Schools and universities demand high quality HVAC systems to accommodate a comfortable learning environment for large groups of people all confined to one area. These buildings and campuses require a variety of systems based on specific needs for different areas and rooms, including:
- Lecture halls
- Administrative offices
- Residence halls
- Conference rooms
- Science laboratories
- Medical laboratories
- Computer laboratories
- Art galleries
- Retail stores
Certain standards are to be expected, such as appropriate temperature, humidity, and air quality for the comfort of the general public. Levels of noise are also an important consideration, and can affect air supply systems in positive and negative ways. Concealed heat monitoring and control in a highly occupied space can be a challenge. Specific attention is needed in order to maximize physical comfort while running a high quality air supply system in an efficient way. A well-run air circulation system also allows university campuses to consider expansion. For example, an underground distribution of chilled water that connects to the air circulation systems within different buildings creates capability for future growth. With machinery that runs properly, these spaces are open to the possibility of additional buildings and infrastructure using the same technology.
The best way to balance factors such as humidity and air quality in an productive and sustainable way is to operate an off-and-on progression of hot and cold water valves within the discharge of air temperature circulation. Maximum heat combined in perfect sequence with maximum cooling creates a set point temperature that is ideal. Low humidity is also necessary for comfort in these spaces, and this balanced system keeps humidity at a low point. Advanced compressor and control technologies available today can be configured in custom design through innovative and highly efficient methods.
Control and monitoring of the HVAC system is an important factor in planning for air control systems within schools and universities. Within a large group of people, without a doubt there will be a wide variety of temperature preferences. Constant adjustments to thermostats can wreak havoc on a balanced and controlled air supply system. A centralized controls system in a school or university building can serve as a station to monitor and assure that standard temperatures are maintained throughout the day.
Schools and university campuses pose unique challenges for HVAC systems that are reliable and work well for the comfort of students as well as administrative personnel. Some examples of these challenges include:
- Buildings designed for vastly different uses, such as laboratories compared to dormitories, in close proximity.
- Separate facilities of different shapes and sizes, all connected to one central air supply system that must accommodate all of them.
- Both new and old construction in buildings, creating different levels of air supply needed between different units of infrastructure.
Due to these distinct requirements and differences that exist among different school/university settings, it is most logical to use a custom system designed to suit the needs of your school or university campus. BasX Solutions has the ability to assist any school or university and create consistent temperature control and air supply that creates the best learning and living environment.