Best Commercial-Grade Air Conditioners - A Complete Buyer's Guide

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Most commercial spaces have HVAC systems that provide cooling or heating throughout the seasons. Commercial HVAC systems have a set of requirements as they must not only be efficient in cooling, but they must also be cost-effective, low maintenance, and discreet.

In this article, we'll take a look at the top commercial HVAC systems used in many public and private spaces today. Most of these units are ceiling cassette types and central HVAC units, but there are also packaged terminal air conditioners, mini split systems, and residential HVAC systems for apartments, hotels, and condominiums.

Factors to Consider

Price

Price factors into the decision to purchase a commercial air conditioner not only for the initial price of the unit, but also for the installation fee of the air conditioning system, and the recurring energy bills that come afterwards. Expect to pay an average of between $6,000 and $12,000 to install an air conditioning system in a 1000 sq. ft. area.

Cooling Power

The cooling capacity of the air conditioning unit also factors in when purchasing commercial systems. Check the BTU (British Thermal Unit) in relation to the size of your space, and make sure that the BTU rating of the air conditioner is sufficient enough to cool the commercial space.

Space

A commercial HVAC unit must be discreet, and thus, cannot take up too much space. Instead of a standalone unit or wall-mounted air conditioners, consider installing central ventilation systems that incorporate in the ductwork, or install ceiling units instead to free up space below. Take into account the square foot of space you have available as well.

Energy Consumption

In a commercial space, an HVAC system operates throughout the day, and some units will even have to operate 24 hours a day. This amounts to high energy consumption, and thus, high electric bills to run the cooling unit and heat recovery systems. Power supply is an issue as well, as not all commercial spaces can handle large surges in energy consumption.

Maintenance

Lastly, maintenance is another important factor to consider when purchasing a cooling unit. Ideally, the air conditioner maintenance should not interfere with day to day business operations, and the frequent cleaning or repairs of high maintenance units may disrupt the area. Go for low maintenance systems, and schedule your routine maintenance with us at Luce Aircon for hassle-free air conditioning services.

Best Commercial AC Unit: Models and Price

1. Cooper & Hunter 24,000 BTU Ceiling Cassette Air Conditioner - $1,858.90

The Cooper & Hunter line of commercial HVAC systems can also be used in large homes to improve air quality around the space, and have sufficient cooling with quiet operation. At 24,000 BTU, this powerful cooling system can condition up to 1,500 square foot of commercial, or living space. It also comes with an easy-to-use control panel, and multiple indoor units.

2. LG MULTI V 5 VRF Air Conditioner Line - Price Dependent on BTU

Image of clean air provided to the office through Multi V 5.

The LG commercial series features a number of units ranging from their VRF models to their single split systems. The LG Multi V 5 VRF system is a state-of-the-art commercial air conditioning system that provides cool air as well as acts as heat pumps during cooler weather. Made to last, these units are ideal for various square footage of space, and can be installed in large to small businesses alike with its wide range of BTU ratings.

3. Rollibot ROLLICOOL Smart Portable Air Conditioner - $320

This air conditioner is more suitable for small stores and restaurants, but is capable of cooling up to 300 square feet of space. With a 14,000 BTU rating, the Rollicool portable AC is efficient, affordable, and ideal for various types of spaces and small businesses. It also connects to Amazon Alexa, has wi-fi capabilities, and can be operated via its app.

Unit Price BTU Rating Energy Consumption Maintenance
Cooper & Hunter 24,000 BTU Ceiling Cassette Air Conditioner $1,858.90 24,000 BTU ★★★★☆ Low Maintenance
LG MULTI V 5 VRF Air Conditioner Line Price Dependent on BTU Various BTU Ratings from 12,000 BTU to 36,000 BTU ★★★★★ Low Maintenance
Rollibot ROLLICOOL Smart Portable Air Conditioner $320 14,000 BTU ★★★★☆ Moderate Maintenance

Choosing the Best Unit

Can't decide on the type of air conditioning system you should get for your commercial space? Our team at Luce Aircon can help you! Our purchasing assistance services will do the research for you, and provide you with recommendations on units based on your space requirements, budget, and ideal type of AC unit.

Give us a call today with your HVAC requirements, and our team can get to matching you with your ideal AC unit!

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