When it comes to finding an air quality solution for your business, many people turn their attention to air conditioning and ventilation. The question of what to choose and the difference between ventilation and air conditioning is often one that causes confusion. After all, what is the difference? With such a dilemma, appropriate research and assessment of your business needs are necessary in order to make the right choice.
The wrong choice could have a big effect on your business and so understanding the difference at this early stage is vital, as it will save you both time and money in the long run. With that mind, here are the primary differences and advantages of both for your business:
The major difference between air conditioning and ventilation is the fact that air conditioning does not use an external source to function, in most cases. Instead, air conditioning takes the air already inside a space to heat or cool it, depending on your settings. It will then recycle the air back into the room. This will be continually repeated until you have either a warm or cold room.
This means that harmful toxins, pollens or other air pollutants are not removed from the air and are simply cycled back into the room periodically. As such, it’s often the case that air conditioning is more appropriate for shops and non-industrial workspaces which do not rely on a system to ensure the air in a space remains as safe as possible. Air conditioning is commonly used in a building with little or no windows, for example a shop or restaurant in a large department store.
Ventilation, in comparison, works on a much less of a cycle basis. A ventilation system works to purify the air inside the workspace. The air comes from outside, mixes with indoors air and then removes air at the same time. This is a different cycle of extraction and replacement. For workplaces with air pollutants, strong smells or even few windows, this is an ideal setup as it allows better overall airflow.
The real benefit of ventilation is that the overall quality of air in your workplace becomes much better. Leading to a healthier, more productive, workspace. Many employees are forced to take sick days due to poor health relating to poor air quality. With the introduction of a ventilation system, business owners will notice a positive impact on employee’s overall wellbeing and morale.
The difference between ventilation and air conditioning is a common misconception, as many people believe that there is very little difference on the whole – though this simply is not the case. The main difference between the way the two systems work can have a huge impact on your business depending on your needs.
In fact, the way your air moves in your business space may not be a pressing concern you’ve considered. However, in terms of productivity, the health of your workers and long-term prosperity of your business it can actually have a bigger impact than you might expect.
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