Commercial contractors utilize alternative technology in today’s buildings
It is estimated that HVAC systems account for approximately 40 percent of the energy used in commercial buildings, which is why many building owners and managers are looking for ways to cut these costs. One way to do that may be to utilize evaporative cooling systems, which can be relatively inexpensive to purchase and often require much less energy than other forms of cooling.
Evaporative cooling technology is already becoming more integrated in data centers, thanks to revised design guidelines from ASHRAE, but coolers have commonly been used in other types of commercial facilities for years. Commercial kitchens, laundries, dry cleaners, greenhouses, loading docks, warehouses, factories, construction sites, workshops, and kennels are just a few of the applications that can utilize evaporative cooling, said Anne Wood, director of marketing, Phoenix Mfg. Inc. (PMI). “Anywhere large volumes of air exchange are needed and DX refrigeration is cost prohibitive, evaporative cooling is beneficial.”