SMALL DUCT HIGH VELOCITY HVAC SYSTEMS OFFER NEW OPPORTUNITIES
There are continual changes in the way that our buildings are heated and cooled as we move away from traditional methods, using renewables and heat recovery to help us reach our targets for CO2 reductions. Too often in the past heating and air conditioning for a residential or commercial building has been an afterthought. Rule-of-thumb techniques have been employed that inevitably mean both lower energy efficiency levels than desirable and less comfort for the building occupiers than is actually achievable.
The versatility that the latest small duct high velocity air conditioning (sdHVAC) systems provide can change all that and represent a real environmentally friendly solution that helps to meet the requirements of Part L of the Building Regulations whilst achieving a lower carbon footprint. With the availability of highly aesthetic, user friendly control panels, they can be linked to renewable energy sources as well as the latest smart home automation and BEMS systems to provide a complete solution.
sdHVAC systems are capable of delivering constant, comfortable heating and cooling solutions. They have advantages over conventional forced-air central air conditioning and heating systems that rely on large ducts to deliver conditioned air to individual rooms. Instead for ease of installation, they use flexible “mini ducts” that can weave through a building’s structure much like electrical wiring and can be run between studs in walls, through cupboards, in the small spaces below floors and in ceiling voids.
The latest European designed sdHVAC systems have a strong emphasis on even higher energy efficient performance, offering zoning capabilities for closer control over specific areas of a building. They have the added benefit of providing heating, cooling and the option of fresh air all through the same system for full climate control including the removal of humidity. Air is circulated much more effectively than through traditional heating or cooling systems, providing indoor comfort through quick response times, minimal drafts, even temperature levels with minimal variation and no cold spots.