Over the years, air conditioning systems slowly made their way into becoming an essential part of the modern home, if not our daily lives. Not only do they operate using electricity instead of natural gas, but they also have a wide array of features that goes beyond simple heating and cooling. When people think of AC systems, they only think of the sleek rectangular design or the invisible vents that guarantee the perfect temperature, but everything comes with its own baggage. For air conditioners, it’s a large unit which also happens to be responsible for the actual conditioning.
Types of Units
There are two types of AC units. The split cell which is common among residential houses consists of an indoor air conditioner, and an outdoor unit made of a compressor and a bunch of other components.
As for the second type, and our main attraction, there’s the rooftop unit. It is made of one whole package that combines the components necessary for cooling and heating with the ones for air supply. From where it is installed on any roof, the compressor does all the work and sends down the air through the vents.
The Inner Works of the Rooftop AC System
First, it is important to keep in mind that all the electric and mechanical components of a roof-mounted packaged unit sit together within a housing for protection against the weather. This housing has one large opening that allows air through the system. When the system operates, the fan starts turning, sucking in air through the filters, and a cooling coil (or a heating coil). After being passed through the coils for conditioning, the air flows down the fan and down through the vents to cool down the building.
That, however, isn’t the only process that takes place. The system also sucks the heat and the exhaust air down from the building and expels it outside to facilitate the cooling process and guarantee a fresh supply of air.
What About the Benefits?
1. They Give You a Bang for Your Buck
These systems are designed to cool large workspaces and buildings with the highest efficiency. To be even more precise, the information we got from FastAfforableAir.com shows that these units can cool and heat approximately from 1800 to 2000 square feet. Because of their location on the roof, the compressor’s power, and the large surface area provided by air circulation vents, you can guarantee a high level of efficiency.
2. They Greatly Reduce Air and Sound Pollution
No one needs to stress the importance of fresh air. Having a large number of people in any building requires effective air filtration and constant renewal. It is essential to prevent and remove any harmful air particles like dust and microbes. To make a difference in air temperature on such a large scale, these systems are designed for one thing and one thing only, proper ventilation and air circulation.
Add to that, it is impossible to hear the constant humming of a compressor at work when its placed on the roof. Despite the large size of those systems and the amount of work they do, the amount of noise they produce isn’t at all loud and is made inaudible by their placement on the roof.
3. They Consume No Valuable Space
Unless there happens to be a Zen garden on the roof, installing an AC system there is no real opportunity cost. There is no need to sacrifice anything or even compromise when it comes to the outer appearance of the building. As long as they fit on the roof, you can install as many units as you need without worrying at all.
4. They are a Safe Option
Being positioned in a safe and secured location, on top of a building, definitely makes it harder for anyone to vandalize or steal the unit. In areas with high percentages of vandalism and theft, rooftop system owners manage to save a lot of money that would have otherwise been spent on repairs and such.
To sum up, all that is there to know about rooftop AC units is that they’re a system made of a main package unit that fits unto pre-installed air vents. Their purpose is to efficiently control building temperatures, meaning, they’re specifically designed to operate effectively on a large scale. This specialization in design gives such type of unit an upper hand when compared to other air conditioning solutions for commercial buildings, workspaces, and places of business. Not to mention, they just look better, and we all know that appearances count in the business world.