuration is important, but a typical commercial AC system requires relatively few units for optimum results. This, along with the fact that they are centralised, means they are fast and simple to set up and are easier when it comes to maintenance.
Chillers are flexible, as they come in various shapes and sizes to suit almost every application:
With water-cooled chillers, there are no limits on the amount of water that can be used and how far you can pipe it. The system can be as large or small as you need.
Air-cooled chillers are convenient because they can be sited in open spaces such as roofs, car parks, or in outdoor ground-level areas. With relatively low installation and maintenance costs, they will also work without a cooling tower, plantroom or condenser pump. The technology of chillers is universally understood and when properly maintained, they can last for years.
Chillers absorb heat from process water and then send it into the air around the unit. Factories often use this generated heat to warm up another room or area, saving money on energy bills.
Which industries would this mostly benefit?
Chillers can benefit all sorts of industries and applications. They are used in numerous different sectors such as the food and beverage manufacturing industry, injection moulding, chemical plants, tool and die-cutting, laboratories, welding equipment, machine tools, power generation stations, gas cooling, hospitals, and around specialist high-heat items such as lasers and MRI machines.
For example, Turbocor chillers have the latest technology and are often used for various commercial applications, hotels and medium to large buildings that need air con.
If you already have chillers at your business premises, it might be time to look into an upgrade if they have been in operation for some time – the New Year is a good time to look ahead and think of ways of helping your business to thrive.
Considering the energy-efficiency and cost-effectiveness of today’s modern solutions, you could look at savings in the long term by replacing older equipment.
Contact the experts at Klima-Therm for a no-obligation chat.