Toronto is not like other cities, and Air Conditioning in Toronto is similar – with a vast variety of building ages, quirks, retrofits, redesigns such as creating condos out of old hotels or Victorian homes into multi-plexes there are a myriad of issues to overcome to make sure these spaces are properly ventilated, heated and cooled.
In many cases this is straight forward, if the land has property in Toronto, and already has a furnace, then adding an air conditioning unit to the exterior of the property and tying it in with the existing HVAC is generally seamless.
If the existing home does not have duct work for varied reasons a heat pump (which also provides air conditioning) is usually an excellent option.
Heat pumps/ wall air conditioners use different technology than baseboard heaters and are therefore immensely more energy efficient. They do not require duct work – but will require a 3” access hole to the outside for the conduit to fit through. They do not need a window, nor do they sit in one. Heat pumps / wall air conditioners are generally mounted near the ceiling to an existing wall. They can be used in older condos (with the required consent), hotels, motels, tiny homes – a myriad of spaces and uses.
Heat pumps / wall air conditioners can work as supplemental heating and cooling that the HVAC just isn’t reaching like an attic or sunroom. Although, for safety reasons it’s always a good idea to find out why the HVAC air flow isn’t reaching a certain space due to a disruption crack or breakage in the vents, clog (which can be hazardous), or a damper or flue that isn’t flowing in the correct position. See more here: Cut Heating Bills.
Air Conditioning in Toronto towers is a conversation all on its own. High rise and low rise buildings in Toronto have different air conditioning needs.
High Rise towers often have a boiler system which then connects with fan coil units – which service each zone, floor, business or space. Others are roof mounted units, often seen in schools, or clinics known as RTU’s. Some are a combination of technologies depending on the needs of the building and / or the age, or add-on construction. Schools fit into multiple categories as they can be low rise, high rise or old – such as Toronto University… or have many combinations thereof – such as mixed-use buildings on Campuses etc.
Industrial buildings often need supplemental HVAC components such as HEPA filtration system. HEPA retrofits are often seamless and can be added on to the majority of systems – whether commercial, industrial or residential.
See more on this in our article here: HVAC for Highrises – Offices Condos Apartments
Air Conditioning for High Rise Hotels, most people have seen (or heard, and also not slept). Newer development use ultra quiet units, for which we are all thankful.
Motels and other smaller hospitality units “through” air conditioners / heating units – where some of the condenser unit sits on the outside of the wall and the other of the same unit is inside the wall. These are often being replaced by fan coil units or heat pumps in recent years as technology increases and energy efficiency helps on operating expenses.
In Toronto and other places around the world, Air BnB’s often use heat pumps – which as mentioned a few paragraphs above are also ductless air conditioning wall units. These provide the versatility of guests to access the temperature while the host to be able to service multiple spaces that weren’t originally for the purpose of guest stay – ie it was a home or barn or other conversion, with a single condenser using multiple heads. This way one condenser powers various rooms – all of which each can be controlled by the user in their respective spaces.
See more detail in our article here: HVAC for Hotels AirBnB Motels Inns and Lodging Facilities
It’s not all about just pumping cold air into a space, the amount of humidity in the room can drastically affect the occupants comfort level, and energy usage on the system. For example, higher humidity can make the air feel warmer than it actually is, thus the thermostat can rest at a lower level, saving on energy costs. A humidifier can alternately also help make cool air feel cooler in the summer.
Houses and buildings, like people, need moisture, but just like people, the right balance of humidity. Too little and it can negatively affect the structure and strength of the building and the people in it, too much and one might discover mushrooms in the shower stall.
Dry skin? Hardwood cracking? Static Shocks? Chapped lips? Humans don’t really think about humidity but a humidifier is paramount to the health of the building itself and the people in it.
It also doesn’t move well from room to room, which is why a humidifier connected to the HVAC system is more effective than stand alone units. Optimal humidity range is between 30-50% depending on the season for both humans and the facility.
Each building is unique, and should be discussed on its own merit.
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